If your attitude leans toward extreme sports then adrenaline-pumping whitewater is for you! But although it is ranked among the extreme sports, it doesnt mean you cant take the family to enjoy it and get them Wild over Water. Anyone who enjoys the outdoors and is looking for adventure will be delighted by whitewater rafting. People of all ages and athletic abilities, with no previous experience raft the rivers can challenge the rapids and enjoy the wilderness fun.
Southeast Asia, home to some of the finest river and white water courses, is a tropical wonderland. The region provides a collection of water rafting and kayaking experience.
MALAYSIA WHITEWATER RAFTING
The popularity of White water rafting in Malaysia is growing by leaps and bounds. What used to be a sport enjoyed by a select few has now become a popular adventure sports of the masses. In Malaysia, due to it being a tropical country, white-water rafting is available all year round. White-water rafting in Malaysia can be done throughout the year.
The great thing about it is there are numerous white-water rafting rivers located both in the Peninsula Malaysia as well as in Borneo (Sabah and Sarawak).
THE PADAS RIVER is situated in the interior of southwestern part of Kota Kinabalu that is only accessible by train, with cutesy names such as Merry-Go-Round and Scooby Doo, don’t judge the rapids by their names as each of the seven swollen rapids will ultimately challenge your survival (and paddling) skills to the very core. The tumble of this Grade III to IV river is guaranteed to put even the biggest adrenaline junkie’s heart in his mouth.
This exhilarating excursion covers a distance of 30 kilometers—making it the longest rafting route in Borneo by far. Padas River has also been rated to have some of the best and safest rapids in South East Asia. It is suitable for rafters aged 12 to 55. Padas River or Kiulu River or Liwagu River in Sabah are the most popular white water rafting in Sabah
THE SLIM RIVER is located in the southern part of the state of Perak in Malaysia. To get to the location, it is a mere 1 hour 30 minute journey by road from Kuala Lumpur. Slim River which is a Grade 3 river offers a exciting rafting adventure for those new to the sports and also seasoned rafters. The river boasts of over 20 rapids from Grade 1 to 3. White-water rafting on Slim River is available almost year round.
THE KIULU RIVER is more of a beginner’s river. Kiulu River is suitable for beginners aged 5 years old to 65 years old that craves mild adventure whilst safely enjoy the rafting trip. We recommend advanced paddlers to go to Padas River.
Kiulu River is located on the northwestern part of Sabah in a small town called Kiulu which are recognized as being the second most beautiful village in Malaysia. Kiulu River is calssified as Class I – II river.
THE LIWAGU RIVER is situated in Ranau, Borneo, Sabah, Malaysia, flowing eastwards off the southern slope of Mount Kinabalu and then into the Labuk River.
The Liwagu River Trail in Mount Kinabalu National Park is considered to be a preeminent birder’s trail. The trail varies between open vistas and dense thickets, but is predominantly open, skirting the ridge-top as it goes along the north side of the river gorge.
THE SUNGAI SELANGOR is 1 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. Selangor River offers an exciting challenge to all White-Water Rafting beginners and enthusiasts. With a rafting distance of over 7km and numerous heart-stopping rapids.
The Sungai Selangor is also ideal for adventurous first-timers with its multitude of rapids ranging from Class II to V. The run is about 2 – 2.5 hours and contains at least 10 sets of rapids.
THE KAMPAR RIVER is the most popular adrenaline pumping fun is white water rafting in the Kampar River.The scenic waterway is created by the merging of three rivers, Geruntum River, Geroh River and Pacat River in Perak. Rated as a Grade I to III river, it offers a great combination of water ranging from gentle flows to challenging and technical whitewater. It is also perfect for beginners.
THAILAND WHITEWATER RAFTING
Rafting expeditions in a tropical climate are simply great. No need for thermal wetsuits as the water is lukewarm. Lush tropical jungle, wild rivers, bamboo campsites, Thai smiles and gourmet food, as well as the likelihood of spotting wild animals, should make this adventure of a lifetime.
Advisable time of the year to take up White Water rafting in Thailand:
June to November
Most of the resorts, hotels, tours and tourist destinations which develop on adventure tourism are sure to provide you with this sport facility. These places usually have fully trained raft captains
THE WA RIVER is located in Nan province to the north of Bangkok, the Wa River is one for white water rafters and kayakers with its gushing rapids. For an adrenaline rush, head up river in June or July where rapids are graded between three and five.
THE MAE TANG RIVER in northern Thailand is another of the country’s foremost white water rafting sites where rapids approaching grade three and four are in evidence after the rainy season. Several companies offer tours.
THE MAE JAE RIVER is flowing through Ob-Luang National Park has some grade 4 rapids. Day tours and longer excursions that include camping beside the river are available.
THE PAI RIVER has been on the tourist and trekking circuit for a number of years; a somewhat isolated hill tribe town deep with the mountains of Mae Hong Son Province. The Pai River swells after monsoon rains and several companies offer white water rafting trips combined with elephant riding and bamboo rafting.
THE KAENG HIN PHOENG RIVER in Khao Yai National Park can be very challenging in the rainy season (June to October). A wild stretch of the river has spectacular rapids rated level 5. Besides the adrenalin pumping rapids, the scenery is spectacular.
THE PETCHABURI RIVER in Kaeng Krachan National Park has some nice rapids. A tour operator will have to take you in by 4 wheel drive vehicles. The tropical evergreen forest supports animal life that includes bear, leopard, tiger, guar, elephant, sambar, 250 bird species and more.