Your after-Raya adventure awaits!
The wonderful yearly Hari Raya has come and gone. We have all enjoyed the makan (eating) and open house sessions. Now, let’s get back to regular programming, while exploring activities in different states in Malaysia that you can do (and burn off some calories) with your favourite people!
Run, run, run!
Marathons are mushrooming across the nation, and there’s no sign of it slowing down! Marathons are easy to participate and all you need are gym clothes and sports shoes, and you are set! How challenging you want it to be lies in your hands (or rather, feet). Go for the 3km or 5km run if it’s your first try, or if you have not been working out much.
Here are a few runs in July!
- Sungai Dusun Trail and Colour Run
- Felda Soeharto, Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor,
- 14 July, 7.30am
- 3km Kids Dash, 5km or 12km
- RM20 – RM80
- Bintulu Run
- Wisma Bintulu
- 20 July – Family Run
- 21 July
- 5km, 10km, 21km
- From 5.15am
- Normal price: RM60 – RM90
- Cameron Ultra-Trail
- Cameron Highlands
- 27 – 28 July, from 3.45am
- 15km, 30km, 55km, 100km
- RM150 – RM450
- Melaka Marathon
- Dataran 1 Malaysia, Klebang Beach
- 27 – 28 July, from midnight
- 5km, 10km, 21km, 42km
- Normal price: RM35 – RM100
- Score Marathon
- Berjaya Times Square KL
- 28 July, from 5.30am
- 5km, 10km, 21km
- Local: RM50 – RM95
- International: USD20 – USD40
Adventure parks – are you up for it?
Be with nature, while challenging yourself (and having fun) at a sky-trekking location.
Skytrex Adventures is located in Shah Alam (Selangor), Sg Congkak (Selangor), Langkawi and Melaka. You can fly, swing, glide and dangle on various aerial obstacles above rainforests.
There are three levels of circuits you can try – Little Adventure, Big Thrill, and Extreme Challenge. The higher the level, the higher the circuit is. So, if you are afraid of heights, you know which one NOT to go to. The circuits could take between one and three hours to complete.
Some activities will require agility, strength and stamina. If you aren’t sure, have a go at the Skytrex Initiation to determine if you could take the challenge of the actual circuit.
- Restrictions: Not more than 100kg and not less than 140cm tall. A child below the age of 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.
- Duration: 2 – 3 hours
- Price: RM35 – RM70
- Booking: Online
Into the cave we go!
If you are an intrepid explorer, then this is right up your alley! There are a number of magnificent caves in Sarawak itself. There’s Sarawak Chamber at the World Heritage Mulu National Park (which can fit eight 747 jets!), Painted Cave at Niah National Park (rock paintings date back to 1,200 years old), and Fairy Cave and Wind Cave near Kuching.
If you prefer something more challenging, there’s always spelunking at Racer Cave at the Mulu National Park. This two-to-four hour intermediate-level caving adventure requires some level of fitness and some rope-assisted ascents and descents. You will also need to be able to squeeze through a few crevices!
- Duration: It depends on the package you purchase. It could be a few hours or across a few days.
- Best time to go: Non-monsoon period, March to October. During the rainy season, there may be changes in programmes due to high water in the caves. This is unpredictable and guides will only know the conditions the same day of the event.
- Booking: You will need to contact the park or book with a tour operator.
4. Rock Climbing
Channel your inner spider(wo)man and let’s scale walls. There are plenty of indoor wall climbs available such as Camp5 at 1 Utama Shopping Centre in Petaling Jaya that offers lessons for all levels and bouldering. A basic wall course will take approximately 4 hours, and cost RM120.
If the outdoors is more of your thing, then head to Damai Wall at Batu Caves, Selangor. This is rock climbing in a natural environment, where you do not need to hike through the jungle to get to an outdoor side. It is located at the northern side of Batu Caves (not at the entrance to the cave’s temple). The wall is facing north (NNE to be precise). So,the best time to climb is October to February, with all-day shade. The sun hits the wall from March to September.
The area is maintained by Gua Damai Extreme Park. The operators also offer other activities including sport climbing course, abseiling, caving tours, spelunking, and jungle trekking. Prices range from RM40 to RM380. The easiest way to get to the extreme park is via e-hailing services such as Grab. You can take the commuter train to Batu Caves or the LRT to Gombak station, but you will still need to hitch a ride to the entrance.
Other popular climbs in Malaysia include Bukit Takun near Templer’s Park, Selangor, Bukit Keteri in Perlis, Gua Musang in Kelantan, the tough Fairy Cave in Sarawak and Dragon’s Horns in Pulau Tioman, Pahang.
Stand-Up Paddling (SUP)
Unlike traditional surfing, SUP requires you to stand on surf boards and maintain an upright stance, while you steer through flat water with a long shafted paddle. You get admire the view as you paddle across rivers, lakes and seas. Though it doesn’t look as strenuous as surfing and kayaking, you might just be surprised at the amount of calories you burn as you are actually getting a full-body workout!
You can do this at Putrajaya Maritime Centre (40 minutes’ drive from KL Sentral), Balok Beach Kuantan, Johor, Langkawi and Sabah.
SUP at Putrajaya and Balok Beach is offered by extreme sports company, Oxbold. They even offer SUP Yoga – yes, you read it right. If you sign up with a friend, it will cost RM150 for a two hour session. The minimum age requirement is 10. If you would prefer to stick to the regular Stand-Up Paddle, it would cost RM140 for a 2-hour lesson. Apart from SUP, you can also take lessons on scuba diving, kiteboarding and windsurfing with them.
The price, duration, operational hours would differ from one location to another, and from one operator to another. Duration could be as short as an hour or even three to four hours.
Prices could start from RM50 – RM60 per hour for self-paddling (which could include basic coaching for beginners). Do refer to individual operators for details.
- Pre-book your activities before arrival so that you are not turned away at the entrances/gates.
- If you are arriving at KLIA or KLIA2, you can get to your accommodation via:
- KLIA express train which takes you to KL Sentral, Malaysia’s largest transit hub that supports six rail networks – KLIA Express Rail Link, KLIA Transit, Rapid KL (Putra), KTM Komuter, KTM Intercity and KL Monorail Services. The journey from KLIA to KL Sentral is approximately 28 minutes, while KLIA2 to KL Sentral takes approximately 33 minutes. KL Sentral is also linked to a mall, should you need to get some shopping done.
- Taxi operators, where you need to purchase tickets to your destination at the counters before exiting the airport.
- E-hailing companies such as Grab, MyCar or Carriage For Her.
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