More than 20 hot air balloons to take to the skies at annual fiesta

Photo courtesy of Aka Balloons Sdn Bhd
The annual festival, jointly organised by AKA Balloons Sdn Bhd and Putrajaya Corporation (PPj), will see more than 20 colourful balloons take to the skies in Precinct 12 until March 15.
Other than Malaysia, the balloonists hail from 11 countries, including the Philippines, South Korea, the United States, Australia and Belgium.
The Vincent Van Gogh balloon, which bears the likeness of the famous Dutch artist,; along with other quirky designs such as a penguin-shaped one wearing Hawaiian clothes, Humpty Dumpty and the Green Monster are some of the balloons to look out for.
Past fiestas have featured the popular Darth Vader and Doraemon balloons.
Event director and AKA Balloons Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Nur Izzati Khairudin said the fiesta was a homegrown product which contributed to the country’s aim of becoming a major tourist destination.
“We are excited to once again present a world-class line-up of talented international balloonists and many exciting on-ground activities,” she added.
The event is expected to attract a 300,000-strong crowd, with loads of activities for the whole family.
Look out for the latest feature of the festival, MyBalloonClub — a premium gourmet breakfast experience offering the best viewing seats away from the crowd.
Or opt for the “Balloon and Breakfast” sets, where visitors can bring their own picnic mat or lounge on cosy Doof beanbags while savouring their meal.
The Joyride has undergone an upgrade this year, where passengers will be able to ride in a brand-new BEL470GX chopper with business class-like interior that can comfortably seat up to six people.
A highlight of the fiesta is the Night Glow, as fireworks are set to take place over two nights this year. The participating balloons will glow in the radiance of fire heating up the balloons.
Meanwhile, outdoor and extreme sports lovers will like the Cold Inflation — where visitors get to walk inside a giant hot air balloon, outdoor laser tag, zorb ball and paintball as well as meet-and-greet sessions with the balloonists.
KL Clothing will be offering a wide range of clothing and accessories at the bazaar area along with celebrity guest appearances featuring Neelofa, Afdlin Shauki and Tiz Zaqyah. .
Fried Chillies and Rock and Tulips will be providing a choice of food stalls and trucks at the Purple Zone.
Admission to the festival grounds is free and the fiesta will be open from 7am daily.
Those booking a taxi with TaxiMonger will enjoy RM15 cash back for advanced bookings, and RM5 cash back for non-advanced bookings.
Those travelling via KLIA Transit can save up to 35% off normal ticket prices when purchasing a return ticket to Putrajaya from KLIA Transit Ticket counters.
Nadi Putra buses will be ferrying visitors from Park-and-Ride facilities near Putrajaya Sentral for only 50 sen.
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