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Unexpected pleasures in Putrajaya

After those more used to the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur, the ‘intelligent garden’ of Putrajaya just 30 kilometres away, is something of a revelation.

After those more used to the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur, the ‘intelligent garden’ of Putrajaya just 30 kilometres away, is something of a revelation.

Best known as Malaysia’s federal administrative capital and the home to the Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix, ask anyone who’s ever spent time there, and they will quickly tell you that it is also one of the most country’s most picturesque cities. Wide, open roads, lush botanic gardens and verdant parklands are among the many factors which make it well worth a visit.

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And the city’s latest attraction is sure to add to its appeal. The Musical Fountain in Marina Putrajaya can dance – literally. Located in the middle of Putrajaya Lake, it was first unveiled mid-way through 2014 at the annual Magic of the Night Festival. Brightly lit at night and featuring creative projections of tourism videos on the water screen, it is simply awe-inspiring.

Watch as synchronized music and lights interplay with the ebb and flow of water from the fountain to create a magnificent composition of patterns and lights that rise and fall to the beat of songs, in a display guaranteed to entertain audiences of every age.

The Musical Fountain is complimented by lots of other great family-friendly tourist experiences around the city. One of the most enjoyable and popular is the Tasik Putrajaya cruise on Putrajaya Lake, an extensive man-made wetlands system covering over 650 hectares.

The Musical Fountain in Marina Putrajaya

 

45-minute sightseeing tours are aboard a spectacular 65-foot, fully air-conditioned vessel with wraparound glass windows, providing passengers with unobstructed views of the scenic surroundings.
A more intimate cruising alternative is provided by Dondang Sayang Perahu. The 4-seater and 6-seater wooden, gondola-like vessels designed in the traditional Malay style, with intricate carvings by local craftsmen. Each manned by a single boatman, this unique mode of transportation offers up a cosy and romantic way to see Putrajaya.

Thrill seekers should head instead to Skyride Festival Park for a chance to ride on a giant helium balloon. Soaring 150m above the ground, it offers up a bird’s eye view of Putrajaya’s amazing skyline for a truly memorable experience.

So mark your calendars and prepare to have a blast at Malaysia’s garden city in 2015 Malaysia Year!