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Roadtrip to Pestabola Merdeka 2013 Final #PestaBolaMerdeka2013 #FootballTourism

Football tourism is not something new even for Malaysia. It is not uncommon to see thousands of fans coming from far to support their teams in major away games. Even when the English clubs were here for ‘exhibition’ games with National team, fans from as far as neighbouring countries came to Bukit Jalil to watch the game.

I personally think that football can be a strong tourism attraction and I believe that in recent years more and more people decide to combine football with their holidays. Last year, me and my buddies flew down to Singapore to watch Harimau Muda in action (click here to read about that) and we had fun exploring Singapore attractions as well (click here).

Last weekend, my wife and I decided to give “football tourism” a try. We travelled 275km to Kuantan for a short “cuti-cuti Malaysia” getaway and at the same time watch the Pestabola Merdeka 2013 final game.

HArimau Muda RoadTrip 2013

Check out the 10 minute-video of our trip, best viewed in HD:

For football fan, you may skip straight to 4:30 for football action but no harm checking out what’s interesting in Kuantan right? 🙂

By the way, congratulations to Coach Ong Kim Swee and his Harimau Muda boys and team officials for winning the Pestabola Merdeka. A great gift for the nation celebrating the 50th Hari Malaysia.


  1. Bella Enveeus September 28, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Yup, it could be one of the tourism attractions to the country though hopefully the country can upgrade the fields to better quality so that it can not only improve the games but also project the seriousness of our people on this sport.

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