At the crux of the most densely populated and highly developed region of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is also surprisingly approximate to a number of well regarded adventure destinations. Whether you're seeking out jungle in the heart of the city, exploring nearby swatches of rainforest, or indulging in unique activities like boating with fireflies or a pilgrimage to the greatest Hindu shrine in Malaysia, you have plenty of options once you touch down in KL.
In the large city of Kuala Lumpur, there aren't a ton of parks as Westerners are used to seeing them. Instead, the rainforest has been allowed to thrive in certain areas close to the city so that it can provide a reprieve from the noise and speed of urban life. Bukit Nanas is the only original rainforest in the city and is home to the huge KL Tower, from which some of the best views the city can be had (arguably better than from the Petronas Towers). The KL Bird Park is more open space cultivated to house a few thousand birds, but you'll have to pay a decent clip to hang out there for the day. The Lake Gardens (Taman Tasik Perdana) at the city center are a bit of cultivated nature, while a proliferation of golf courses and country clubs round out much of the remaining green space in the city.
It's best to leave opportunity in your itinerary to head out of the city, though. Head north to the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia in Kepong for a few easy forest treks and an interesting canopy walk. This activity is quite close to the Batu Caves, which are a must for any traveler, Hindu or otherwise, both for the massive Murugan statue out front and the voluminous cavern. The nearby rock faces are also excellent for climbing. Just north of here (and still within an hour's drive of Kuala Lumpur) is the Kanching Rainforest, where jungle hikes to and from the lovely Kanching Falls are an intriguing option. Directly east is the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge, a surprisingly under-utilized ridge trek that is both challenging to complete and rewarding in its landscapes. Another rainforest escape is Sungai Tekala, located east of Kuala Lumpur via a meandering network of roads, where trekking and swimming are the main attractions. Lastly, there are the more leisurely activities to the northwest in Kuala Selangor. There are some passable beaches nearby and more nature areas like Bukit Melawati, but the most popular possibility is the flashing of thousands of fireflies in Bukit Belambing.
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