There’s a trail for everyone at KL’s Bukit Dinding in Taman Setiawangsa: a tarmac and cemented road for joggers, a wide forest trail for downhill bikers and a leafy narrow trail for hikers. I recently went on a walk that got a taste of all three.
Can you go to Gopeng and not get wet? With this Perak adventure tourism town’s #1 attraction being its river and whitewater rafting, I didn’t think so. But hey, I was wrong….
Located 20 kilometres north of Ipoh, Bukit Bangkong in Chemor, Perak is a short and relatively easy climb suitable for n00bs. It’s also got some fantastic views, including that of Gunung Korbu and Yong Yap, because even beginner hikers have big dreams….
Another Jelebu gem, Bukit Batu Beras is a short and not too difficult hike near the Pahang border, with a panoramic viewpoint that you don’t need to summit to enjoy.
It’s only 2 weeks into 2019, but this could be my favourite hike of the year. Short and easy, it’s Negeri Sembilan’s answer to Bukit Tabur, with none of the dangerous climbing and all of the views.
Just 45 minutes drive from KL city centre, Selesa Hills could rival Cameron Highlands as a hilltop escape. Sure, Selesa Hills’ climate is not as temperate and it lacks the tea plantations, but its bucolic setting is just as soothing, and its accessibliliy and absence of crowds are hard to beat. Besides, if the heat does get to you, there’s always Tanglir Waterfall.
Just as I’m reading that Scottish doctors are prescribing nature walks to a treat chronic illness, a doctor’s desire to help his patients here in Malaysia has resulted in a series of short trails in Nilai that have been embraced by all, young, old, healthy and recovering.