The Royal Belum State Park

The Royal Belum State Park




Royal Belum State Park | Wonderful Malaysia
Wonderful Malaysia

24 Feb 2017


Royal Belum State Park

The Royal Belum State Park is a huge park in the northern parts of Peninsular Malaysia. It is part of the even bigger Belum-Temengor Forest Complex (BTFC) that is shared with Thailand. Together with Taman Negara National Park it is one of the oldest rainforest in world, dating back over 130 million years. Belum is a state park and not an official National Park. This means that local government is allowed to use the area for production forest and it is open for future development. There are efforts to get the government to gazette Belum as a national park, though up till now only a part of the huge forest is conserved and protected as state park. Belum has the potential to become one of Malaysia’s premier eco-tourism destinations, if managed well.


“14 of the World’s Most threatened mammals; among them the Malaysian Tiger, the white-handed Gibbon, Asiatic Elephant, Malaysian Sunbear, Sumatran Rhinoceros and Malayan Tapir still roam freely in this natural habitat.”

Perfect place to spot wildlife


Within the state park you can do wonderful nature tours (mainly boat cruises) to spot wildlife like elephants, deer, wild boars, birds, insects and many tropical trees and plants. There are also quite a few endangered animal species that live within the state park; Malaysian tigers, Sumatran rhinoceros, Malaysian sunbear, tapirs and the white-handed gibbon. Chances on an encounter with these great animals are however very slim. It is said to be the only place in Malaysia where you are able to spot all species of the hornbills. Besides, this is also one of the places to visit if you want ‘experience’ the rafflesia as there are three species of this enormous flower.

Lake Temenggor


Within the Royal Belum State Park lies Lake Temenggor, the second largest lake in Peninsular Malaysia after Lake Kenyir. Lake Temenggor is, just like Lake Kenyir, a manmade lake used for water catchment. The lake has a variety of freshwater fish species including the Kelah, Toman, Sebarau, Tenggalan and Baung, which makes it the perfect destination for anglers. As it used to be a forest area, the place is full with small islands (actually peaks of mountains and hills) that can be visited. The main resorts are also located on these islands.

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Belum Rainforest Resort: Eco-Luxe Gateway to an Ancient Rainforest

The Belum-Temenggor Rainforest Complex is one of the oldest rainforests in the world!

Cradled in an ocean of green, the Belum Rainforest Resort on the lake island of Pulau Banding in Gerik, Perak is the eco-luxe gateway to the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex, which includes the 130-million-year-old virgin jungles of the Royal Belum State Park. With a total area of nearly 300,000 hectares, the vast forest complex is four times the size of Singapore, large enough to be home to 14 of the world’s most endangered mammals like the Malayan tiger, Sumatran rhinoceros and Asian elephant. There are also over 3,000 flowering plant species, including three species of Rafflesia, the world’s largest single flower. Despite its exceptional biodiversity, the forest complex receives only a fraction of visitors compared to popular eco-tourism destinations in Malaysia like Taman Negara or Kinabalu, thereby providing a more intimate experience of an old-growth rainforest and greater chances of spotting animals in their natural habitat.

Belum Rainforest Resort sits in the heart of the ancient rainforest.

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A Rendezvous in the Rainforest.

z2Motorboats moored at the jetty of the Royal Belum Rainforest in Grik, Perak. | Photo taken by the author.

Our entire Sunday was spent mostly on the road and in the forest — 3 hours on the road driving up north to Grik to pay a homage to Mother Nature and to what I call the most prestigious and protected rainforest in all of Malaysia – the Royal Belum Rainforest, before leaving the place at 6:00pm. The Royal Belum Rainforest is prestigious and special to me due to its nature in terms of the landscape, lake and its foresty surrounding. I have not been to Taman Negara in Pahang yet, so for now, this rainforest will wear the crown of glory and sit on a throne.
z1.pngThe Royal Belum Rainforest welcomes guests to mingle with Nature. | Photo taken by

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Belum Rainforest Resort – Gerik
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Pulau Banding, Gerik 33200, Malaysia
Belum Rainforest Resort

Belum Rainforest Resort

24.8 km from Gerik centre


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