The Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) has a long winded history; from decades and decades of establishment up until the date marks 1st October of 1985 whereby FRIM had become autonomous under the Malaysian Forestry Research and Development Board (MFRDB). It was then that the institute was renamed fully into its current moniker and saw the appointment of Tan Sri Dr Salleh Mohd Nor as the first Director-General.
History aside, the The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) is a popular area among the local population, it is located in some of the populous and highly accessible area of the Kepong municipality, making it a hotspot for urbanites to enjoy some recreational activities. Being a tropical forestry research institution, FRIM provides visitors the whole jungle experience without having to travel all the way to the outskirts of town, perfect for a short adventure.
Given the location being a perfect jungle setting, there are many kinds of activities that you can do in experiencing the outdoors at FRIM, especially since the management has since stepped up on safety and security of the area in ensuring that visitors can conduct these activities without worry. The first thing to do would be to jog.
With over 6 different allocated areas for joggers, you can expect to see fellow joggers strutting their stuff very early in the morning. While there are rules and regulations that joggers are required to oblige for the sake of their own safety, you would find that the areas opened for jogging are extensive and are capable of providing different sets of challenges, making jogging as a great activity in experiencing the outdoors at FRIM. The areas allocated for joggers are; Jalan Foxworthy, Jalan Jelutong, Jalan Kapur, Kepong Botanic Garden, Rover Track and Jalan Kampung Jawa.
If you’re into biking, then you’d be pleased to know that FRIM has some of the best biking trails for you to play around at. Apart from the great view and atmosphere, what better activity to embark on in experiencing the outdoors at FRIM than an adrenaline pumping one such as this! FRIM has trails that can prove to be adventurous and challenging even for experienced mountain bikers. There are allocated areas for biking at FRIM and as to safeguard biking enthusiast, FRIM provides a guideline on each areas by categorizing them as according to how challenging each area is.
The areas allocated for biking are; Bukit Bujang, Simpang K, Perah Campsite, Tongkat Ali or Bukit Steroid and Puncak Pinus, which is also known as the Helipad. FRIM provides a set of guidelines to be followed as well, for safety purposes. Some vital details to take note of is that you are required to get a permit in order to start your biking adventure at its trails, and you are also required to have the permit displayed at all times for inspection purposes.
If neither jogging nor mountain biking fits your idea of experiencing the outdoors at FRIM, there’s always something else for you to explore in the wide outdoors. Birdwatching is great at FRIM, not only it is one of the most popular activities to be done, it is also a great activity to engage children in as it is not relatively dangerous as compared to more vigorous types of outdoor activities.
An educational experience, birdwatching at FRIM is far from a dull play. With over 182 different species of birds available, there’s plenty of observation to do, which can easily take up for a whole day. There are different types of habitats to explore, namely; the wetland and the non-dipterocarps, to name a few.
In addition to that, camping is also a great outdoor activity to conduct at FRIM. Perah Camp Site is the place to be when it comes to camping at FRIM. The area is vast enough to be able to accommodate up to 80 people at a time.
Built in a much secluded area, the camp site comes with all the facilities that would make an outdoor excursion easy and fun. The area comes with a kitchen, hall, chalets, restrooms and more, leaving you to only having to worry about planning your activities instead of where to sleep or shower. Plus, FRIM also offers equipment for rent such as sleeping bags, binoculars and tents, all of which will set you and your company for a good time experiencing the outdoors at FRIM.
Address: Forest Research Institute Of Malaysia, 68100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Entrance fees: RM5, RM1 for Malaysians (excluding fees for specific activities).