What to do this Malaysia Day

Malaysia Day celebration this year will be a bit different. And just because it is a one-day holiday in the middle of the week, doesn’t mean it’s not entirely possible to have fun while staying safe and practising social distancing at the same time. So what to do this September 16th? Here are five ways to enjoy this momentous day:

Treat yourself to a staycation

After all those months spent cooped up at home, Malaysia Day calls for a mini vacation with the family for some quality #CutiCutiMalaysia time together.

There are lots of hotels in Sarawak currently offering amazing deals. If you want to stay in the city, check out Grand Margherita Hotel (Kuching), Imperial Hotel (Kuching & Miri). Alternatively, book a spacious chalet at Damai Beach Resort in Kuching for a true beach holiday. 

Check out more deals from Grand Margherita Hotel and Damai Beach Resort from http://www.insidersclub.com.my/home, or One Imperial Rewards app (available on iOS App Store and Google Play) for Imperial Group of Hotels.

Damai beach
Damai beach


Have a full Malaysian feast with your friends and family

What better way to celebrate Malaysia Day than by savouring a full-on Malaysian feast! 

It can be a picnic at the backyard with delicious Malaysian food such as Tuaran Mee, Kuih Penyaram, Cendol and Nasi Aruk Ikan Terubok Masin or going on a #makantrip with your friends, trying out local food you’ve never had before.


Visit a historical landmark

One common way to celebrate a national holiday is by learning some local history. You can take this time to discover the stories behind the famed streets in your hometown, or visit historical landmarks like Rumah Malaysia in Sibu, Sarawak.

Located at No. 25 Lanang Road, Rumah Malaysia is a mansion that once served as a place where political leaders in Sarawak gathered to make the historic decision to join Malaya and form Malaysia. If you’re ever in Sibu, don’t forget to check this out this mansion.

Malaysia Day at Rumah Malaysia in Sibu, Sarawakphoto source: www.theborneopost.com

Tune in to the State’s virtual Malaysia day, held at Sibu Indoor Stadium

While some traditional celebrations including parades have been cancelled, you can still watch Malaysia Day celebrations via online platforms. 

This year, Sibu city has organised a special, live stream programme held at Sibu Indoor Stadium for the people of Malaysia. Special guests such as the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Sarawak Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal are expected to grace this auspicious event.

Stay tuned to Unit Komunikasi Awam Sarawak (UKAS) for the live-streamed version of this celebration.


Go cycling off-the-beaten path 

Sarawak may not have many cycling lanes but there are a handful of less travelled paths you can explore on two wheels. Take in the scenic sights at your own pace, coursing through verdant vistas, mountainous countryside routes and rural villages. 

Besides, there’s definitely a greater satisfaction in the #CutiCutiMalaysia experience from you putting effort to pedal the distance, because you can go and stop where the cars might not be able to take you.

If you’re looking for some biking thrills, check out Best of Kuching Bike Tour and Mountain Bike Gold Mine Cave Discovery packages here:

Best of Kuching Bike Tour on Malaysia Day

Mountain Bike Gold Mine Cave Discovery on Malaysia Day

So, how are you spending Malaysia day this year?

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