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Taman Rimba Komanwel (Commonwealth Forest Park & Resort)

Posted by on 8 March 2010

Malaysian school holidays are just around the corner. And if you live in KL and want to take your children somewhere that doesn’t require hours of driving, may I suggest the Taman Rimba Komanwel? Located some 13km from Rawang Town, the forest park is only some 30 minutes by car from KL city centre.

I find the wooden chalets very charming. At only RM100 (USD30) per room per night — RM120 (USD35) on weekends and public holidays — a weekend stay there won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Taman Rimba chalet

The chalets are located right at the forest’s doorstep, so expect crickets to lull you to sleep every night.

Taman Rimba chalet

And if you’re wondering why the upper portion of the photo looks blurred, it’s not; that’s the early morning fog over the trees.

The chalets are furnished simply but comfortably. All rooms feature air-conditioning and hot showers (in the attached bathrooms), as well as a small TV set and a mini-fridge (under the TV). Most importantly, the rooms are clean and well-maintained.

Taman Rimba chalet room

A few steps away from the chalets is a river, where the children can spend hours splashing in the water or digging up the sand. These stone steps will lead you to that river.

stone steps with bamboo canopy

The water is clean and so clear, you can see the bottom. It’s not deep either, hence very child-friendly. Twin1 can attest to that ;)

Twin 1 frolicking in the river

You can catch some fish from the river and grill them that very night to entertain the children, more for fun rather than for sustenance.


The canteen is more than ready to oblige requests for a barbecue for your group at a nominal charge.

Taman Rimba Komanwel also offers horseriding lessons within its premises. Or you can have guided horse rides at RM7 (~USD2) per person within the paddock or RM25 (~USD7) on the resort’s trail.

Those colourful things you see behind the paddock are meant for paintball, which Taman Rimba also offers as a package for your office or school activity.

Paintball not your cup of tea? How about a raft race instead? This could come in pretty handy for team-building sessions.

bamboo raft

Other activities that can be enjoyed in the 26-hectare park include mountain biking, jungle trekking, campout, and a visit to a nearby small waterfall.

Just a word of caution though — the place, having relatively very few visitors, harbours some very nasty inhabitants that I absolutely abhor, one of whom got captured and imprisoned by the boys in this makeshift cell…

don't be fooled

…the dreaded blood-sucking pacat [pa-chat]!

I’m not really sure how different the pacat is to the leech (some people say it’s the leech’s smaller cousin). All I know is they both suck blood and are both found in damp, dense places like forests and riverbanks. Even if you don’t feel a thing while it does its dirty work (at least, that’s what MyEldest told me from his pacat experience in Taman Rimba Komanwel), I was so happy that I was spared of an intimate encounter with such creatures during our stay there!

Taman Rimba Komanwel
KM23, Jalan Kuala Lumpur-Rawang
48000 Rawang, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03-60930100
Fax: 03-60930102
Email :

22 Responses to Taman Rimba Komanwel (Commonwealth Forest Park & Resort)

  1. Haza

    Looks like a very nice place for a quick getaway. Great shots lah, can experience the greens from here.

  2. Nasim Mansurov

    Wow, what an awesome place for a vacation :)

  3. farrah_x

    This is one of my favorite parts in your blog. You go to places in Malaysia more than Malaysians, like me, do. Tak pernah dengar pun tempat tu..hehehe. Thank you for sharing :)

  4. Mimi

    Kak Haza: The best thing is: not many people know about the place yet. So it was quite deserted when were there. Tak tahu lah masa cuti sekolah ni. But if you go, you must go inside tau. Campsite/river sblh luar tu tak best. Drive masuk ke dalam lagi.

    Nasim: Indeed, indeed. Too bad I had a fever that day and had to content with taking pics from the sidelines instead of joining the children in the ice-cold river waters.

    Farrah: Hehehe. The truth is: I saw more of Malaysia when I was just a student visiting my parents in KL every once in a while. (I even went to a coin museum. I bet you didn’t know there’s one in KL!) Now that I’m here, I tend to visit ‘tourist’ spots only when I take friends/relatives who are on holiday in KL.

  5. a-moms-diary

    Agree with Farrah. I find out so much more of my country reading your blog. This looks like a good place for a quick break.

  6. Mimi

    A-Moms-Diary: Your comment really made my day, you know ;)

  7. Juman

    Hi Mimi,

    I came across your blog and saw this. Looks like a really nice place for a getaway! I nak tanya, hari tu u dtg w ur family is it? Does the place cater for events like doing a family day ke?

  8. Mimi

    Yes, I went with my family for the weekend (but I didn’t go to the waterfall with them bec I had fever!). And yes, they cater for such functions.

  9. Poli

    Hi mimi.. This is so beautiful. Thanks for posting!

    Can we just do a day trip and not stay in the resort?

    You mentioned we have to go further in pass the campsite/river. How much further? Is that location suitable for setting up a bbq?

    Look forward to your feedback

  10. Mimi

    poli: day trip is fine. go in, as in drive in for like 5 minutes or so on a steep trail lined with trees on both sides until you see the wooden chalets. sorry, i’m not sure if they allow you to bring yr own barbecue beside the river. but i don’t see why not? :)

  11. Steven Ng

    Hi Mimi,
    I like your blog. Good info.
    By the way I heard that there are also facility for camping like what the scouts are doing currently. Is this part of the resort’s facility or they camp outside at their own risk?
    Any knowledge of that???
    Best regards and keep up your good work.
    Steven Ng

  12. Mimi

    Hi Steven. Ya, I’ve seen a camp site near the entrance of Taman Rimba Komanwel. But since it’s located downstream, the water’s not as clean as it is upstream where I took my pics. I haven’t seen the facilities of the campsite either so I can’t comment on it. The next time I go there, I just might take a peek so that I can share the info with you guys.

  13. kavii

    i was quite cool there…..

  14. haliza

    would like to know more about taman rimba komanwel

  15. Ann

    I have two grandchildren – 7 & 4 years. They have been bugging us to bring them to experience sleeping in the tents in the kampungs/ jungle fringes/ seaside etc.
    During the 80s & 90s it was safe to pitch your tents with your family at the beach or anywhere you feel to experience outdoor life. Currently with many lunatics on the loose, it is not safe even to pitch a tent in your own house compound in the city.
    Please advice me if the Taman Rimba Komenwel, suitable to my grandchildren’s request. My top priority is security.

  16. Mimi

    Ann, sorry but I haven’t tried camping there with tents. We only stayed in the rooms.

  17. haizie fauzi

    Q?: did u bring those bicycles
    Q?: is there hv lots of mosquitos
    Q?: is it needed to bring along the mosquito coils

  18. mdiy_

    i wanna ask bout the condition of the chalet.
    is it okay ? and how big the chalet is ? i mean how many people can stay in one chalet.

  19. Mimi

    It’s been a while since we were in Taman Rimba. But during our stay, we were pleased with the condition of the chalet. It was also very spacious — two twin beds plus extra space around both beds. Klu nak comfortable, dua orang lah kan — one per bed. Klu nak bentang comforter atas lantai, boleh lah masukkan anak2 kecik lagi ;)

  20. nizam

    is there any waterfall ?
    can explain about it ?

  21. Aida

    how do i get their contacts? the number given is not in service.

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