Forest retreat

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During a weekend spent in KL we explored the tracks through the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia or FRIM as it’s known by locals. It was established in 1925 and by the 1950s had developed into a large plantation with research facilities in the areas of chemistry, silviculture, botany and zoology. It also provides the people of KL with a large green space for recreation. We really enjoyed walking the tracks in the shade of tall trees, listening to the abundant birdsong and even catching glimpses of monkeys through the foliage. We also walked up the path beside some small waterfalls where children were paddling and a bride was having her photo taken. It puzzled us that most people were walking along the roads and not taking advantage of the quieter, shadier tracks. But that meant we had them more-or-less to ourselves, which was a real treat in a city with a population of 7 million.

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