Friday, August 13, 2010

Day Trip To Taman Rimba Ampang

It never ceases to amaze me that if you head west from Kuala Lumpur within half-an-hour or so,you're almost in the middle-of-nowhere....surrounded by secondary jungle and clear rivers.

Taman Rimba Ampang is a small park at the end of Jalan Ampang heading away from the city.
and,OK so it's not really a 'day-trip' as you can get there in about half-an-hour but it's a pleasant enough place to go to for an hour or so-maybe even longer if you take a picnic and/or some kids along(always ask first)
The journey there takes you from the gleaming city-centre, flashy condos and embassies,past the Malls of Great Eastern,Ampang Point and into the suburban ugliness of Ampang Jaya,past the cement factory and quarry and then into the small,picturesque Kampung Lembah Jaya Utara where Jalan Ampang becomes Jalan Bukit Belacan and then you arrive at the archway to mark small park itself.
Just keep going straight on Jalan Ampang-and when the road ends,you're there.
The park itself consists of a tarmaced road following a small,clean river up to the water-treatment facility.
There are various spots along the way to stop and picnic,rest,enjoy the view or even cool your heels in the river.
There is a really pathetic looking kids playground that has seen better days and spoils it a bit.. but it's a pleasant walk of about 30 minutes up to the water-works.
Amazingly,for a park in Malaysia-it's clean.Virtually no litter and no nasi-lemak stalls with red-plastic chairs!
So it makes a refreshing change...although I don't know what it's like on a weekend or public holidays.
A great escape from construction noise and traffic,you can even get there by bus as Rapid KL use it as the end of the line,or if you were even more energetic-you could walk from Amapng Jaya LRT station.
You'll see lots of macaques, most of whom will not be scared of you and a few birds and butterflies fluttering about....quite pleasant.

1 comment:

  1. Hey. Me and my friends are interested to visit this taman rimba soon but cant seem to get proper directions and we are going to go there by car. Hope you are able to oblige us with a written direction to Taman Rimba Ampang.

    Thanks and regards,
    Ze Crazeees