Malaysian National Parks
Forest Reserves & Recreational Parks

Malaysia is a green country and locals and tourists alike love visiting Malaysian national parks. Today over 50% of its total land area is forested. There are not many countries in the world that can beat that.

Having said that, Malaysia's forests are being lost at a concerning rate. From 2001 to 2019,  around 8 million hectares of tree cover was lost, equivalent to 28% of the total, according to WWF Malaysia.  With rapid expansion of urban areas and the spread of palm oil plantations, Malaysia's rain forests are under threat.  This makes the role of Malaysian National Parks and protected forest reserves all the more important. 

Currently 8% of Malaysia's total land area is classified as protected and a further 8% is set aside as forest reserves. Protected areas include national and state parks, wildlife sanctuaries, wildlife reserves and marine parks.

Malaysia can boast of 25 terrestrial national and state parks (there are a further 40 marine parks) managed by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. New areas of outstanding beauty are regularly being added to the list of protected areas, particularly peat swamps, mangrove forests and limestone habitats.

Malaysia Jungle Walk

Conservation areas range from the massive Taman Negara, a million plus acres of the world's oldest primary rainforest, to the semi-urban and man-made Taman Wetlands in Putrajaya.

The biodiversity of Malaysia's forests is immense. It is said that there are more species of trees in one hectare of Taman Negara than in the whole of North America. In addition to observing the profuse plant life you can, while on your jungle walks, look out for unusual birds, shy animals and exotic insects.

Here is a list of some of the main Peninsular Malaysian national parks, forest reserves and urban parks (Sabah and Sarawak parks are shown on their respective pages) which I have visited so far.

I will add a fresh page onto the website whenever I visit a new place.

Click on the links below to read reviews of my visits to Malaysian national parks, rainforests and other conservation areas.

Malaysian National Parks

Malaysian National Parks Taman Negara

Taman Negara

You don't have to pay for an expensive package tour to explore Taman Negara, the top of Malaysian national parks. Learn from my independent trip here.

Malaysian National Parks Gunung Ledang

Gunung Ledang National Park

Gunung Ledang National Park has attracted naturalists since 1854. Even if you don't climb the fabled mountain itself, the Puteri Waterfalls are worth a visit.

Malaysian National Parks Penang National Park

Penang National Park

Penang National Park is the smallest of the Malaysian National Parks but one of the most scenic and the easiest to access.  

State Parks, Forest Reserves, & Other Conservation Areas

Malaysian National Parks Ampang Forest Reserve

Ampang Forest Reserve

Ampang Forest Reserve is a small park in a scenic valley on the eastern fringes of KL. Temporarily closed following flood damage in March 2012.

Malaysian National Parks Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve

Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve

An enjoyable circular hike amid unspoilt rainforest awaits on the southern fringe of Kuala Lumpur. Details and photos here.

Malaysian National Parks Bukit Besi Alam Damai

Bukit Besi Alam Damai

This 291 m high hill is a great place for a short but energetic hike within KL city limits and you can enjoy great views of the KL skyline.

Malaysian National Parks Bukit Dinding

Bukit Dinding

Bukit Dinding is one of the highest hills within KL city limits (1000 feet). With a surfaced road to the peak it is a safe and straight forward hike for a good workout. Map, photos and details here

Malaysian National Parks Bukit Gasing

Bukit Gasing Forest Park

Enjoy nature and hiking at Bukit Gasing Forest Reserve in the suburbs of KL. No need to drive miles for a good jungle workout. Map and details here.

Malaysian National Parks Bukit Jalil

Bukit Jalil Park

Bukit Jalil Park is a pleasant place to picnic, relax and exercise on the southern edge of Kuala Lumpur. Location map, opening hours and details here.

Malaysian National Parks Bukit Kembara

Bukit Kembara

Bukit Kembara is a short but vigorous hike up a small peak and around a vintage reservoir, just on the outskirts of KL.

Malaysian National Parks Bukit Putih

Bukit Putih

Bukit Putih, also known as Ah Pek Hill Trail, is a good place to hike in the jungle at Cheras, near Kuala Lumpur. See map, photos and details here.

Malaysian National Parks Bukit Sri Bintang

Bukit Sri Bintang

Bukit Sri Bintang is a short but enjoyable 90 minute hike next to Desa Park City. From the top you can see great views of the KL skyline.

Malaysian National Parks Commonwealth Forest Park

Commonwealth Forest Park

Access to Commonwealth Forest Park has been made difficult by road works but there is still a resort with activities and accommodation available there. 

Malaysian National Parks FRIM

Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM).

Experience a bird's eye view of a Malaysian rainforest with the FRIM Canopy Walk, close to Kuala Lumpur. Details, photos and directions here.

Malaysian National Parks Gunung Stong State Park

Gunung Stong State Park

Gunung Stong State Park is one of Malaysia’s most unspoilt forest reserves. With rugged hiking, camping and spectacular waterfalls it is a must visit.

Malaysian National Parks Hutan Lipur Ulu Licin Beruas

Hutan Lipur Ulu Licin Beruas

Ulu Licin is an unspoilt recreational forest park with clear water, clean air, picnic spots and waterfalls just 5 km from the Perak town of Beruas.

Malaysian National Parks Jeram Kedah Waterfall

Jeram Kedah Waterfall

Jeram Kedah Waterfall is a small and less well known waterfall in a peaceful and quiet corner of Negeri Sembilan’s extensive forest reserve.

Malaysian National Parks Jeram Tengkek

Jeram Tengkek Forest Eco-Park

Jeram Tengkek Waterfall in Negeri Sembilan is a nice place to picnic, swim and camp amid pristine rain forest said to once have been home to a goblin village.

Malaysian National Parks Kanching Forest Reserve

Kanching Forest Reserve.

At Kanching you can swim in clean waterfall pools or picnic and walk in a lush rainforest setting.

Malaysian National Parks Kenabol State Park

Kenaboi State Park

In the remote Jelebu District of Negeri Sembilan is an unspoilt rainforest with waterfalls, jungle trails, mountain climbing, bird watching and other outdoor activities to enjoy.

Wild boars at Ketumbar Hill

Ketumbar Hill

Ketumbar Hill is a small hill in Cheras, KL. It is a relatively easy 1 hour circular hike with breezes, good views and some fairly tame wild boars.

Malaysian National Parks Kota Damansara Community Forest Reserve

Kota Damansara Community Forest Reserve.

Kota Damansara Community Forest Reserve is a good place for hiking and mountain biking on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. There are 11 km of trails to explore.

Malaysian National Parks Kota Tinggi Waterfalls

Kota Tinggi Waterfalls

A popular waterfall resort in Johor, easily accessible from JB, with natural pools, slides, picnic spots and walkways alongside an impressive waterfall.

Malaysian National Parks Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary

At Kuala Gandah you can hand feed elephants, enjoy a bare back elephant ride and give them a scrub-down in the river.

Kuala Woh Recreational Forest

Kuala Woh Recreational Forest

Kuala Woh Recreational Forest is a good place for a riverside picnic on the way to the Cameron Highlands.

Malaysian National Parks Kuala Selangor Nature Park

Kuala Selangor Nature Park

Kuala Selangor Nature Park is made up of mangrove forest, mud flats and secondary forest habitats and is a sanctuary for many bird and animal species.

Malaysian National Parks Lata Jarum

Lata Jarum & Pulau Chekas

Lata Jarum is a pleasant waterfall in attractive countryside. See videos of boys jumping into the cascade pool.

Malaysian National Parks Lenggeng Recreational Forest

Lenggeng Recreational Forest

Lenggeng Recreational Forest is a small nature park set in the unspoilt countryside of Negeri Sembilan. It has a nice waterfall but the facilities need refurbishment.

Malaysian National Parks Malaysia Agricultural Park

Malaysia Agricultural Park.

It would take days to see everything at Malaysia Agriculture Park, a huge park with paintball, extreme challenges, spice gardens, arboretum, animal park and much more.

Malaysian National Parks Paya Indah Wetlands

Paya Indah Wetlands.

Paya Indah near Putrajaya is a man-made wetlands area with crocodiles and hippos among its star attractions. Fishing, kayaking and bird watching are possible here and accommodation is available.

Malaysian National Parks Sungai Congkak

Sungai Congkak

Sungai Congkak is a pleasant place to picnic and bathe in natural pools amid unspoilt forest. Chalet prices and details here.

Malaysian National Parks Sungai Dusun Wildlife Conservation Centre

Sungai Dusun Wildlife Conservation Centre

Sungai Dusun Wildlife Conservation Centre was once the preserve of rhinos but is now home to tapirs. You need a permit to visit.

Malaysian National Parks Sungai Gabai Waterfall

Sungai Gabai Waterfall

At Sungai Gabai Waterfall you can cool off in the chilly cascades and enjoy natural surroundings and fresh air only a short drive from Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysian National Parks Sungai Menyala Edu-Ecotourism

Sungai Menyala Edu-Ecotourism Centre

Sungai Menyala Edu Ecotourism Centre is a forest reserve with some virgin rainforest, some of the tallest trees in Malaysia, a museum and excellent accommodation faciliites. 

Malaysian National Parks Sungai Sendat

Sungai Sendat

This forest park has an impressive waterfall but unfortunately it is closed until further notice due to fatal accidents.

Malaysian National Parks Sungai Tekala

Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest

Sungai Tekala is a popular place near KL to enjoy bathing in a clear, cool river with cascades among pristine rain forest. See my video and details here.

Malaysian National Parks Sungai Tua

Sungai Tua

Sungai Tua Recreational Forest is a good place to camp, picnic and bathe in natural pools amid mature forest. Video, location and details here.

Malaysian National Parks Sungai Udang

Sungai Udang Recreational Forest

A 335 acre permanent forest reserve of mainly lowland dipterocarp trees with a rich variety of flora and fauna. Within easy distance of the city of Melaka.

Malaysian National Parks Tanjung Piai

Tanjung Piai

Standing at Tanjung Piai you can claim to be the southern most person in the whole of mainland Eurasia. Read my review of this southernmost of Malaysian national parks.

Malaysian National Parks Templer Park

Templer Park

Take this hike to the waterfall at Templer Park for a true jungle experience within easy reach of Kuala Lumpur. See location map, video, photos and details here.

 Urban Parks

Malaysian National Parks KL Forest Eco Park

KL Forest Eco Park, KL

The only remaining tropical rainforest within Kuala Lumpur city limits, this park now boasts an impressive new canopy walk.

Malaysian National Parks Tanjung Wetlands

Taman Wetlands, Putrajaya.

A walk or bike ride around Putrajaya's Taman Wetlands makes a pleasant day out. Learn how this eco-tourism destination acts as the kidneys of Putrajaya.

Malaysian National Parks Taman Wawasan

Taman Wawasan, Putrajaya

Taman Wawasan is a beautifully landscaped park next to the lake in the heart of Putrajaya. It is a great place to walk, jog, cycle or just relax.

Malaysian National Parks Taman Warisan

Taman Warisan, Putrajaya

Taman Warisan is a great park to see a wide variety of tropical fruit trees, herbs and spices, rubber and other commercial crops. You can get a good meal here too!

Malaysian National Parks Botanical Gardens Putrajaya

Botanical Gardens, Putrajaya.

I never get tired of visiting Putrajaya Botanical Gardens, my favourite park in Putrajaya. If you like tropical plants and trees you will love it too.

Malaysian National Parks Taman Tugu Forest Trail

Taman Tugu Forest Trail, KL

Visit Taman Tugu Forest Trail for an invigorating and educational family hike amid lush jungle vegetation in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.  

Malaysian National Parks Lembah Kiara Park

Lembah Kiara Park, KL

Lembah Kiara Park and the adjacent trails are a pleasant place to play, bike and exercise in the heart of the city.

Malaysian National Parks Sentul Park

Sentul Park, KL

Sentul Park is home to KL Performing Arts Centre, a pair of good restaurants and a koi centre. It is worth a visit.

Malaysian National Parks Taman Dusun Bandar

Taman Dusun Bandar, KL

Taman Dusun Bandar, which translates as urban orchard park, is a well landscaped park with a wide variety of fruit trees in the heart of KL.

Malaysian National Parks Taman Tasik Permaisuri

Taman Tasik Permaisuri, KL

Taman Tasik Permaisuri is an urban recreational park in Kuala Lumpur. Read about the facilities, location and opening hours here.

Malaysian National Parks Taman Tasil Titiwangsa

Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, KL

Titiwangsa Lake Gardens is an attractive and well maintained park in Kuala Lumpur and a popular place to take photos of the Twin Towers and KL Tower.

Malaysian National Parks Taiping Lake Gardens

Taiping Lake Gardens

Taiping Lake Gardens was the first public recreation park to be established in Malaysia and today it remains one of the most beautiful spots in the country.

Malaysian National Parks D R Seenivasagam Park Ipoh

D.R. Seenivasagam Recreational Park, Ipoh

D.R. Seenivasagam Recreational Park, with its scenic Japanese Garden, and Kinta Riverfront Walk are relaxing places to get some fresh air and exercise.

Here is a list of Malaysian National Parks, forest reserves and conservation areas which I still have to visit, arranged state by state.


. Royal Belum State Park

. Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary

. Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve

. Sungkai Wildlife Reserve

. Temenggor Forest Reserve


. Bukit Panchor State Park

. Bukit Mertajam Recreational Park


. Pedu Lake

. Ulu Muda Forest Reserve

. Bukit Hijau Recreational Forest


. Perlis State Park

. Bukit Ayer Recreational Forest


. Tasik Kenyir

. Bakau Tinggi Recreational Park

. Rantau Abang Turtle Sanctuary


. Kenong Rimba Park

. Tasik Bera

. Lata Jarum & Pulau Chekas


. Endau Rompin (Malaysian National Parks)

. Pulau Kukup


. Sungai Udang Recreational Forest

And here is an interactive map of Malaysian National Parks I compiled showing all the locations of the parks mentioned on this page.  As you can see, wherever you are in Peninsular Malaysia, you are never far from Malaysian National Parks or a State Park or Forest Reserve.

Map of Malaysian National Parks & Conservation Areas

More Malaysian National Parks, recreational forests and forest reserves will be reviewed and added to this list shortly.


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