Royal Belum

The Royal Belum State Park was established in the year 2000. In July 2003, the Belum forest was known as “Royal Belum”. Officially gazetted as the Royal Belum State Park on May 3rd 2007. Royal Belum State park has land mass of 117,500 hectares which cover approximately 40% of total Belum Temenggor Forest Reserves (300,000 hectares).

Located in Northern Perak district, Malaysia, the area is surrounded by Thailand border on the northern side, East-West highway on the Southern side and state of Kelantan on the Eastern side. The area shares border with Bang Lang National Park, Thailand and Hala Bala Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand.

Southern part is called Temenggor Forest Reserve which is within Belum-Temenggor Valley area. The rainforest has somewhat different in density and has heavy logging activities which is considered red-zone by some naturalist.

Biodiversity and Main Attractions of Royal Belum.

Being 130 million year old, Royal Belum is among the oldest rain forest in the world. It has biodiversity more than any other areas.

Some of the main attraction is Rafflesia flowers (species: Azlanii, Cantleyii and Kerrii), Hornbills (10 species), cooling and refreshing waterfalls (Ruok, Kejar, Mes, Semelian, Ko’oi, Belangan, Tiang, Papan, Gen and etc), Salt Licks (estimated at 60 sites altogether), among the accessible site are Sira / Jenut Papan, Sira Rambai, Sira Selantan etc), wildlife (elephant, tiger, bos gaur, deer, barking deer, mouse deer, snakes, insects, butterflies, fishes, tapir, wild boar, monkeys, squirrels etc).

A common aboriginal or Orang Asli found within Royal Belum is the Jahai tribe. Locations of their villages are Sungai Tiang, Sungai Kejar (left, right and upper river) and remote locations inside the rain forest.

Their main activities is hunting, fishing and agriculture. Modern structure in village such Sungai Tiang has been built by the government to uplift their living standard with proper electricity, water and education.

Click here for more read about Biodiversity and its importance.

Entry Permit and Authority.

Royal Belum is maintain and look after by Perak State Park Authority (PTNP) which is also responsible in regulating and monitoring all activities. PTNP office is located in Gerik town, Perak. An entry permit for every visitor into Royal Belum is a must and is only issued by PTNP within advanced time limits. Locals would need 24 hours for permit approval and foreigners would require 4-5 days in advance (with passport copy) for permit application.

Basic permit cost in Royal Belum State Park:

1. Permit – RM15/person
2. Fishing Rod – RM5/rod
3. Camera – RM5/camera

Further information about Royal Belum, please contact Royal Belum State Park Authority at +60 5 791 7858 or visit their website at

Updated trails of Royal Belum

For more images of Belum-Temenggor and Royal Belum, click here

Images of Royal Belum.

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