The Skywalk is the latest attraction open to the public since Merdeka day on 31st August 2020. It is located at the Kepong Botanical Gardens, about 30 minutes of driving 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 inside the Kepong Botanical Gardens, managed by the Forest Research Institute 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 Forest Skywalk (called jejantas rimba in Malay) is the suspending structure consisting of eight hanging bridges and nine towers, with tower five being the highest (50 meters above the forest). The structure was built with aluminum, supported by guy wires, and enforced with steel tubes.
The FRIM botanical garden (Taman Botani FRIM)
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 there is a limit to the number of people allowed on the suspension bridge. As a result, I had to wait 45 minutes before my turn.
I took this opportunity to take a stroll in the garden. Then 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, which 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 you are physically fit to go up to the bridge. You also need to provide an emergency contact as safety and preventive measures.
The Skywalk is concealed from other parts of the garden. Instead, there is a short trail of about 100 meters leading you into the jungle, which is cleverly done to prevent the bridge from destroying the natural scenery viewing from outside.
It is limited to only 50 people at a time on the Skywalk for safety purposes.
It’s a series of stainless steel hanging bridges of different heights. It’s a little shaky but is still good enough to take beautiful pictures.
This section of the bridge leads to the 50 meters tower. Only two persons are 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, Petronas Twin Towers, and Tun Razak Exchange Tower from here, but I couldn’t find them, probably because I was unsure of the direction.
Appreciate the greenery of the jungle from the look-down angle.
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 you take your time in KL to visit the FRIM Skywalk because there are no canopy walkways on the structure. My advice is to wear a hat as it is sunny. Please check the weather when you plan the itinerary, and ensure it’s not raining because the whole suspending structure is without any shelter.
The Skywalk is open daily from 8.30 am and 4.30 pm, and there is a break on Friday between 12.15 pm to 2.45 pm. There is a vast parking area at the entrance.
The admission fee to the Forest Skywalk is RM15 for Malaysians, and there is an extra 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 attractions to 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 most of Batu Caves are indoor (inside the cave).