White water rafting is a truly unforgettable experience. Malaysia is blessed with many fine rivers which provides many excellent venues for rafting. All whitewater rivers are graded using an international system and can range from ‘safe’ to ‘extremely exhilarating’. We would like to share these grades with you.
Suitable for: Beginners/First Timers
Condition: No rapids, flat water
Risk: Risk to swimmers is slight; self-rescue is easy
Location: Sungai Langat, Hulu Langat; Sungai Bentung, Pahang
Suitable For: Children and anyone seeking an enjoyable experience
Condition: Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels
Risk: Swimmers are seldom injured and group assistance, while helpful, is seldom needed
Location: Sungai Jeram Besu, Pahang; Sungai Nenggiri, Kelantan; Sungai Kiulu, Sabah
Suitable For: People with some basic rafting skills
Condition: Rapids with moderate and irregular waves
Risk: Injuries while swimming are rare; self-rescue is usually easy but group assistance may be required to avoid long swims
Location: Sungai Kampar/Itek/Geroh, Perak; Sungai Sungkai, Perak
Suitable For: People with advanced rafting skills
Condition: Intense, powerful but predictable rapids
Risk: Risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult. Group assistance for rescue is often essential.
Location: Sungai Slim, Perak; Sungai Chamang, Pahang; Sungai Sedim, Kedah; Sungai Padas, Sabah
Suitable For: Experts
Condition: Extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids
Risk: Swims are dangerous, and rescue is often difficult even for experts.
Location: Sungai Selangor, Selangor; Sungai Singor, Hulu Perak; Sungai Telom, Pahang