Malaysia’s 1st immersive night attraction opens May 1 in Langkawi

by AKMAR ANNUAR / pic MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

A 1.2KM trail in Langkawi’s prehistoric forest of over one hundred million years old has been transformed into Malaysia’s first immersive night attraction, Dream Forest, scheduled to open on May 1, 2023.

Conceptualised and developed by Enfiniti’s group president and chief dream maker, Puan Sri Tiara Jacquelina, she assembled an all-Malaysian team of the best talents in the creative, technical and construction worlds to bring this amazing concept to life.

The forest will become alive as soon as the sun sets, with legends like Dayang Bunting, Merong Mahawangsa and the Giants of Langkawi turning into interactive adventures for visitors from all walks of life.

“I believe we have a wealth of stories in our own backyard that we can share with the world through different mediums,” said Tiara in her speech at a recent press briefing.

She remarked that this project was part of the group’s plan to revitalise and re-invigorate the beautiful former Kampung Buku (Book Village) of Langkawi.

The themed attraction will provide visitors an immersive, multi-sensory adventure through Langkawi’s magical rainforest, surrounded by illuminations and projection mapping.

“Every place has its own unique history that makes it special for the visitors,” she added.

Set within the lush Lubuk Semilang rainforest at the foot of Gunung Raya, Dream Forest is a wonderland of biodiversity where visitors can also take nature walks during the day to participate in forest bathing and discovering animals such as flying lemurs, dusky leaf monkeys, the Sumatran toads and even several species of hornbills.

Dream Forest is primed to attract visitors of all ages including families, holidaymakers, corporations, event planners, students and culture buffs.

“In turn, this would boost the local economy through employment, enriching the local communities as well as creating business opportunities,” the group president said.

Transformed into a 15.8ha-wide natural theatrical space, visitors will be greeted by characters including the Guardian of the Dream Forest ie Sang Gedembai, alongside Eli, Coco and Terra (three adorable helicopter seeds) who will be playing hosts, through projection mapping on the trees and surroundings.

An enthralling combination of creative passion, technological innovation and natural heritage, Dream Forest is set to be the first experience of its kind in Malaysia, said Tiara.

“It feels like Dream Forest Langkawi is a natural culmination of the best of my experience in film stage, performing arts, etc. I can’t wait to share this with all the visitors,” Tiara concluded.

The magical attraction will open from 7pm-12am daily except on Wednesdays.