Activities in Malaysia
There’re plenty of things to do than just sight-see in Malaysia. Some may head to the forest for their dose of nature while others choose to unwind on the beach of play golf among the mountains. It’s a promise you won’t get bored!
Malaysia has several world-class diving destinations around its islands. The rich coral beds and marvellous aquatic life of Malaysia will provide some great adventures underwater.
The best spots for diving are those around islands such Pulau Redang, Langkawi (Pulau Payar) and Sipadan. Most of the beach-side resorts at these diving destinations will provide diving lessons through PADI-certified divers and scuba gear.
And while you’re diving, you will be fascinated by the variety of corals on the seabed and the numerous fish that swarm around you to get free tit bits from your hand!
Malaysia is a great country for anglers world-wide. Some of Malaysia’s rivers and seas hold top game fish that will satisfy the most hard-core of anglers. The seas hold a treasure trove of delicious fish such as Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Barracuda, Amberjack and Dorado.
Inland, local fishermen hunt for the prized Red Mahseer or ‘Kelah’, a powerful freshwater fish that plies clear-water, fast-flowing rivers such as the ones in Endau-Rompin Park. Other quarry includes the ferocious ‘Toman’ or Giant Snakehead, the quick Hampala Barb or ‘Sebarau’ and the acrobatic Giant Featherback or ‘Belidah’.
Malaysia, renowned for its beautiful landscapes, is fast emerging as South-East Asia's golfingdestination. There are almost 200 golf courses available across the country on different kinds of terrain. Choose your golf course from highland retreats to beach-side havens. Some of the great places to golf are found in Langkawi and Penang.
Most of the courses are designed to international standards and equipped with modern amenities and facilities. Perhaps the highlight would be the chance to cast your stroke amidst a backdrop of green scenery surrounded by fresh, country-side air.
Malaysia Local Sports
In Malaysia, most people participate in some form of sport or recreational activity. Badminton, football and hockey are extremely popular here.
In terms of traditional sports, Malays play ‘sepak takraw’, where a rattan ball is kicked over a net on a court and played like volleyball. ‘Silat’ is a Malay form of self-defence that has become quite popular in the Netherlands.
The Chinese, on the other hand, practise wushu (the proper name for kung-fu) and perform, as part of their training and showmanship, ‘Lion Dances’. The Lion Dance is an elaborate display of acrobatics and sound performed during opening ceremonies for Chinese Businesses or during the Chinese New Year.
Through the world-renowned Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia has hosted a variety of world-class racing events. The Formula One series makes Sepang one of its stops every season, bringing visitors from around the world to watch the race and enjoy Malaysia at the same time.
Other events include the Japan GT Championship, with lots of grid girls and fancy cars. Local racing events include the Merdeka Millennium Race and the Malaysian Super Series.
The outdoors of Malaysia holds promising avenues for eco-adventures. Malaysia’s vast natural heritage and rich flora and fauna are perfect for those with a deep appreciation of nature.
Head down the many trails of Taman Negara Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia’s premier rainforest park and spot a tiger or two. Explore the mysterious limestone caves of Gua Tempurung, Perak and discover elusive creatures such as the Cave Racer snake. Go bird-watching in the cool and serene environment of Fraser’s Hills. Shoot the perilous white-water rapids of Sungai Sedim, Kedah or touch an Orang-utan’s finger in Sepilok, Sabah.
Malaysia has the whole range of eco-adventures for friends and family.
Think nature, think Malaysia.