With the amount of shopping malls and air-conditioned cafes in KL, it might be tempting to think that KL is an indoor city, with everything taking place in cool, controlled spaces.

Far from it. KL boasts a number of hidden outdoor treasures, perfect for an adventurous tourist willing to literally, take a hike.

Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve

Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve
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The Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve is great for those who want some quick and easy exercise within the heart of the city. One of the last green lungs left in the city, the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve has well-maintained hiking trails and is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Visiting hours are from 7am to 7pm.

According to The Rainforest Journal, you can access the Forest Reserve via the Kelana Jaya LRT Line by getting off at the Dang Wangi Station and then crossing the overhead bridge towards the Bukit Nanas Monorel station. You’ll pass by the Wariseni Gallery on your right as you do; go behind it and you’ll find the trail that leads into the Forest Reserve. Entrance is free.

Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)

Image taken from FRIM's website
FRIM is a little out of the way, but nothing a cab ride can’t fix (Pic. credit: FRIM)

The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) is right where the Bukit Lagong Forest Reserve is, famous for its canopy walkway about 300 meters above the sea level, even though the name refers to the institute itself. This forest reserve is one of the hidden gems of Kuala Lumpur, boasting a rich trove of flora and fauna within easy reach of the city. If you have the time and friends to join you, it might be a good idea to sign up for the Canopy Walkway tour or join the Night Walk, where you’ll experience a different side of KL most locals don’t even realise exist.

Learn more about FRIM and its attractions here.

Easiest way to get to FRIM is to take the KTM Komuter to the Kepong Station, and from there, take a cab to the One Stop Centre where you will get your tickets. Some recommend combining a visit to FRIM with a stop at Batu Caves and end the night at the Kuala Selangor Firefly Park Resort.


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Ever wanted to walk on water? Then head on over to Lake Titiwangsa and check out UNEXS Water Ball. For just RM15 and 10 minutes, you’ll be able to walk on water in a large air-inflated ball. Warning: expect to laugh as you attempt to balance yourself. It’s a great stress relief exercise.

You can get to Lake Titiwangsa by alighting from the Titiwangsa Monorail station and walking east for about 10 minutes, Alternatively you can also hop onto the RapidKL bus B101 from KL Sentral.

Bonus: Running Events
Kuala Lumpur also hosts a myriad of running and competitive fitness events for the like-minded. From the KL Tower Run to the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, there are running events throughout the year that will allow you to see KL through different eyes. Check out the events while planning your trip; you might be able to join them if registration is still open. Most events will take place during the weekend, so it’s the perfect end to a working week if you’re so inclined.

Follow Runners Malaysia for details.