FRIM -Forest Research Institute of Malaysia

FRIM -Forest Research Institute of Malaysia

FRIM -Forest Research Institute of Malaysia
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Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on the nature trails. Then enjoy a bird's-eye-view of the trees by crossing the Canopy Walkway. This unique conservation facility is located 20 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur.
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KenHT
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
Somewhat dissapoiting that the rover trail and canopy walks are now closed. Hope they will be reopened in time when the trail has recovered.

Other attractions are still good. It's a nice natural and safe area for families wanting outdoor excercise.
Written July 31, 2020
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Ian
Melbourne, Australia60 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Family
We visited FRIM on a whim. The entry fee was very reasonable. We hired a guide for RM150. Mr Wahib spoke fluent English and was very knowledgeable of the flora and fauna of the rainforest. He was very patient especially with the kids. We spent nearly 2 hours on the hike.
The website could be improved to mention the clothing requirements. Shorts and slippers are not suitable. You should wear longs pants, hiking boots and gaiters to prevent leeches. Also use ample inspect repellent. Bring water as it can get quite warm and food for the kids.
Highly recommended it especially if possible you want to know more about the rainforest.
Written January 21, 2020
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FeiKL
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia11 contributions
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May 2013 • Family
Besides the jungle trekking & canopy walk, FRIM has brought in a new activity this year to the visitors, i.e. bike rental. We could do cycling whenever we visit there during weekends.
This place become more interesting as some of my friends like to cycle around,

The rental is reasonable at the price of RM6/first hour (small bikes) OR RM8/first hour (big bikes), while the subsequent hour is RM2/hour.

Cycling becomes easier to be found in KL now. :)
Written June 29, 2013
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ramses2nd
London, UK80 contributions
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Sep 2019 • Family
A disappointing day out. You can’t actually walk along any of the nature trails without a guide. But the worst was the angry little man on the gate who insisted on charging us foreigner rates despite our residency cards. Don’t bother.
Written September 8, 2019
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Mrs Jagjeet Singh (MRS J)
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia234 contributions
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Oct 2011 • Friends
If you are looking for a serene place away from the hustle and bustle of the city when you are in Kuala Lumpur, or are a local and searching for a place of tranquility for a morning, then I have the right place for you - FRIM , Forest Research Institute of Malaysia. I have visited this place many times and the more I visit it, the more it grows on you and the more you want to get back to it. Yes, the peace in the lush forests - not virgin forests but trees that were replanted - that make this jungle a worthy place for a hike or trek or if you choose to follow any of the 4 jungle trails available to you. I chose the Salleh Trail!

You could choose to camp overnight. Just call and make the arrangements if you love camping in the wilderness. It will be worth the adventure. Remember prior permission is a must ; otherwise you may be disappointed.

Once you are enjoying the back-to-nature experience and trek in the forest, you might be eyeing the Canopy Walk , 30m above the ground . As this is limited to 250 people per day, you will have to make prior bookings and get a ticket for RM10. Then you may want to buy a RM2 ticket for the fish spa treatment .

For entrance, you pay RM5 per vehicle and RM1 for entry. Once inside , head for BLOCK B2 and look for the Information Centre and seek advice regarding all the activities and trails available. Lastly enjoy a cuppa at the Malay Tea House!
Written February 2, 2012
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FootyboyMalaysia
Malaysia624 contributions
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I am Malaysian and have been to the Forest Researh Institute of Malaysia on many ocassions but never really did any walks until recently. It is about than half an hour (maybye a bit less) from the city centre off peak and one would never imagine lush green tropical trees, cool jungle air in the morning so near to the city.

This place is actually in the Kepong area.

This is actually not a virgin jungle but was replanted since the Nineteen Twenties. Nevertheless, you won't be able to tell.

Go see the giant bamboo plant, do the canopy walk and don't miss the "Jigsaw Trees". There is a place where you can look up and see the tops of trees in a jigsaw puzzle formation - branches and leaves they don't seem overlap and it seems as if each tree has an 'agreement' with the neighbouring tree. Sit at a bench along Salleh's trail and look in fascination at the talls trees.

As you enter the Forest Reaserch Institute grounds, there is a checkpoint where you pay RM5.00 for a vehicle and RM1.00 for entry. Go to the Information centre and they will point you out to the places to go to and can help you with what to expect and worthy of observation. The Information centre is at Block B2 (all administrative buildings there are alphabetically numbered).

Most people go straight for the canopy walkway but there are also other trails and things to look out for and soak in. Do the Salleh trail and nearby trails as well. Nothing too physically demanding.

However, the walk up to the canopy walkway is not as short as most people think. To get to the canopy walk hut, it is about 1.5 km from the tarmac road - uphill. However, it is a pleasant walk. Have good walking shoes. Beware- the canopy walk is closed on Mondays and Fridays and there are signs which say that they only allow 250 people a day. I was also told that they would open till 1.30 pm when the last visitor is let through.

We walked the entire Rover Track right up to Symington Road (Jalan Symington) where we discovered the most lovely little tea house: the "Malay Tea House". They said it was opened about 7-8 months ago. You have to have local teas at this place with local Malay snacks and delicacies. Set in a Malay House above ground, cool, quiet surroundings and most pleasantly enjoyable.

FRIM is a must visit place when in Kuala Lumpur if you want some peace and quiet, lots of trees and smell of the forest!
Written May 3, 2008
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KatzYehuda
Bangkok, Thailand44 contributions
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Jan 2017 • Couples
Web site suggests this place for hicking and bicycle ride. That's complete lie... it costed us to go there 27RM by taxi, then we had to pay 5RM entrence fee per person (tax not included) and only after that we were told that we are allowed to ride mountain bicycle only on single 800m track. The rest are closed and are designed for hicking. We decided to change bicycle ride with hicking but they told us that this is also cannot be done because we need guide which costs 120RM plus if you want do one out of three tracks (each 1km we have to pay another 10RM for bridge walking per person). Going back was pain in the @ss as no taxi wanted took us and we ended walking 8km to go near Batu Caves and then took cheater taxi which charged us 34RM. As a result we paid 200RM for 1.5 hour hicking on mountain and 8km walking along highway lol
Written January 19, 2017
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marina h
KL24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Friends
I am a regular visitor (member) to FRIM, in fact every Sunday for the past 2 years I've gone, sped through the trails, breathed the cleaner air and absorbed every bit of that fantastic forest which just takes you away from the city for a few hours.

Not the easiest to get to without a car but I do so recommend the effort to get there. On the weekends it can get very busy especially between 8am to 10am. Locals will be out, both walkers / joggers and mountain bikers.
All will share the main trail 'Rover' and there is an unwritten rule, walkers on the left, bikes on the right. However, these bikes zoom up and down and you need to be aware. Go a little later and the trail is yours alone. Perfection.

Starting point would definitely be the Rover Trail which is just part the mosque. As mentioned if you plan to go the canopy walk, get your ticket first from the information centre. The Rover Trail is 3.08km - the first part is steep and can be hard going. You'll see some people going up in flip flops which is not ideal. The trail is gravelly and can shift under your feet. Good trainers are recommended. To push yourself, go up fast (can be done in less than 10 mins), take a breather at the canopy walk entrance and then continue on.

For the Canopy walk, its a much steeper climb up. Hold on to roots, trees as you go. The canopy is very safe, well maintained and worth the view. Don't rush it, even if people are behind you. You deserve the view after the walk.

Once you head back down you will be a little waterfall - water is super cold and even drinkable. Then continue on for another 20 mins to the end of the Rover Trail. It's considered a mild/medium trek but if you are not use to humidity it will be tough. Go faster and you will feel the pull on the calf muscles.

I will usually then continue on tarmac roads through and around FRIM, for another 4km, regulars will be seen walking along or you could be alone walking past long houses (FRIM staff quarters), lovely forest and simple houses with great views of the city. It will be much warmer as its not covered by trees but just as rewarding. You won't get lost as its all within FRIM boundaries.

For the adventure there is the leech trail. This is the immediate right after the end of Rover Trail. Keep following (up and its steep) the road which leads to a water tank area. The will be a sign for the trail. I didn't know what it meant but you will soon find out! It's a great walk which keeps going up in slow gradients. The view of KL is even better from this trail and its mostly on leaves. However the trail ends at the top of a waterfall and its not cross-able. It's also the place when you notice the leeches! They are very small not like the massive jungle ones but still not fun. Pretty easy to pull off but if you are like me, I lost it. The 1 hour walk up was done in less than 30 mins back as my friends and I stormed through it to avoid more leeches. Aim for dry days I say.

After all the walks, head back to the picnic come waterfall area. A lot of locals, all jumping into a man-made catchment area. Health and safety would have a field day here. If you can ignore the high jumps, sit at one of the cafes, order a drink and just chill out. The staff are super friendly, speak English and you can sit for hours and no one will disturb you. Not sure why but being in FRIM, everyone is friendly and will say hello and just look so mellow (either from the heat or the good walks).

Remember, always look up. The view of the treetops are amazing and a clear reminder how important trees are for us. This forest is supremely important and I applaud FRIM for keeping the area in the condition it is. Well worth the visit and time there. Again, go a little later or on a weekday if you don't like crowds.
Written March 27, 2013
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Mongoose-traveller
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Couples
We drove there from KLCC, as a foreign visitor we were charged RM5 for the car and then RM5 per person. There are several places to park and most are in the shade. We bought our tickets for the canopy walk at the visitor centre, RM5 per person. Ask at the visitor centre for a map.
We started our walk on the track just down from the visitor centre next to the pond, the track is soon covered in shade by the trees but I would suggest packing light and taking water and a towel. It is not too steep but you definitely feel like you are getting a workout.
If you choose to do the canopy walk ( you can just walk on the forest track without buying the additional tickets) the path splits and you take a much narrower path up to the bridges. This part of the walk takes about 30 minutes and the terrain is steep. The path winds through the trees so you will be stepping over roots and rocks and you pass small waterfalls. There are benches along the way if you need to rest.
The Canopy walk starts in the small hut and the guide will give you instruction on how to cross the bridges. Keep 2 planks apart while you are crossing and each viewing platform has a maximum number of people allowed on them. 4 on the first one, 8 on the second and then 4 on the third. Keep quiet on the bridges for the best chance of seeing any wildlife.
When you are finished with the Canopy walk the path then descends back down to the forest track.
When you get to the pump house and waterfall you can go to the picnic spot or take the track to the right and enjoy more of the beautiful forest. This track brings you to the environmental studies buildings but just keep walking then turn left when you get to the tarmac road and you will then be back at the cross roads by the visitor centre and pond.
We had lunch at the Cafe next to the pond by the sports centre. There is a basin at the back so you can wash your hands after all the walking. The food was very good. It is self service so take a plate and choose your food and pay at the counter. We had 2 plates of chicken curry with rice and vegetables and 2 drinks and it cost RM15. They also have ice creams and crisps if you just need a snack.
Then we walked up to the picnic spot it was much busier there. We cooled our feet in the stream that passes through the picnic area. Some people were swimming but we did not have our swimming costumes.

Overall a very good day out and a break from the busy city.
Written January 6, 2013
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Shelz-lyn
Malaysia13 contributions
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I used to study in the school next to the FRIM for 7 years. I am pleased that FRIM still maintains its quality since I studied there more than 10 years ago. I have been to FRIM for uncountable times for picnic, tennis, squash, jungle trekking, jogging, cycling and some other group activities.

FRIM is a very ideal place for those who love jogging. It's very shady to keep you away from the scorching sun in Malaysia. Due to the vast amount of plants and lush green in FRIM, it's actually quite cool inside the FRIM, where you don't usually find it in other places in Malaysia, except the highlands.

Entrance fees to the FRIM are RM1 for walk-in and RM5 for drive-in. We usually park our car at the open car park right in front of the guard house and walk into the FRIM. It is a pleasant walk under the shades so I would suggest the visitors to take a walk rather than paying RM5 to drive in. The downside of the parking place is that there are very limited parking lots. So if you couldn't get the parking space, you can take the left turn into the housing area and park next to the food stalls.

Walking along the road from the entrance, you will see the first junction at your left. It is an alternate route to lead you to the Tennis Court and the Squash Court at the center of the FRIM. You can skip the left junction and walk straight to the center of the FRIM. I prefer using the main road as there are more to see along the way.

By following the main straight road, you will come to the museum that displays all sorts of different insects and bugs. Entering the museum is free of charge! We liked to hang around inside the museum despite having been there for so many times.

After visiting the museum, you may continue your journey to the center of the FRIM. Here you can find the information center at your right where the food court is located. I would recommend you to bring your own food if you plan to stay there for long. There is nothing much to eat in the food court except some simple Malay cuisine. Next to the food court is the information counter with very little information provided (this is Malaysia, we can't expect much. By the way, I'm Malaysian). A squash court is located inside the building with reasonable hourly rate. A basketball court is just right next to the information center and a Tennis court is opposite the information center. I used to play tennis here but can never master it :p

Before the Information center and the Tennis Court, there is a junction at the left. By taking the left turn, you will reach the first left exit from the entrance that I mentioned just now. The road will also lead you to the Malay tea house where you can enjoy the tea and some local delicacies in the tea house. I would suggest you to visit the tea house at the end of the journey.

So by going straight from the information center and passing the tennis court, you will come to a very huge football field at your left. There is 'rumah panjang' (Malaysia tradition long house) at your right where some local residents stay there. Continue your journey until you reach the waterfall at your right. This is where we used to hang out after school. The waterfall here is usually packed with the local visitors.

From here, you might want to experience canopy walk as well. With RM10 (which is quite expensive to me), you can trek up to the hill and enjoy the scenic view at the canopy walk. As a foreigner, you may even engage the FRIM guide to provide you the tour around the forest. The local guides there are experienced to provide you the knowledge and the information of flora and fauna in FRIM.

If you love outdoor activities in Malaysia, you can visit the blog here at www.travel-living-bliss.com. Just navigate to Malaysia -> Hiking & Trekking from the top menu.

Cheers,
Shelyn
Written July 20, 2010
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