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A VISIT: THE FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF MALAYSIA
MY TREK TO THE CANOPY WALKWAY

FRIM - A vast forest located in Kepong on the north-western fringe of KL. The highlight of the visit here is the Canopy Walkway, a walkway suspended 30m above ground level.

The Canopy walk was probably the most difficult, the most off the beaten path, the most challenging and could be the most satisfying part of my KL nature Adventure.

But, sad to say, the CW turned out to be the most disappointing one.

What led to this unfulfilled adventure? First, maybe the late info that a part of the bridge at the near entrance is broken; second, the invisible FRIM staff who was supposed to meet us at the other end or at the exit of the walkway; third, the two working men who did not tell us clearly what we should really do, that they were instructed to let us pass the bridge from the exit.

Anyway, what I want to remember most now is that somehow I enjoyed the jungle trek, the music of the forest, the music of nature.

I just hope that the next time I try to do the same activity, there will be no more blows and nobody will waste my time and effort anymore. I'm now dreaming of another canopy walk in Taman Negara.

Since the Tourist Info Center don't have much information on FRIM, I'm sharing this info from the FRIM flyer that I got from their office:

THE TRAILS

There are 3 walking trails leading to the Canopy Walkway, the Rover track, Canopy walk trail and the Waterfall trail. The halfway point is a large open space on Rover track. From here, there is a trail going uphill. This second half of the walk, which is a self-guiding trail, in on steep terrain and is physically demanding.

Your walking time, one way, is 30-45 mins., depending on the route chosen, your size and level of fitness. The average time taken for the round trip is 2 hours.

The second half of your walk passes through the location of a village of the “Temuan”, a sub-ethnic group of Peninsular Malaysia’s Indigenous people. These inhabitants moved out of the area in the 1970’s. They had planted rubber trees and fruit orchards in the area, and now return every year to harvest the fruits.

Aside from these orchards and abandoned rubber trees, the area can be considered an old secondary forest. You will see plant species common to a regeneration forest and some timber trees planted in the 1920s.

To fully enjoy your visit, walk quietly, observe your surroundings and listen out to the sounds of the forest. By doing so, you are likely to see birds, small mammals and reptiles.

REMINDER

To maintain the natural environment of the park, visitors are requested:

•not to remove any plants and trees in the area.
•not to injure, trap or disturb any wildlife
•not to litter the area or trails
•not to vandalize labels and signboards.

Guidelines for Visitors:

1. The walkway is open everyday from 9:30am until 2:30pm. Closed on Monday and Friday.
2. Advance booking should be made at Visitor Information Centre by phone, fax or e-mail.

Please inform the guides before hand if you have any health problems or allergies.

Safety harnesses are available should visitors require them.

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 – 12 years)

For booking or information, call:
VISITOR INFORMATIONS CENTRE
Tel: 603-6279-7575 Fax: 603-6280-4619
FRIM homepage: http://www.frim.gov.my

PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT
TEL: 036279-7524 / 7525 / 7526 / 7592

  • Last visit to Kepong: Jan 2007
  • Intro Updated Feb 12, 2007
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