Borneo International Marathon Along coastal roads of Kota Kinabalu (+608 821 8833/ www.sabahtourism.com). Think you’ve got what it takes to complete a marathon? Beginners ought to start with the ten-kilometre trek, move on to the 21-kilometre race after some experience, and finally put their skills to the test with the 42km marathon. Kota Kinabalu’s scenic views make this race all the more enjoyable.
Borneo Jazz Festival Parkcity Everly Hotel, Miri, Sarawak (www.jazzborneo.com). Formerly known as the Miri Jazz Festival, this annual event celebrates a common love of jazz and is attended by musicians from all four corners of the globe. Royal Floria Putrajaya Waterfront Precint 2, Putrajaya (+603 8887 7137/ www.floriaputrajaya.com.my). Botanists and green fingers shouldn’t miss this colourful event in Putrajaya. Arrive early to snag the best seats for viewing the parade of flowerdecorated floats. Chrysanthemums are 2016’s theme flower.
Tadau Kaamatan Celebration Sabah and Labuan. Celebrated by the Kadazan-Dusun tribes of East Malaysia, the annual harvest celebration is a means to express gratitude for bountiful crops. Make merry by sipping on locally produced wine called tuak, observe or participate in arm wrestling competitions, and purchase handmade jewellery.