11 super fun outdoor activities you can do all around Malaysia


We Malaysians are pretty lucky to be living in a country full of natural splendour and endless choices when it comes to outdoor activities.

In collaboration with Tourism Malaysia, here are 11 epic outdoor activities you can do, while also appreciating the best that Malaysia has to offer:

1. White water rafting in Kampar River, Gopeng

The cascading rapids are easy to navigate, but also require a lot of teamwork! It’s so leisurely, even kids aged six years old and above are welcome to join. You’ll also be able to gaze at the beautiful fruit orchards along the river as you make your way to the end.

And of course, it makes for great bonding with friends and family, since y’all will have to work together hand-on-paddle.

2. Get some fresh air and go hot air ballooning in Putrajaya

Offering daily flights, this is probably the most unique way of ‘flying’ in Malaysia. The flight offers three different take off points – Ekuin Park UPM Serdang, Broga, and Precinct 2 in Putrajaya. Depending on which take-off point you choose, your landing point also differs! No matter which you choose, you’re sure to get breathtaking views.

3. Take a 2D1N journey to climb Mt. Kinabalu and brag to all your friends and family

Famous for being the tallest mountain in Malaysia and Borneo, Mt. Kinabalu is a superb ‘extreme’ destination for thrill seekers who want to do more than just sightseeing. Of course, you’ll have to have a certain amount of fitness, but you don’t have to be a real gym junkie to be able to climb it.

4. Spend 3D2N exploring the caves of Merapoh, Pahang

Featuring three prehistoric caves – Gua Padang Kawad, Gua Cina Gunting, and Gua Jinjang Pelamin, you’ll definitely have your fair share of caving done. You’ll be able to spend a total of 3D2N (don’t worry, you won’t be sleeping in a cave) here, with a whole load of activities in store. You’ll be able to go fish feeding, do a fair bit of hiking, as well as explore the untouched beauty of Pahang.

5. Go on a day trip to the Bohey Dulang Islands in Sabah

Part of an extinct volcano, the Bohey Dulang Islands are a beautiful destination for snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, and even bird watching! Where the volcanic crater once was is now a beautiful blue lagoon that goes 25m deep. On these islands you’ll also see long-tailed macaques, pied hornbills, fruit doves, and more!

6. Go on a day trip to Rainbow Falls in Kuantan

This day trip features three stops – Rainbow Falls, Taman Negara Canopy Walkway, and Taman Negara National Park. You’ll be able to see the majestic rainbows that appear at, you guessed it, Rainbow Falls, and then make your way through the world’s longest and tallest suspension bridge, before visiting an Orang Asli tribe in the Taman Negara National Park itself.

7. Get close to nature in a houseboat on Kenyir Lake, Terengganu

Living on a houseboat may seem a little odd, but it’s one of the best ways to really disconnect from the hustle and bustle of city life. Not only are you able to just enjoy the calming sounds of the water passing the boat, you’re also able to spend more time with the people you cherish in a very intimate setting.

8. Go tandem paragliding and get a bird’s eye view of Terengganu

Flying off with the view of the ocean in front of you and the beautiful hills of Besut behind you is an experience like no other. Tandem paragliding is an activity that involves two people, a professional paraglider and you, of course! The best part is, you won’t need to do any of the flying per se. All you need to do is enjoy the view, take lots of epic photos and videos, and just breathe in that fresh air!

9. Go snorkelling and visit a turtle hatchery on Satang Island, Sarawak

Consisting of two islands – Pulau Satang Besar and Pulau Satang Kecil, the Satang Islands are a great place to spend the day just laying out in the sun and going for a swim in its crystal clear waters. Visitors can also gain a stronger appreciation for wildlife in its turtle hatchery. That’s why they’re often called Sarawak’s ‘Turtle Islands’.

10. Fly in a helicopter and see the best that Langkawi has to offer

Get the best view of Langkawi island and discover the lush landscapes it has to offer. The helicopter tour will last roughly 30 minutes and covers a distance of 30km. You’ll be able to get a bird’s eye view of Tengah Beach, Singa Besar Island, Dayang Bunting Lake, Tuba Island, Cenang Beach, and more!

11. Catch a good swell when you go surfing in Cherating

Home to a bustling surf community, Cherating is the go-to spot if you want to catch that perfect swell. Cherating’s waves are great for beginners as well, as they always come in consistent length and height.

Don’t know how to surf? No worries, Cherating is home to a number of surf schools, so you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to learning how to surf! –THE MALAYA POST

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