Forest Research Institute Malaysia

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Taman Selayang Utama, Kepong, Malaysia

Forest Research Institute Malaysia Kepong Reviews

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Walk on a Canopy above the forest. Oct 12, 2014
Of the many attractions in and around Kuala Lumpur if you happened to be a Botanist, zoologist or simply a jogger or a small time adventurer this place ought to find its mark in your places to be when in Malaysia.The place is simply a rain forest where the government Forest research Institute is located.It was the British who reserved the forest away from constructions way back in 1930 and since then only a small community belonging to the Institute reside therein.The institute also has a Botanical research centre researching many varieties of herbarium.The forest is open to the public for a fee.Foriegners are charged 10 Rm which is about US3.5 while natives are charged 5 Rm which is just half the price.Many natives regularly jog into the jungle tracks up to its highest point wherein is the star adventure attraction for kids and others alike. It is the 200 metre long rope Canopy set amongst giant trees in four stages of 50 metres each.For those other than Joggers the adventure begins with the climb uphill through dirt treks amongst the tall giant trees, variety of ferns, wild shrubs, streams nesting many birds and insects.The Canopy at the highest point looks precarious and yet you will get used to the feeling of walking about 100 metres above the ground even if your fellow walkers tend to be imbalanced thereby moving the canopy sway,which may not be to your liking.It is fun to do the Canopy walk which costs you an additional 5 Rm and sure it is money well spent for the walk on a canopy above the forest.I was surprised to see many children do the climb uphill, walk the canopy to return treking and experience the cold water in the flowing streams, referesh and rest to picnic in the shade.I noticed monkeys above the trees and funnly they kept quite a distance away from all of us. Noisy hornbills, Myna, country pigeons,squirels and a wide variety of creepy insects were a common sight.Wild flowers, vines, shrubs and plants with giant leaves looked interesting but however the experience of one walking in a forest was missing, maybe because it was a crowded day for enjoying such a feeling.

The base camp has a neat restuarant with a buffet menu which was also very reasonably priced. Clean well maintained restrooms add to the satisfaction.Has a carpark and also a bus service to the Kepong Center.

This place is a joggers paradise and a local favourite picnic spot for school children and natives.I did notice a few foriegners mostly Europeans taking the trek and canopy which was to me a petty adventure of sorts.
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Travel2014 says:
nice review and so many great pics :)
Posted on: Oct 13, 2014
Caliber-A says:
nice review!
Posted on: Oct 12, 2014
cotton_foam says:
I agree this review should be featured!! Congrats, Martin! ~ May
Posted on: Oct 12, 2014
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