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Malaysia - Sport and Fitness

Sporting activities are popular in Malaysia and there are a wide range of sports to do for expats. There are organizations and clubs available to join and there are no shortages of water sports to enjoy at your leisure.


Golf has become popular over the last five decades and Malaysia has an international reputation for golfing tourism. There are golf courses available on beach fronts, in rain forests and in mountains. There’s enough for any level of golfer to play to his or her heart’s content. People come to Malaysia for golfing holidays due to its diverse nature of courses.

www.golftourismmalaysia.com - This site is worth a look as it lists a range of clubs to join for regular golfers.

There are over two hundred golf clubs in Malaysia - www.worldgolf.com/courses/malaysgc.html

Hiking and Walking

These are popular activities in that there are clubs available for those who want to explore on foot. Joining a walking club is recommended as organised rambles are available on a weekly basis. It is recommended that hiking during the rainy season is not taken as it can be perilous. Rainy season stretches from September to December in the west and December to February in the east.

There are mountains to climb and eager hikers can easily manage these. Walkers can enjoy rambles through rain forests. Borneo is popular with many hikers as the highest mountain in Malaysia, Gunung Kinabulu is here. The National Park here is a world heritage centre and walkers will be treated to a stunning array of wildlife and scenery.

There are many trails and walks throughout the peninsular and walking with a group is the way forward. Gunung Berembun and Gunung Brinchang are ideal for those who prefer a more relaxed walk. You will be treated to vegetable plantations. A train journey back to your district is pleasantly through rain forests and the east coast train is colloquially known as the “Jungle Train”.

Cycling and biking are popular sports, too. There are clubs and associations you can join to participate in regular cycling meetings.

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is somewhat of a new sport in Malaysia and indoor climbing pursuits are now becoming popular with many rock climbing classes as a way of keeping fit. Kuala Lumpur has surrounding areas of crags which are often seen with rock climbers hanging from them.



With Malaysia’s coastline, there is every opportunity to enjoy watersports at every level.

Lessons are available for children and adults and equipment can be hired. Kayaking, canoeing, diving and snorkelling are hugely popular. Windsurfing is also a popular sport and all watersports are an excellent way to keep fit.

Windsurfing schools offer a range of lessons for beginners. The south coast is perfect for surfing and for beginners. Tanjung Resang is an excellent choppy, challenging place on the south coast which is popular with more experienced surfers.

Diving is a popular sport and the south and east coast is full of clear, coral waters which are perfect for keen divers. The wildlife of the underworld lives well in the warm waters of the South China Sea and there are chances divers will see large water turtles and other marine wildlife. Diving schools are well-equipped with experienced and qualified diving instructors on hand for all levels of divers including beginners. It is a wonderful sport for the whole family.

Canoeing and kayaking are available and the website below has many links where you can join canoeing and kayaking clubs. Dragon boat racing is popular too and you can join teams to participate. Canoeing and kayaking should never be undertaken unless you’ve had some training as currents are strong. Don’t attempt the water if you’re inexperienced with either vessel as the dangers are high.


Gym and Spa Memberships

Gyms are popular places and many are installed in apartment buildings. Gym membership has increased as more health awareness is raised in Malaysia. Spas are also incredibly popular with saunas, steam rooms and Jacuzzis for relaxation and winding down.

Sport is endless in Malaysia and other activities are available such as football clubs which youngsters can join along with tennis clubs. Swimming is a popular sport too and there are swimming clubs for children and adults who swim together.

Sport is a popular leisure activity in Malaysia and there is no shortage of activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. It’s a great way to meet people and settle into your new life.

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