Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city in the Perdana Botanical Garden, Kuala Lumpur’s oldest public park. The 92-hectare park contains all kinds of greenery, including a tropical rainforest complete with cascading waterfall. It offers ample opportunity for both learning and lounging. Try to identify Malaysia’s wide variety of flora as you breathe in the beauty of nature.
Not many metropolitan cities can boast a tropical rainforest, but Kuala Lumpur is one that can – right in the midst of the Perdana Botanical Garden. This lush park was built around an artificial lake in the 1880s.
Formerly called Taman Tasik Perdana or Lake Gardens, the botanical garden’s renovations and updates have brought with them its new name. The park is still a lovely location for an afternoon jog, but the updated garden provides many more things to see and do.
The botanical garden intersperses plants from near and far with gazebos, boardwalks and jogging paths. See more than 100 types of furry ferns in the Fernarium, and you’ll want to have your camera ready for the gorgeous blooms, too. Orchids, hibiscus and ornamental trees provide a vibrant backdrop for portraits of willing travel buddies.
Cool off at the waterfall and fish pond (but remember to bring insect repellent, as little critters often like the taste of tourists. Curious folk will enjoy the rare fruit-tree collection, where you’ll see unusual tropical fruits (which you won’t typically find in the shops) hanging from the branches.
Don’t miss the deer park, a fenced-in area that mousedeer (the smallest hoofed animal in the world, also known as the chevrotain) and a number of other deer species call home.
Perdana Botanical Garden is open seven days a week from 7am to 8pm and is easy to reach by bus or taxi. On weekdays, the garden offers free tours with experienced and knowledgeable guides. (If you’re unavailable for the scheduled tours, then you can reserve one for a fee.) Once you’ve gotten your nature fix, head to some of the other nearby must-see sights, including the National Planetarium and the National Museum.