Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is a big city and so most of its experiences are based on urban adventures with the likes of food, bus and walking tours or nature odysseys to the city zoo or bird park. For a day of fun, Sunway Lagoon or Times Square Theme Park do the trick nicely. Options for activities outside the city include ATV and River Tubing adventures or a jaunt along the elevated jungle walkway at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) in Kepong.
The FRIM Canopy Walkway stretches through the treetops in the park and gives bird’s eye vistas of the eclectic flora and fauna that is indigenous to the nation. The walkway is narrow and suspended by ropes. For this reason FRIM’s rangers restrict the number of visitors to 250 a day with only four allowed on the canopy path at any given time.
FRIM is a part of a larger preserve which also contains Kepong Botanical Gardens and verdant forests where hiking trails are shaded from the hot sun. Open Sky Unlimited is one of several Kuala Lumpur based adventure tour agencies offering treks to more out-of-the-way locations in Selangor. Various trekking packages provide jungle, wetland waterfall or mountain odysseys or a combination of them.
ATV Kemensah Adventure Tours are aimed at thrill seekers. Guided jungle expeditions take convoys of the versatile machines along tortuous trails that skirt hills and coconut tree plantations. At the top of steep inclines the views are generally amazing. This activity is even more exciting in the rainy season when the paths are wet and muddy. Different packages cater to everyone from novices to experienced ATV riders.
Kuala Lumpur agencies typically offer River Tubing Adventures in Kuala Kubu Bharu. This Selangor district is less than 90 minutes by road from the centre of Kuala Lumpur. Riders free float along a section of the Hulu Selangor River on which rapids are no higher than Level III. Tours come with two choices, Novice or Wild. River Tubing tours include hotel pickup, lifejackets and safety helmets.
Kuala Kubu Bharu is also the venue of choice for white-water rafting. This activity takes place on a faster-flowing section of the same river with the standard course seven kilometres long. Like the tubing adventures, white-water rafting excursions transport tourists far from the hordes and into an area seemingly untouched by humans. Rafting is suitable for beginners, professionals and even those who are weak swimmers as life-preservers are provided.
Para-gliding is definitely not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Kuala Lumpur. Despite this there are quite a few locations where visitors can fly with the birds. Tandem paragliding experiences in Selangor give the choice of chilling out and enjoying the views or learning how to fly the bird-like contraption yourself.
The Kuala Lumpur Skydiving Association uses qualified instructors to teach the basics of this adrenalin-bursting sport. Theory and equipment instruction is followed by a static-line jump before the ultimate freefall. The association uses the golf course at Segamat Country Club in Johor for its skydiving.
Rock climbing is another unexpected extreme-sport for Kuala Lumpur visitors and what’s more the nearest venue is a mere 13kms away. The 150-metre high limestone hill at the Batu Cave and sacred Hindu complex has over 100 different routes of varying degrees of difficulty.
Riding the slides at Sunway Lagoon Water Park is fun and, with the adult oriented slides anyway, an experience guaranteed to get the adrenalin flowing at maximum capacity. Riders are twisted, dropped at lightning speed and jerked through an African Odyssey with scintillating slide-systems that include the Cameroon Climb, the African Python and the Congo Challenge.