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Climbing Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. No special shoes required :-)  <img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click for full image
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Malaysia Sports & Activities

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Diving and Snorkeling

Malaysia has some of the best spots to dive and snorkel in Southeast Asia.

The most popular spots are the islands off the East Coast of peninsular Malaysia (Perhentian, Redang, Tioman and many more), although the dive season is limited to April to September.

However, the most famous dive site — often ranked among the best in the world — is Sipadan in at the easternmost tip of Malaysian Borneo, and there are many other less well known sites like Layang Layang.

Trekking and Hiking

Malaysia has plenty of national parks, where you can trek through the jungle. The most famous are Taman Negara in West Malaysia and Gunung Mulu on Malaysian Borneo.

Go diving in Malaysia.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

You can also climb Mount Kinabalu, Asia's highest peak west onf the Himalaya. For more relaxed trekking, consider the tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands.

Whitewater Rafting

You can find tame Grade I to incredibly difficult and dangerous Grade V rapids in Malaysia's many national parks:

  • Jeram Besu - Grade I-III - Pahang
  • Telom River - Grade V - Pahang
  • Kuala Perahu - Pahang
  • Lipis River - Pahang
  • Anak Jelai River - Grade I-II - Pahang
  • Tembeling River - Grade I-II - Pahang
  • Sedim River - Grade III-IV - Kedah
  • Sungai Selangor - Grade I-III - Selangor
  • Kiulu River - Grade II - Sabah
  • Padas River - Grade III-IV - Sabah
  • Sungai Itek (Kampar River) - Grade I-III - Perak
  • Sungkai River - Grade I-II - Perak
  • Singoh River - Grade V - Perak
  • Endau River - Johor
  • Nenggiri River - Grade I-III Kelantan
  • Kuala Kubu Bahru, Selangor

...or simply relax on the beach.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

Places for Sports & Activities in Malaysia

Diving/Snorkeling Ray's Dive Adventure
Ray's Dive, manned by friendly Reynolds Esteva (or Ray for short), offers PADI scuba diving courses from Open Water (1000RM), equipment included. They've also got Advance Dives at 850RM, Emergency First Response (EFR) at 5... more
 1 Fans, 500RM - 3000RM, in Tekek
Spa/Wellness Chow Yang Foot Reflexology
Massage is a thriving business in Bangsar and Bukit Bintang, and there is no lack of massage parlours in either place. But mention Bangsar to anyone and one of the first things you hear is, "It's probably expensive&qu... more
Low Budget, RM40-90, in Kuala Lumpur
Spa/Wellness Best Friend Foot Massage
Bukit Bintang is literally awash with foot reflexology and body massage parlours whose foot soldiers (no pun intended) untiringly wave a laminated sheet advertising their rates at just about every person who walks by. Sinc... more
Low Budget, RM30 onwards, in Kuala Lumpur
Gym Twin Towers Fitness Centre
A first-class gym in the heart of KLCC, perfect for corporates to work a quick sweat before heading home. The Twin Towers Fitness Centre is located at the Concourse Level of the Petronas, next to the Skybridge Ticket Count... more
Top End, monthly fee RM150; joining fee RM50-350, in Kuala Lumpur
Watersport Kuching Kayaking
You can choose to kayak in the Sarawak river (in the city) for a leisurely and unique perspective of Kuching; or you can choose to kayak in the sea where you may bump into dolphins; or you may choose to kayak through the rainforest and experience the sights and ... more
in Kuching
Sport (Other) Borneo Headhunter Tattoos
Tattoo designs inspired by Sarawak's indigenous tribes. There are a handful of parlours in Kuching that specialise in indigenous designs and are very clean and hygenic.
in Kuching
Sport (Other) Kuching Tattoo
Friendly couple and very professional. Situated same row as Kiosk 2 Cafe. A few doors away from The Junk Cafe. (Upstairs)
in Kuching
Spa/Wellness Bidayuh Spa And Massage
At Borneo Highlands resort. Traditional spa and massage of Bidayuh.
in Kuching
Hiking Tringgus Tribal Experience
(1 hr from Kuching city). The original 'Tringgus tribe of Borneo' were a feared sub-group of the Bidayuh (Land Dayaks), warrior headhunters ofthe Borneo interior, living a predominantly hunter-gatherers lifestlye. They knew how to utilised the medicinal and pois... more
in Kuching
Sport (Other) 71st Skin Slavery Tattoo Studio
(Opposite Everise Supermarket) Specialise in custom tattoo, cover up, colour, black and grey work. All needle and material is in single use and well sterilized. Visit for consultation.
in Kuching
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