There’s a lot more to Malaysia’s capital than shopping in the Suria KLCC mall. Push yourself to the limit and enjoy these thrilling adventure activities – from hiking Broga Hill to jumping off the KL Tower – in and around Kuala Lumpur’s concrete jungle.
Unlike the previously mentioned hike, these trails are definitely for the more experienced, and the more daring. These mountain ranges are a 20-minute drive away from Kuala Lumpur and part of the natural Klang Gate, overlooking the dam and KL’s scenic skyline. The hikes could take anywhere between an average of five hours to two and a half hours for a fit person. These ridges that rise 1,000m (3,300ft) above sea level are also a world-class geological site due to its quartz deposits, and are definitely not to be missed. Because of its rather intense nature, the entire ridge is interestingly dubbed Dragon’s Back. A permit is needed to access these mountains, so book in advance. The west ridge is a longer hike, but easier, while the east is less travelled, requiring some stamina and nerve to trek through.
Contact Aquaria KLCC for a very special activity involving arguably the best – and certainly the scariest – creatures of the ocean. A scuba dip in their 2,500,000-litre (660,000-gallon) oceanarium tank is sure to be an experience completely different from normal diving, as this underwater experience plunges you right into a curated reef, providing access to all the usually elusive wildlife in the ocean. As this activity is only for certified divers, it might narrow the window of opportunity, but fear not! A separate package called Cage Rage is available for those who have yet to get a proper diving licence.
Not all adventures have to be action-packed. Spend a gloriously tranquil morning above the beautiful architecture of Putrajaya and its lake with the friendly crew of My Balloon Adventure, led by the only two female balloon pilots of Malaysia, Izzati and Atiqah Khairudin. Complete with a fun breakfast and a sunrise goal, starting your day leisurely floating off into the sky.
If rushing waters and getting barrelled around in a raft is your idea of a fantastic time, then head out to the old mining town of Kuala Kubu Bharu. A seven-kilometre (4mi) stretch of river and rapids in the beautiful jungle reserves of Selangor await you after the one-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. Fortunately, unlike most other outdoor activities, you won’t need to worry about rain as you are definitely going to get wet anyway. This itinerary will take up an entire day, camping at Kutu Hill and hiking to Chiling Waterfalls, which is near the river. You’ll get a chance to interact with the indigenous Temiar people, who guide the nature-based activities of the area, or head to the town should you want a touch of familiar comforts.