We are living in the new normal of following strict SOPs and ensuring we’re keeping ourselves and others safe. Whether you’re slowly stepping back out of your comfort zone to your local favourite eatery or hopping on a getaway to your nearest available beach, keep these steps in mind:
- 1. Always wear a mask & sanitize your hands.
- 2. Check in & out via the MySejahtera app.
- 3. To ensure you’re eligible to travel, take note of special requirements and/or travel restrictions and prepare the necessary documents and health certificates.
For our fully vaccinated friends who are ready to step back out and rediscover Kuala Lumpur, check out these activities we think you should try after being cooped up around the same four walls.
1. DISCOVER SCENIC TRAILS
You’ll find plenty of hiking trails in and around Kuala Lumpur, through lush tropical rainforests and sprawling parks alike. Bukit Tabur is one such popular location - a hill just North-east of the capital city, one 30-minute drive away. It’s part of the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge, the longest quartz formation in the world and home to a number of plant species. Whether it’s the moderate West Trail you choose to take, the more difficult East Trail, or the most challenging Far East and Extreme Trails, you’re guaranteed a scenic vista as a reward for your efforts.
If you prefer trekking to a waterfall destination - Kanching Falls is one of the most famous in Malaysia. They’re tucked away within the KL Forest Eco Park (Taman Eko Rimba KL), a rainforest preserve. While the lower few of its multiple tiers are relatively easily accessible, the higher tiers may require a bit more trekking to get to, but you’ll get away from any crowd, which will come in handy if you’re looking to go for a swim. Once you’re ready to take a break, you’ll likely find several spots along the path to lay down your picnic mat.
Alternatively, head to the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), another forest reserve another 30-minute drive away from KL. Not only are there a campsite, picnic area, a waterfall to marvel at and plenty of unexacting hiking paths - stop by to get a closer look at some exquisite Malaysian flora, visit the FRIM Research Gallery and admire the specimens on display, or check out the Malay traditional house they’ve set up to catch a glimpse of a historic Malaysian lifestyle.
2. ATV? ROCK CLIMBING? GARDEN STROLL?
Are you the adventurous type? Get down and dirty at the ATV Adventure Park, yet another half-an-hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur. You’ll get the opportunity to ride through the Malaysian tropical rainforest on their all-terrain vehicles, and their numerous off-road courses will take you to various landmarks, such as the Ampang River Waterfall, Klang Gates Dam, as well as the aforementioned Bukit Tabur. Visit their website for the latest information on their packages and pricing.
Test and improve your strength and agility indoor bouldering at BUMP bouldering. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed on small rock formations on artificial rock walls, known as boulders, without the use of ropes or harnesses. BUMP provides a premium indoor bouldering, fitness and lifestyle experience of climbing in Malaysia. Visit their website for their latest information on SOPs, packages, and pricing.
Perhaps you’d prefer a calmer day out than roughing about on dirt bikes and indoor bouldering. Look no further than the Perdana Botanical Gardens (also known as the Lake Gardens), a tranquil, well-maintained park right at the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Admission is free! There, you’ll find plenty of Instagram-worthy attractions littered about to keep you and your family occupied. Take a stroll under the shade of its numerous tropical trees - the Perdana Botanical Gardens is one of the best places to get a closer look at some of the exotic local tree species Malaysia has to offer. Some of the Lake Gardens’ senior residents are over a hundred years old! Be sure to pay a visit to the Herb and Spice Garden, as well as the Sunken Garden, which is masterfully landscaped.
We as Malaysians are very proud of our national flower, the hibiscus. Hence, the Lake Gardens have dedicated an entire area to the exhibition of this lovely flower, centred on a rustic Colonial-style building converted for this purpose. The grounds also feature an Orchid Garden with up to 120 species of orchids. Lastly, visit the relatively new Cycad Island, located at the centre of the lake, if not for its extensive collection of cycads (palms), succulents, and bamboo shoots, then for the beautiful photos you’ll surely be able to take. The Perdana Botanical Gardens are easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur via car and public transport.
3. WEEKEND ACTIVITIES IN PUTRAJAYA
Putrajaya is Malaysia’s third and latest Federal Territory and lies 25km from Kuala Lumpur. Much organisation and planning have gone into the development of Putrajaya as a modern city with the latest communication technologies and progressive infrastructure. The streets are elegantly designed with a European feel, along with well-paved roads while the government buildings are a blend of modern architecture with Islamic arts. Commercial, authoritative and residential areas have been divided into precincts that blend into each other cohesively. A waterway cuts through the city, flowing into a large lake. The concrete landscape is balanced with lots of parks, greenery and wetlands but because the land is relatively flat, it does not look lush. It may not be the most exciting city but it sure is pretty, peaceful and allows for singles and families alike to enjoy the atmosphere and landscapes by jogging or cycling. One of the best ways to see the city’s sights is by taking a 45-minute daytime or evening sightseeing cruise on a comfortable air-conditioned 76 seater cruise boat. Gondola-styled boat rides are also available if you prefer an open air tour.
4. STAYCATION AT MOMO’S KUALA LUMPUR
If you’re not ready to step out and about but are looking to have a brilliant staycation in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, MoMo’s Kuala Lumpur is what you’re looking for! MoMo’s is situated at the very centre of KL with award-winning rooms and easily accessible to everywhere regardless of your mode of transport. MoMo’s is currently offering extra special rates from RM49 per room! A quick 5-minute walk away from the Sultan Ismail LRT station and just around the corner from a bus stop. It’s affordable, accessible and just about everything you need from a hotel.
Contact us or head to our website for more information and guarantee yourself the lowest rates. Begin your vacation in Kuala Lumpur from MoMo’s today!
5. MAKAN & MINUM AT KLIA2
Before heading off on your latest adventure, visit Tune Hotel KLIA2 to MAKAN & MINUM and recharge yourself for your much needed vacation. MAKAN at Tune offers breakfast, brunch, late-night and desserts, where fully vaccinated guests can enjoy the beautiful sunrise to sunset for dine-in, takeaway and delivery.
MINUM At Tune is a comfortable and relaxed oasis for sociable afternoons and nights. Settled in Tune Hotel KLIA-KLIA2, the watering hole serves up hot tapas and a cool menu of drinks (including draught beers, whiskies and wine) to take the edge off the day or a long flight.