We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“One of the nicely maintained reserve forest in Klang Valley”

FRIM -Forest Research Institute of Malaysia
More attraction details
Attraction details
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 20, 2010

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.


7  Thank Shelz-lyn
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (386)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages
All reviews
"canopy walkway"
in 38 reviews
"picnic area"
in 15 reviews
"small waterfall"
in 13 reviews
"information centre"
in 10 reviews
"flora and fauna"
in 10 reviews
"walking trails"
in 5 reviews
"nature lovers"
in 9 reviews
"great nature"
in 4 reviews
"mountain bikers"
in 4 reviews
"hour walk"
in 4 reviews
"rent bicycles"
in 4 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 17 reviews
"insect repellent"
in 4 reviews
"man made"
in 4 reviews
"green lung"
in 4 reviews
"worth the effort"
in 5 reviews
"kl sentral"
in 7 reviews

344 - 348 of 386 reviews

Reviewed January 19, 2010

This was the highlight of my trip to south east asia. I really was not impress with Kuala Lumpur until we found the FRIM in the Lonely Planet guide. We got a little lost on the trains (oops) but you get off on KL Sentral and then take a 10 minute cab ride. We paid 10 ringgit for the canopy ticket and made our way up into the rainforest. It's a beautiful walk, can be steep at times, but well worth the effort. The canopy walk was AMAZING! I'm so glad that we came here to experience it. If you ignore the fact that you're being supported by a covered ladder and some netting then you'll be fine. When you come back down from the hike get a 20 minute fish foot spa treatment for only 2 ringgit...it's right where you buy your ticket for the canopy walk. There are only a few people a day that do it and it's in a natural setting.

2  Thank kristyb562
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 3, 2008

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!

8  Thank FootyboyMalaysia
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Google Translation

Thank kikuc007
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed January 3, 2018
Google Translation

Thank danila58811
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed FRIM -Forest Research Institute of Malaysia also viewed

Petaling Jaya, Petaling District
Petaling Jaya, Petaling District
Petaling Jaya, Petaling District
Petaling Jaya, Petaling District

Been to FRIM -Forest Research Institute of Malaysia? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing