FRIM (Forest Research Institute of Malaysia)
52109 Kepong Selangor Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
www.frim.gov.my - 603 6279 7000
FRIM (Forest Research Institute of Malaysia) Selangor Reviews
Get a workout in nature whilst also being educated about the forest Jul 13, 2012
I had the pleasure of visiting the FRIM on a Saturday morning thanks to a lady (Peggy) I had met on a recent trip to China. Peggy told me that she has been a regular visitor to the FRIM for the last 16 years.
A summary of charges to enter different areas such as the canopy walk or the botanic garden is available on the website www.frim.gov.my. The charges are reasonable considering how well the place has been maintained. There are ample clear signboards to tell you where you are and describe what you see around you. I have been to other parks which are maintained only by the goodwill of regular visitors and others which are not maintained at all, which means you will have to put up with trails full of fallen leaves and rubbish, and rusty or even missing signboards.
We spent four hours that morning exploring the canopy walk, a small waterfall, the museum, some exhibits near the museum and some giant fish from South America in the stream outside the museum!
The canopy walkway is one of the favourite attractions, a 150 meter walkway amongst the trees with a distant view to the city. It's a bit of an adventure walking along the narrow bridge suspended 30 metres above the ground. If you have a fear of heights, it will be a bigger adventure!
The waterfall we visited looked a bit meek compared to the waterfalls I have visited in other parts of Malaysia. The museum is worth a visit, it is well laid out on two floors and contains some informative history about FRIM as well as exhibits of plants which are grown for research, some of which are made into eco-friendly products. I enjoyed seeing the 90kg dragon fish from South America but still can't believe they can actually jump out of the water to catch small birds!
The FRIM is a wonderful place to spend half a day for a first timer and as long as you like if you want to get some fresh air and exercise. There is actually a camp site which you can stay at if you want to lengthen your experience at the institute - further information can be obtained from the FRIM website.
The trails are not that difficult if you have maintained average physical fitness. The walk up to the canopy walkway requires good knees, but for the rest you can even run as there are many flat paths. Watch out for the cyclists!
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FRIM - Hideout to escape from Mad Rush of daily life Apr 28, 2012
Mother Nature has really blessed the city of Kuala Lumpur with tropical rain-forests, lush green hills & lakes within few hours of driving distance. Lots of opportunities for nature lovers to escape from the mad rush of daily life and come back after a rejuvenating weekend in one of the nearby places.
One such attraction is Forest Research Institute of Malaysia aka FRIM. Its just 16 kms from city center. Although public transport is not available till the gate of FRIM, bus & train goes upto at place which is approx 2kms from FRIM. Cabs are waiting at those junctions and can take tourists to the FRIM. Although I prefer to take car as there are no cabs available while going back from FRIM to the bus / train station.
Spread over 515 ha land, FRIM's campus is surrounded by Bukit Legong Forest Reserve.There are multiple ways to spend day in FRIM. You can either choose to come here as a day trip or prefer to stay overnight doing camping. Major attractions are nature trail walking, 30 mt high canopy walking between trees,botanical garden, malay traditional home, arboretum. My favourites are canopy walk and nature trails walk. One whole walking trails round in FRIM takes about 4-5 hours. Canopy walk is a time bound activity and remains open from 930 to 1300 hrs only. Further, being restrictive of number of people on a canopy at any point of time, it has long awaiting queues. So to avoid disappointment, please visit the ticket counter as soon as you enter in FRIM. Canopy walk gives spectacular overview of FRIM and KL city. This activity should not be missed at any cost. As Canopy walk is between trees, the entrance is at top of hill. So you have to climb up a small hill. During raining Canopy walkway is closed.
Being a part of forest reserve, all the trails pass through huge & tall trees and small hills. Further, inside the campus trails have been made for biking & jogging too. Localites living nearby often visit FRIM for jogging during morning / evening. There are marked picnic areas where localites normally come with families and enjoy the outing. There are few restaurants, a club house and Malay Tea Center in the campus where you can have snacks & lunch. As I normally visit on Sunday, most of the times I have observed those to be closed. So on safer side carry your own food & drinks.
If you are a shutterbug then this is the best place to focus your lens at. This place changes it colours too often and soon you will loose your count on number of clicks. Often people regret about not bringing tripod, an extra battery or extra sd card. So if you have plans to visit FRIM and if you are an avid photographer then carry all necessary equipments and accessories :)
So guys wish you good luck and enjoy the beauty of FRIM.
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Up, up and away @ the Canopy Walkway... Aug 02, 2010
FRIM is usually the place I escape to whenever I get tired of the concrete jungle (Kuala Lumpur). This is one of my favourite spot in Selangor. When a friend came down from Netherlands, I decided to take him and a couple of my friends there and try out the canopy walkway. This would be my first time too.
The canopy walkway is a 200m long, 30m above ground level suspension bridge with pit stops along the way. Due to safety reason, only 5 persons are allowed to go at one time… and you have to make sure you have at least 2 platforms gap between you and the person in front of you. Once you reach the pit stop, you may take a few minutes to enjoy the scenery, take pictures and then move on. The pit stop platform could hold around 6-7 persons at a time.
Words of advice:
1. Bring a bottle (or 2!) of mineral water - you could purchase these at the One Stop Centre.
2. Bring a change of clothes – just in case you feel like taking a dip at the nearby picnic spot, Sg. Kroh. (Recommended)
3. Be at the site early, especially if you’re going during weekends because the place can get crowded (check out the picture if you don’t believe me :)).
4. Most importantly, make sure you eat something before you start as the climb can be pretty strenuous. Feel free to take breaks in between. We did! Hehe.
5. Wear appropriate shoes and watch your steps. It could get slippery (especially if it rains the night before).
6. For the faint hearted, watch out for leeches (again, especially it it rains the night before.). Tips: if you’re wearing long pants and a sneaker, wear your socks over your pants. Otherwise, you could spray your feet with insect repellents. No worries though, once these leeches have their fill of your blood, they will detach themselves from your flesh. (Haha.. you can tell I’m not faint hearted… to be able to write something like this!)
So, before you proceed to the canopy walkway, first, you have to register at the FRIM’s One Stop Centre. Fees are:
• RM10.00 (foreigner adult)
• RM5.00 (Local adult)
• RM3.00 (students age 13 years old
onwards – must show your student ID)
• RM1.00 (children age 7 – 12 years old)
More info could be found @: http://www.frim.gov.my/index2.cfm?menu=ecotourism-canopy
Once you get off the bridge, you have 2 options:
1. To follow the pipeline trail to the picnic spot.
2. To follow the trail down towards the camping site and eventually to the main road.
We took the second trail and ended up at the Malay Tea House for lunch. Information on the place can be found at the FRIM's website. A review…? Coming soon! :)
FRIM Jul 21, 2008
As the name suggests, FRIM is the place if you are looking to be in touch with Malaysia forest.
To get here using public transport, is you can take KTM Komuter and get off at Kepong Station. After that, you can take a public cab.
The entry fee is RM1 (for Malaysian), I'm not sure about international visitor (but it is more likely to be more than that).
My suggestion to explore the place is you have to take the canopy walkaway.
The canopy walkaway is a wooden bridge that's linking between the trees.
You have to register yourself in Visitor Information Centre before you can make journey. You can go there either by yourself using the brochure provided or hire a guide with a fee.
After the walkaway, go down and follow the pipe lines. The pipe lines will lead you to a waterfall. I recommend take a sip, it tastes so refeshing after a hard and long journey of hiking.
That's all for now.
From FRIM website:
The Canopy Walkway is opened to public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday ( 9.30 am – 2.30 pm only).
• Advance booking should be made at the Visitor's Information Center by phone, or fax.
• Please inform the guides before hand if you have any health problems or allergies.
• Do not overcrowd, jump or sway while on the walkway.
• A small charge is levied for the visit :
RM 5 Adults
RM 3 Students (Age 13 years onwards)
RM 1 Children (Age 7 to 12 years)
Additional charge is levied for guided walks
Visitor's Information Center