forests


Malaysia’s rainforest (covering roughly 60 per cent of its land mass) is dated to be over 150 million years old. To appreciate the spectacle of the Malaysian rainforest, the visitor can do no better than to make a trip to Batang Ai National Park (one of the many National Parks of Malaysia). Located 250 kilometres from the Sarawak state capital of Kuching, the park is home to many rare species of flora and fauna. It is also surrounded by a crystal clear lake that was formed by the construction of the Batang Ai hydroelectric reservoir.

More easily accessible, but no less interesting, is the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM). Located an easy 15 minutes’ drive from Kuala Lumpur’s city centre, FRIM offers the rainforest experience in a nutshell with its canopy walkway, arboreta and ethno-botanical garden.