[UPDATED FOR 2020] Royal Belum Excursion: Come escape to Earth’s oldest rainforest and experience unspoilt nature at its best.
Program No : RBP/MAH020
Are you planning to visit the Royal Belum? Here are tips I will share with you on how you can make a day trip into this state park.
Here is some background information about the park: The Royal Belum Rainforest is located in the northern most corner of the state of Perak. Bordering Thailand, it is known to be one of Peninsular Malaysia’s largest stretches of virgin jungle.
Belum-Temengor is estimated to be around 130 million years old making it one of the world’s oldest rainforests on earth – it’s 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 this:
A 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 Temengor, 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.
Key attractions in the area
(i) “Bumbun” or observation shelters offer visitors a rare opportunity to glimpse wildlife from safety. An astounding number of exotic wildlife species including fourteen of the worlds most threatened mammals make their home in the forest.
(ii) Lake Temengor 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 in Royal Belum
(i) Visit Kampung Chuweh (Temengor) 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 Temengor which is home to various freshwater fish species.
(iv) Charter a houseboat to travel and spend a few nights on the lake.
(v) Take a multi day Royal Belum package staying at a camping area or chalet.
COME JOIN US! ROYAL BELUM FULL DAY EXCURSION: A RAINFOREST EXPLORATION OF A LIFETIME
I am putting here a very popular Full day excursion – Discover Royal Belum Adventure. This activity can be included into your accommodation booking which you can do yourself online.
- Trekking to the Sungai Kooi waterfall.
- Search for the Rafflesia plant (not guaranteed, subject to availability).
- Visit an Orang Asli village to learn about their culture and way of life
- Explore the Salt Lick at Sungai Papan.
- Enjoy a Picnic Lunch at the Sungai Ruok Waterfall.
- Swimming with the fishes at the Fish Sanctuary at Sungai Ruok
- Availability: Daily including public holidays
- Trip method: Private excursion basis
- Start time : 9:00am / End Time: 3.00pm
- Bookings: All trips are on pre-booking basis with payment collected in full. We do not accept walk-ins as the trip into Royal Belum requires permit and this takes a few days to process.
- Payment mode : Bank transfer, credit card, or debit card
Requirement for permit application – 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.
THE TRIP PACKAGE INCLUDES
- Speedboat as your mode of transport in Royal Belum
- Boatman-guide to conduct your trip
- Stops at the places of interest
- Royal Belum entry permit and conservation fee. (There is a slight surcharge for non-Malaysians due to the difference in fees charged by the State Park)
- Packed lunch and drinks (local menu)
WHERE TO MEET
Meet our team at the Pulau Banding public jetty at the time confirmed for you. There is public parking available at the complex. Parking is rather limited so do arrive early especially during weekends or peak season.
The price of your trip will depend on the number of participants there are in your group. Although we conduct trips even if there are only 2 of you, generally, the price will be lower for larger groups. Do contact us so we may provide you with the price for your group. You can whatsapp to us at +6019-3849691 for assistance.
WHERE TO STAY
If you are looking for a hotel at Pulau Banding, or Grik (closest towns to the Royal Belum) you can also use the search box below to look for a hotel that suits you >>
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.
(NEW) ACCOMMODATION OPTION: BELUM ADVENTURE CAMP
Come stay at the Belum Adventure Camp (BAC) at the gateway to Royal Belum.
Click here for information: Belum Adventure Camp Package.
ACTIVITIES AND TOURS AROUND ROYAL BELUM
If you have booked your accommodation, you can contact us to conduct your Royal Belum excursion for you. We accept small groups, families and also large company outings etc.
Like all trips, 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 TIP
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 or you had a recent experience to the park, do leave them in the comments below.
Hope to see you soon!