FRIM / Forest Research Institute Malaysia - Places to
Visit in Kuala Lumpur Destinations and Sights - Outskirts of Kuala
Forest Research Institute Malaysia or FRIM is the nearest nature destination for
visitors who wish to see and experience the wonders of a tropical forest without
the rigors of travelling to the national parks. It offers all walks of life a
back-to-nature experience whilst enjoying the flora, fauna. There are jungle
trails, canopy walkway, waterfalls, a herbarium, a library and a museum housing
different species of wood, their uses and products.
by British colonial forest scientist in 1929, FRIM is one of the leading
institutions in tropical forestry research. Surrounded by the Bukit Lagong
Forest Reserve, it covers 600 hectares of experimental plants, arboretum and
The grounds, which began as degraded land in the form of sterile mining pools,
scrubby wasteland and barren vegetable farms, long-abandoned, is today a
treasure of reforestation that allows visitors to see a tropical rainforest
ecosystem. Visitors even have an opportunity, nerve allowing, walking through
the high rise of the forest canopy on a special overhead walkway
Numerous trees and shrubs have been planted in the grounds. Many of them are
rare and not easily found elsewhere. There are numerous self-guiding nature
trails through different sections of the plantations.
Many a visitors' curiosity is aroused by persistent calls from unseen creatures
in impenetrable thickets: or the melodies songs of innumerable birds, the hoarse
vocalization of the forest gecko, the strident symphony of cicadas, the scream
of an eagle perched regally on the topmost branch of an emergent tree, the
symphonic sounds of frogs and toads in the forest. Forests have smells that may
delight or offend. A subtle perfume may drift around the mighty buttresses of a
giant tree issuing from unseen flowering canopies high above the ground.
Sometimes an offensive odour emanates from a moonrat alarmed in his lair or from
the fruits of a Kulim(Garlic Tree) scattered on the ground.
The full and sometimes bewildering complexity of a tropical rain forest unfolds
in differing ways to different visitors. Some may chance upon a wild animal as
it dashes off through the undergrowth, or stares down momentarily from the
safety of a lofty branch. Others may be fascinated by the blending of an insect
into the hues and texture of a leaf or bark. Another may pause to watch the
column of black termites moving over branch, twig, rock or root, a column
without beginning or end, just movement without apparent purpose. Many take note
of the ever present bird life be it a Malkoha sulking through the branches or an
eagle winging high above the canopy.
plant world, through immobile, has its own fascinating features, from the
unexpected coloured flushes of young leaves, to the sinuous draping of
innumerable vines sometimes spiralling and twisting in thin air to accommodate a
tree now no longer in existence. Mushroom and fungi can appear in an incredible
range of colours and shapes from immaculate white, delicate pinks and yellows to
dark browns and black; from robust and solid boughs, to translucent little
umbrellas, solitary among the forest litter.
This walkway system spans about 200 m and suspended between trees about 30 m
above ground, is the third of its kind in Malaysia. The walkway system and the
platforms are vantage points from which one experiences a panoramic view of the
forest. Beside this, the walkway system functions as a platform for scientific
study of canopy plants and animals. Those interested in experiencing the canopy
walk should preferably make prior arrangement because the number of people
allowed on the canopy walk per day is limited to 250 people.
Located in kepong, 16km northwest of Kuala Lumpur
Dress casually and bring along rain gear on wet days. Please wear sports or
Best way to visit - FRIM RAINFOREST PARK / ABORIGINE MUSEUM TOUR
This private tour starts with a morning tour to visit FRIM, where you will
proceed on a trail with a nature guide to show you the interesting aspects of
the tropical rainforest, the trees, birds and the insect life. This can be quite
a strenuous hike as the trail will be winding and uphill. You will then take the
canopy walkway to experiences a panoramic view of the forest and the surrounding
areas. On your return journey, you can do a stop brief visit to the aboriginal
museum. Among the displays are weapons used for hunting, clothing made from tree
barks, traditional musical instruments, etc.
The Orang Asli are the aboriginal people of Peninsular Malaysia, with an
estimated population of over 60,000. They still lead a simple yet fascinating
lifestyle. Their ancient customs and traditions are informatively displayed in