SELANGOR is a favourite tourist destination for its uniqueness. It is not only about modernisation in the state but also the culture that represents a microcosm of Malaysia. Not only that, sports and recreation is something not to be missed here.
Beside its charming faces, great scenery and well-developed cities, Selangor is also a favourite spot for extreme sports lovers, with several parks dedicated to it throughout the state.
The Shah Alam Extreme Park is one such example. Better known as a skatepak and designed by professional roller-skater Tim Altic, it is well-designed and although small, feels spacious enough for loads of fun.
“Selangor is a vibrant and exotic blend of culture, economic advancement and natural wonders.
“There are more adventure parks here that need to be showcased to people around the world,” said Tourism Selangor general manager Noorul Ashikin Mohd Din.
One of the main attractions at the Shah Alam Botanical Park is Skytrex Adventure, which offers three types of outdoor activities to choose from based on the number of challenges one is looking for.
The Big Thrill, with 23 challenges, takes up to two hours to complete. Meanwhile, The Little Adventure offers 15 challenges and the Extreme Challenge with 21 activities is intended to provide more adventure.
There is also the Sunway Extreme Park – the country’s first park dedicated to outdoor activities such as jet-skiing, wake-boarding, fly-fishing, paintball, futsal, scuba diving, angling and even go-karting. Also available is bungee jumping.
Hiking is another activity that can be more extreme than one thinks and seasoned climbers are always looking for new challenges.
Among the places in Selangor that are popular with hikers are Broga Hill in Semenyih; Jugra Hill; Kiara Hill Park; and Nuang Mountain in Hulu Langat, Selangor.
It is important to note that following several incidents in recent times, the Selangor Forestry Department now requires climbers to obtain a Forest Entry Permit from the Selangor Tengah District Forestry Office for a small fee of RM5 per person.
Those who want to fly off into the wild blue yonder are also accommodated in Selangor.
Once considered an extreme sport, paragliding is now seen as one of the safest airborne activities, thanks to continuous improvements by experts.
An increasingly popular sport among Malaysians, it is centred around Bukit Jugra in Kuala Selangor.
Run by the Malaysian Paragliding And Hand Gliding Association, the paragliding centre there is not just for thrill-seekers, it is also for anyone looking for an unforgettable experience.
The centre near the Bukit Jugra lighthouse, is a short way from Banting and about a half-an-hour drive from Putrajaya via the coastal road that leads to Morib.
Motorised paragliding is a step up from the traditional non-powered sport and is easier to learn, with wind conditions playing a lesser role.
Those still a little nervous can try their hand at tandem paragliding, where they can sit back and enjoy the view while a professional pilots the craft.