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THE JOURNEY OF CULTURAL DISCOVERY

UKM-GSB is organising a high impact event involving at least one week of travelling programme covering selected cultural attractions within the region of Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern, targeting international students and youth. The itinerary will involve the exploration of fascinating places, highlighting Malaysia’s cultural diversity and involvement in cultural related activities that will leave long-lasting memories and endear them to Malaysia.

Objective

More efforts to introduce Malaysian to international students will contribute towards an ambitious plan of turning Malaysia into the educational hub in Asia, if not worldwide. This proposed event will contribute towards the Malaysian educational promotion for international students’ enrolment in higher learning institutions through the rich tapestry of Malaysian culture. Specifically, the objectives are:

To encourage networking through active participation of international youth in traditional sport and cultural activities.

To highlight the Malaysian Cultural diversity by visiting various places and cultural attractions throughout Malaysia as well as participating in the planned game-like activities.

To build relationships between international students and the local community for better appreciation of the community living in Malaysia

To promote and provide information to the international students on what higher institutions in Malaysia can offer for their postgraduate programmes in Malaysia.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS

• Foreign students currently studying in Malaysia’s higher education institutions
• International youth and students from overseas

CULTURAL JOURNEY

The journey may cover: Selangor, Pahang and Terengganu

Each state will have its own unique cultural attractions, historical places and planned activities with local
communities.

DATE AND DURATION

Date: 13 - 21 August 2017
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS JOURNEY OF CULTURAL DISCOVERY

USD500
PER PERSON

Price is based on twin or quad sharing and homestay sharing accommodation. Single supplement fee is applicable if you prefer single accommodation whenever available.

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Day One (Sunday, 13 August 2017) – Bandar Baru Bangi

Arrive in Malaysia and make your own way to Bandar Baru Bangi, recently crowned as a “Knowledge City”, situated in the district of Hulu Langat, in Selangor, Malaysia. Bangi Newtown is where Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), the national university of Malaysia and top business school in the country, is located.

Day Two (Monday, 14 August 2017) – Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi

The day begins with an icebreaking session to introduce members of the group, and to familiarize themselves with each other. Later the group will go for a tour of UKM’s campus for a glimpse of university’s life and will attend a brief overview of the programmes at Graduate School of Business, UKM.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

Session 1
The group will learn basic conversational skill of Bahasa Malaysia as well as the cultural dos and don’ts of various races in Malaysia.

Day Three (Tuesday, 15 August 2017) – Sabak Bernam, Selangor

The group will depart to Sabak Bernam in Selangor and experience a short stay with host families in a rustic environment. They will learn how to Mencanting Batik (Batik painting), Palu Kompang (Kompang training), and go on a fascinating boat ride to observe Kunang-Kunang (fireflies or lightning bugs) in their natural habitat.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

Session 2
The group will learn about Malaysia’s multiculturalism in where various cultural communities can live alongside each other while maintaining their own original identities. The group will observe how the respect for differences across society and efforts towards integration can be translated into the national identity.

Day Four (Wednesday, 16 August 2017) – Sabak Bernam, Selangor

The day will continue in Sabak Bernam where the group will experience Corn Harvesting, visit the unique Paddy Museum, a field day of Mengagau Ikan (catching fish with your bare hands) in the paddy field, and learn the art of Kuda Kepang (a traditional folk dance).

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

Session 3
The group will be exposed to the concept of Community Based Tourism (CBT) as a tool of sustainable development in ecotourism. CBT enables the community to be aware of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage through tourism and thus, will promote conservation of these resources.

Day Five (Thursday, 17 August 2017) – Taman Negara, Pahang

The group will depart to the Malaysia’s national park, Taman Negara, the world’s oldest rainforest at 130 million years of age. Upon check-in, the group will go on an invigorating river rapid shooting and rafting over eight sets of rapids. Along the way, the group will stop by to visit Kampong Orang Asli (village of an indigenous community) to observe their culture and lifestyle in the jungle, and partake in some of the activities (how to use blowpipe & start fire without a match). Later, the group will experience and enjoy the atmosphere of walking in the jungle at night and the Bumbun Tahan (Tahan Hide- wildlife observation hide).

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

Session 4
The group will be introduced to the history and unique cultures of various indigenous tribes in Malaysia. Generally called as the Orang Asli (“original” or “first people” in Malay), they are not a homogenous group. The Orang Asli comes in many tribes where each tribe has its own history, language, and unique culture and thus, making them an endless source of interest to tourists and locals.

Day Six (Friday, 18 August 2017) – Taman Negara, Pahang

The adventure will continue with the world’s longest canopy walkway in Taman Negara- a suspension bridge of 530 meters long and 40 meter above ground-and 2-3 hours scenic boat ride to Kuala Tembeling. The group will be met and greeted by Silat (a traditional martial art) exponents accompanied by Gendang Ketawak (a type of traditional drum). Later the group will also have the opportunity to see local handicraft and learn on how to do some of the crafts. The group will depart to Kuala Terengganu at noon. After check in, the group will have a relaxing garden BBQ dinner and a cultural sharing session among themselves.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

Session 5
In this session, the participants will have the opportunity the share each other’s culture and experience in order to develop higher understanding and appreciation of other cultures as well as full acceptance of the world’s cultural diversity.

Day 7 (Saturday, 19 August 2017) – Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

After breakfast, the group will depart to Warisan Sari, a building with the concept of the old royal palace, to watch and learn the performance art of an exquisite Malay Gamelan. Malay Gamelan is the traditional ensemble of a music made up predominantly of percussive instruments and dance performance previously exclusive only to the royal circle. Later in the evening the group will go to Teluk Ketapang beach to watch public cultural performances and then continue to Taman Tamadun Islam (Islamic Civilisation Park) which has 22 miniature replicas of famous mosques showcasing the grandeurs of Islamic arts and architectures including the magnificent Crystal Mosque. The group will enjoy the Light and Sound display and have their dinner on a boat, cruising along the river of Kuala Terengganu.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

Session 6
The group will learn about Ecotourism in the way it offers a viable protection of both ecological and local culture whilst at the same time increasing local awareness of the value of preserving the natural and cultural environments as well as aiding in economic development.

Day 8 (Sunday, 20 August 2017) – Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

The last day here will be spent in a delightful experience shopping for local products at reasonable prices in The Central Market or locally known as Pasar Payang. It is located by the Terengganu River and is one of the most popular tourist spots in Kuala Terengganu. Pasar Payang offers visitors a variety of traditional handicrafts such as batik, silk, songket, brocade and brassware, fresh produce and numerous other local goods. After lunch, the group will depart back to Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, for a farewell dinner at Graduate School of Business, UKM.

Day 9 (Monday, 21 August 2017) – Bandar Baru Bangi

Transfer to Airport on your own to catch your flight home.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Accommodation

13 -15 AUG 2017

Puri Pujangga, UKM
3-star Hotel, Twin Sharing

15 - 17 AUG 2017

Mahseer Chalet, Taman Negara
Host Families, 4 pax per family

17 - 18 AUG 2017

Homestay Papitusulem, Sabak Bernam
Chalet, Twin & Quad sharing

18 - 20 AUG 2017

Primula Beach Hotel, Kuala Terengganu
4-star Hotel, Twin sharing

20 - 21 AUG 2017

Puri Pujangga, UKM
3-star Hotel, Twin sharing

Inclusions

• Accommodation
• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
• Land and river transportation within Malaysia
• Any fees to attractions or activities
• Cost of insurance

Exclusions

• Return airfare from home country to Malaysia
• Airport transfer to hotel (in UKM, Bangi) and back to airport
• All cost of personal nature such as gifts, snacks, beverages, tips etc.
• Any meals not stated in itinerary
• Visa cost or procurement process

Note

• Although we will endeavour to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed, it is a flexible tour allowing for changes in the weather, local festivals, holidays, and other influences beyond our control.
• Online reservation www.ukm.my/gsbukm/edutourismtravel
• The package price is quoted in USD. We accept payment in a freely convertible currency and at the exchange rate prevailing at the time of payment.
• A full payment is required within 7 days of booking confirmation.
• Cancellation
Cancellation must be received in writing.
Refund for cancellation:
More than 30 days before departure – Full refund
15-30 days before departure – 50%
Less than 15 days before departure – No refund
• Please refer to our general terms and conditions at www.ukm.my/gsbukm/edutourismtravel
• For enquiries, please contact Ms Geetha or Mr Safwan at 603 8921 3457 or email gsb.marketing@ukm.edu.my

CONCLUSION

Being a multi-racial nation, Malaysia offers thousands of fascinating ethos that can be explored, appreciated, and embraced. Tourism Malaysia’s promotional theme of “Malaysia, Truly Asia” befits Malaysia, possibly more than any other countries in Asia, if not the world. The Malaysian culture gives its people unique qualities that shape the mass identity of the nation whilst maintaining the unique variety of faiths, languages, literatures, architectures, folk music, traditional clothing, and the most famous – multi-ethnic gastronomy.

Active learning about the culture of Malaysia through visit tours and well-planned activities, designed to increase youths’ knowledge and appreciation of various cultures, will lead towards the narrowing down of cultural distances between Malaysia and other nations. The journey of cultural discovery is full of excitement and enjoyment that brings tremendous benefit of cultural awareness in an informal learning environment to nurture a more culturally adaptive manager of the future.