Royal Belum Package 2017: Come escape to Earth’s oldest rainforest and experience unspoilt nature at its best.
The Royal Belum Rainforest is a state park located in the northern most corner of the state of Perak. Bordering Thailand, it is touted to be one of Peninsular Malaysia’s largest stretches of virgin jungle. Belum-Temenggor is believed to have been in existence for over 130 million years making it one of the world’s oldest rainforests, older than both the Amazon and the Congo. This large area thrives with birdlife and large animals regarded as highly endangered such as tapirs, tigers, sun bears, panthers, elephants and the endangered Sumatran rhino.
I would like to remind you – to visit to the Royal Belum state park you will require advance arrangement of at least one week for the park permit processing. If you do not have sufficient time for the permit processing, there are also various excursions into the jungle south of the park and entry permit is not required. To country’s second largest lake, Lake Temenggor, is situated within the state park. All excursions around the park area are conducted by boat as this is to only method available to access the areas of interest.
(i) Bumbun or observation shelters offer visitors a rare opportunity to glimpse wildlife from safety. An astounding number of exotic wildlifespecies including fourteen of the worlds most threatened mammals make their home in the forest.
(ii) Lake Temenggor is a man-made lake where visitors can relax and enjoy the tranquility.
(iii) There are also small islands and beautiful waterfalls which can be visited for a relaxing experience.
(iv) The Royal Belum State Park is also the home to aboriginal tribes who live within the dense jungles going about their simple way of life.
Things to Do
(i) Visit Kampung Chuweh and have a hand at blowpipes, which the aborigines use to hunt and defend themselves.
(ii) Take nature tour by river cruise or jungle trekking to spot the various wildlife species.
(iii) Exercise your angling skills by fishing at the Lake Temenggor which is home to various freshwater fish species.
(iv) Charter a house-boat to travel and spend a few nights on the lake.
Discover Belum Adventure Package
I am putting here our Full day program – Discover the Royal Belum Rainforest.
This activity can be included into your accommodation booking.
# Search for the Rafflesia plant.
# Visit the Orang Asli village along Sungai Kejar.
# Explore the Salt Lick at Jenut Papan.
# Enjoy a Picnic Lunch at the Sungai Ruok Waterfall.
# Swimming with the fishes at the Kelah Sanctuary (Kelah is the local name for the Mahseer)
Departure : 9:00am (Duration : 6 – 7 hours)
A copy of Identity Card or International Passport for Entry Permit application is required. Application must be made at least 7 days prior to trip date.
If you are looking for a hotel at Tasik Banding, or Gerik (closest towns to the Royal Belum) you can also use the search box below to look for a hotel that suits you.
WHERE TO STAY
There are only 2 resorts in the area for those looking for more comfortable stay. They are the Belum Rainforest Resort (use the link to book the hotel online) and the
Tasik Banding Resort (closed down). I don’t mean to be partial but I prefer the Belum Rainforest Resort – the rooms are pleasantly appointed and it has the lush, quiet resort feel. It is a bit expensive. The meals at the resort are satisfactory but can also be expensive. There aren’t any restaurants outside of the resort and most of them are locally operated food stalls and they are not opened all the time. If you do not mind that, then it will be ok for you.
ACTIVITIES AND TOURS AROUND ROYAL BELUM
This is where my company My Adventure Host comes in. If you have booked your accommodation, you can contact us to conduct your Royal Belum tours for you. We accept small groups, families and also large company outings etc. Like all tours, there are significant savings when you come in a larger group mainly due to the fact that most fixed costs are divided among a larger group of people.
DON’T MISS THIS!
If you are staying at the Belum Rainforest Resort try driving up on the East – West Highway to Hentian Titiwangsa. It is a rest area. Nice cool temperature here and it gives you a panoramic view of the Royal Belum. It is just half an hour away (approx 31 kms).
So, there you are some information to help you plan for your trip to this state park. If you have tips to share, do put them in the comment below. Hope you arrange your trip soon! 🙂