The Skywalk is the latest attraction open to the public since 31st August 2020. It is located at Kepong, about 30 minutes drive from the city center of Kuala Lumpur.
The Skywalk is considered the replacement of the previous canopy walk in the garden, which has already closed in June of 2017 after twenty-five years of service. It was a living system of platforms and ropes supported by nine trees. However, the experts’ continuous inspections indicate a decline in the trees’ health, affecting the safety of the walkway structure.
The Skywalk is situated Insight the Kepong Botanical Garden, managed by the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM). You can refer to the location map at the bottom of this article.
I visited the Skywalk just four days after it opened to the public. It is managed by the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM).
The Skywalk is the suspending structure consists of eight hanging bridges and nine towers, with tower five being the highest (50 meters above the forest).
The botanical garden
You can enjoy the glorious view of the KPG Lake, the sprawling view of Kuala Lumpur, and the lush rainforest at the top of the towers.
Along the walking trail is the Kepong Botanical Garden lake. It is a popular picnic spot.
I was told that there is a limit to the number of people allowed on the suspension bridge. As a result, I had to wait for 45 minutes before my turn.
I took this opportunity to take a stroll in the garden. I took a slow walk along the walking path. It is an excellent place for a family get together. There are plenty of picnic spots along the way, and it is amazingly tranquil.
There is a man-made forest trail called Denai Razak. Denai means trail in Malay. Many old and tall trees fully covered the trail. You can literally walk there, not being afraid of sunlight. It’s forever cooling and pleasant here.
The Forest Skywalk
I head back to the Skywalk entrance. You need to fill in a declaration form before you are allowed to purchase the ticket. That’s to ensure that you are physically fit to go up to the bridge. You also need to provide an emergency contact as safety and precautionary measures.
The Skywalk is concealed from other parts of the garden. There is a short trail about 100 meters leading you into the jungle, and this is cleverly done to avoid the bridge from destroying the natural scenery viewing from outside.
It’s a stainless steel hanging bridge. It’s a little bit shaky but is still good enough to take beautiful pictures.
This section of the bridge is leading to the 50 meters tower. There are only two persons allowed to go up to the highest point each time.
The view of the forest beneath looking down from the highest tower is breathtaking.
You can see the skyline of Kuala Lumpur from here. Some people said they could spot the KL Tower from here, but I couldn’t find it, probably because I was unsure of the direction.
The steps are squeaky on the way down, and the next person will take my place.
Best to visit the Skywalk in the morning
I highly recommend that you take your time when you are in KL to visit this new attraction. My advice is to wear a hat as it is sunny. Please check the weather when you plan the itinerary, and make sure it’s not raining because the whole suspending structure is without any shelter.
The Skywalk is opened daily from 8.30 am and 4.30 pm, and there is a break on Friday between 12.15 pm to 2.45 pm.
The admission fee to the Forest Skywalk is RM15 for Malaysians, and there is an additional RM5 if you want to climb up to the 50 meters tower. You can get more information by visiting their official website here.
Here is the video I shot in 4K during my visit. Enjoy watching the video!
Other nearby attractions
You may want to plan to visit Batu Caves after visiting the Skywalk. Batu Caves is one of the closest tourist attraction from the Kepong Botanical Garden. Try to visit the Botanical Garden earlier when it is not so warm, and head to Batu Caves later at noon since a majority part of Batu Caves is indoor (inside the cave).