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August 28, 2013updated Aug 30, 2013

A Fun-Filled September in Malaysia

By Chris Boyle

The month of September is set to offer both local and foreign visitors to Malaysia a series of exciting sports and cultural events. Below are just some of the highlights:

Sarawak Regatta 2013

With the theme ‘Race for Harmony’ this year, the Sarawak Regatta 2013 involves 44 boat races including five races under the international events. The main highlight of the event is the Dragon Boat Race, involving participants from Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Aside from boat races, there will also be side attractions like ‘Brooke Swim’, kayaking and duck catching competitions.

Date: September 6-8, 2013Venue: Kuching Waterfront, Kuching, Sarawak

Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge 2013

Yes, the Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge 2013 does only accept Marlin (1000 pts) and Sailfish (600 pts) in their annual off-shore catch and release fishing competition.

Angling enthusiasts from as far as the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan are to travel to Pahang to participate in this adventurous and eco-friendly sport.

The billfish are on their active migration passing through the Rompin area to Australia. Come and catch them all!

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Date: September 13-15, 2013Venue: Pantai Lanjut, Rompin, Pahang

Kokol International Paragliding Race 2013

Glide across the sky, feel the earth beneath you and finally swoop down like an eagle at the Kokol International Paragliding Race 2013! The event has attracted many local and foreign pilots over the years from as far as Russia, Poland and Switzerland due to the beautiful natural landscape of Mt Kinabalu.

Gliders are sure to enjoy the panoramic view of the coastal area in Sabah.

Date: September 16 – 18, 2013Venue: Kampung Kokol, Kota Kinabalu, SabahWebsite: www.sabahtourism.com

Malaysia Lantern Tourism Festival 2013

The Central Market of Kuala Lumpur will be gaily decorated with thousands of colorful and brightly lit lanterns lining up the streets to celebrate the Malaysia Lantern Tourism Festival 2013.

Also known as the Mid-Autumn or Mooncake Festival, highlights of the Lantern Festival include the lantern procession, acrobatic performances, as well as festive delights such as mooncakes and baby yams. It’s a celebration not only for Malaysian Chinese but for everyone else throughout the country too.

Date: September 19, 2013Venue: Central Market, Kuala LumpurWebsite: www.motac.gov.my

Labuan Arts Festival 2013

Labuan Arts Festival 2013 is back with a combination of arts and music as the major attractions of the event. The festival aims to promote the unique local cultures, especially the ethnicities in Borneo including Labuan, Sabah and Sarawak.

Highlights of the festival include the Top Spinning Tournament (gasing pangkah), a Graffiti Spray Art Competition and The Pearl of Labuan Busking Competition. Apart from all that, visitors can also enjoy stage shows by local artists, cultural dances and handicraft exhibitions.

Date: September 27 – 29, 2013Venue: Labuan International Seasport Complex

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