Some people are thrill-seekers by nature, and are always on the hunt for that adrenaline rush, no matter where it brings them!
Speed, excitement, bumps and bruises, even a scar or two makes it all worth it, body aches and all!
If that is what you crave for, and thrilling spills are your game, then this is a list for you!
- ATV Ride, KL
ATVs, or All-Terrain Vehicles, allows you to ride across rough terrains and lush greenery, going off-road in chase of that adventure just within and beyond the Malaysian forests. As with any outdoor activity, just be sure to bring water and an extra change of clothes. Rain is almost always expected, even though not anticipated!
2. Bungee Jumping
Bungee jumping is most definitely NOT for the faint-hearted. However, if thrills is what you’re looking for, then it is just the extreme activity for you! For those adrenaline junkies just waiting to leap through thin air, one of the places one can do this is at the Extreme Park of Sunway Lagoon.
3. Flyboarding in Putrajaya
Flyboarding, another exciting extreme water sport, is one that will literally take you to greater heights!
This unique sporting experience is achieved by attaching a PWC (Personal Water Craft), which propels the Flyboard into the air, with the use of air and water. At the moment, this sport is only available at Marina Putrajaya.
Tandem paragliding is available not too far out of Kuala Lumpur, and is available year-round, subject to weather conditions. Currently, two main venues for this activity is in Selangor and Sabah.
5. Hiking & Trekking
While some might argue on the ‘extremeness’ of these activities, try a 3-day 2-night trekking trip to the Mulu Pinnacles!
For some laidback, family-friendly activity, this most basic back-to-nature activity suits almost all age groups, with varying levels of strength and stamina. Most of the hiking trails here will lead you to a waterfall or river, and you will most definitely be rewarded with a cool dip after all the hard work.
6. White Water Rafting
From beginner to hardcore level, white water rafting is available in many parts of Malaysia; in Sg Gopeng, Slim River in Perak and Sungai Singor, which lies on the border of Perak and Kelantan.
Perhaps the ‘mildest’ of extreme sports, diving will transport you to a whole new colourful and exciting world!
This activity is offered almost throughout Malaysia, from Kedah to Johor; from Perak all the way to Sabah. The islands of Langkawi, Pangkor, Sibu, Perhentian, Tioman, all the way to the world-famour Sipadan, all waiting to mesmerize you with all that they have to offer.
8. Wreck Diving
What differentiates wreck diving with open water diving is that wreck diving is the exploration of the wreckage of ships, aircraft and other artificial structures. However, most wreck dive sites are at shipwrecks. One must be the minimum age of 18 years, must have an Advanced Open Water certification, and must be able to show proof of at least 50 logged dives. Additional certification requirements may include Basic Wreck, Cavern or similar.
Ziplining, or more commonly referred to as flying fox, is an activity consisting of a pulley suspended on a cable, usually made of stainless steel, mounted on a slope. It is to enable one to travel via natural gravity, from the highest point to the bottom of the inclined cable, while being attached to a free-moving pulley.
There are many places now which offers such activity, including extreme parks and nature-themed activity parks, including in Sabah and Langkawi.
Parasailing is a recreational kiting activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle while attached to a specially designed canopy wing that resembles a parachute, known as a parasail wing. The manned kite’s moving anchor may be a car, truck, or boat.
11. Via Ferrata, Mount Kinabalu
A Via Ferrata (or ‘iron road’ in Italian, plural via ferrate) is a protected mountain pathway consisting of a series of rungs, rails, cables and bridges embracing the rock face. It allows access to scenic sections of the mountains that are typically available only to rock climbers and mountaineers (ref: www.mountkinabalu.com).
There are some minimum requirements for those who would like to engage in this activity, but rest assured the use of modest equipment, a good head for heights and basic technique, walking the Via Ferrata is very safe, led by an experienced guide.
Mountain Torq is the World’s highest via ferrata and Asia’s first via ferrata is located at Mt Kinabalu’s Panalaban rock face. Starting at 3,200 metres and ends at 3,776 metres above sea level at Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
The minimum requirements needed for the first time via ferrate climber are:
- Average fitness level (Able to hike up to 3,200m in 6 hrs)
- Ages 10 and above for Walk the Torq
- Ages 17 and above for Low’s Peak Circuit
- A minimum height of 1.3 metres
- Free of restricting physical disabilities, be fit, healthy, and without fear of heights to fully participate and safely enjoy the activity
- No prior mountaineering experience required
- A maximum of 6 climbers per group is allowed to do Via Ferrata at a time (ref: www.mountkinabalu.com).
Microlight is a 1- or 2-seater fixed-wing aircraft which is mostly simulated by the hang-gliding movement. It is relatively new in Malaysia. One will have the unique chance to appreciate an aerial view of the destination,
13. BASE Jumping
BASE Jumping is the sport of jumping off non-moving structures or hills or mountains, and one MUST be a qualified skydiver before attempting BASE jumping. Annually, KL Tower hosts the KL Tower International BASE Jump (www.menarakl.com.my) bringing international BASE Jumpers for a series of jumps organised around Malaysia.
Skydiving, undeniably, will give you an adrenaline rush like so other! Leaping out of a moving aeroplane, and feeling the wind hitti g your face is not an easy thrill t0 forget, and definitely NOT for everybody!
If jumping out of planes are not your thing, then perhaps you can tiptoe into the sport by first trying it indoors? Yes, INDOORS! Head to 1-Utama Shopping Mall in Petaling Jaya where Airrider is located.
15. Shark Diving
Fancy a swim among the hammerheads?
Diving offers one the unique experience of discovering life underwater. The colours and variety of marine life is incomparable to any on land. If you enjoy the green lush rainforests, then you will be mesmerized by the darting micro life and gentle giants of the ocean.
Shark diving offers you a thrill like no other, and if you feel a bit apprehensive, beginners may try the indoor, controlled environment offered by Aquaria KLCC.
There are hundreds of caves in Malaysia and cave enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice, ranging from the massive remote caves of Mulu National Park to popular tourists spots just within the city limits like Batu Caves.
Some caves like Gua Tempurung in Perak is quite accessible as the entrance are close to main roads, similar to Batu Caves, while some are accessible only via trekking or even by boat.
Wakeboarding, very simply, is skateboarding on water. You simply surf across the surface of the water behind a speeding motorboat.
The sport is rather new in Malaysia, but steadily garnering a following amongst thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies alike!
Currently, there are two places you can try and indulge this this wet and wild water sport, and they are at The Mines (Philea Mines Beach Resort) and Marina Putrajaya.
18. Kayaking within the Langkawi Geopark
Kayaking is rather easy, and most people would have tried it at least once in their life time. Kayaking in the Langkawi Geopark however, is an experience that is not available elsewhere!
Maneuvering the winding turns of the mangroves of Langkawi provides a taste of adventure and some exercise while enjoying being surrounded by nature. The trip will also offer the chance for a good close up to the ecology of the mangroves especially the wildlife such as monkeys, pit vipers, eagles, otters, some endemic birds and the common monitor lizard.
19. Waterfall Abseiling
Stepping off the edge of rocks into a fast-cascading waterfall. Sounds exciting and most challenging!
Abseiling is the sport of repelling down a set of lines along waterfalls which can reach any height you dare to try, depending on your level of expertise. Like any other extreme sport, safety first!
20. Rock Climbing
Rock climbing requires a certain skill set and strength, and definitely not for the faint-hearted!
The most popular site will have to be Batu Caves in Selangor, and has about 170 routes available. With that many routes, the site offers a challenge for all levels of climbers.
Malaysia being a tropical country, the weather can rather unpredictable, but do not fret! We do have the largest indoor rock climbing facility in Asia, Camp 5, located on the 5th floor of 1 Utama Shopping Centre. It is the largest climbing gym, standing at 24m high and is fully air-conditioned. The gym also offers a 270-degree panoramic view of the city, a café and a climbing workshop. 400 boulders, lead routes and top ropes, suited for all, ranging from beginners to advanced is available here. Routes are altered and changed every 3 – 6 months, keeping things fresh and challenging.