The 7 Most Thrilling Adventure Activities in Kuala Lumpur

Hot Air Ballooning, Putrajaya, Malaysia
Hot Air Ballooning, Putrajaya, Malaysia | © Danny Chan / Alamy Stock Photo
There’s a lot more to Malaysia’s capital than shopping and other traditional city pursuits. Push yourself and enjoy these thrilling adventure activities in and around Kuala Lumpur’s concrete jungle.

Leap into KL Tower base jumping

This one is for the ultimate thrill seekers. From the top of the Kuala Lumpur Tower’s dome at 1,099 ft. (335m), feel the difference in the urban air than at ground level, even more than you can in the 360° revolving restaurant. The only catch is that you need to have base jumping experience already, to qualify. If you have the notches in your belt, see the city in a way not many have, and safely plunge from its tallest tower via parachute.

Kuala Lumpur Tower, Malaysia © Alexander Spatari / Getty

Hike Broga Hill and catch the sunrise

At first, hiking this hill may not seem daunting enough, but it is a great place to watch the sunrise. Located in the little-developing town of Semenyih, an hour’s drive away from Kuala Lumpur, this humble hill has a terrain quite different from most. Where most have trees, this large knoll has grass at 400m (1,300 ft.) above sea level, giving it the advantage of having one of the most beautiful views a hill has to offer. The height of this climb is generally accessible to most, however should you be wanting a challenge, its fourth peak is the starting point for a more challenging trek up Gunung Tok Wan.

Lost in the clouds on Broga Hill, near Semenyih, Malaysia © neoellis / Getty Images

Tabur West (Quartz Ridge) and Tabur East day trek

Unlike the previously mentioned hike, these trails are definitely for the more experienced, and the more daring. A 20-minute drive away from Kuala Lumpur, these mountain ranges are 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. A world-class geological site for its quartz deposits, these 1,000m-above-sea-level ridges (3,300 ft.) are definitely not to be missed. Due to 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 traveled, requiring some stamina and nerve to trek through.

View of Kuala Lumpur from Bukit Tabur Quartz Ridge © Andy Lim / Alamy Stock Photo

Shark diving at Aquaria KLCC

Should your otherworldly adventures be of a more aquatic nature, contact Aquaria KLCC for a very special activity involving the arguably best creatures of the ocean. A scuba dip in their 2,500,000-litre oceanarium tank (660,000 gal.) is sure to be an experience wholly different from normal diving, as this underwater experience plunge you right into a curated reef, thus giving instant access to all the usually elusive wildlife in an actual 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.

Shark diving Aquaria KLCC © TEH ENG KOON / Stringer / Getty Images

Take a hot air balloon ride over the landscape

Not all adventures have to be action-packed to the nines. Spend a gloriously tranquil morning above the beautiful architecture of Putrajaya and its lake with the friendly crew of My Balloon Adventure, lead by the only two female balloon pilots of Malaysia, Izzati and Atiqah Khairudin. Complete with a fun breakfast and a sunrise goal, start off your day leisurely floating off into the sky.

Hot air balloon hovers over the river, Putrajaya © Dwayne Foong / Alamy Stock Photo

Go white water rafting on a jungle river

If rushing waters and getting barreled around in a raft is your idea of a fantastic time, then head out to the old mining town of Kuala Kubu Bahru. A seven-kilometer stretch of river and rapids await you after the approximately one hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur, smack dab in the beautiful jungle reserves of Selangor. Fortunately, unlike most other outdoor activities, you won’t need worry about rain as you are going to get wet anyway! This itinerary addition will take up an entire day, as you will be completely basking in nature at its finest, camping at Kutu Hill and hiking to Chilling Waterfalls, located very near to the river. Have fun interacting with the indigenous Temiar people, who guide the nature-based activities of the area and head to the little old town, should you want a touch of familiar comforts.

White water rafting in Malaysia © Lano Lan / Alamy Stock Photo

Go crag climbing at the Batu Caves

Apart from practically hiking up 272 steep divine steps up to the temple caves, the mountain that houses the sacred Hindu place of worship also offers other fun activities. Besides amateur spelunking in the Dark Caves to the left veering of the staircase, the back of this limestone monolith is also popular with rock climbers of all ages. Spend half a day doing some fun basic climbing, or head higher for those with more experience.

Rock climbers at Batu Caves (Gua Damai) near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia © Stuart Gray / Alamy Stock Photo