My Top 5 Recreational Parks

Posted by : foongpc | Monday, September 13, 2010 | Published in


Since returning from my holidays in Cambodia and Redang, I discovered to my horror that I have put on some weight.

This is rather unusual because every time I go on a long holiday, I normally lose weight!

Oh well, maybe I just had too much to eat this time around. Haha!

It did not help that during this Raya holiday weekend, I did nothing but eat!

Anyway, I have got to do some jogging again this week to start shedding those unwanted fats! Walking on a treadmill in the gym is just too plain boring for me. I prefer jogging in the outdoors and be close to nature, especially in the parks!

So today I would like to share with you my Top 5 favourite parks in the Klang Valley.


Photo courtesy of Window To The Soul

Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) located 16km northwest of Kuala Lumpur in Kepong is one of my favourite jogging spots. It offers 1,528 hectares of forest ecosystems, gardens, arboreta and wetlands with various trails (both tarmac and nature) scattered all around the Institute. It also has a 200m long canopy walkway that is built 30m above ground.

2. Taman Lembah Kiara

Taman Lembah Kiara Recreational Park is located in Taman Tun Dr Ismail in KL. It is a popular recreational spot for nearby residents. There is a beautiful man-made lake complete with fountains, a suspension bridge and a well-paved jogging path that absorbs the impact from running or jogging. One interesting thing you can see here is monkeys that roam freely all around the park.

3. Lake Gardens

Also known as Taman Tasik Perdana, the Lake Gardens is located off Jalan Parlimen in KL. As the more popular green lung in KL, it encompasses about 92 hectares of greenery, which also include a lake, bird park, butterfly park, deer park, orchid and hibiscus garden, Tun Abdul Razak Memorial and National Planetarium.

4. Taman Pertanian Bukit Cahaya

Image courtesy of

Malaysia's first Agriculture Park is located in Shah Alam, Selangor. The area, which is also known as Bukit Cherakah, covering 1,295 hectares of virgin jungle is the world's first agro-forestry park. There is a jogging track around a lake and a four-season house which showcases the four different seasons.

5. Desa Park City

Although not a park but a gated housing estate, Desa Park City is not only one of the best spots in KL to live, but also a great place to jog around its large beautiful lake! Besides jogging, you can also fly kites and go fishing. Or do some shopping at its Waterfront shops.

There you have it, my top 5 recreational parks in the Klang Valley. Do you like jogging in the parks and which is your favourite park?


(52) Comments

  1. Tekkaus said...

    Am I the first one? :D

    September 13, 2010 at 6:32 AM
  2. Tekkaus said...

    Wow...I am! Amazing. I am lucky I guess. :p

    September 13, 2010 at 6:33 AM
  3. Tekkaus said...

    You mean you were horrified to discover that you have put on some weight? A~lar, normal lar. Jalan-jalan then cari makan. :D

    September 13, 2010 at 6:38 AM
  4. Tekkaus said...

    Haha :D Yeah! The raya can really help you in putting on weight. :)

    September 13, 2010 at 6:42 AM
  5. Tekkaus said...

    Yeah! Same here bro. I prefer to go jogging too instead of running on the treadmill. :p

    September 13, 2010 at 6:44 AM
  6. Tekkaus said...

    Ouh...FRIM is near your home? 16km northwest of KL? Sounds quite near o.

    September 13, 2010 at 6:46 AM
  7. Tekkaus said...

    I think I have been to Taman Lembah Kiara Recreational Park. :) But there, we don't have that many trees.

    September 13, 2010 at 6:46 AM
  8. Tekkaus said...

    You are so lucky. In Malacca, we don't have that many parks. :p Anyway I hope you can slim down asap.

    September 13, 2010 at 6:48 AM
  9. renaye said...

    oh?? i have never been to any of the parks mentioned in ur blog!

    September 13, 2010 at 8:19 AM
  10. TZ said...

    I don't like to go to the park... I like to go to the beach.

    September 13, 2010 at 9:05 AM
  11. fufu said...

    klcc park is nice!

    September 13, 2010 at 9:14 AM
  12. khengsiong said...

    My top recreation park is the one near my house. Wanna save time and petrol lah...

    September 13, 2010 at 9:27 AM
  13. Jessyca said...

    I did photo shooting at TTDI & FRIM before! Nice place : )

    September 13, 2010 at 10:09 AM
  14. iamthewitch said...

    Wah you travel quite a bit for jogging wor.. I haven't jogged before in parks in KL... Too lazy to go that far ler.. Plus I'm not really an outdoors kinda person :P I have been to Desa Parkcity and Lake Gardens though! Very nice parks!

    September 13, 2010 at 11:08 AM
  15. Ishmael F. Ahab said...

    Wow. This is like Bluedreamer's Top Five.

    I like the view of Lake Gardens. I just wish that the plants are taller so that it would look a maze.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:52 PM
  16. HappySurfer said...

    You would go all the way to Shah Alam to jog? hmmm...

    Btw, have you gone back to FRIM to check out the lady that appeared on the tree? Very curious to know about that. Any update?

    KLCC park is one nice place to jog. Guests of hotels in the vicinity find it most convenient.

    September 13, 2010 at 1:15 PM
  17. Caroline said...

    fat panda! HAHAHAAH!!

    September 13, 2010 at 2:45 PM
  18. Caroline said...

    nice parks! but i prefer the lake gardens one! ;)

    September 13, 2010 at 2:46 PM
  19. Caroline said...

    taman pertanian bukit cahaya oso not bad! :D

    September 13, 2010 at 2:47 PM
  20. lina said...

    I like Lake Garden. Many challenging route to jog - up the hill and stairs. :)

    And the parks in Putrajaya because there's not many joggers there early in the morning. :D

    September 13, 2010 at 2:47 PM
  21. Caroline said...

    here i think d most famous park to jog is at Tun Fuad park. ;)

    September 13, 2010 at 2:47 PM
  22. Caroline said...

    gud luck on ur cut fat mission! mwahahaha if not im just going to call u FAT PANDA! :p

    September 13, 2010 at 2:48 PM
  23. Merryn said...

    I took my wedding outdoor shoot at Lake Gardens.. n Taman Pertanian is nearby my place so those are the only two places i have been... have yet to explore FRIM :(

    September 13, 2010 at 4:39 PM
  24. ladyviral said...

    Tekkaus too early too early!!!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:12 PM
  25. ladyviral said...

    I like lake gardens... never been there before but seen a lot of pictures of it.. I wonder if I can have my wedding pictures taken and not melt :P.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:13 PM
  26. Borneo Falcon said...

    I just love to jog around Putrajaya. It is extremely pedestrian friendly

    September 13, 2010 at 8:13 PM
  27. poorprince said...

    wew the best places to gain peace and wisdom
    and to redeem your faith to god

    September 13, 2010 at 10:18 PM
  28. poorprince said...

    have a great day

    September 13, 2010 at 10:19 PM
  29. Twilight Man said...

    Lots of couples abused the parks these days behind the bushes! These days, there are no bushes and that's the ideal park! LOL.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:38 PM
  30. wenn said...

    I hv only been to the Lake Gardens!

    September 13, 2010 at 11:22 PM
  31. Monica said...

    hahaha good la put on weight!! :P

    September 14, 2010 at 1:49 AM
  32. Monica said...
    This comment has been removed by the author.
    September 14, 2010 at 1:52 AM
  33. Monica said...

    i have never been to #1, 2, 3, 4 lol.. i love Desa Park City!

    September 14, 2010 at 1:53 AM
  34. Hitesh said...

    wow.....beautiful wonder if you have places like this around you...who the hell will go to a gym...... KL seems to be a garden city

    September 14, 2010 at 1:54 AM
  35. Monica said...

    oh i don't like jogging..i don't like to exercise!! :D

    September 14, 2010 at 1:55 AM
  36. Erika Toh said... many comments here I read until I get a headache... >.<"

    I wanna go visit all those parks mentioned above!^^

    September 14, 2010 at 3:21 AM
  37. eiling lim said...

    speaking of which, i rarely go to any recreational park. my form of recreation is shopping!

    September 14, 2010 at 9:05 AM
  38. Reanaclaire said...

    Mine in Ipoh is polo ground.. that is where we exercise.. brisk walks or jogging...

    September 14, 2010 at 11:50 AM
  39. [SK] said...

    hmmm, of all those parks, i've only been to FRIM, Taman Pertainian and Lake Garden only..

    September 14, 2010 at 1:16 PM
  40. [SK] said...

    but then Taman Pertanian and Lake Garden, i think the last time i went there was almost 20 years ago lor.. haha!!

    September 14, 2010 at 1:17 PM
  41. [SK] said...

    as for FRIM, i still going there once in a while lor.. go there hiking in the morning, while i'm still able to have the stamina.. hahaha!!

    September 14, 2010 at 1:19 PM
  42. [SK] said...

    actually i quite like doing the trekking.. not during but after that, because a good sweat will really make me feel energetic and recharged.. :)

    September 14, 2010 at 1:20 PM
  43. [SK] said...

    but i think only FRIM has the trekking facilities right?? i remember we go Lake Garden just to take photo, and Taman Pertanian just to cycle..

    September 14, 2010 at 1:21 PM
  44. mNhL said...

    Oh...guys do bother too when they put on some weight ya. hehe...i thought only girls are worried.

    I had my exercise at home. That is chasing after my kids up and down the house. Enough to make me exhausted. hehe

    Of all the park above, I've only been to the bukit cheraka @ Shah Alam many years ago.

    September 14, 2010 at 1:34 PM
  45. Anonymous

    I like FRIM too. Our local parks need to be well maintained.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:46 PM
  46. acura said...

    Of all the 5 listed, I have only been to FRIM & Bukit Cahaya. Probably because I am not much of a jogging enthusiast :(

    FRIM is actually a very nice place to escape from the hustle & bustle of the city. I remembered taking a guided tour through the rainforest, it's actually very interesting. You should give it a try next time you're there too Foong

    September 14, 2010 at 11:24 PM
  47. Ken Wooi said...

    never been to any of those =)

    September 15, 2010 at 12:14 AM
  48. LifeRamblings said...

    i've only been to Bukit Cherakah. i used to frequent the park every weekend when i stayed in shah alam.

    September 15, 2010 at 7:06 AM
  49. Instantdocs said...

    Thanks for this lovely post. It is a collection of the best parks you have visited. I have never been there but got this opportunity from your post. Take care.

    September 15, 2010 at 7:25 PM
  50. Web Designer Thailand said...

    The best one is obviously the Desa Park City. The water body is fascinating and it makes the park look like an island.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:01 PM
  51. CH Voon said...

    i went to Lake garden before.

    the others i havent visit yet. omg!

    September 16, 2010 at 12:41 PM
  52. Ayie said...

    i like the lake gardens and number 4...hehe too long to remember the place

    September 18, 2010 at 4:40 AM