Monday, June 25, 2007

Trekking at FRIM

FRIM is our leading institution in tropical forestry research. The 600-ha site in Kepong is located 16 km northwest of Kuala Lumpur.
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FRIM consists of three research divisions.
(1) The Forestry Division provides data, standards and guidelines for managing our natural forests on a sustainable basis.
(2) The Product Development Division focuses on the development of forest-based industries.
(3) The Biotechnology Division involves in creating new planting material through genetic engineering.
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FRIM’s ‘forest tour packages’ provide opportunities for outdoor recreation (i.e. forest trekking) and public education in its grounds.
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The look of the sky in dense forest of FRIM. It was a good day for forest trekking.
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One of the main attractions is the Canopy Walkway which spans about 200 m and is suspended between trees at about 30 m above ground. The trail to the walkway is uphill, steep and physically demanding (about 30 - 45 mins).
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A small charge is levied for the visit;
(1) RM5 for adults
(2) RM3 for students (Age 13 onwards)
(3) RM1 for children (Age 7 - 12 yrs)
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Despite that it is built with high quality ropes, visitors are advised to be at least 3 - 5 meters away from each other while on the canopy walkway.
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A fallen durian fruit. Plenty of them actually on the grounds of the trek trail.
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Some kids - there is nothing much more fun than than outdoor fun with water.
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Looks like it is popular among the Chinese community as well (not to mention that I saw plenty of foreigners too).
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A kid seen here enjoying the cooling water from the nearby waterfall.
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A small waterfall at Sungai Kroh with 2 little huts is ideal place for family day.
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FRIM is a popular spot for picnickers, joggers, cyclers, tourists and nature study groups, for family day events, treasure hunts, camping, birdwatching, jungle trekking and as well as nature photography.
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For me, it is a treasure of relatively unpolluted air, cooler temperatures and quiet serenity.
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For the serious jogger, there are 2 tracks that wind through dense forest, plantation ground and laterite road that will surely test their endurance.
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It was definitely some tough and long walks (there were no cabbies till to the main entrance of FRIM). I saw this traditional house on the way.
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PEJABAT means office.
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I did not drive. Took the KTM train to Kepong Central and a cab to FRIM. It was a good trip away from the hustle bustle of the city. And the heavy rain came only after the trekking. Pheewww.

More information : Forest Research Institute Malaysia

5 comments:

Lee Ai Ling said...

Cool! Thank god you missed the rain.

charlene said...

now, the interesting part that caught my attention is the canopy walkway~!:) Have you try that out also?

Eddie said...

stalker !!!!
hehe

Patrick Leong said...

ai ling : yea. or else my camera would have soaked wet. it was really heavy rain. have you watched transformer ? going for it tonight.

charlene : it was nice experience. would be nicer if a longer one. the view up there was good too. too bad i was trekking all by myself.

eddie : stalker ? someone stalking me ? where ? it was fun to see the kids enjoying so much though they weren't mine.

Primrose said...

I've only been there once. I heard it's a good place for wedding potraits too! Bumped into any photography sessions?