About Adventure in Kuala Lumpur
Think of it this way: you may have to get active to work off all the delicious calories you will be consuming! Kuala Lumpur is located in a valley, which means that it is surrounded by cool hills and jungle forests. Hikers, swimmers and golfers will be especially delighted with KL.
For intrepid hikers, there are plenty of trails in and around KL to keep you busy. Swimmers who don't mind Olympic-sized swimming pools will find hundreds of options - usually no further than your hotel or nearby gym. If you'd like to go proper jungle trekking, you might be advised to take a day trip or excursion out of KL to get maximum bang for your buck. If you're looking for whitewater rafting, mountain climbing or scuba diving, there are plenty of options further afield. Runners and bikers might be advised to stick to the major parks, as sidewalks and traffic can make urban running a bit hairy. And for those looking for a more relaxing yoga escape, there are dozens of studios to calm and soothe you.
The hills outside of Kuala Lumpur offer a variety of hiking opportunities. It is advised to go with a guide, however. The trails aren't always well signposted, and the weather and high humidity and tropical temperatures can make trekking on your own quite adventurous!
Outside of the city's largest parks, there are not many formal walking routes in Kuala Lumpur. If you would like a long leg-stretch, try TTDI Park, Titiwangsa Lake or KLCC Park (Kuala Lumpur Convention Center).
For avid runners, you would be advised to visit a website of a bona fide running club such as the Road Runners or Runners Malaysia. In any given month, there is an official race somewhere in the country. Every weekend, there are early morning long-distance runs throughout the city.
Every hotel and major condominium boasts an Olympic-sized swimming pool. For the avid swimmer, Kuala Lumpur is a paradise.
Kuala Lumpur offers both local gyms as well as franchises from Singapore and the United Kingdom. Every hotel and condominium offers the basic equipment the road warrior requires.
Like running, biking in Kuala Lumpur can be a hazardous business. Visitors are advised to visit bikemap.net or similar websites for the best and safest routes. Biking in the largest parks is the safest option in a city unaccustomed to recreational bikers.
From Bikram to Hatha, yoga afficionados will find the gamut here in Kuala Lumpur. The major gyms also have yoga studios with regular classes. If you are staying near the downtown or suburban areas, you are likely to find a yoga studio near you.
The most central and signature park is KLCC (Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre). Other popular parks include Titiwangsa in Ampang and TTDI in Taman Tun.
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