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Despite the heat and humidity of Kuala Lumpur, outdoor activities are not hard to find. From city centre golf and country clubs to jungle trekking and bungee jumping, visitors can be spoilt for choice. The best activities depend entirely on your appetite for adventure.
Adventure level: Moderate
Get back to nature at the foot of one of Kuala Lumpur’s most familiar landmarks: the KL Tower. Surrounding this, the world’s seventh tallest telecommunications tower, is a feature few global cities can boast: an area of true virgin rainforest. While the tigers that once roamed this part of the country are of course long gone, many fascinating species of flora and fauna still remain and still offer the sort of photo opportunities you’d never expect to find in the middle of a growing capital city. Though the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve is currently closed for maintenance, it will reopen in September.
Adventure level: Intermediate
Join a hash. The global phenomenon of hashing started right here in Kuala Lumpur, and clubs still run (and drink) weekly and monthly all across the city. Find a run time and date (most clubs are now online: try the Mother Hash for the original hash group, the KL Hash House Harriettes, the KL Full Moon Hash, or the KL Junior Hash House Harriers for children), turn up, follow the paper trail and soak in the post-run drinks and banter.
Adventure level: Extreme
Join Air Venture Sports Aviation for a lesson on how to fly a paramotor. Start off with a tandem flight where you’ll learn the basics of flying before progressing to the optional training course that will take you from the ground to the skies in five days. It’s a commitment, but one that has a reward few people will ever experience: looking down on KL’s surrounding Klang Valley with nothing but air beneath your feet, an 80cc motor strapped to your back and a parachute above your head.