Get your pulse racing at these outdoor and indoor pursuits!
From sampling local delicacies to treading well-beaten tourist trails, there’s plenty to see and do in Kuala Lumpur. It is a checklist with seemingly no end – and tucked under its recreational activities section are sporting pursuits to suit all tastes.
Those that don’t want to stray too far off the beaten path can find a wealth of awesome activities in downtown KL – the bustling Bukit Bintang district holds a few choice locations where thrill-seekers can get their fix and then some!
Meanwhile, those looking for something with a bit more ‘oomph’ behind need only travel a short ways out of the city where the ultimate off-road adventure awaits.
ATV Adventure Park
Tucked away some 5km behind the National Zoo, along a winding gravel road that gets progressively rougher as nature asserts itself, lies the ATV Adventure Park. This expansive playground for the quad-bike hungry extends far into the lush tropical rainforest, with numerous routes available depending on your level.
With five packages to choose from, you can start small with turns around the home base, jump straight into an hour-long ride with a stop at a waterfall or go all the way on a half-day adventure that will take you across rivers, up muddy trails and through steep, rough terrain that requires a bit of teamwork and plenty of confidence.
Whether you’re an adrenaline-junky looking for a fix, a tourist after an alternative excursion or just your average office staff that needs to escape the grind, an ATV ride will satisfy your need for a little – or a lot of – adventure.
ATV Adventure Park
WHERE Kg Kemensah, Hulu Kelang
TEL 019 244 8544
It’s go-karting, but with a different angle – literally! Blastacars Malaysia gives you the opportunity to whiz down the track sideways as you drift around apex after apex in a tail-happy kart. This Kiwi export (hardly surprising considering how big drifting is in New Zealand) is now open at the parking lot on Sungei Wang Plaza’s fifth floor.
With up to eight drivers allowed on the track at a time, take your friends and family members on, perfecting your tandem drifting and showing everyone why you’re the master of oversteer. You’ll be able to check your lap times at the end of the race, and see exactly who came out on top.
First timers can hop on the Novice karts, while the Advanced karts are ideal for those that know their way around a go-kart. The hardcore drifters will want to get on a Pro kart although a Black Card license is needed for this – prove that you’re ready on the advanced karts, and you’re good to go!
Meanwhile, there are other riveting activities such as racing simulators and VR gaming to while away the time!
WHERE 5th Floor, Sungei Wang Plaza, Kuala Lumpur
TEL 012 887 8485
From the Plaza, a leisurely ten minute stroll southward gets you to Berjaya Times Square, whose fifth floor is where the next adventure lies. The bow and arrow has been around for centuries, and at Stars Archery, you get to wield the modernised version of this ancient weapon in an exciting yet safe manner!
Pull back and aim, gathering potential energy behind the nock, before gifting the arrow kinetic energy with a flick of your fingers. If you did it right, the head will disappear into the target, preferably dead centre in the bullseye!
WHERE 5th Floor, Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur
TEL 03 2144 1302
Located on 7th floor of the Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur is Laser Battle, the setting for many an epic skirmish where players are given a gripping taste of the battle zone. Armed to the teeth with high-tech laser tag gear, you get a fighting chance of leading the scoreboard.
The phaser is the star of the advanced Helios Pro equipment and adds massively to the tactical fun. Its touchscreen shows the photo of who tagged you, while also allowing you to adjust settings and receive real time match stats!
WHERE 7th Floor, Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur
TEL 03 2110 5125
EXA Outpost at SetiaWalk
EXA Outpost at SetiaWalk is the first-of-its-kind hyper reality gaming experience in Malaysia, offering a completely wireless system where one can roam freely in a wide open space while carrying out heart-pounding missions in Dimension 12. There’s nothing quite like it and even if you have experienced VR before, those pesky wires leading from headset to terminal always get in the way.
Kitted out in next-level EXA Gear – backpacks, guns, headsets, batteries and charging system – you’ll be briefed by Commander Rick before being dropped off in an unexplored realm where you and your squad must rescue a fallen comrade.
When you’re done with your mission, don’t forget to check out the Hyper-Reality Arcade Centre where you can let loose on some cutting-edge VR arcade games!
EXA Outpost at SetiaWalk
WHERE B-11-1, Block B Setiawalk, Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47160 Puchong, Selangor
TEL 03 8051 6333