The 8th Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is set to majestically soar the skies once again this weekend. Save the date, 11th – 13th of March, to join in the fun of flight and activities. The 3-day event will be held at Precinct 2, Putrajaya in the early mornings from 7am – 10pm.
Be sure not to miss out any of the highlights of the event this year, enjoy the breathtaking views, and whip out your cameras to take lots of pictures and videos with family and friends ;)
Here are 8 reasons why you shouldn’t miss it:
1. Get closer to the balloons via the launching field
Within this zone, the crowd can have a chance to get a close up view on how the balloon pilots and crew set up the hot air balloons to prepare for flight. It is a great chance to take striking photographs. The most anticipated balloons at the fiesta includes the replica of the first hot air balloon ever made; La Replica along with different various coloured balloons, such as the adorable yellow jacket bee, alien rocket shape, and the cute lady bug hot air balloon.
2. Enjoy the night with balloons glowing alongside synchronised music
One of the most anticipated attractions of the festival is the “Night Glow” event. All the balloons participating in the festival will “glow” in the radiance of the fire, lighting the balloons to the grooves of today’s popular hits. Make some memories, by bringing back the party kit which includes PIHAB Merchandise t-shirts, lanyard, and the glow sticks to light up the night making it more colourful and lively!
3. A taste of luxury and exclusivity via MYBALLOONCLUB
Visitors who are looking to enjoy a more exclusive and intimate experience of MyBalloonFiesta are encouraged to purchase the MYBALLOONCLUB package. The members can enjoy a private access, gourmet buffet serenaded by the live jazz music band. This is the only package that offers their members tethered balloon rides. They also have the privilege on enjoying the best ascension hot air balloon views in the mornings and nights to enjoy the night glow performance and fireworks.
4. Zumba and yoga sessions in the picnic area
Imagine exercising, with multi-coloured balloons in the background! The yoga session will be conducted on Saturday, 12th March, by renowned Malaysian yoga instructor (and well-known Jazz singer/ songwriter), Atilia Haron; founder and owner of the YogaOneThatIWant Studio. If you are a regular yoga enthusiast, take this opportunity to practice yoga in a unique and fun setting! The audience is welcome to bring their personal yoga mats or rent out one of their Under Armour yoga mats. On the last day of the event, Sunday, 13th March; Zumba enthusiasts can expect to get their blood flow going and their adrenaline pumping as they move to the beats of vibrant music in the wee hours of the morning.
5. Balloons and breakfast on comfy bean bags
Pick a comfortable beanbag of your choice and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast meal with family and friends, taking in the sights of the hot air balloons slowly drifting in the skies above and a spectacular lake view. Make sure to pre-order your “Balloon & Breakfast” sets via online purchase beforehand, to take advantage of the delicious choices of breakfast sets brought to you by well-known bakery café, Tous les Jours.
6. Wonderful Indonesia pop of paradise
At the heart of the Red Zone; visit the fun, colourful and entertainment packed pavilion. From live performances by tomorrow’s hit Indonesian pop-stars, DJs and dance troupes, to everyone’s favorite Indonesian Martabak, Ayam Penyet and other savory delights. Take on the wall climbing challenge, or get creative with the colouring wall, photo wall, and paper toy workshop, plus enjoy the entertaining short animations and Cosplay showcase.
7. Witness the friendship balloon project
This project is an admirable effort sparked by Ultramagic, a hot air balloon manufacturer based in Spain. Working on the premise that friendship is a “fundamental value for the relationship between people”, it aims is to create a bond between pilots all over the world. The rule of this “handover balloon” is that it will be shared among many different pilots and no one can fly the balloon twice. By the end of its journey, it is with hope that the balloon has reached all corners of the globe and be flown for about 300 – 400 flights. Having recently landed in Malaysia to continue its Asian leg of the journey, the organisers are excited to host the Friendship Balloon at the 8th Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. Among their local pilots who will be making their flight on the balloon includes veteran balloonist Sobri Saad and the “balloon sisters”, Izzati and Atiqah Khairudin.
8. Fun sports galore for the fitness enthusiasts
There will be many challenging and exciting activities; for the adventure-minded visitors such as paintball, Zorb Ball, Wall Climbing, Inflatable Trampoline, Water Orb, and Archery to keep them on their toes! In addition for the first time in Putrajaya, the reverse bungee jumping will surely be a fun activity for adrenaline seekers out there, as it just propels you to the top! These sport activities are open for everyone and kids can feel free to dominate and enjoy the paddle boats section.
The Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is organised by AKA Balloon Sdn. Bhd and Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj).