Experience the miracle of nature where leaves grow without touching one another and resembles a crown. This "puzzle-like" pattern of the individual tree crowns separated by gaps and outlined against the sky is called "Crown Shyness". Named was as such because the leaf tips of the Dryobalanops Aromatica appear from their own kind, hence forming the gap. This tree is known as kapur tree and has a nice-smelling exudate - camphor.
At the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), this natural phenomenon is just one of the many great eco-adventures available. Enjoy all four jungle tracks: Keruing Trail, Rover Track, Engkabang Trail and Salleh Trail, all of which will take visitors through spectacular secondary jungles. Check out the remains of an old Orang Asli (aboriginals) settlement as well as its beautiful waterfall and river.
The Canopy Walk, located 30m above the ground, offers the perfect vantage point from which to observe birds and tropical canopy flora. Prior arrangement is advised as the number of people allowed on the canopy walk per day is limited to 250 people. Camping is also available for those wanting to experience a night in the wilderness, however prior permission is required.
For more information, visit www.frim.gov.my