- Visit FRIM Kepong
- Canopy walk
- Private vehicle to FRIM and back to city
- Forest Reserve entrance fees
- Any amount of people can join.
Kuala Lumpur was founded at the turn of 19th century and even though has a colonial heritage at its heart, it presents itself today as a modern city. However, compared to many other Asian capitals and large cities, it offers a rather large amount of green areas. Besides the numerous parks and gardens scattered across the city and its outskirts, there’s are actual preserved rainforest areas at its edge, suitable for day trekking and outdoor activities, without even realizing there’s a metropolis nearby. Probably the most famous of such areas is that of the Forest Reserve Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), an institution founded way back during colonial times and still operating. The Institute conducts research on indigenous plants and wood and the park area is often the destination of young students and – during weekends – of Malaysian families who enjoy outdoors.
Paying a visit to FRIM for a foreigner or an outsider could be interesting if, for example, you’re just passing by Kuala Lumpur and you do not plan to stop longer in more far away forests, such as the Taman Negara, Royal Belum or do not plan to visit Borneo. It’s also a good destination for a quick getaway from the bustling city of KL, suitable also for children and the elderly.
This experience includes a private vehicle with driver from your hotel or residence to FRIM and back. Inside the Forest Reserve you will be assigned, altogether with others, to a local nature guide which will offer you explanations and insights about the local flora. You can also enjoy the canopy walkaway – a “bridge” suspended over the trees of the park at several meters above the ground (up to 20 meters in the highest points). From the walkway you can see a panoramic view of the city.
Occasionally in the park there can be leeches. Even though this is a simple excursion, we recommend to have with you trekking/outdoor shoes and adequate clothes. Bring with you some mosquito repellent and water (or buy bottled at some kiosk around the park area).