Kuala Lumpur: Hiking - Walking
Easier to negotiate than Bangkok, less cosmopolitan than Singapore and more eclectic than Hanoi
Though most sights and amenities in Kuala Lumpur are within walking distance, it can be challenging amidst the fast traffic and you will need to frequently use overhead bridges to cross busy roads. However, if you have the time and do not mind the heat, a walking holiday in Kuala Lumpur can be a good way to see the sights and a chance to mingle with the locals. It is not difficult to enjoy a day of hiking in Kuala Lumpur whilst staying away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
In the middle of the city is one of the country’s oldest nature reserves, the Bukit Nanas Recreation Forest. This reserve is the ‘Green Lung’ of the city and it serves as a recreational spot for visitors to escape from the city. There are several entrances in the reserve and there are 3 different hiking trails for you to choose from. Another nature reserve suitable for a hiking in Kuala Lumpur is located along the Selayang-Kepong highway, about a 45-minute drive from the city centre.
The nature reserve is a 600-hectare tropical rainforest filled with thousands of flora and fauna species. It is managed by Forrest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM). It is as much a recreational park as a forest reserve. Nature trail hiking not only provides a breathtaking view of the scenery but it gives visitors an excellent opportunity to learn more about the many plant species in this part of the world. There is also a canopy walk in FRIM for the thrill seekers. Hiking in Kuala Lumpur is best done in the morning before it gets too hot and also to avoid the frequent after rain showers.