Canopy Walks in Malaysia

Malaysia Canopy Walks

For the outdoor and nature lover, did you know that there are quite a number of amazing Canopy Walks in Malaysia? Yes, these jungle or rainforest tree top walks or skywalks seem to be a must have activity at most national parks and forest reserves around the country. As I am avid outdoor lover, I have personally been to almost all of the canopy walks in Malaysia in the last few years and finally have come down to putting them in a list for everyone to enjoy.

In this article, I will be highlighting some of Malaysia's most amazing canopy walks or Titian Kanopi in Bahasa Malaysia where some of them are exclusive to staying at the accommodations and others which are easily accessed by just about anyone. Below is the list of canopy walk and skywalks in no order;

KL Forest Eco Park Canopy Walk
The new KL Forest Eco Park Canopy Walk, yet to open - Image: www.ummifathiah.blogspot.com
Canopy Walk at KL Forest Eco Park

Bukit Nanas has been recently rebranded as the KL Forest Eco Park or Taman Rimba Eko KL, and a canopy walk is about to open to the public somewhere in May or June in 2015. Speaking to the tourism officials in KL, they have stated that it is scheduled for mid 2015 and if all works out well, or even a little sooner. 

This means that visitors to Kuala Lumpur can have a unique canopy walk experience here in the heart of Kuala Lumpur at Bukit Nanas or KL Forest Eco Park as it is now called. Till then, we await the news of the opening. 

KL Eco Park Canopy Walk information
Location: Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur
Length: 200 Meters Long
Above Ground: 15 Metres High
Website: VisitKL
Entrance: Currently Free

FRIM Canopy Walk KL
KL Canopy Walk at Forest Research Institute Malaysia or FRIM. Image: www.travel-junkies.com
FRIM Canopy Walk 

This is the most easily accessible one located in the Selangor area and about 20-30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur city. (Many still think this place is in KL). FRIM stands for Forest Research Institute of Malaysia and is a great place for anyone who wants to see how a Malaysian rainforest feels like. The FRIM Canopy Walk is located deep inside, about 15 minutes trek and needs to be accessed by one of the park rangers. 

In total, you will walk 130 meters across and 30 meters above ground level here. There is a entrance charge which can be found below, and this includes the park ranger guiding you to the canopy walk and back. The trek there is interesting but easy as you will come across flora and fauna. The FRIM Canopy Walk is also located about 20-30 minutes drive from KL city and taxis know of this place. 

The FRIM Canopy Walkway will be closed temporarily for:
1) Maintenance & Hari Raya Aidilfitri (18 June – 27 July 2015)
2) Hari Raya Aidiladha (24-27 September 2015)

FRIM Canopy Walk information
Location: Kepong, Selangor
Length: 130 Meters Long
Above Ground: 30 Metres High
Website: FRIM Canopy Walk
Non Malaysians: RM10.60
Malaysians: RM5.30
Students: RM3.20
Children (6-12): RM1.05

Sungai Sedim Tree Top Walk in Kedah
Sedim Tree Top Walk in Kedah
Sungai Sedim Canopy Walk

Called the Sungai Sedim Tree Top Walk, this is claimed as the longest canopy walk in the world to date based on structure as it is made entirely from steel. This unique canopy walk is also located in the Sungai Sedim Recreational Park and the Gunung Inas Forest Reserve here in Kedah. The total length of this is almost 1 kilometer long where at the highest point, it is at 26 meters above ground level.

In general, the longest actual canopy walk in the world is still the Taman Negara Canopy Walk which is made entirely from wood and rope stretching a whopping 510 meters long. The Sedim Canopy Walk is 925 meters long but all in steel. Again, this is an awesome experience if you are a nature lover or bird watcher as you have more ground to cover up in the rainforest canopy.

To get here, it is about 30 minutes drive from Kulim town in Kedah. Sungai Sedim is also known as an Eco Camp offering a variety of outdoor activities and team building. 

Sungai Sedim Tree Top Canopy Walk information
Location: Sungai Sedim, Kedah
Length: 925 Meters Long
Above Ground: 26 Metres High
Time: 9.00 am to 5.30 pm
Adults: RM10.00
Children: RM6.00

Maliau Basin Skywalk in Sabah
Maliau Basin Skywalk in Sabah
Maliau Basin Canopy Walk

The mother of all canopy walks in Sabah Borneo is the Maliau Basin Sky Bridge Canopy Walk. The main fact is that Maliau Basin is one of the least explored places in Borneo and one of the hardest places to access. It is also known as 'The Lost World of Sabah' and only specialised tour companies make trips here for hardcore nature lovers and trekkers.

The Maliau Basin Skywalk Canopy is located about 15-20 minutes trek from the main study centre and upon reaching here, a journey into another world takes place. The starting point crosses the Maliau River and then leads into a 45 degrees vertical canopy climb to the first tower. From here, you will make your way up cylinder staircases to the main canopy walkway. There is a lookout tower for birders too. This is totally an amazing experience for any nature and outdoor lover or bird watcher.

When I was here in 2014, I managed to see over 20 species of birds and even wild gibbons passing through the rainforest canopy. I was totally mesmerized with this and one thing's for sure that I will come back again! To get here, see Explorer Lifestyle for their Maliau Basin Packages. If I had to rate the best Canopy Walks in Malaysia, this would be on top of my list.

Maliau Basin Canopy Walk information
Location: Maliau Basin, Sabah
Length: 400 Meters Long
Above Ground: 22 Metres High
Time: 6.00 am to 5.00 pm
Website: Maliau Basin Canopy Walk
Entrance: Only for Maliau Basin Guests

Penang Hill Tree Top Walk
The Penang Hill Canopy Walkway - Image www.perroviajante.com/
Penang Hill Canopy Walk

Another new canopy walk is set to open somewhere in 2015 which is the Penang Hill Canopy Walk which is currently undergoing a facelift. This is actually part of the original 290 meter canopy walk which was damaged by fallen trees due to a storm back in September 2008.

A local Penang private company came in to rescue this attraction and to date, there has been no official news on when it would be open. The Penang government issued a press release in mid 2014 about Penang hill getting a makeover of RM15 million. Until an official announcement is made, the canopy walk on Penang Hill is still there, just not open to the public.

Penang Hill Canopy Walk information
Location: Penang Hill, Penang Island
Length: 200 Meters Long
Above Ground: Unknown
Other Info: Unknown

Penang National Park Tree Top Walk
Canopy walk at the Penang National Park - Image: Synergy Tours
Penang National Park Canopy Walk

Located inside the smallest national park in the world, the Penang National Park is the Penang Canopy Walk in the Teluk Bahang area. To get here, you need to go all the way to the end of Batu Ferringhi where it once was called 'End of the World. The main entrance to the national park is here and it is free to enter. However for the canopy walk, you need to purchase a ticket at the entrance and optional park guide.

Once you enter the park, you need to trek along the coast path about 20 minutes to the start of the canopy walk. There are signs along the paths leading you to various parts of the park. It is recommended you go early to try this. There are local public buses to the national park from George Town. A taxi will cost you RM45 to RM45 one way. This canopy walk is highly recommended for anyone visiting Penang as it can be easily done in half a day. 

Penang Canopy Walk information
Location: Penang National Park
Length: 250 Meters Long
Above Ground: 15 Metres High
Time: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Close: Friday Closed
Adults: RM5.00
Children: RM3.00
*Park Guide Available at extra cost

Mulu National Park Canopy Walk Sarawak
The Mulu Canopy Walk crossing a river
Mulu National Park Canopy Walk

One of the oldest canopy walks in Malaysia is the Mulu National Park Canopy Walk situated in Mulu, Sarawak Borneo. There are a number of accommodations available at Mulu ranging from budget to luxury and to enter the national park, there is a fee applicable. Most travelers would stay around the park area and take a longboat ride to the park entrance.

The Mulu Canopy Walk is also located about 20-30 minutes trek into the park following the wooden elevated walkways. The canopy walk also crosses a river and joins back the the trail at another section. This tails also leads to the world renown Mulu Caves to see the magnificent caves and also to do bat watching in the evenings. For outdoor and nature lovers, this is one of the highly recommended canopy walks to experience in Sarawak. 

Mulu National Park Canopy Walk information
Location: Mulu, Sarawak
Length: 480 Meters Long
Above Ground: 25 Metres High
Time: 7.00 am to 4.00 pm
One Price: RM42.40 (Includes guide)

Batang Ai Canopy Walk Sarawak
The canopy walkway at Batang Ai National Park
Batang Ai Canopy Walk

Located at the only Hilton Resort in a Longhouse style at Batang Ai National Park is the Batang Ai Canopy Walk. Highly private and remote, this unique canopy walk if found behind the longhouse resort about 30-45 minutes trek inwards the national park.

This is also considered as the shortest canopy walk in Malaysia but the bonus here is the 40 metre viewing platform that lets you absorb in the natural wonders of the national park with amazing views. This experience is generally only for the Hilton Batang Ai guests as no walk-ins are entertained, meaning you need to stay here to try this canopy walk. Many travel agents in Kuching sell this package and you can contact them. Note Batang Ai National Park is about 5 hours drive from Kuching. 

Batang Ai Canopy Walk information
Location: Batang Ai, Sarawak
Length: 60 Meters Long
Above Ground: 30 Metres High
Time: 7.00 am to 4.00pm
Entrance: For Hilton Longhouse Guests Only

Taman Negara Canopy Walk in Pahang
The majestic Taman Negara Canopy Walk in Pahang - Image from jakdrinnan.wordpress.com
Taman Negara Canopy Walk

The Taman Negara Canopy Walkway is apparently claimed to be the longest canopy walk in the world, based on the original specifications of a canopy sky walk made from wood and ropes. However, reports indicate that many sections have been run down and needs repairs.

For anyone going to Taman Negara, this would be on your itinerary as the distance itself is quite amazing while the height if the walkway is way over 40 meters high. In total, there are over 10,000 species of flora and 600 species of fauna available for just about any nature lover. I'd spend a good 3-5 days here given the chance. 

Taman Negara Canopy Walk information
Location: Taman Negara, Pahang
Length: 510 Meters Long
Above Ground: 45 Metres High
Time: 11.00 am to 2.45 pm
Time: Friday 9.00 am to 12.00 noon
Adult: RM5.00
Children: RM3.00 

Poring Canopy Walk in Sabah
Poring Springs Canopy Walk - Image from www.mygola.com
Poring Canopy Walk

One of the most popular canopy walks in Sabah is in fact the Poring Canopy Walk located just before Mount Kinabalu. This is also a major stop for tourist visiting Kinabalu Park, especially on route back to Kota Kinabalu city. The journey here takes about one hour and usually with a tour company in KK. 

This is also the highest canopy walk in Sabah with a height of 43 metres overlooking the beautiful rainforest. The length is average with 175 metres and a main attraction in the area is the Poring Hot Springs which is the first thing you will see when you get there. The canopy walk is a 15 minute walk up the hill from the hot springs. 

Poring Canopy Walk information
Location: Poring, Sabah
Length: 175 Meters Long
Above Ground: 43 Metres High
Time: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Non Malaysians: RM5.00
Children (Below 18): RM2.50
Malaysians: RM3.00
Children (Below 18): RM1.50
Camera: RM5.00
Video: RM30.00 

Danum Valley Canopy Walk Sabah
The mother of all Canopy Walks here in Danum Valley, Sabah
Danum Valley Canopy Walk

This is probably one of the most interesting and tree-friendly canopy walks I have been on and the Danum Valley Canopy Walk also showcases a very unique multi-tier canopy walk system. This means at one end, you can climb a spiral wooden staircase around the tree to the next station of the canopy walk. 

For nature and bird watchers, this is considered the mecca of canopy walks here in Sabah. Words alone cannot describe the experience here therefore it is best for you to do it yourself. One needs to book a stay at any of the two accommodations offered here to experience the canopy walk at Danum Valley in Sabah. Walking in is not available here. 

Danum Valley Canopy Walk information
Location: Danum, Sabah
Length: 300 Meters Long
Above Ground: 26 Metres High
Entrance: Only for guests who stay at Borneo Rainforest Lodge (BRL) or Danum Valley Field Center Guesthouse. 

Rainforest Discovery Centre Steel Canopy Walk
The Rainforest Discovery Centre Steel Canopy Walk in Sepilok, Sabah
RDC Canopy Walk 

Located in Sepilok, Sandakan, the Rainforest Discovery Centre or RDC as it is commonly called houses the country's first steel structured canopy walk and possibly one of the most advance in the world. This was the highlight for bird watchers in Sabah as it is here that you can spot quite a number of endemic birds. The RDC also offers a botanical garden, nature trails and a great place for a weekend getaway here at the Kabali-Sepilok Forest Reserve. 

The RDC Canopy Walk or Skywalk also houses two 40 metres high steel towers for bird watchers and nature observers. These two towers called the Bristlehead Tower and Trogon tower - both named after the local birds here, provide a spiral staircase up to a circular viewing deck. These towers are also the first of its kind in Southeast Asia to be integrated with the canopy walk here. 

RDC Canopy Walk information
Location: Sepilok, Sandakan, Sabah
Length: 347 Meters Long
Above Ground: 25 Metres High
Time: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Website: RDC Canopy Walk
Non Malaysians: RM15.00
Children (5-17): RM7.00
Malaysians: RM7.00
Children (5-17): RM3.00
Children (Below 5): Free

Bukit Gemok Canopy Walk in Tawau, Sabah
Bukit Gemok Canopy Walk in Tawau, Sabah - Image by Mewot
Bukit Gemok Canopy Walk

At the Tawau Hills Park in east coast Sabah, you will find the Bukit Gemok Canopy Walk which is a mere 20 minutes drive from Tawau town. At the entrance of the Bukit Gemok Forest Reserve, you will need to hike up about 45 minutes to an hour to the start point of the canopy walk here. 

Bukit Gemuk translates as Fat Hill and offers nature lovers a chance to explore the area where you can trek, hike and also do bird watching. From Tawau town, you can grab a taxi which will cost you about RM30-40 one way. A reminder that you should make return arrangements with your taxi as there is no public transport available here. There are basic facilities like washrooms and shelter huts around the area. 

Bukit Gemuk Canopy Walk information
Location: Tawau, Sabah
Length: 231 Meters Long
Above Ground: 26 Metres High
Time: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Entrance: RM1.00 for everyone

Tawau Hills Park Canopy Walk
Canopy walkway at Tawau - Image from www.etawau.com
Tawau Hills Park Canopy Walk

Another canopy walk in Tawau is the Tawau Hills Park Canopy Walkway which is located in the park and about 1 kilometer from the entrance. However, this canopy walk has been having some problems where it is most of the time closed for maintenance over the last few years.

The best thing to do is contact Sabah Parks or ask at the entrance is the walk is open before heading there. There have been many cases where visitors make their trek there to find the entrance padlocked. Tawau Hills boasts of showcasing the worlds tallest rainforest trees and visitors can see these here at Tawau Hills Park.

Tawau Hills Park Canopy Walk information
Location: Tawau, Sabah
Length: 231 Meters Long
Above Ground: 40 Metres High
Time: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Non Malaysians: RM10.00
Children (Below 18): RM6.00
Malaysians: RM3.00
Children (Below 18): RM1.00

Madai Caves Canopy Walk Kunak, Sabah
The canopy walkway at Madai in Kunak, Sabah
Madai Caves Canopy Walk

The Madai Caves Canopy Walk is located in Kunak, Sabah in the Madai-Baturong Forest Reserve. Located near the famous Madai Caves, this canopy walk is also sometimes closed for repairs and it is best to check with the park rangers or office if it is open on that day when you visit.

Madai is well known for the beautiful Madai Waterfalls which is about 40 meters high and also the Madai Caves which is one of the Birds Nest Caves. Many locals and foreigners come here to experience the rainforest, waterfalls, caves and also the canopy walk which is about 30-45 minutes trek. The Madai Canopy Walk also crosses a river and was closed for maintenance in 2012 with no recent updates. Best to double check before heading here.

Madai Canopy Walk information
Location: Kunak, Sabah
Length: 119 Meters Long
Above Ground: 40 Metres High
Time: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Website: Sabah Tourism
Non Malaysians: RM5.00
Children (Below 18): RM2.00
Malaysians: RM2.00
Children (Below 18): RM1.00

Sabah Danum Valley Canopy Walk
Sabah's Danum Valley Canopy Walk is highly recommended
There you go, a list of the best canopy walks in Malaysia, compiled by David Hogan Jr of Malaysia Asia. You can also follow me on my social media channels under the same name on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

There are a total of 15 canopy tree top walks listed here and I have personally been to all but the Sedim Tree Top Canopy Walk in Kedah, Madai Caves Canopy Walk, Tawau Hills Canopy Walk and also the Taman Negara Canopy Walk and these are next on my list when given the chance.

For the outdoor and nature lover, I hope you will have the opportunity to experience some, if not all of the Canopy Walks in Malaysia. If you have visited some of them, do let me know your feedback here. 

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