10 best adventure destinations in Malaysia

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This bucket list is a dream for outdoor junkies (hikers, trekkers, etc) who would just love to run away or chase the sunrise for the weekend and satisfy the need to be one with nature.

1. Broga Hills

When discussing hiking spots, we simply can’t leave out Broga Hills. Located in Semenyih, this hill is perfect for beginners and for those who simply wants to breathe in fresh air 400m above ground. The wondrous scenery will leave you in awe and the good news is that it will take you less than an hour to reach the highest peak.

Location: Semenyih, Selangor

Duration: 45 minutes

Beginner-friendly: Yes

2. Bukit Tabur

If you seek an adrenaline-pumping adventure, climbing and descending rocks at Bukit Tabur will do the job. There are two trails in Bukit Tabur; West and East. Between the two, west is less risky. Nevertheless, it is to be reminded that it could be extremely dangerous if you lose focus, so being too playful with your friends during the climb is probably not a good idea. It is a combination of hiking and climbing, giving you plenty of gaps to catch your breath.

Location: Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur

Duration: 3 – 4 hours

Beginner-friendly: Not advisable

3. Lata Medang Waterfall

Fans of waterfalls might want to give this place a visit. You can access this campers’ haven by trekking uphill for 2 hours. The trail is slippery and you need to cross streams, so wear proper shoes. Study the trail before going because you might take the wrong turn and end up hiking to Bukit Kutu (we’re not joking!).

P/s: Stop at Kuala Kubu Bahru dam for a photoshoot session afterwards.

Location: Kuala Kubu Bahru, Selangor

Duration: 2 hours

Beginner-friendly: Yes

4. Mossy Forest

Not many would have guessed we have this dream-like place in Malaysia. Located at the highest elevation of Cameron Highlands, this evergreen forest is blanketed in mist and promises you a quiescent moment (not to forget an Instagram-worthy picture!). It is only natural to have so many wonderful plants, flowers and animals occupying this forest; making it a sight to remember.

Location: Bukit Brinchang, Cameron Highlands

Duration: 4 hours

Beginner-friendly: Yes

Note: The forest is currently closed and will be open again in April 2016.

5. Gunung Baling

You can witness a sea of clouds from the top of Gunung Baling. The treks are slippery, calling for extreme caution for hikers. With the height of 420 metres, this limestone outcrops mountain is the home for hundreds of plants and animals. You will have to do some climbing to reach the peak and might stop at one point to consider your life decisions.

Location: Pekan Baling, Kedah

Duration: 3 hours

Beginner-friendly: No

6. Sungai Chilling Waterfall

Dubbed as Selangor’s most impressive waterfall, it requires you to trek and cross rivers as well as suspension bridge to get to the falls. Sungai Chilling has a total of three equally mesmerizing falls that you can visit upon admission that will cost you RM1.00 per person. There’s also fishes swimming in the river that can excite some people, especially young kids.

Location: Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor (at the foothills of Fraser Hill)

Duration: 1 hour

Beginner-friendly: Yes

Note: Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.

7. Canopy Walkway, FRIM

Don’t be fooled by how easy the trek looks like in pictures because the trails are definitely not for the fainthearted. The famous attraction in this canopy walkway is the suspended rope bridge that is 30 meters above ground. One added bonus is that you will see the priceless KL skyline somewhere along the canopy walk. There is also a picnic area around a nice waterfall if you’re interested in having a BBQ party!

Location: Kepong, Kuala Lumpur

Duration: 2-3 hours

Beginner-friendly: Yes

Note: Entrance fee is RM5 (Malaysians) and RM10 (Foreigners); Open daily from 9.30 pm till 2.30pm

8. Jerangkang Falls

If you own a 4-wheel drive, why not drive to Jerangkang waterfalls for the weekend for a camping trip where you can soak yourself in cyan-colored water flowing through 43 tiers of falls. Untouched by pollution, you can occasionally see hornbills passing by the area making it an even more interesting experience.

Location: Kuantan, Pahang

Duration: 3 hours

Beginner-friendly: Yes

9. Bukit Batu Putih

Located in Hutan Rekreasi Tanjung Tuan, it takes only half an hour to hike to the top of the hill overlooking a beautiful blue ocean. It is a great spot to watch the sunrise; or sunset if you prefer. Additionally, the Tanjung Tuan or Cape Rachado lighthouse is also worth stopping by. This lighthouse is the first ever built in Malaysia, believed to be dated back to the 16th century during the invasion of Portuguese in Malacca.

Location: Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan

Duration: 30 minutes

Beginner-friendly: Yes

10. Bukit Gasing

For those wishing to hike for the first time, Bukit Gasing will not disappoint. 300 meters from the entrance, you will come across one of the landmarks of Bukit Gasing; the watch tower, where you can take in the scenic view of the entire forest. Another landmark would be the hanging bridge built over a small stream that is sure to scare some people.

Location: Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Duration: 1 hour

Beginner-friendly: Yes

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