FRIM Rainforest Reserve ~ Places to
Visit in Kuala Lumpur
KL Visitors Guide
KL CITY OUTSKIRTS > FRIM RAINFOREST
Institute Malaysia or FRIM is one of 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 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. Biking, hiking, walking
and trekking the jungle habitat are favourite activities and the trails here
are a favourite with outdoor enthusiasts.
Located approximately 16km
north west of the capital city or 25 minutes from KL City centre it is not far
from Batu Caves. In fact you can see both FRIM and Batu Caves on the same
day if you are pressed for time and feeling energetic enough.
up initially by the colonial British in 1929, 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.
FRIM is now one of the leading
institutions in tropical forestry research, surrounded by the Bukit Lagong
Forest Reserve and covers 600 hectares of experimental plants, arboretum and
Numerous trees and shrubs have
been planted in the grounds. Many of them are rare and not easily found
The Rainforest Canopy Walkway
The biggest single attraction here is the Canopy Walkway. The Rainforest Canopy
Walkway offers a pleasurable stroll in the treetops. Built 30 metres (100
feet) high on a forest slope and secured to giant tropical trees, it offers
unique panoramic views for every visitor.
This walkway system which
spans about 200 metres (680 feet) long with 3 wood-decked observation
platforms is the third of its kind in Malaysia. High side-netting, wire
cables and a solid wood footpath keep kids safe and parents relaxed.
At the One-Stop centre you pay
for the Canopy Walk ticket, then you follow the route which is on a steep
terrain that shows off the beauty of FRIM nature landscapes.
Its good exercise and requires
a decent level of fitness. You should take your time - about an hour - by
either going up the Rover Track or the Sungai Kroh Waterfall route. Each trail
requires visitors to be fit or smart enough to stop and rest and drink
water. An even more energetic option is to do the walkway as part of a
looped 2-3 hour trek.
The place caters to the adventurous and outgoing as well. There is an array
of nature trails for enthusiasts to go jungle trekking within the forest
reserves that surround the establishment.
There are numerous
self-guiding nature trails through different sections of the plantations.
The popular ones are the Keruing Trail and the Salleh Nature Trail.
These trails encompass
plantations, wetlands and hills among others and most of these paths and the
nature that surround them have existed as far back as the 1930s.
Make sure you get the brochures for both trails that will show you what
to see as you move along the trail. For those who are keen to learn more of
the plants, prior reading before starting your journey is highly
Of particular interest is the "puzzle-like" pattern of the individual tree
crowns separated by gaps and outlined against the sky. This phenomenon is
called "Crown Shyness". The reason for its name is because the leaf tips of
the Dryobalanops aromatica appear to be shy towards their own kind,
hence forming the gap.
Picnics & Camping
FRIM also provides camping and picnic areas for casual recreation within its
forested compounds. The picnic area is located at the end of the main road
(along Jalan Foxworthy) and right in front parking lot. There is a nice
little waterfall, where you can also relax in one of the pools of water. At
weekends and during public holidays it can be quite crowded at this area of
FRIM, with many local families enjoying a BBQ and escaping the heat of Kuala
The Campsite boasts
camping facilities including a kitchen, restrooms, picnic benches and a
designated area for fires and barbecues.
The site provides seclusion
and a natural jungle camp experience without having to compromise on basic
From the entrance of the campsite, terraced slopes lead to the
picnic tables and slightly further down are around 10 plots that can hold up
to 300 campers at a time.
Tents, sleeping bags and other necessary equipment can be rented directly
from the office, but camping is usually reserved for groups. Individuals can
however rent basic huts on the campsite for abour 50 ringgit per night. The
main hut area is built a few metres away from the campgrounds, connected by
a short, suspended walkway through the trees.
who arent used to the jungle chorus that usually accompanies a night in
Southeast Asian nature, these are the best option anyway.
Points to Note
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
Dress casually and bring along rain gear on wet days and remember
to wear good walking shoes
Bring along your towel, drinking water, insect repellent and some
foodstuff as there are no shops up in the jungle.
The operating hours of the park is from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily.
However, take note that the canopy walkway operating hours is from
9:30am to 2:30pm.
Canopy Walkway is closed on Mondays & Fridays
FRIM has revised their fees and charges for rental and visitation
of their facilities and activities. The canopy walkway is now RM10
for foreigners and RM5 for Malaysians while entrance to the reserve
itself is RM 5 for foreigners and RM1 for Malaysians.
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Best Way to Visit -
FRIM Rainforest & Batu Caves Tour
This half day private tour offers visitors in Kuala Lumpur a rainforest
experience, a nature trek and canopy walk. It also includes a visit to the
famous Batu Caves.
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