As an Other Expat living in Kuala Lumpur, whenever there is an opportunity to try something new, there are a few things we have to consider, and unfortunately, the reality of it is that they’re not all pleasant.
Will I be able to afford it? How about transportation, and who can I go with? And the most unpleasant one: Is my race or skin colour going to be an issue?
When hiking in Kuala Lumpur, fortunately, your race is very rarely an issue. It’s one of our favourite pastimes here at Other Expats because not only is it mostly cheap/affordable (free), it is also a physically invigorating activity that gives us a good workout and it allows us to connect with nature, something that isn’t so common when living in the metro. Put it down as one of those things to do in Kuala Lumpur for expats or foreigners.
Whether you’re a first-time hiker or a seasoned one, here are some tips to get you on that trail!
DO SOME RESEARCH
There are some great spots for hiking in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor if you’re thinking of doing a quick one within the city. You can check out this article for some information about hiking trails in Kuala Lumpur and neighbouring areas.
If you want to venture farther out, this article provides information on other hiking spots around Malaysia, as well as useful details such as pricing (a lot are free) and hours.
Many people who have gone hiking might tell you it’s easy and simple, but it’s still better to be safe. This article provides some tips on how to keep safe when hiking.
You’ll find other hikers on the trail you will bump into, and they’re all usually very courteous and helpful. Don’t be afraid to greet them good morning, too!
HAVE AN EARLY START
It’s best to get to the location by 7 am so you can do good time before the sun is at its hottest. Don’t forget to check the weather – rain will make your hike very slippery and very difficult!
WEAR THE RIGHT SHOES
We learned this the hard way. Your regular running shoes or sneakers won’t do – they’d just be slippery and slow you down, or worse! You need shoes that have grip and can withstand the sometimes muddy trail.
You’ll get thirsty. Just don’t litter or throw out empty bottles in the forest – that’s not cool!
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