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.
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