So, I prayed hard that this year there is no rain during Night Glow show. My wish wasn't totally answered though. It drizzled a bit that night. Ok, more on that later.
Besides the balloon as the main attractions, there are lots of other things to do during the course of this fiesta which usually last for 3 days. You can have a picnic nearby the lake, tethered hot air balloon rides (very popular), kids play area and last but not least the most anticipated event - The Night Glow.
I definitely came here for the Night Glow event. My sister who came each year for this annual event (she lives nearby Putrajaya), have so many things to say about this Night Glow. How awesome it is ...interesting..bizarre ..bla bla bla. So, I decided to come and have a look...that was last year. But the rain spoilt it!
Now my story of how my wish wasn't totally answered is here. I arrived in Putrajaya around 5 pm and the there was dark clouds hanging over. Uh oh, not a good sign at all. It may rain but I was still optimistic that things weren't going to be so bad. I crammed myself into the crowd waiting for the hot air balloon flying show. True enough, not long after, rain starting to fall lightly. Noooooooo. But the crowd didn't move a bit. So was I.
Slowly, a few balloonists came in and set up their balloons one by one. The first one was a balloon in a shape of a cone ice cream. Why oh why?! At that moment I suddenly crave for a chocolate cone ice cream. Damn! Haha. Then another was inflated and then another one. So one by one fly over the sky of Putrajaya that evening. i watched in awe. This was my first time seeing a huuuuge balloon being inflated.
Right, now to the highlight of this whole fiesta - The Night Glow event. It is where the balloons are lined up one beside another and it'll glow following the music that was being blasted. No idea what I was talking about? Watch this video.
Tips to get best view during this Putrajaya Balloon Fiesta.
- Check the event itinerary first before going so that you know what time a particular show starts. You can their official website here.
- Get there early so that you can secure the front unobstructed-hot-spot. Looking at the balloon while your view is obstructed by tall trees is not my idea of fun.
- For flying show, I suggest you come for the morning slot. The weather is much, much more forgiving in the morning and the natural lights are superb. Perfect for those who is thinking of bringing their DSLR along.
- For the Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides (RM20 per person). Well you have to queue really early for this one. It is very very popular and some people queue up before 6 AM to try to get the tickets! Some even earlier than that!