We sometimes wish to get out of the concrete jungle of Kuala Lumpur and into the wild scenery of Malaysia. Whether you’re a busy professional, a tourist, or a parent seeking activities for kids, our Little Steps’ guide to green escapes will get you started on fun weekend getaways, family vacation ideas and the best nature adventure in Malaysia!
KLCC Park is a 50-acre garden set close to Suria KLCC shopping center. On the park grounds is a 10,000sqm manmade lake (Lake Symphony) with a 43m bridge that cuts across. Besides the various waterfalls, fountains, cascades, and reflecting pools scattered around the park, there are a variety of facilities at KLCC Park including a two-acre children’s playground, a 1.3km-long jogging track, shelters and benches, patterned footpaths, and sculptures.
KLCC Park, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Website
This is a popular urban park among families, walkers, and joggers due to its close proximity to several residential communities. Its main feature is a large lake surrounded by jogging tracks, exercise stations, playgrounds, and picnic spots. There are also plenty of cycling tracks on the trails which explains its popularity among mountain bikers.
Taman Rimba Kiara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Website
This botanical garden is spread over a large area of 91.6 hectares and located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. You can walk around and also get away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the sceneries. It is loaded with tons of trees, bird and butterfly parks, man-made waterfalls, beautiful lakes, and even deers! If the weather is great, simply pack a picnic and stroll through the garden.
Perdana Botanical Garden, Jalan Kebun Bunga, Tasik Perdana, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Website
Situated on the border of Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Gasing is the perfect setting to hike, walk or stroll. The trail is quite easy to follow although there's about a dozen path you can choose from. This forest reserve is great for first timers or beginners to try hiking or some basic climbing.
Bukit Gasing Forest Reserve, Jalan Tanjong 5/4, Bukit Gasing, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
FRIM is a haven for flora and fauna, that has remained largely untouched for the past 80 years. The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) is the country’s largest secondary forest and is located in Kepong on the northern border of the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. There are a number of interesting activities in FRIM such as camping, bird-watching, jungle trekking, picnics near the waterfall, jogging, and cycling. If you are more inclined towards an educational stroll, visit the insect house and herbal botanical garden.
Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Jalan Frim, Kepong, 52109 Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia, Website
Kanching Forest Reserve lies to the north of Kuala Lumpur, in Rawang, and is a short drive from Templer’s Park. If you are looking for a few hours off your regular routine, head for this tropical rainforest and spend one to three hours here. It is a popular spot for swimming, picnics, camping and jungle hiking. It has seven waterfalls and pools have been built to contain the clean water that flows down from the hills.
Kanching Forest Reserve, Kilometer 17, Jalan Kuala Lumpur - Rawang, Templer Baiduri, 48000 Rawang, Selangor, Malaysia.
KL Forest Eco Park is a lush island of primary forest surrounded by some of the city’s most expensive real estate. The park is threaded with several short hiking trails. There’s also a new canopy walkway that puts you at eye level with the tops of the soaring trees, such as Jelutong and Merawan Batu, some of which are as old as KL itself. The winning point of this park will be the paved road leading to the summit crowned by one of the city’s top tourist attractions and visual icons, the Menara Kuala Lumpur.
KL Forest Eco Park, 8, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Kewangan, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Website
The Orchid Garden has an impressive showcase of thousands and thousands of orchids. In this small garden of about one hectare, you will be able to see over 800 species of orchids and a total of 6000 orchids altogether. You can also choose to buy pots of orchids back home. On weekends, you will be able to learn how these magnificent flowers are planted. Much can be learned from there caretakers of the garden. Just next to the Orchid Gardens is the Hibiscus Gardens. Do also drop by at the Hibiscus Gardens if you are a flora fanatic.
Orchid Garden, Jalan Tembusu, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Website
Best known as KL’s second lake gardens park, the views across the mirrored surface of the Titiwangsa lake towards the distinctive outlines of the nearby theatre Istana Budaya and, further away, the Petronas Towers and Menara KL, are stunning. Definitely head here early evening for a good view of the sun setting across the city. The buildings will light up, and on a clear day it is beautiful! Titiwangsa also has a jogging track, exercise area and plenty of options for floating on the lake from regular rowboats to giant transparent spherical balloons.
Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, 6, Lorong Titiwangsa, Titiwangsa, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Website
KL Bird Park is one of the renowned eco-tourism destinations situated right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Located in the serene and scenic Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens, it is only 10-minute drive away from the city center of Kuala Lumpur. The park is home to more than 3000 birds of approximately 200 species of local & foreign birds. Definitely worth the detour for all animal lovers or just for the curious minds. As a bonus, you can spot loads of peacocks roaming freely around the facilities.
KL Bird Park, KL Bird Park, 920, Jalan Cenderawasih, Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Website