About Permits and Permissions

Waterfall hiking has become a regular hobby for Malaysians from all walks of life to enjoy nature's beautiful wonders, however many are unaware of the requirement of applying for a permit when hiking in certain areas.
Specifically for locations in forest reserve areas, every visitor is required to apply for permit from each respective state and its corresponding forestry district office.

The confusing and frustrating part of it is that there is no standardized method and procedure for permit application, even the payment method varies from pre-independence postal order or cash only to modern online transactions.
In addition, a copy of the permit will need to be submitted to the nearest police station before your hike.
It can be a day or two before the hike or early morning on the day itself.

Why Apply for Permit ?

  • To preserve the beauty of nature and prevent peak season overcrowding
  • For safety purposes in the event of accidents, disaster & misfortunes
  • For insurance claim documentation
  • Trail & Weather advisory (eg. landslides, dangerous predator, flood or heavy rain season)
  • To avoid running foul of the law (up to RM10,000 fine or a 3 year imprisonment)

Permit information is displayed at the state and access pages & at the bottom of each waterfall page.

It is differentiated into 3 types :

  • Yes = Permit required (Permit can be applied specific to the waterfall or the mountain it is located at)
  • No = Permit NOT required (Eco Park Forest or NOT within forest reserve area; entry fees may apply)
  • ??? = Unknown / Inconclusive
Disclaimer : We will try our best to keep permit info updated & accurate but be aware that it is subject to changes by the forestry department. We bear no responsibility for any discrepancies and information should be regarded as a guide.

Two useful links:

The Ultimate Guide to Apply Hiking Permit in Malaysia

Hutan Lipur & Hutan Taman Negeri (in Malay)