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KLIA Jungle Boardwalk, a Forest Inside an Airport

April 22, 2018
KLIA Jungle Boardwalk waterfalls

How often do you get to an airport with an in-house forest? I’d say not so often. And while other airports boast of their flower gardens, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport has an entire forest at their disposal.

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” It is a travel quote associated with the American crime writer Lawrence Block, and perfectly fits this post.

I have always been fascinated with photos of houses, buildings, or any structures adorned with indoor gardens. Especially if the garden is huge enough to be compared to a jungle. If I would ever be able to build my dream house, half of the floor area will be dedicated to an indoor rainforest.

Which explains why when I first saw the botanical garden situated inside one of KLIA’s two buildings during one of my stops in Malaysia, I was so eager to go inside but the stop on my trip from Jeddah to Manila was too short. Fortunately, my stop on my way back was long enough for me to go inside, though it took me a while to locate the entrance. If you’ll ever be in this airport and would also want to have a glimpse of what’s inside, look for a glass door with yellow chain curtains near the cosmetics shops.

It was humid inside, as expected. I sweat a lot just by circling the boardwalk around the waterfall. The next time I’ll have a long stop there, I’ll bring a full clothing change so I could jog on the boardwalk. I’m sure there are shower areas inside the airport. Also, it was May when I was there which explains the relatively high humidity. But I’m sure it will be a perfect spot between November to February. And I’d like to be there during the monsoon season, too. I’ll wear waterproof sneakers and bring an umbrella. Just thinking about it made me more excited than the vacation itself.

KLIA Jungle Boardwalk

KLIA Jungle Boardwalk waterfall as seen from the entrance
Yellow chain curtains at KLIA Jungle Boardwalk entrance/exit
KLIA Jungle Boardwalk waterfalls
KLIA Jungle Boardwalk waterfalls
Large trees inside KLIA Jungle Boardwalk
Large trees inside KLIA Jungle Boardwalk

Both Old Malaya Kopitiam and the Jungle Boardwalk are located near gates C-11 to C-17. See this KLIA MAP.

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Also published in Medium.

KLIA Boardwalk, Kuala Lumpur International Airport