This guide is intended to assist you with your preparations before leaving home and to enable you to enjoy the experience of the jungle to its fullest. For those of you who are RFC “experienced”, let this be merely a reminder. For all you first-timers, take heed. We hope that the following facts, pointers and suggestions will ease your entry. Remember that, to complete the event is already an achievement.
Be Prepared! November – January in Malaysia is Monsoon Season. Expect to be continually wet for the duration – damp at best. Expect mosquitoes, leeches and a host of other insects. Expect debilitating heat and humidity, relentless rain and mud but also expect a country of great beauty inhabited by a friendly and diverse people. Approach this event with respect – it is tough. And, if you are prepared then, chances are, you will enjoy yourself that much more.
Malaysia has a population of over 25 million people who reside in the Peninsular and the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the Borneo Island. The country prides itself on the harmonious existence of various races as a nation. While the majority are Malays, the Chinese, Indians, Ibans, Kadazandusuns and other ethnic groups make up a colourful and vibrant society. Malaysia’s official language is Bahasa Malaysia, but English is widely spoken. The nation comprises Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and followers of other religion.
Hot and humid all year round, Malaysia enjoys and equatorial climate of temperatures ranging from 22 to 32 degrees Celcius in the lowlands. However, it is cooler in highland areas. The annual rainfall here averages 200-250cm. Dressing in clothing of breathable and light material is advised. Comfortable and warm garments need be worn only at hill resorts.
All visitors are required to complete an Arrival/Departure Card, a Customs declaration, and, if required, a Travelers Declaration Form (TDF) and Quarantine Form. These are given out on all inbound Malaysia Airlines’ flights or at the Immigration counters upon arrival.
Trafficking of illegal drugs carries the mandatory death penalty in Malaysia. A special permit is required to carry firearms and ammunition. Other items prohibited include flick knives, daggers and pornographic material. Taped videocassettes should be submitted for clearance by Customs.
Cholera vaccination is NOT required for travelers entering Malaysia. Visitors arriving from yellow Fever Endemic Zones and other affected areas are required to present International Health Certificates showing Yellow Fever vaccination.
Please ensure that you have done so prior to the event. You are also advised to consult your doctor for tetanus toxoide injection and anti-malaria prophyloxis. Please report to the event secretariat of any ailments or allergy prior to departure (attached to your entry form) and again to the event medical crew upon arrival.
Please make your own RFC tag with country name to ease your entry at immigration and customs
Please bring along your country flag to mount on your vehicle for opening and closing ceremonies. This will be prominently seen on print and electronic media.
Your arrival will be at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). After departing the plane follow the ‘Baggage Reclaim’ signs and make your way to a shuttle train, this will take you to the arrival terminal and passport control, after which you can reclaim your luggage.
Proceed through customs, just before exiting into main lobby you need to purchase a pre-paid taxi ticket (coupon) from the Taxi/Limo counter (fixed rate) – Take taxi to designated hotel. This is the most convenient method. Ask for Budget Taxi which is cheaper than Limos. Budget is approximately RM80 (USD21) while Limo is approximately RM120 (USD32). The traveling time to the city is approximately 40 minutes.
KLIA Express (ERL) station to the city is at Level 1 (Ground floor) or KLIA Main Terminal Building. Ticket counter and vending machines for the purchase of ERL tickets are located at the Arrival Hall. The journey will take about 28 mins to KL Sentral Station. One way is approx RM35 (USD9). From there, take a taxi to the official hotel (less than USD3).
Public bus services are also available one floor down from the Arrival Hall.
Money exchange facilities are available in all major towns. Other licensed money changers operate in key entry/exit points and shopping malls. Most hotels exchange foreign currency and accept travellers’ cheque. 1 USD is approx Ringgit Malaysia RM3.10
The standard Malaysian time is +8 hours GMT in Winter and +7 hours GMT in Summer.
Malaysia is on 240 volt 50 cycle. All power points are on a 3-pin system.
The CARNET is the most important document of all. Before you put your vehicle in the container make sure you photocopy the carnet and bring the copy with you, the original will be kept by the shipping agent to go with your vehicle. You will need the Original Registration papers (proof of ownership), Driving License and International Driving License. Make copies of all these documents and bring both the originals and copies with you in your hand luggage.
Carnet ATA is issued by the Chambers of Commerce, it is usually cheaper, and last for a period of time, from 6 months to a year. That is more than enough time to ship your vehicles to Malaysia and ship it back to your country. Malaysian Customs know of RFC and its event format, but they accept Carnet ATA, for so long as you ship your vehicles out of Malaysia after the event. RFC is an endorsed event by the Ministry of Culture, Arts & Tourism of Malaysia. Should you have difficulty applying for Carnet ATA, please contact the RFC secretariat.
Advisable that you make contact JIM Project & Expo Logistics, the Official Freight Handler of RFC. They are specialists in exhibition logistics, event freight logistics & motorsports for over 25 years. JIM has handled all types of events from Private Demos to Defence Exhibitions to Drift Car races leading up to the mother event RFC! JIM with its worldwide network of own offices and agents & a dedicated team has the necessary experience/commitment to handle all requirements from your Country of Origin.
Queries on your shipping/freight to RFC, please contact:
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobile: 6012 -647 9011 (Kumar)
6012-942 3011 (David)
Wisma JIM, 23, Jln Apollo,
U5/94 Bandar Pinggiran Subang,
40150 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: 603– 7846 1811,
Fax: 60 3 7846 1944.
Getting your vehicle from North Port Klang will probably be one of your first objectives. DO NOT GO TO THE SHIPPING AGENTS UNTIL YOU ARE TOLD THE VEHICLE IS UNLOADED. The journey to the port is about 1 hour by taxi and you will have wasted your time. The names, contact telephone numbers and address (with a route map to drive back to KL) will be supplied to you. Telephone the Agent for progress reports. It will take a little time to get through the paperwork – be patient.
While every possible measure will be taken to ensure safety, there is always an element of risk, which can cause injury or death. The event will have an additional Group Personal Accident Policy to cover entire duration, and the liability will be limited to the sum insured only. You will have to sign a compulsory indemnity form, excluding the organizer, it’s officials, servants and sponsors from any liability. You are free to take up additional type of insurance on your own to cover yourself for this event in your own country to further protect yourselves.
Every possible step to ensure the safety and guidance of participants throughout the designated route of the event has been taken. Participants are however, advised to be prudent in their actions and not to cause unnecessary risk to themselves or others.
For general risks associated with overseas travel, it is advisable that you take up this insurance as an additional coverage, if you fall sick upon your arrival or after the event has ended, and need hospitalization, your insurance can come in handy to cover such contingency.
Medical evacuation services are applicable for emergency use only.
Maps of Kuala Lumpur marked with the relevant shopping areas are available. There are many places where provisions can be purchased but you may wish to ship packet/tinned foods from home in your vehicle. The convoy will allow for buying fresh fruit and some supplies along the way. It is also advisable to contact your nearest Tourism Malaysia office or Embassy, High Commission or Consulates for further information on the country.
Competitors – Your own food and cooking throughout the event. Remember to carry emergency food supplies and dry rations. Officials, Touring Adventurers and Press – Compulsory to carry your own emergency food and dry rations contribute with your own money to the driver of your vehicle to purchase ingredients for your shared hot meals. Four in a vehicle for the entire journey.
Keeping clothes and sleeping bags dry in the jungle is difficult. Previous experience has shown that CANOE BAGS are the most effective – unless you can guarantee a waterproof ‘stackit’. These bags are obtainable in different sizes from most good watersports/surfing shops.
Essential. Remember that this is the monsoon season – the ground will be get very wet and muddy. Do not bring low camp beds or you will end up with a wet bed!! These are strong but lightweight, fold up stretcher beds which you may have in your home country, alternatively they are available in Malaysia (approx. USD110). We suggest that if you wish to purchase one, kindly inform us so that a reservation can be made for you. Once we receive your request, it is considered sold to you when you are here.
As light a bag as possible. It is hot and humid at night but the temperature will drop. It is difficult to dry bags because of the humidity. Evenings and early mornings can be a cool 18 degrees C or below in the jungle and highlands.
Most teams use plastic sheet (tarpaulin) hung between vehicle to sleep under. Small dome tents can also be used.
You will experience night driving, winching and bridge crossings. A head torch is useful. Camps are frequently reached in the dark and a lantern is helpful. All type of batteries are available locally.
Essential emergency supplies.
Buy a good powder. Sweat and damp clothing can cause “nappy rash” and is hard to avoid. Feet should be looked after, you will probably get skin peeling.
Bring something suitable to wear when bathing in the river, or treat yourself to a sarong locally – very useful and cheap!
Advisable to have a portable water filter. Buy bottled water in boxes, it is cheaper. DON’T buy water from roadside stalls. Most garages sell bottled water. Even walking around within the city one can become de-hydrated so drink plenty of water based liquids – this does not include alcohol!.
Once outside of Kuala Lumpur it is necessary to use a good repellant that combats not only mosquitoes, but also sand flies. The sand fly is much smaller and harder to see, common around early evening and night. To combat insects around the sleeping area Mosquito Repellant Coils – pkt 10 – once lit they slowly burn for most of the night. Alternatively there are repellant candles.
Can be bought locally at pharmacies. (spelt Farmasi in Malay). Essential kit!
Try to get canvas high leg lace jungle boots if available in your country. Tuck your trousers inside.
A ‘Parang’ (machete/slasher) is very useful for clearing vegetation. Cheap to buy locally at hardware shops. A ‘Cangkul’ (wide bladed pick) is also very useful and quick for digging track ways – better than a shovel. Hammer, nails and old motorcycle chain – emergency bridge repair kit – very handy!
The RFC Secretariat also has a range of adventure and expedition apparels and items for sale to participants at a discount.
All bookings will be through RFC Secretariat. Please do not book directly with the hotels. Please kindly inform RFC Secretariat of your check-in/out dates for pre-event and post-event stay the soonest possible. You should arrive in Kuala Lumpur.
Mother Nature does not respect timing and schedules, therefore, be prepared for changes to our event programme along the way, however, without compromising on the safety of participants. YOUR vehicle must be in a full state of preparation. YOU must be able to withstand and endure the worst of the natural elements in a jungle camping adventure with a smile on your face. The element of uncertainly and the unexpected disruption of our journey are part and parcel of the RAINFOREST CHALLENGE.
You are fully aware of the risks involved in such an event. Please come mentally and physically prepared. If you do not have the proper attitude of esprit de corps and passion for adventure, this event is NOT for you.
The RFC (rainforest challenge) is a time to live your off-road racing & adventure dreams!
Recommended that you pack for 2 scenarios – A bag of 3 sets of clothing incl. shorts, shoes incl. authenticated copies of passport, air-tickets etc. which remains at the hotel. A portion of your money should be deposited in the Hotel safe. So, if everything were to go wrong and you lose your gear/money/passport whatever you are not completely lost. The other bag which is your event bag, obviously comes with you. Think waterproof, rugged, lockable etc. Please mark ALL your clothing and gear with your name etc. Bring lots of business cards.
Clothing should be light, quick-dry, rugged/outdoor with lots of pockets, practical in design and colour.
2 x pairs Short Pants with belt-loops
2 x pairs Long Pants, loose-fitting, lots of pockets
2 x T-Shirts
2 x Long-Sleeved Shirts
1 x Track-Suit. Light, dark, cotton/wool. Night wear
4 x pairs Socks. Wool/Cotton. Dark. Throw-away after event
Underwear – your call (disposables are handy and hygienic and available from pharmacy shops locally)
1 x Sarong/wrap
1 x Small, dark towel
1 x Canvas/nylon belt
2 x Winch/leather gloves with grommets (metal re-inforced holes) that can attach to a belt with a karabiner
1 x 2 Piece rain suit (pants and jacket) with hood and large w/proof pockets
1 x Poncho – doubles as groundsheet or small tarpaulin
1 x pair. Gaiters (Waterproof leggings that attach to boots and fasten below knee)
4 x Handkerchiefs/bandannas
2 x pairs. cheap sunglasses with tie-ons
1 x pair Boots. Lightweight, ankle-high with good tread for mud. Some people swear by soccer boots. That is how bad the mud can be.
1 x pair Tennis shoes.
1 x pair thongs with velcro strapping and treaded soles or water resistant strap on sandles. TEVA sandles recommended
1 x Swim outfit
Caps and hats, bring spares
1 x Lightweight sleeping bag. Pack in w/proof stuff-bag lined with heavy-duty plastic bag
1 x Airline-size pillow
1 x Hammock or lightweight campstretcher/bed. The hammock – if you can sleep in one is Cheaper and lighter
1x Mosquito Net – optional. Not always possible to string up
1 x Head Lamp torch with spare batteries and globes. PETZL make a good range
1 x Utility knife. Swiss Army, Leatherman or Gerber
1 x 10m of nylon string. Always handy
A couple of bungee cords are also useful
2 x belt or strap water bottles. 2litres each
1 x pkt. Heavy Duty zip-lock bags – money, papers etc
1 x 10-15 lt daypack
1 x Moonbag. Money, papers, smokes etc
1 x Plastic/enamel mug
1 x Plastic/enamel deep plate. A frisbee works
1 x Knife/fork/spoon set
1 x Roll Duct Tape
All of these items can fit into a fairly small bag – Available in most cities. Current vaccinations required for Malaysia as well as the best malaria prophylactic. Definitely get your anti-tetanus jab or booster. Hepatitis A & B are jabs recommend as well. Inform the RFC Management ASAP of any pertinent medical condition i.e. allergies, cardio-vascular problems etc. Insure yourself and your gear and give details to your country co-coordinator or RFC management.
If it is your first time in Malaysia and on the RFC, then we recommend doing some research – especially on the conditions that you will encounter. Finding out more about local customs is advised. A pocket phrase-book is handy, but optional.
Please prepare your own meals at campsites, and sometimes it can be on the go, anytime!
Vehicles break down, get lost, stuck, etc and that invariably happens far away from the nearest shops. Recommended that you prepare a survival pack of emergency rations. Consider the following – ready mixed sachets of coffee/tea, granola and or energy bars, trail snacks, glucose and vitamin enriched sweets, cup disposable soups and disposable lighters.
Bring your own country flags (min size 3′x 4′) for opening and closing ceremonies.
Please come with an open mind about the jungle, the event, different cultures, way of life and people from different nationalities and be interactive, if you do that, then I am sure you will have an enjoyable time with us.
All members of the press and touring adventurers will be assigned to press officers’ vehicles throughout the event. Press members must contribute approx USD100 for the purchase of food/water (for cooking hot meals) with the officers in whose vehicles they are assigned into. Cooking utensils are provided in the vehicle. Please also bring your own dry rations especially during daytime journeys where sometimes it is not possible to cook meals.
Bring or buy a stretcher bed and a light-weight sleeping bag (cotton liners). Evenings/nights in the jungle beside a river or waterfall and on higher attitudes are cooler than in the city. Bring your own mess tin with cutlery, or plates and cup/mug; also bring your own toilet paper. At campsites, the tent will be the first to be erected, please help in the teambuilding of setting up the tent (Tarpaulin or plastic type sheets hung over two vehicles).
All toilet business must be conducted some distance from the campsite and away from a water source. Bury your excrement with a small shovel or “changkol.” Do not leave it exposed or simply covered with toilet or tissue paper or leaves. The items can be easily purchased inKuala Lumpur outdoor/camping stores.
Before doing your business in the bush, it is advisable to ‘rattle the bushes/grasses’ to ward off any unwanted wildlife. Do not do your toilet business in the river as indigenous villages could be downstream using the same water for their daily needs.
Everyone is socially responsible to collect accumulated rubbish and dispose them in town. Rubbish sacks are provided. Compact them as much as you can, separate dry and wet ones whenever possible.
For your own comfort, you are only allowed to bring one hold-all or soft bag no bigger than 30″L x 18″W into your assigned vehicle. Remember that there will be two or three more of your peers in the same vehicle, with their respective baggage. Excessive load may lead to vehicle breakdown in the jungle, which you will want to avoid at all cost.
Keeping clothes and sleeping bags dry in the jungle can be difficult. Canoe bags (or similar water resistant types) are most effective for this purpose. These bags, if not given as gift items in the event, can be purchased easily in most outdoor/camping stores in the city. These water resistant bags will be very useful in the dampness/rain or during river crossing
A good stout pair of boots is required. Green canvas lace-up boots are easily available in the outdoor/camping stores. They are light and quicker to dry than normal boots. The high leg types also give protection from leeches/insects. However, sizes for large feet are very difficult to obtain.Wellington type boots made of rubber are also advisable (and cheap) to have as spares especially in muddy campsites.
It is advisable to wear strap-on sandals in the river for bathing and walking around campsite. For your comforts, allow your feet to ‘breathe’ and keep them dry whenever possible.
Important to wash/shower/clean your body daily in whatever water source is available. Humid conditions and wet clothing can cause irritable rashes on the skin. Dry clothing and medicated powder highly essential.Important to wash/shower/clean your body daily in whatever water source is available. Humid conditions and wet clothing can cause irritable rashes on the skin. Dry clothing and medicated powder highly essential.
Anti-fungal powder/cream. The heat, humidity, dampness, mud, rivers and rain can cause “sweat rash” under arms, groin and chest, and can be very uncomfortable. A good relief from this is an anti-fungal cream like “Caneston.” Feet should be kept dry as continuously wet situation or not dry properly will result in skin peeling.
Use water purification tablets and/or boiling process.
Essential to have it to keep mosquitoes and sand flies (to a certain extent) away. Easily available in outdoor/camping stores in the city.
Recommended to use a good repellent that can combat not only mosquitoes, but also sand flies. The sand fly is much smaller and harder to see but it is common in some campsites and they hit around the same time as the mosquitoes – early mornings and evenings/nights. Their bites can cause slight swelling on the face too)
“Off” is a good local insect repellent and available in most pharmacies in the city. It is safe on the skin (orange citrus smell in orange can).
To keep insects at bay around sleeping area use local “mosquito repellent coils” – quite effective as they burn slowly all night (with smoke), which will also keep the flies away.
In Malaysia, you can also buy “Baygone” brand to keep insects/leeches away. It comes in a green can with a green cap. When sprayed on the floor/grass around the sleeping area, its excellent repellent for both mosquitoes/sand flies/insects/leeches. When trekking, use it on your trouser leg area and boots – “leech proof” until the smell wears out.
The jungle is alive with diversities of wildlife of which 99% will avoid human contact (they see and hear you long before you see them). Leeches are quite common and they latch on everything, even on wet clothing, however, they don’t hurt and can easily be removed. Expect slight bleeding for a while. Before sleeping always check your legs, arms, neck and feet for them. They can get inside socks and boots and hide between toes. During the night, they feed on your blood and the first thing you know is a bloody sleeping bag in the morning.
Make sure your feet are dry and powdered each night. Check your boots before putting them on each morning.
Please note that all clothes used in the jungle will get stained by the mud/dirt, especially if wet. It is recommended that you bring clothes you don’t mind getting soiled.
In the daytime, t-shirts and trousers are ok for working. Shorts can be worn the rest of the time. In higher attitude and rainy days in the campsite, the temperature can drop a few degrees, so you will want your sweatshirt or maybe fleece.
Essential as temperatures can rise to 34-36 degrees with bright sunshine.
Humidity is very high in the jungle. Rainfall is frequent and can be very heavy at times. A hotel shower cap makes an excellent cover for cameras! Camera bag should be padded for protection. Some of the vehicles will not have charging facilities for batteries but at campsites, the camaraderie is always there (put on a smiling face always) if you know how to ask around
Recommended that you drink plenty of water and fluids throughout the day. You lose plenty of moisture in your body in the heat and can suffer exhaustion easily under the hot tropical sun.
If you do become dehydrated, it is essential to get liquid and salt back into the body quickly. You can purchase Re-hydration salts in sachets in local pharmacies (Farmasi), which are much cheaper than your country. One sachet to a 75 cl bottle of water is the usual dose. Rest and drink at least a liter of water. High energy drinks are also essential (high glucose drinks). 100 Plus is the favoured drink inMalaysia and available everywhere.
A person who is becoming dehydrated may not realize it. Diarrhoea or loose motions is one of the first symptoms, it can dehydrate a person extremely quickly. Notice if a member of the group keeps dashing off into the bush with toilet paper. Other symptoms include possible feeling of nausea, dizziness or feeling light headed, lethargic/tired, headache, sweating or urinating less. Buddy system also means taking take of one another in true camaraderie style, you will need to be united in the face of the challenges ahead.
Malaysia is relatively free from tropical infectious diseases. However, please consult your doctor for advise before coming here. Malaria tablets should be taken before you depart from home.
The event is covered by Public Liability and Group Personal Accident insurance. However, it is always advisable to take extra insurance (travel/holiday/accident) on your own as those covered by the event might not be enough for your personal needs. How you value yourself is a personal matter.
Upon arrival and immigration/customs clearance, proceed to purchase your coupons for taxi or KLIA express train, just after customs. Taxi takes about an hour and KLIA express train takes about 25 mins. While taxi (purchase a budget not a limo service – its approx RM 100 to your hotel. If you choose the train option at RM 35 single, it will take you to KL Sentral station (Central Station). Disembark, proceed to the exit and take a taxi to your hotel (approx RM 10).
Be forewarned. Mother Nature does not respect our timing and programme. Event schedule subject to changes.