In February 17, 2017, we had a 20-hour layover in Kuala Lumpur, so we decided to make good use of it and check out Bukit Nanas. Based on research, the place is now called the KL Forest Eco Park, which is just a few meters from the KL Tower (Menara KL).
Bukit Nanas is truly a gem. Although not at all challenging and only affords views of nearby buildings, the well-maintained trail can be a good warm-up for an upcoming hike. The forest has an impressive 200-meter canopy walk, a spacious campsite, and even an herbal garden. With a leisurely pace, we spent about an hour exploring most of the trails.
Our Walking Route
We’d been to KL twice before, so getting lost wasn’t a worry. Since we had much time to spare, and we knew based on other travel blogs that Bukit Nanas is a quick nature walk, we planned to do a lengthier route to include some popular places in the city.
Here’s the plan.
1. Take the bus from KLIA2 to KL Sentral.
2. From KL Sentral, hop on a train to KLCC and resist the temptation to even say hello to the Twin Towers.
3. From KLCC, walk towards Bukit Bintang through the connecting bridgeway.
4. From Bukit Bintang, walk towards Bukit Nanas.
5. Take the same route in reverse. As a reward, take a picture with the Twin Towers.
According to Maps.me, the whole route was about 8 km. NOTE: It’s possible to take a shorter 1.8-km route from Suria KLCC to Bukit Nanas.
13:30 – Got off at KLCC station, then headed towards Pavilion Mall in Bukit Bintang.
14:00 – Reached Pavilion Mall; took our time to look around; dropped by Brands Outlet Store but didn’t find anything we like; turned around and headed towards Pavilion again; took a picture of Coach’s window because we thought the display was super creative; check out top-reviewed hotels within KLCC and Bukit Bintang
14:46 – Arrived at KL Tower; surprised that it was an “attraction complex” (e.g., Upside Down Hsouse (see image below), Eco Forest, Zoo…), but we were only interested in Bukit Nanas. We didn’t know where it was, so we asked around. The girl we talked to said we needed a ticket, but we didn’t have to worry because it was free. We did what she said.
Image: KL Upside Down House KL Tower
15:05 – We found the forest, situated only a few meters from the tower. When we got inside, though, there was not a single person in sight, not even a ranger. The entrance looked deserted and unwelcoming, but we let ourselves in, and then examined the ticket. What was it for? The ticket says “FREE FOREST TOUR.”We saw a few double-decker buses earlier; perhaps the ticket was for one of those? We kept the ticket just in case. Later, we found out that there are three main entrances to the eco park. We got in through this entrance (see image below).
Image: Entrance of Bukit Nanas
Image: Bukit Nanas Ticket KL Forest Eco Park
We didn’t follow the sign that says “MAIN TRAIL ENTRANCE.” Instead, when we saw the hanging bridges, we couldn’t contain our excitement. We later discovered that these bridges are part of the forest’s CANOPY WALK.
The walk wasn’t long, but a few of these bridges, especially those suspended the highest, got us height-sick. We have to say though that these bridges aren’t that high. Compared to houses, the highest of them are the height of a 3-storey house.
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When we were done with the bridges, we just let our feet wander off and take whatever trail they’d stumble upon. The trails we took were…
– Penarahan Trail
– Merawan Trail
– Jelutong Trail
– Bamboo Walk
We also managed to reach the campsite at 15:34.
16:09 – Back at the entrance; we retraced our steps back to KLCC.
17:30 – Took a picture with the Petronas Towers.
Short Note About the Trails in Bukit Nanas
The park has several well-maintained trails that you can explore. These are wide enough for one person, and each is paved with a different material.
– Penarahan – tiles
– Merawan – crushed rocks / gravel
– Jelutong – hardened clay soil
– OKU – a concrete ramp
It’s impossible to get lost as long as you stay on the paths.
At the campsite, you can sleep in one of the open houses, but bring an insect repellent. Mosquitoes are everywhere.