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Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017

Event Date : 04 Feb 2017 - 05 Feb 2017
Updated 2 February 2017

Float above on a hot air balloon this 4 and 5 February 2017. The Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017 will be a one-of-a-kind experience and it is the only hot air balloon festival on an island in Malaysia. Giving you a sense of freedom to discover breathtaking sights of Penang that you will not normally see, the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017 brings you 15 colourful hot air balloons from both international and local balloonists. This year's international balloonists will include Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Japan, Philippines and Thailand, and special shaped balloons will be featured too.

Over this two-day event, ticketed tethered balloon rides will be available where one can go up as high as 60 feet. There will also be the ‘cold inflation’ activity where anyone can walk into a balloon envelope that’s filled with cold air as it lies on the ground. In addition, F&B stalls and family friendly activities will be available throughout the event such as inflatables, creative workshops, paddle boat rides on a huge pool, reverse bungees for adults and kids, giant trampoline and more!

Full Programme:
Time Saturday (4 Feb 2017) Sunday (5 Feb 2017)
7am Event starts with food and handicraft stalls
7am Setting up of balloons for display and tethered rides
7am - 9pm Fun Zone - Water orb, Roller orb, Hamster orb, Paddle boat ride
Trampoline, Reverse bungees for adults & kids, Inflatables.
7.15am Ticket counter opens (numbered tags given 30mins prior)
7.30am - 9am Balloon display
7.30am - 10.30am Tethered balloon ride
8am - 11am Cold inflation activity (walk into a balloon envelope filled with cold air as it lies on the ground)
7.30am - 9.30pm Workshops by Tourism Malaysia
5pm - 8pm Cold inflation activity (walk into a balloon envelope filled with cold air as it lies on the ground)
5.45pm Ticket counter opens (numbered tags given 30mins prior)
6pm
  • Setting up of balloons for display and tethered rides
  • Balloon display for 30mins - 1hour
  • Tethered balloon ride (about 3 hours)
8.45pm ‘Night Glow’ set up
8.45pm - 9pm Display of ‘Night Glow’ balloons
*The programme is subject to change without prior notice and balloon activities are subject to weather conditions

Tickets
On both days, three tethered balloons are open for rides to the public at RM50 per person while cold inflation (where anyone can walk into a balloon envelope that’s filled with cold air as it lies on the ground) is RM5 per person.

There will be two tethered balloon ride sessions a day. Tethered balloon ride is chargeable at RM50 per person on first-come first-served basis. Tickets are limited to the first 150 persons (with numbered tags) in the queue and there will only be one ticket sold to each person. Numbered tags will be given out 30 minutes prior to the opening of the ticket counter. Tethered ride ticketing details are as follows:

 
Ticket Counter Operating Times:
  • 7.15am [tickets sold only for morning session]
  • 5.45pm [tickets sold only for evening session]
*Tickets sold each day will be applicable for the particular day only, e.g. purchase of tickets on 4 Feb can only be used on the same day for the specific morning or evening session.
*Children below 4ft are prohibited to ride the balloon due to safety reasons.
*Tethered rides are subject to weather conditions.
*Should weather conditions prohibit the ride, visitors can claim a full refund from the ticket counter within 3 hours of ticket purchase.
* Safety is utmost priority, however passengers are to ride at their own risk.
*Appropriate clothing is advised such as pants or shorts for the ride.
 

Other Activities
In addition to the the impressive hot air balloons, there will be fun activities for the whole family to participate such as giant inflatables, creative workshops, paramotor show, paddle boat rides, reverse bungees, trampoline and many more. Click here for the list of activities.

Facilities
Food and beverage stalls as well as a variety of arts & crafts stalls will be available on both event days from 7am to 9.30pm. Additional mobile toilets will also be put in place throughout the event area to accommodate the large crowd.

How to get there

Free Shuttle (Rapid Bus)
To ease traffic during the event days, shuttle buses will be provided from three different points on the island to Padang Polo as follows:

 
  1. Jetty – KOMTAR – Padang Polo
Operating time  : 7am – 10pm
Frequency             : every 30 mins
 
  1. Tesco Tanjung Tokong – Padang Polo
Operating time  : 7am – 10pm
Frequency             : every 60 mins
 
  1. Queensbay Mall – Sungai Nibong (bus stop in front of PESTA) – Padang Polo 
Operating time  : 7am – 10pm
Frequency             : every 60 mins
 
*Time schedule will vary depending on traffic conditions.
 

Grab Promotion
Book an authorised taxi via Grab for convenient drop off at the event venue with your family. A RM8 will be discounted from your taxi fare per way when you use this promo code - GRABTOHAB17.The Promo code is valid only per unique user, to and from Padang Polo on both days. Here are the steps to follow: 

 
Step 1
 
Download the Grab App for FREE from the Apple App StoreGoogle Play Store and/or BlackBerry World and tab the GrabTaxi or GrabTaxi(Executive) icon.   
Step 2 Select PADANG POLO as your pick-up or drop-off location and select Next
Step 3 Key-in the promo code GRABTOHAB17 into the Promo Code field for validation before pressing Book Now.
Step 4 If your promo code is successfully redeemed, you will receive a notification.

Terms and conditions:

  • Applicable to all GrabTaxi and GrabTaxi(Executive) rides within Penang only.
  • Passengers are required to key in GRABTOHAB17  for rides before booking.
  • Available for new and existing users. 
  • Only applicable for 4 rides per user.
  • All bookings must be made via Grab App.
  • Not applicable with any other promos.
  • Discounted price does not include toll charges.
  • Available only on  4 and 5 February 2017.
 
Hop-On-Hop-Off (HOHO) Bus
For those who want to take a leisure ride on HOHO, note that the City Route, from Stop 1 to Stop 17 will have an additional stop close to Padang Polo for convenient drop off.

Road Closure
Jalan Sepoy Lines will be closed to public access from 10pm on 3 Feb till 10pm on 5 Feb 2017.

Free Flying at Padang Awam Jawi Seberang Perai Selatan
Free Flying will be undertaken only at the mainland where 8 hot air balloons will take off on 3 Feb at Padang Awam Jawi Seberang Perai Selatan. To add to the excitement, there will be two ‘God of Prosperity’ characters making their appearances then where they will mingle with the crowd. Details are as follows:
Date                              : Friday, 3 Feb 2017
Venue                            : Padang Awam Jawi Seberang Perai Selatan - Jalan Jawi
GPS Coordinates             : 5.197757, 100.492492
7.00am                         : Setting up of balloons
7.15am                         : Balloons take off
8.00am                         : Estimated landing time
*The 8 free flying hot air balloons will be for spectators’ viewing only - they will not be available for public to ride.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*All information is correct at the time of entry and is subject to change without prior notice.

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