An ecological wonderland, the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) offers a wide range of activities and attractions for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM Kepong),
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Occupying a 545-hectare site and with a history going back to the 1920s, FRIM in Kepong is the largest and oldest man-made tropical forest in the world according to UNESCO.
Main activities and attractions include:
- forest canopy walkway (closed in 2017 and replaced in 2020 by the Forest Skywalk);
- a forest library with over 12,000 books;
- 5 nature trails that range in length and difficulty;
- 4 mountain biking tracks that traverse the entire park;
- ethnobotanical and herb gardens;
- a wetland area;
- camping grounds;
- a research gallery; and
- Malay traditional housing compounds you can explore.
Walk through seven different arboreta where you’ll find trees from up to 2,500 different species, including the gigantic dipterocarp trees, as well as tropical fruit and bamboo trees.
Designated jogging and cycling paths take visitors through some spectacular secondary jungle, all the way to the Sungai Kroh waterfalls where there are picnic sites, a cafeteria, shelters and restrooms.
FRIM, home to approximately 182 out of 742 bird species in Malaysia, was declared a Natural Heritage Site on 10 February 2009 under the National Heritage Act 2005.
FRIM is open daily, including public holidays, from 6.00 am – 7.00 pm (but is closed for one hour in the morning from 7.30am – 8.30 am on Monday to Friday) for jogging, cycling and mountain biking. Last entry is at 6.00pm.
Monday to Sunday: 8.30 am to 4.30pm (Closed between 12.15pm to 2.45pm on Fridays for prayers)
9.00am – 12.00pm and 2.00pm – 4.00pm (Monday – Thursday and weekends)
9.00am – 12.00pm and 3.00pm – 4.00pm (Fridays)
8.30am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm – 4.45pm (Monday – Thursday)
8.30am – 12.15pm and 2.45pm – 4.45pm (Fridays)
How to get to FRIM Kepong
Driving is the best way to get here. FRIM Kepong is situated roughly 16 km northwest of Kuala Lumpur.
Board a KTM Komuter train from KL Sentral to Kepong Sentral Station. Thereafter, take a taxi for the ±10 minute ride to FRIM.