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Motorsport month in Malaysia

By Lloyd Green

 

  • F1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix
  • Shell Malaysia MotoGP

 

Buckle up and start your engines for motorsport heaven this October. With the F1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix and Shell Malaysia MotoGP both held at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) this month, we’ve provided a non-stop guide of what to expect at both events.

The grid coming out of the first corner at Sepang — f1destinations.com

The grid coming out of the first corner at Sepang — f1destinations.com

With an exciting cluster of events throughout the race week, including a demo run, auto carnival, fan engagement programmes with the drivers and a spectacular post-race concert, the newly redefined F1 Malaysia GP is not to be missed.

Since its entry to the F1 race calendar in 1999, the Malaysian GP has evolved into the most anticipated races of the year. Moving from it’s traditional home of March to October to form a unique Southeast Asia F1 double-header with the Singapore GP in mid-September, the Malaysian GP now holds a key role in deciding the championship.

Families looking forward to soaking up the thrills at SIC can enjoy an improved family friendly activity at the circuit with the ever popular X-track returning on popular demand, showcasing motorsports themed thrills such as drifting, rallying, go-karting, ATV rides and more, for fans of all ages.

2015 Malaysia GP winner Sebastian Vettel — www.formula1.com

2015 Malaysia GP winner Sebastian Vettel — www.formula1.com

Track:

  • The Sepang Circuit is infamous for its unpredictable weather ranging from burning hot days to full-blown tropical rainstorms which result in tough races and edge of your seat moments.
  • The track design is unique and challenging as it has seven clear straights and many narrow turns making it one of the most technical circuits on the calendar. The relatively wider track also affords drivers overtaking opportunities that are rarely seen elsewhere.

Schedule:

  • Friday, 30th Sept — Free Practice
  • Saturday, 1st Oct — Qualifying
  • Sunday, 2nd Oct — F1 Malaysia GP After-Race Concert with Usher

Race:

  • The dominance by Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team has continued in 2016 with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg dominating standings.
  • A win for either driver in Malaysia could prove vital heading into the last five races.
  • Defending Malaysian GP champion, Germany’s Sebastian Vettel will be hoping to spoil the party again.

Usher returns to Malaysia for the first time since 2010

Usher returns to Malaysia for the first time since 2010

Entertainment:

  • Multi-Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Usher will be performing at the After-Race Concert.
  • Past performers to grace the After-Race stage at Sepang include Jamiroquai and Lenny Kravitz.
  • Raceday activities also include classic car convoy, supercar convoy and airshow.

Tickets:

  • There are various ticket packages for the F1 Malaysia GP on offer. Click Here
  • You can buy a transportation add-on that will take you to and from SIC to KL Sentral.

Great vantage point from Sepang’s iconic stands

Great vantage point from Sepang’s iconic stands

Shell Malaysia MotoGP

Held just four weeks later is the Shell Malaysia MotoGP. Fans can expect an even bigger and better event in 2016, with off-track entertainment, fan engagement with riders and other exciting activities. Tickets are selling through the roof with local interest firmly on young gun Khairul Idham Pawi who has won trice in his rookie season in the Moto3 championship. Also flying the Malaysian flag will be Adam Norrodin (Moto3) and Hafizh Syahrin (Moto2).

 Track:

  • With four slow corners following two long straights and ten medium to high-speed corners. Particularly favourable to overtaking manoeuvres and plenty of open throttle.
  • Has one of the longest laps in MotoGP and is made all the more gruelling for riders by intense heat and humidity.

Schedule:

  • Friday, 28th Oct — Moto3, Moto2, MotoGP Free Practice
  • Saturday, 29th Oct— Moto3, Moto2, MotoGP Qualifying

Sunday, 30th Oct — Moto3, Moto2, MotoGP

All eyes will by on Malaysia’s Khairul Idham Pawi — http://i-moto.com.my/

All eyes will by on Malaysia’s Khairul Idham Pawi — http://i-moto.com.my/

Tickets:

  • There are various ticket packages for the F1 Malaysia GP on offer. Click Here
  • You can buy a transportation add-on that will take you to and from SIC to KL Sentral.

Getting to Sepang International Circuit is relatively easy. It’s located about 15km from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA and KLIA2) and about 50km south from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. SIC has a hotel, shopping centre and golf course. There will also be shuttle buses operating from KL Sentral to Sepang on both Sept 30 to Oct 1 and Oct 28 to Oct 30.

For more information on both events go to www.sepangcircuit.com

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The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort

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On a pleasing island of Redang, located on a easterly side of a peninsula of Malaysia, we have utterly a few resorts. The Taaras Beach Spa Resort is one of a few internationally famous resorts, and it is partial of a Berjaya Group hotel chain. At a review all is orderly perfectly, that creates it a really lush 5-star review and a many lush review on a island. The Taaras lies within a pleasing bay, north of Redang.

At a formidable we have several wooden houses with a classical interior en appearance. There are also a few terraced houses, that customarily exist of 4 houses. The review has a possess diving school, were we can book diving trips. You can also lease snorkeling equipment. Between Oct and Mar we will have a monsoon going by this area and as a outcome we can (almost) never snorkel or dive due to bad weather. However, The Taaras is one of a few resorts on Redang where we can stay during a monsoon season. Since we are arguable on ride to get to a island, and given there won’t be going any boats to a island during a monsoon season, we are improved off not going to a easterly side of Malaysia during this period.

If we wish to stay during The Taaras we are best off engagement before to your outing online. Prices are going to be cheapest online, generally with special discounts. We do not suggest only going to a island. Redang is a renouned end underneath a wealthier locals, and also utterly renouned with people who live in Singapore. If we do not book in advance, we are holding a risk of a review being totally booked.

Redang is a loyal diving- and snorkeling paradise. Snorkeling can be finished during many places by out a island. You can also snorkel in front of a resort, though there won’t be a lot of coral. There are copiousness of pleasing diving sports, and a lot of divers will go to Redang given a perspective underneath H2O is really clear. The island subsequent to Redang, called Perhentian, is a lot improved for snorkeling; where Redang has improved diving locations. Redang is simply permitted by a city of Kuala Terengganu. Just north of this city we have a fishers city of Merang; and this is where a boats to Redang skip from. The outing to Redang takes about 40 mins by boat. When we arrive we will be awaited by an worker of a resort; and with a vast golf transport we will be taken to a review that lies on a northern side of a island.

Would we like to spend a integrate of days in a lush review on a pleasant island, we should really cruise staying during The Taaras.

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Heaven during a Edge of Borneo

Heaven during a Edge of Borneo

Robert Frost once wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, we took a one reduction trafficked by, and that has done all a difference.” He could really good have created about Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, a tiny dot on a map of Kudat district in Malaysia. Relatively different due to a remote location, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau doesn’t get many visitors, and for now, this outpost on Borneo Island stays a paradise.

This top in an removed partial of Sabah is reachable after 3 hours’ expostulate northeast of Kota Kinabalu, a final partial of that is over unpaved mud roads snaking by a tiny normal Borneo village. A correct highway to these parts, in fact, was usually built as recently as in a 1960s, before to that entrance was done probable usually by navigating a vessel along a coast.

But those who don’t caring for a tiny annoy — yet it contingency be said, a views along a approach are fantastic — will be rewarded, during journey’s end, with a landscape so pretentious that we will trust in a existence of sky on earth.

The crescent-shaped Kalampunian Beach here is carpeted in pristine white sands on that peaceful waves path to a shore. This unconditional coastline, fringed by casuarinas trees and pronounced to be one of a many moving vistas in Sabah, leads adult to a hilly precipice called Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, a northern-most tip of a Borneo Island.

Now, suppose station on this precipice corner and looking out to where a South China and Sulu seas accommodate in a good strife of waves. Dark and soppy sandstone boulders widen out into a sea like beached humpback whales in a obscurity of sea mist. The winds blow in forceful, frightening gusts, wafting a excellent fog of silt into a air. Visitors mount in astonishment with undone adult hair and billowing skirts. It feels like we are in a remote frontier, confronting furious and different possibilities – it’s exhilarating. Perhaps this was what Ferdinand Magellan, mythological to have stopped here during his circumnavigation of a globe, felt those many years ago.

It hadn’t always been such a singular place, though. The name, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau itself is subsequent from a Rungus difference “sampang mangazo” referring to a good battles once fought here in a 18th and 19th centuries by a locals. According to legend, a seashore was a favourite alighting indicate for looting pirates, and Rungus warriors bravely fought them off in bloody battles to strengthen their land. Tanjung Simpang Mengayau afterwards became a ideal surveillance indicate for incoming bandit attacks.

Though it is capricious how prolonged a Rungus have been occupying a area, they are deliberate to be a many normal clan in Sabah due to their siege from a bigger towns for so many years. While many have blending to complicated vital rather well, a comparison generations still purchase to their singular enlightenment and traditions. Many of a womanlike elders continue to wear normal coronet coils on their arms and furnish charming beads around their necks. Their basketry, weaving and beading works are pronounced to be legendary, and while complicated ways have overtaken their some-more normal lifestyle, it is still probable to revisit a Rungus encampment and knowledge a night’s stay in their longhouse during Kampung Bavanggazo.

Besides a homestay in a Rungus longhouse, there are usually a handful of places that can accommodate tourists in Tanjung Simpang Mengayau and Kudat, reflecting a district’s comparatively new bearing to tourism (See “Accommodations” next for some-more options). However, there are still a series of informative practice here that warrants a traveller to put adult during slightest a night in a area, such as saying drum artisans during work in Kampung Sumangkap and a tiny apiculture attention during Kampung Gombizau. The people of Gombizau, informed with a internal botanical properties, have also commercialized a form of cure-all called ubat seribu or refreshment of a thousand uses done of furious plants, roots and herbs. Reputed to assuage several health problems such as high blood vigour and diabetes, it is a estimable commemoration to move home.

Each year, Kudat also plays horde to several engaging events such as a Gong Fest in Matunggong encampment in Oct and a Coconut Fest in Jul (coconut being an critical stand in a district). There is also a special outside band opening during Tanjung Simpang Mengayau any year that attracts crowds to a area – one that starts during a hour a object sets on a horizon, earnest a stately low-pitched eventuality to remember (see “Events” below).

Even but all these touristic events, it’s easy to tumble in adore with Kudat, and generally Tanjung Simpang Mengayau. No consternation a Rungus people were generally defensive of their dear land and put adult a genuine good quarrel those centuries ago!

EVENTS:

Sunset Music Fest during a Tip of Borneo, Kudat
Late June/Early Jul (please check with Sabah Tourism Board, hit below)

Organised by Sabah Tourism house and Sri Pelancongan Sabah, this yearly eventuality serenades audiences with exemplary favourites and contemporary tunes as a object sets on a setting during a northern-most tip of Borneo, in Kudat. Enjoy a pleasing sounds of a full band opposite a backdrop of one of Borneo’s many breath-taking sceneries.

Coconut Fest
29 Jun to 1 July

The coconut, an ever-popular fruit of a tropics, is distinguished in a special festival during Tomborungus in a northern district of Kudat. Coconut is grown extensively here covering an area of some-more than 5,741 hectares or about 14,000 acres planted.

The festival highlights a coconut attention and approval of a poignant grant to a amicable and mercantile gratification of a farming folks in Kudat. Its rising date coincides with World Coconut Day and a horde of sparkling activities are lined adult for visitors including a rarely interesting coconut shoe race, squeezing coconut divert competition, food and splash exhibition, trade displays, coconut conform uncover and a wildlife muster for a whole generation of a festival.
Pesta Gong Matunggong
24 – 25 October

The drum is one of a quintessential low-pitched instruments of Sabah and is constructed by qualification makers during Sumangkap encampment in Matunggong. See how they are done and played to constructed a singular sounds of racial Sabah music.

GETTING TO KUDAT:

It takes approximately 3 to 4 hours’ transport by land to get to Kudat from Kota Kinabalu.
ACCOMMODATIONS:

In Kudat town

The Kudat Golf Marina Resort offers 88 bedrooms trimming from customary to fine suites. Published room rates start during RM220 nett all a approach adult to RM450 nett thorough of breakfast. Facilities accessible during a review are an 18-hole golf course, semi-olympic distance swimming pool, aptness centre, sauna, tennis justice and children’s playground.

Website: www.kudatgolfmarinaresort.com
Tel: +6088 611 211, +6088 212 366
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

At Tanjung Simpang Mengayau

There are a series of bill accommodations during Kalampunian Beach located along a highway that takes we to a Tip of Borneo. Though not high-end resorts or hotels, these no-frills accommodations yield gentle and purify amenities during affordable prices. Best of all, they have good views of a beach and sunset.

Tampat Do Aman is a low-impact “jungle camp” located during a border of a Sabah state timberland haven and only 10 to 20 minutes’ travel to a Kalampunian Beach. Tampat Do Aman provides guest with dual forms of sleeping arrangements, possibly in normal Rungus longhouses (complete with butterfly netting) or in semi-permanent tents (tents on lifted wooden platforms with thatched roofs). Rates are RM30 per chairman per night in a longhouse or a tents. Do note that Tampat Do Aman has common toilet and lavatory comforts and no prohibited showers.

The jungle stay also has a beach-front restaurant, Tip Top Restaurant and Bar, that serves western and Asian dishes; and an activities centre that rents out recreational apparatus such as snorkelling gear, bicycles and arranges for jungle movement trips. Future skeleton here embody building some-more chalets, a dive centre, a wildlife refuge and a Rungus informative centre.

Website: tampatdoaman.com
Tel: 013 880 8395
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Tampat Do Aman

BorneoTip Beach Lodge is located right opposite a highway from a beach where guest can suffer good beach and nightfall views. It has 12 beach-facing bedrooms propitious with gentle beds, comfortable showers and atmosphere conditioners. Guests can select from bedrooms that nap two, three, 4 or five, labelled during RM150, RM180, RM200 and RM240 respectively. All prices are net and embody breakfast. The board also has a grill and a mini lounge.

Facebook: BorneoTip Beach Lodge Kudat
Tel: 016 8170163
Email: [email protected]

Tip of Borneo Resort is also famous simply as Tommy’s Place. Guests only need to cranky a highway to get to a beach on a other side. It has 8 bedrooms labelled during RM130 for a room that fits dual and RM160 for a room that fits three. Price is thorough of taxes and breakfast. Tommy’s has a grill that serves a preference of internal and western dishes.

Website: tipofborneoresort.com
Tel: +6088-641 488 / +6088-641 499 / +6088-493468
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Tip of Borneo Resort

CONTACT:

For some-more information on Tanjung Simpang Mengayau and events in Sabah, contact:

Ms. Susan Shahira
Event Manager, Sabah Tourism
Tel: +6088 232 121
Fax: +6088 265 540
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.sabahtourism.com
Facebook: SabahMalaysianBorneo

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Gemas Railway Station


Located in a tiny city called Gemas, this station, built in 1922 is organic compartment today.”

Located in a tiny city called Gemas, this station, built in 1922 is organic compartment currently as a changeover (stopover) for trains from a North (Butterworth), East Coast (Tumpat and Gua Musang) and a South (Singapore). Other than newcomer trains, a hire also accommodates load trains carrying vital line such as cement, petrol, rubber and logs.

The hire building has confirmed a strange structure and even now still houses dual 1946 indication North British Locomotive Company steam engines. If we are into nostalgia, do not skip a event to strike a poise with these steam engines. In box we run into any difficulties, do not demur to ask assistance from a Station Master. In assign of all a operations; signalling, locomotive and sales, he will gladly come to your assistance.

If time permits, stay overnight in this tiny pacific town. Savour a feel of uninformed atmosphere in your face, a willing assent of a night and suffer a remit divided from a swarming stage of city life. You might also select to tee-off to a turn of golf during a 18-hole Gemas Golf Resort, a small 5 mins expostulate from a station.

Last noticed – Oct 06, 2011

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