1. Kledang Saiong Forest Eco Park, Ipoh

1. Kledang Saiong Forest Eco Park, Ipoh

Although I have visited a good number of forest eco parks in Perak, when I heard about Kledang Saiong Forest Eco Park, I wanted to check it out. It took me quite a long time to schedule my visit, but I finally made it last Sunday. Better late than never, I say!

 2. visitor registration counter

2. visitor registration counter

3. site map

3. site map

If you have been to a forest eco park before, Kledang Saiong is not much different. However, admission to this three-year-old Kledang Saiong Forest Eco Park located within Kledang Saiong Permanent Forest Reserve (Hill Dipterocarp Forest) is still free-of-charge.

4. the dos and don'ts of the park

4. the dos and don’ts of the park

 5. plant information board is presented in dual language, cartoon style

5. plant information board is presented in dual language, cartoon style

Taman Rimba Kledang Saiong (in Malay) is merely 5km from Ipoh city centre. It is just a stone’s throw away from Tenby Schools Ipoh, and is accessible by car.

6. trees are tagged and barcoded

6. trees are tagged and barcoded

7. plant nursery

7. plant nursery

The park is a work in progress and during my recent visit, there were workers installing gazebos, signage boards and public seats. More facilities are being planned, including additional washrooms, changing rooms and BBQ pits.

8. various types of plants in the nursery

8. various types of plants in the nursery

 9. yellow torch ginger flower

9. yellow torch ginger flower

Visitors to Kledang Saiong Forest Eco Park can enjoy themselves dipping in the stream, BBQ, picnic, trekking, cycling, camping (with written permission from Pejabat Hutan Daerah Kinta/Manjung), and get involved in various activities, similar to other eco parks.

10. jungle fowl

10. jungle fowl

11. Jungle Hypermarket Trail

11. Jungle Hypermarket Trail

One thing that stands out at Kledang Saiong Forest Eco Park is its Taman Nepenthes (Nepenthes Garden). Nepenthes means pitcher plants or monkey cups. Entrance fee to this garden is RM5 per adult and RM2 per student.

 12. Taman Nepenthes

12. Taman Nepenthes

13. Taman Nepenthes

13. Taman Nepenthes

From what I understand, there are 70+ species of pitcher plants from around the world, including 15 hybrid species. Therefore, enthusiasts of Nepenthes should make a visit to this garden as there is much knowledge to be gained.

 14. RM5 per entry for adult / RM2 for student

14. RM5 per entry for adult / RM2 for student

15. pitcher plant (monkey cup)

15. pitcher plant (monkey cup)

 16. information board depicting a photo with its scientific name

16. information board depicting a photo with its scientific name

All monkey cups have an information board with an authentic photo of the plant. Its scientific name is included, as well as a barcode that visitors can scan to access full details of the particular species.

 17. all species of pitcher plants are documented

17. all species of pitcher plants are documented

18. plants that grow on the ground

18. plants that grow on the ground

19. much knowledge can be gained from different species of pitcher plants

19. much knowledge can be gained from different species of pitcher plants

In fact, many trees are tagged with their scientific names and barcoded as well, which makes it easier for visitors to learn about them, should they be interested.

20. overview of Taman Nepenthes

20. overview of Taman Nepenthes

21. the section for creeping pitcher plants

21. the section for creeping pitcher plants

Having spent half a day at the eco park, I would encourage you to make a visit as well, particularly if you live in Ipoh. It’s the nearest eco park, allowing you to go close to nature without enduring a long drive. Also, admission is still free-of-charge, facilities are complete and clean, plus there’s the highlight of the park: Taman Nepenthes.

22. washrooms

22. washrooms

 23. changing rooms

23. changing rooms

Oh yes, I almost forgot: Visitors are not allowed to pluck any leaves or take home anything from the park. Fishing is also prohibited.

24. gazebo for free use

24. gazebo for free use

 25. lepak area with 2 BBQ pits

25. lepak area with 2 BBQ pits

26. designated camping site

26. designated camping site

Kledang Saiong Forest Eco Park (Taman Rimba Kledang Saiong)
GPS Coordinates: N 04.68693° E101.06787°

For enquiries, contact:
Pejabat Hutan Daerah Kinta/Manjung
Add: Jalan Bemban, 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak.
Tel: 605-3661 228
Fax: 605-3651 679
Web: Kledang Saiong Forest Eco Park

27. dipping area

27. dipping area

28. caution - deep pool

28. caution – deep pool

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