At the KL Eco Forest Park you’ll see a different side of Malaysia’s capital! Not only can you do some hiking in Kuala Lumpur and cross the canopy walk, but it’s the only city in the world with a natural rainforest right in the center. So join us at the Kuala Lumpur Forest Eco Park if you’re looking for what to do! This is the perfect way to see nature without leaving the city.
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KL Forest Eco Park Information
Hours: 7am-6pm Daily (Open Later on Weekends)
Setting: Jungle Hiking & City Views
Time Needed: 1-2 Hours
Don’t Forget: Water, Sunblock, & Bug Spray
Location: KL Forest Eco Park
History of KL Forest Eco Park
Formerly known as Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, the rainforest has been the centerpiece of the city for a long time. Named a forest reserve in 1906, the land that consists of the Kuala Lumpur Eco Forest Park has seen a lot over the last 100+ years! As the city skyline formed and massive skyscrapers went up this remained a protected area of the city.
Originally they designated around 43 acres of land, but that has shrunken to 22 with the city growing rapidly in size. A cable car was present in the 1970’s, and was discontinued shortly after. However, these days you’ll find the only hiking in Kuala Lumpur and a canopy walk that’s just as much fun!
Kuala Lumpur Canopy Walk
The canopy walk is an awesome experience if you’re looking for what to do in Kuala Lumpur. With over 200 meters of canopy bridges perched up high above the forest it’s a magical way to see the jungle.
The whole thing will only take you about 10-15 minutes so take your time! Some of the elevated bridges even reach up to 21 meters in the sky. This makes for the perfect picture opportunity with the Kuala Lumpur skyline as your backdrop.
Hiking in Kuala Lumpur
Once you’re done with the Kuala Lumpur Canopy Walk it’s time to do some hiking! The Kuala Lumper Eco Forest Park is home to over 200 species of trees, various wildlife, and many colorful trails for you to enjoy. The hiking paths wind through Bukit Nanas, moving up and down the hills like a jungle maze.
The main trail also pops out at the famous KL Tower which is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world. Pay to go up in the KL tower if you so choose to get a view from the observation deck. Then continue into the nature of the oldest forest reserve in Malaysia, and the only available hiking in Kuala Lumpur!
3 Things to Watch Out For at KL Forest Eco Park
1. Dangerous Animals: The Kuala Lumpur Eco Forest Park is home to many animals that are considered threatening. Watch out for bees, scorpions, and venomous snakes among other critters that call this park home.
2. Weather: Although you can find some brief shade under the trees, you will not be spared from the extreme humidity that plagues KL city. Also, it’s best not to go hiking in Kuala Lumpur during rainstorms as the trails can turn slippery.
3. Broken Trails: For the most part the hiking trails are fine throughout KL Eco Forest Park. However, some of the wooden stairs and makeshift bridges are worn and even unsafe in places. Watch your step!
Have any questions for us or your own tips for Kuala Lumpur Eco Forest Park? Let us know in the comments below!
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Where To Stay In Kuala Lumpur
Ultra Luxury – Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur – This ultra luxurious hotel sits right in KL park, and offers sweeping views of the Petronas Towers. From the beautiful breakfast to massive indoor swimming pool, you’ll have all the amenities you need to enjoy your stay.
Fun Vacation – The Face Suites – The suites apartments are making a huge splash in social media for their famous swimming pool that overlooks the Petronas Towers. Spend your day splashing around, and night in the comfort of your modern apartment.
Hostel Life – The Bed KLCC – This upscale pod hostel is a great jump off for the city. There is a large modern common area and single, double, or private pods available. Everything is just a quick walk or Grab taxi away!
For more places to stay in Kuala Lumpur you can explore the latest prices here!
Malaysia Travel Planning
Transportation: 12Go is what we use to book ferries, trains, buses, and transfers while traveling through Southeast Asia.
Tours: Check out Get Your Guide for activities all over Malaysia. You can book everything from a Cameron Highlands day tour to a Kuala Lumpur local street food night tour, and even a trip to the Batu Caves Temple!
Travel Insurance: Never travel abroad without being covered. We’ve been using SafetyWing for the last few years on the road and they are there when we need them.
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