Taking a holiday in South East Asia probably seems like a pretty good idea to most people, with the region being blessed with pristine tropical beaches, a fascinating culture and amazing food, although for those who can't afford the long-haul flight a visit to London later this month may be the next best thing.
That's because Malaysia Cultural Week will be taking place on the South Bank, giving visitors to the capital the chance to sample a taste of what the tropical country has to offer without having to make the long trip.
Running from September 19th to 23rd, the event will be opened by His Excellency Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz along with councillor Abdul Mohamed of Southwark/Lambeth, and will consist of a number of free entertainment options.
Among these will feature live music and dance performances, a Malaysian fashion show involving traditional Batik and Songket textiles, and museum artefacts brought all the way from Malaysia itself.
As if that wasn't enough, Malaysia Cultural Week will also give Londoners and tourists alike the chance to sample some of the country's famous cuisine, with food stalls being set up along the South Bank, while craft making demonstrations, market stalls and traditional games will all be on offer as well.
The South Bank is one of the most popular London attractions for visitors, and boasts a number of fantastic sites. Stretching from Westminster Bridge to London Bridge, the area is reachable from Westminster, Waterloo, Southwark and London Bridge tube stations, and is home to the London Eye, the British Film Institute, the South Bank Centre and the Oxo Tower, among other things.
The Tate Modern can also be found on the South Bank, while those visiting on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday can end their eastward stroll along the river with a visit to the legendary Borough Market to pick up some of the best food in London.