Have you lost track in the forest even with the map in your hands or when was the last time you had a surprising trek? When Robbie of The Travelling Dork invited me to join his journey to FRIM, I didn’t hesitate. In fact I was delighted to travel with a fellow travel blogger. Before going to Kepong, we made a decision of taking the bus instead of commuting via KTM. We took a cab from Bukit Bintang to Central Station and waited long enough but apparently we were waiting in the wrong bus stop no wonder why there was no trace of Cityliner 94A bus. We walked to the next bus stop as the taxi driver instructed. We allotted 10 minutes to wait but there was no 94A either. We then decided to take the train instead.
From KL Sentral we took the KTM Komuter to Kepong Station. The train stopped at Putra Station and we thought we were in Kepong already. When we asked the guard to confirm if we were in Kepong, he said “NO”. We panic! We then realized we were in Putra Station and we need to take the train again. We were excited to get into another train only to recognize we were in a train going to Batu Caves! We immediately forced ourselves to get out of the train before the engine starts. Haha. We then sit there waiting for the correct train to arrive. While waiting, Robbie and I had a great conversation. It was my second time to travel with a traveler. It felt good despite of getting lost. Finally the train to Rawang arrived and finally we reached our destination. We were hungry but no idea where to eat. Thanks to a guy who told us that there was a nearby food stalls. We walked and found a place to eat. We had our lunch at Kedai Makanan Heon Kee Roast Duck . We had a hard time getting a cab and realized how much time we lost. Good thing there was one metered taxi parking in front of Kedai Makanan. The driver dropped us at FRIM.
Entrance to Frim is 5 MYR for Foreigners and 1 MYR for Malaysian Citizens with IC. After paying, we marched to zone D and headed to one stop center/Souvernir Shop to register and purchase 10 MYR ticket to Canopy. We didn’t expect that in order to get into the Canopy walk, one must take the 900 meters hike along the rover track until one reaches the open space/clearing, one should take the 500 meters Canopy trail to the entrance Hut. At the entrance hut, a westerner guy complained that there were some people overtaking the line. He kept on ranting that the line is not organized. He asked us if we can join their group so that we can go next in line. A maximum of 5 persons are allowed on the platforms. We took the stairs to the Hut and we showed our tickets before proceeding to the canopy walk. The healthy trees supported the canopy. One should keep the distance of 3 meters between individuals while walking on the tree tops. The trees are strong enough to support the ropes and ladders. The panoramic view of the forest was soothing.
After completing the 50 meters nature walk at the canopy, one must take the 500 meters waterfall trail. We got lost in the middle of nowhere. We were worried because there were no other people trekking. Luckily, a guy appeared in the woods and provided us the right way until we reach the picnic area. We were so exhausted that we took a cab back to Bukit Bintang. We never had the chance to see the Crown Shyness because it was too late and the charge is 80 ringgit. The cost is expensive and a professional guide is required to get there. There was no time for me to tour Robbie to Putrajaya because it was his last day in KL. We went to Richmond Hotel where I met Mica of Senyorita and Edgar of Eazytraveler. Our frim adventure was tiring but the canopy experience was nice.
How to get there?
Take the KTM from KL Sentral to Kepong Station. From Kepong, there are no PUV’s to Frim. One must take a taxi to Frim.
From Central Market Bus stop, take the cityliner 94A bus directly to Frim.
Essentials: bottled water, Face towel, extra T-shirt, sport shoes, camera, mosquito repellant maybe and Hat.
– Make sure to get your Map and purchase the ticket from the one stop center before trekking. Visitors without tickets will not be accepted on the Canopy walkway.
– Do not shake, run or jump on the walkway. Follow the rules & regulations provided by FRIM
– Frim operates only from 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM except Mondays and Fridays and is subject to weather conditions
– Registration is accepted only before 1:30 PM.
– If you want to see the Crown of Shyness Phenomenon. Make it early and prepare 80 Ringgit.
– For group of 10 persons or more, reservations is recommended at Frim’s One stop center or Call them at +603-62797575 or email at Frim_Enquiry@frim.gov.my
– there are fresh waters at Frim to refill your bottles.
– Lastly, Prepare yourself to hike!
Forest Research Institue Malaysia (FRIM)
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia
52109 Kepong, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Contact Number: +603-6279 7000
Fax Number: +603-6273 1314