Kledang Saiong Forest Eco Park (Taman Rimba Kledang Saiong), Ipoh

 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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3 thoughts on “Kledang Saiong Forest Eco Park (Taman Rimba Kledang Saiong), Ipoh

  1. i like visiting ecopark coz it is relaxing and it is free entrance then why not! Wow they have those carnivorous plant! It is sad that we dont have many eco parks in the Philippines which is ironic.

  2. This is one beautiful eco park I can say. So relax and so much to learn about plants and trees there. Definitely will plan my trip down there..

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