I’ll never know how it feels like to be NOT afraid of heights. But if you are one of those people who find the prospect of height exciting and thrilling, you’ll be happy to find out that there are many things to do and try right here in Malaysia!
Challenge yourself to greater heights (literally). Gather your like-minded friends and give any (or all) of these 7 activities a go!
1. Tower Walk 100
Where: KL Tower
One of the newest attractions at KL Tower that was introduced to celebrate the tower’s 25th anniversary, the Tower Walk 100 allows visitors to walk 100 feet above ground! Definitely not for the faint of heart, you will don safety equipment and then walk on a transparent platform that is located on the outside of the tower. To up the excitement level, the transparent platform will sound like it’s cracking as you walk through but don’t worry, that is just a sound effect. Whether you go in the day or during night time, you will be guaranteed a gorgeous 360-degree view of the city. Just take note that you have to be at least 120cm tall and weight between 30kg and 140kg.
2. Tandem paragliding
Where: KKB Paragliding Park @ Selangor
Go on a tandem paragliding experience and find out how it feels like to glide through the open sky! You don’t need any experience in paragliding as you will be strapped to an experienced paragliding pilot who will be doing all the hard work. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the adrenaline rush as your feet leaves the ground and you float into the sky. You don’t even have to go far to experience this — try it out via KKB Paragliding Park that takes off from Kuala Kubu Bharu.
3. Static-line jump
Where: Hawk Sports Skydiving Club @ Segamat
If you have been thinking of trying out skydiving, you can consider giving static-line jump a go first! The safest type of skydiving, static-line jumping is perfect for beginners since the parachute automatically opens 3 to 5 seconds after the jumper exits the plane. It is a solo jump, and you will exit the aircraft from 3,500 feet. You will get to experience a very short free fall before the opening of the parachute is initiated. Once the parachute is open, the jumper will be guided by the ground instructor, who will direct him/her through walkie-talkies on how to manoeuvre the parachute. If this sounds like your cup of tea, you can try it out at Hawk Sports Skydiving Club, one of the longest operating skydiving schools in Malaysia.
4. Tandem jump
Where: Hawk Sports Skydiving Club @ Segamat
Or if it is too scary to jump out of a plane on your own, the quickest way to experience freefall is through a tandem jump or also known as tandem skydiving. While you enjoy the scenery and the excitement, you will be falling at about 200 km/h while strapped to a highly experienced instructor. Depending on the weather and air space clearance, the exit point will be from 8,500 feet and higher which means you get to experience free fall for a bit longer compared to a static-line jump. No experience or preparation needed; you will be on your way up after a 30-minutes briefing. Just remember to not get cold feet once you are up there!
5. Hot air balloon
Where: Myballoon Adventure @ Serdang
Out of all the activities on this list, going on a hot air balloon ride is the least scary. In fact, it is a very romantic thing to do and there have been many marriage proposals and anniversaries that were celebrated on the hot air balloons at Myballoon Adventure. You don’t have to go far; you can experience a hot air balloon ride over at Putrajaya itself.
Myballoon Adventure is the first and only commercial hot air balloon company in Malaysia, so you definitely do not want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The flight lasts around 30 to 45 minutes depending on weather conditions and you wouldn’t know where you land! Because the balloon can only fly where the wind takes it. That is pretty romantic, no? You might want to note this down when you are looking for birthday or anniversary ideas in the future!
6. One day pilot
Where: One Day Pilot @ Subang Skypark Terminal
I didn’t know until I started researching for this article that we could try being a pilot for a day! I am terrified of heights, but this sounds exciting even for me. If you have ever wanted to know how it feels like to sit in the cockpit and fly a plane, here is your chance. You will have the opportunity to control the aircraft by yourself (with a flying instructor next to you, of course 😅). You can fly as low as 1,000 feet above ground, or you can fly away from the buildings. It is a great idea as a gift for yourself or for someone in your life who would enjoy this. It is also a good opportunity to test if you want to train for your own pilot license.
7. Bridge rope swing
Where: Rentas Adventure @ Kuala Kubu Bharu
Now this is something I would never do no matter how much money you give me. But if you love a good adrenaline rush, you are going to want to try this activity out! Challenge yourself by jumping off a 40-meter-high bridge at the Kuala Kubu Bharu dam. Yes, you read it right. It’s the first of its kind in Malaysia and it would make an unforgettable experience! You will experience a 40-meter free fall before the pendulum swings and you will be hanging at the end of the rope while admiring the scenery around you. Sounds crazy… fun, right?
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