Spring has sprung, and with that follows a plethora of flowers eager to blossom and amaze spectators.
Whether it’s because you follow Instagram users residing in Japan, or have friends and family members visiting the land of The Rising Sun, chances are that your social media feed would be filled with hanami images – picturesque scenes of sakura (cherry blossoms) blooming!
And if you’re anything like us, you’d be dying to fly off to those areas to personally view and experience this wonder of nature, stat! But since travelling is not cheap and money does not fall from the skies, you would most probably have to wipe away those dreams until perhaps the next season.
That is, unless you can find a way to experience hanami in Malaysia…
Mainly situated in the northern part of Malaysia, specifically in Kedah and Penang, these ‘Malaysian sakura trees’ are actually Tecoma Trees (Tabebuia rosea) or pokok kertas tisu (Bahasa Melayu for ‘tissue paper tree’).
Coming in shades of white and pink, the tropical trees are filled with bloomed flowers in the month of March and July — turning the landscape, as well as streets and pavements into a beautiful and colourful sight.
For those of you who want to have a first hand look at these beautiful trees (or to curb your hanami appetite until you save up enough to go to Japan), below are some places you can visit.
Kementerian Belia dan Sukan at Putrajaya
Sungei Long (near the morning market) at Selangor
Puspakom JPJ at Jejawi, Perlis
Taman Utama, Alor Star at Kedah
Jalan Dulang, Sg. Yan at Kedah
Jalan Gangsa, Alor Star at Kedah
Lorong Tempua 2, Taman Selesa at Nibong Tebal
University Sains at Penang
Medan Bayan Lepas (after Motorola & Altera) at Penang
Farlim at Penang
You can also find the trees at Jalan Mayang Pasir 2, Jalan Sungai Ara 11, Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu (near Queensbay Mall) and Lorong Bayan Indah 1.
Do you have any other suggestions to experience hanami in Malaysia Do share with us via commenting below!