How many of us had had visiting friends from other parts of the world gushing about the local attractions we didn’t even know existed? Are you beginning to look like your passport photo? Or feeling burnt out because you’re glued to work and lost your sense of humor?
With us now in an extended Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) phase (and you still cannot travel overseas), this is the perfect time to rediscover our beautiful country. Besides, a quick break from ‘reality’ can help boost your physical and mental wellbeing so you’ll come back happier and stronger! Here are some outdoor activities all around Malaysia that you can do with your family and friends!
Rock climbing at Batu Caves
Malaysia’s Batu Caves is already well-known for its temple, but not many realize that you can also do rock climbing here! With 3 natural rock walls of varying routes and levels of difficulty, beginners are also welcome to explore this limestone hill for an unforgettable view of the city.
The Damai Wall is further away from the Batu Caves temple and can be accessed from Kampung Melayu Wira Damai. For those of you who are up for more challenging routes, you can try the Nanyang Wall which is just located next to the open-bay car park or opt for the Nyamuk Wall. The Nyamuk Wall offers the most spectacular morning view and you can begin the climb here from Jalan TIB 3.
The climb up will take approximately 3-4 hours, with breaks in between.
As it is a rather adventurous thing to do, here are some safety tips: Always go with someone with more experience. If you’re unsure, remember to check with your guide or instructor!
Here are some recommended guides for you:
Surfing in the tropics
That’s right. We CAN surf in Malaysia! Cherating, Pahang is the most well-known place to go if you ever want to try surfing. Did you know that the waves here swell up to five foot? But fear not, beginners can also sign up for surfing lessons at the surf school by the beach and they offer surfboard rental as well.
For those who have been here, well, there are many alternative surfing destinations in Malaysia that you can check out. Among the more popular places are Tanjung Balau or Wild Boar Bay at Desaru, Johor or Pantai Kosuhui at Kudat, Sabah will certainly satisfy your surfing cravings.
Be sure to take note of the monsoon season and recommended months to surf here.
Best places to surf in Malaysia Where? Cherating, Pahang Desaru, Johor Kudat, Sabah Beach Cherating Beach Tanjung Balau / Wild Boar Bay Pantai Kosuhui When to visit October - February November - March August
You no longer need to fly to other countries to surf!
Flyboarding at Putrajaya
What is it? If you ever wanted to be a human rocket or fly like Iron Man, this is probably the closest thing you can do to realize that dream. Water propulsion makes it possible for normal beings like us to “fly”! No hero was made in a day but you can certainly learn how to flyboard under the guidance of professional instructors.
This is a family-friendly outdoor activity as children age between 4 to 10 years old can experience flyboarding on the Tandem Ride package too.
For those who are more adventurous, you can opt for the Jetpack Experience to literally go to greater heights. Head over to Putrajaya to channel your inner superhero.
Don’t forget to bring two sets of clothes, long sleeve rashguard, sunscreen, basic toiletries, a cap and shades!
If you are ready to fly as high as 15m, book your experience today through FlyBoard Malaysia
Rope Swing at Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB), Selangor
For the thrill seekers, you don’t need to fly all the way to New Zealand to do extreme sports. While bungee jumping is available at Sunway Extreme Park, if you feel like swinging across a river instead, head over to Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor to try Malaysia’s first rope swing!
This is definitely not for those who are faint hearted as participants are required to jump off a 40 meter bridge for a free-fall before the pendulum swings!
There are several jumping techniques you can use (you can also opt to record your jump) – skydive (open arms), cycling, Superman and for those more timid, ‘pendekar penyu’ (neck is hidden like a turtle).
Located at the Kuala Kubu Bharu Dam in Hulu Selangor, this thrill-seeking adventure is just an hour’s drive away from Kuala Lumpur.
Do you have what it takes and are you brave enough for this? If you are, it’s time to book with Rentas Adventures!
P/S: The dam is can be spotted easily on the way to Fraser Hill, perfect for your weekend getaway. Visit their Facebook to get on your adventure!
P/S: The dam can be spotted easily on the way to Fraser Hill, perfect for a weekend getaway with your family and friends.
Walk under the sea in Sabah
Here’s something you should know. You can actually walk underwater instead of diving. Yes, sea walking at Sapi Island, Sabah! A perfect alternative for those who don’t dive or prefer their feet to touch the “ground” but still want to absorb the beauty of the marine life.
A specialized helmet connected to an oxygen tank that keeps you dry from the neck up is all you need to enjoy the walk as it is fully guided and swimming skills are not essential.
This is an activity suitable for all age groups as there is no maximum age limit so senior citizens and even children can join in as long as they’re at least 7 years old.
or more info and to get in touch with an official agent, visit Sabah Tourism’s website here
(Photo credit: Sabah Tourism)
Langkawi Kilim Geoforest Park
Langkawi Island is one of the most popular tropical destinations in Asia, best-known for its beaches and natural landscapes, with various types of accommodations ranging from homestays to luxury hotels catered to all budget levels, solo travellers and those with family.
An attraction that’s not to be missed and certainly fun and educational for nature lovers or travellers with children is the Kilim Mangrove Tour at Langkawi Kilim Geoforest Park. This geoforest park is the first geopark in East Asia and has been a part of UNESCO’s Network of Global Geoparks since 2006. The park has three conservation areas, Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, and Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park.
Travel back in time and reconnect with nature.
Explore the mangrove forest and the ancient gigantic limestone rock formation formed over 500 million years ago, on guided boat tours that are available here. Catch a glimpse of the white-bellied sea eagles and various other exotic birds.
If you are lucky, on a good day, you might even spot a dolphin!
Just make sure you have a tube of sunscreen with you if you don’t want to get a sunburn.
This is indeed a paradise that you must visit if you are in Langkawi. For more info on tourist activities or conservation efforts here, check out their website
Taking time off to de-stress and spend time with your loved ones is not only fun but brings great benefits to your mental and physical health. Studies have shown that those who work 55% hours a week are 13% more likely to suffer a heart attack and have a 33% greater risk of a stroke. So don’t forget to take time-out for yourself!
Besides, being in a country like Malaysia, there is so much more that we have yet to discover but we hope that this has inspired you to start your journey and explore our beautiful country!
For more travel packages and other activities, visit Lokalocal at cari@unifi