Kuala Lumpur's Best Adventure Activities

2 November 2012
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Kuala Lumpur is one of South-east Asia's most exciting cities - with its ancient streets juxtaposed against a unique modern style and towering buildings. However, thrill seekers listening for the call to adventure will want to get out of this magnificent city and try these adrenaline-pumping adventure activities.

 Batu Caves

Rock Climbing
The 400 million year old Batu Caves, located just 13 kilometres - about 30 minutes - north of Kuala Lumpur, is a popular Hindu site and boasts a beautiful temple in a cave within the 150-metre high limestone hill. Opt for a steep climb of 272 steps or a more challenging climb up the limestone cliffs. Choose from more than 170 climbing routes and enjoy seeing the temple and superb views as you hang from the cliff. A tip though: watch out for the monkeys.

White Water Rafting
Outside the city of Kuala Lumpur are some of Malaysia's most thrilling rivers; perfect for thrill seekers who dare to hit the white water in a raft. Just 90 minutes from Kuala Lumpur is Sungai Selangor, a higher-grade river (River Grade 4) that can be rafted in half a day. Enjoy waterfalls, rainforest scenery, and the challenges of the rapids. By the end of your journey, enjoy calmer waters upon which you can relax and float. For an even greater challenge, try Jeram Besu near Benta or Sungai Telom in the Cameron Highlands.

Stand Up Paddling
Less demanding than regular surfing, learn to Stand Up Paddle in Malaysia with professional instructors at Tasik Biru (Blue Lake) in Selangor, outside of Kuala Lumpur. Practice correct posture and paddling, and develop core strength, confidence and balance to enable you to enjoy the scenery surrounding the lake and later, once you've mastered your technique - the sea. You'll be paddling and checking out the reef in no time.

Get a bird's eye view of Kuala Lumpur as you take advantage of thermal updrafts to soar above the city like an eagle. Complete a 30-minute ground training session, which involves learning about the equipment you'll be using as well as safety procedures before taking off from launch sites such as Bukit Jugra, located just 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur. Choose a tandem paraglide or go solo and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Experience the thrill of free-falling for more than 35 seconds before your parachute opens and allows a gentle canopy ride down to ground level. If you've got a day to dedicate to skydiving, why not book an Accelerated Freefall course and become an expert? With proof of your skydiving license and your most recent logbook, experienced skydivers are welcomed in Kuala Lumpur.

Xanthe Coward

Xanthe's favourite travel destinations are the Greek Islands, Indonesia, Fiji and Vanuatu. With a background in performing arts, fine food, wine and good times, Xanthe enjoys travel that brings her close to the locals and their leisure activities. Being a theatre reviewer means that Xanthe will always do dinner and a show before checking out the late night city scene and still be up early to find the markets and a decent pot of chai.