37 – Adventure with Nature – Mountain Biking

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Mountain Biking


The exhilaration of speed using solely human power on a machine, and on a raw trail amidst open nature, can only be achieved by mountain biking. With its innumerable jungle and rural trails all over the country, Malaysia is truly a
mountain bikers’ paradise.

Mountain biking has long been a popular sport in Malaysia, with its own legendary trails and stories. It is said that ever since bicycles were introduced into the land, the inland villagers who embraced it were the first mountain bikers
– having to traverse the challenging trails to and from their remote settlements. Today, the challenge is still there, but it is one of adventure and discovery.


Malaysia has both road and off-road biking routes. There are many cycle-friendly road routes around Malaysia. Traffic is normally less heavy along rural roads and the views are stupendous.

Around Kuala Lumpur, these routes are the old Gombak Road, Ulu Yam interior routes and to the south, the Ulu Langat interior via Cheras or Ampang. Beyond Kuala Lumpur there are the rolling hill roads around Seri Menanti and Kuala Pilah in Negeri Sembilan as well as numerous East Coast routes with Sungai Lembing as an accessible site from Kuantan city.

As for Sabah and Sarawak, most rural road areas are scenic and provide ideal routes for adventure biking.

But for the hard core enthusiasts, it is the challenging off-road sites that count. In Kuala Lumpur, the ‘urban legend’ route is the Bukit Kiara jungle trail for its accessibility and easy opportunity of meeting friendly fellow aficionados. Around Kuala Lumpur, there are the Batu Dam, Kampung Pusu and the Hulu Gombak Forest Reserve with its water catchment areas.

Further afield, there is the popular Sungai Dua site near Karak in Pahang. This is a strenuous 40km trail that reaches into the Lentang Forest Reserve. As in many routes in Malaysia, this trail leads to a nice river or even waterfall – in this case the impressive 30m-high Kerau waterfall located at its end. As with this site, a notable feature of most of these rainforest sites is the numerous stream crossings.

Many recreational forest reserves in Malaysia are suitable for off-road cycling. Check with the local authorities for conditions.


  1. Find out about the trail and surroundings, be sure that you have enough time to complete the entire route before darkness falls. Do not stray off
    the path. A compass would be handy, just in case.
  2. Use good judgment regarding the fitness level required for the trail, and know your physical limits.
  3. Always let someone know of your plans and destination for the day, especially if going alone.
  4. Bring enough water and pack some light snacks to keep your energy level up. Unless biking with a knowledgeable partner, it is not advisable to eat jungle fruit or drink from any water source.
  5. Be prepared for sudden rain showers by carrying appropriate rain gear.
  6. Always check your bike before starting out. Pay special attention to tyres, which can damage more easily due to the rough terrain.
  7. If you wish to camp overnight as part of your biking expedition, read the ‘Camping’ section under ‘Jungle Discoveries’ for camping tips.


  • Sedim Rainforest – Kulim, Kedah
  • Gunung Jerai, Kedah
  • Taman Eko Rimba Kledang Salong, Perak
  • Bukit Kiara MTB Trails, Kuala Lumpur
  • Kampung Kemensah, Ulu Kelang
  • Putrajaya Challenge Park, Presint 5, Putrajaya
  • Seri Menanti, Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan
  • Sungai Menyala Forest Reserve, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
  • Kenaboi Forest Reserve, Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan
  • Sungai Lembing, Kuantan, Pahang
  • Sungai Dua, Karak, Pahang
  • Taman Negara Kuala Tahan, Jerantut, Pahang
  • Teluk Chempedak, Kuantan, Pahang
  • Tanah Rata, Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, Pahang
  • Chemerong, Dungun, Terengganu
  • Kampung Lingai, Kuala Nerus, Terengganu
  • Bukit Bauk, Dungun, Terengganu
  • Kampung Batangan, Marang, Terengganu
  • Kiulu Valley, Sabah
  • Kundasang, Sabah
  • Gunung Reng, Jeli, Kelantan
  • Bukit Kwong, Rantau Panjang, Kelantan
  • Tok Bok, Machang, Kelantan
  • Menara Kayangan, Lahad Datu, Sabah
  • Bau, Kuching, Sarawak
  • Borneo Highland, Padawan, Sarawak

Tourist Map of Malaysia

There is so much to do and so many places to see in Malaysia. To make sure that you don’t miss anything, use this handy map to navigate your way across the country and find great places to visit.


Perlis is the northern gateway to Malaysia. Despite its small size, Perlis has an abundance of attractions that make it a great destination.


Kedah is Malaysia’s largest paddy producing state. Delve into history in Lembah Bujang, the site of an ancient civilisation or relax in Langkawi, a world-famous resort island.


The site of a UNESCO World Heritage City, Penang is a holiday paradise with fabulous beach resorts and eclectic cultures. It is also the undisputable haven for foodies.


A tin-rich state in its heyday, Perak beckons with a range of sights and experiences. The state’s top attractions include Pangkor, an island getaway and Pangkor Laut, an internationally-acclaimed private island.


Hailed as the Cradle of Malay culture, Kelantan is a destination teeming with age-old arts, crafts and pastimes.


Beautiful islands, culture and nature give Terengganu its magical appeal. Dive, snorkel, sunbathe at the islands or journey to its hinterland to experience the best of nature.


The largest state in the peninsula beckons nature-enthusiasts with exciting eco-adventures. From Taman Negara, the oldest national park in the country, to the idyllic Tioman Island, Pahang is simply mesmerising.

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s dynamic capital city is bustling with attractions and activities. Explore the city by day and night.


Selangor is home to the country’s main airport KLIA, and the main gateway by sea, Port Klang. It is also the country’s most developed state with a long list of shopping malls and themed attractions.


Putrajaya, the administrative capital of Malaysia, is a well-planned township with impressive buildings, verdant parks, scenic lakes and beautiful bridges.

Best Sabah
Holiday Packages

Find the best attractions in this vast eco-paradise.


Sarawak, the largest state in Malaysia, has a vast wilderness that contains numerous national parks including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mulu National Park.


Located off the northwestern coast of Borneo, this island thrills visitors with its wreck diving sites, historical relics and duty-free shopping.


The birth place of the nation, Melaka is a treasure trove of history and heritage. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage City for vestiges of the past.

Negeri Sembilan

Known for its fascinating Minangkabau culture and a unique social system, Negeri Sembilan is the place to learn age-old customs and traditions.


Visit Malaysia’s southern gateway, for a family vacation at the theme parks or escape to its islands for an unforgettable holiday.

Birdwatching Paradise

Enjoy birdwatching at 55 Important Bird Areas (IBA) throughout the country, tucked away at various habitats such as islands, coasts or lush lowland and montane rainforests.

Cool Highland Resorts

Love the cool highlands? Find refreshing destinations to unwind in Malaysia. From French-themed settings, energetic amusement parks to forest-clad hills, there is something for everyone.

Dining & Entertainment

Find the coolest, trendy spaces to hang out while you tickle your tastebuds with the best delights.

Fun & Fantasy

Find the fun and thrill that you are looking for in Malaysia. Meet your favourite characters, plunge down the world’s longest water slide or enjoy the rides and games!

Great Fishing Great Country

Get your rod ready to reel in the best catch in Malaysian waters.

Malaysia - A World of Luxury

For those who appreciate the finer things in life, Malaysia is the place to indulge in sheer comfort and sophistication. Luxe Malaysia takes you beyond your expectations.

Dive in Paradise

Enjoy exploring the South China Sea, Andaman Sea, Celebes and Sulu seas for incredible sights from pelagic species, sea turtles to reefs, wrecks and more.

Homestay Experience

The best way to engage with the locals, a homestay programme gives a peek into the lifestyles, customs, cultures and pastimes of a local family.

Culinary Delights

What better way to explore Malaysia than  through its food! Follow the aroma to track down lip-smacking delights found around the country, together with interesting snippets on its culture and origins.

Malaysia a Preferred Cruise Destination

Get your complete info on cruising, yachting, anchorage facilities and land excursions around the country.

National and Marine Parks

Blessed with year-round sunshine and rain, Malaysia has a wealth of tropical flora and fauna. Visit its national and marine parks to enjoy the captivating sights both on land and underwater!

Malaysia Exotic Ethnic Heritage

Get a glimpse into Malaysia’s rich mosaic of ethnic communities and indigenous people.