Wonderful 2D1N Visit to Royal Belum (16-17th Nov 2013)


Last 16-17th Nov 2013, as part of BOA Visit Malaysia Year 2014 initiative, we spent 2D1N on the Houseboat visiting the Royal Belum and it was a wonderful visit. Eventhough it was a short 2D1N, we had fun visiting the Rafflesia (both species bloomed, Azlanii and Cantleyii), the Jahai tribe, juicy BBQ and rainy night, fun games in the lake, river trekking and fish sanctuary @ Ruok waterfall. Some won the Sleepy Owl award, Ellie the Fat Elephant and Holly the Hornbill.

Here are some photos you to enjoy.

If you like to join us in our 2D1N trip, register yourself by visiting this page. Why not get yourself to the rainforest and spend your weekend with us?


Go Green 2012.

Happy new Year 2012. Lets Go Green!!

This year, let make a pledge to go green. What does it mean?

Going green refers to the adoption of earth-friendly practices that center on conservation efforts, finding alternative fuel sources, using natural resources wisely and, in general, making ecologically responsible decisions. The concept of going green evolves as we gain a better understanding of the impact of our habits and lifestyles on the environment.


Going green means “pursuing knowledge and practices that can lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles,”. Adopting a green lifestyle is not simply an effort to take better care of the earth for the earth’s sake, but it serves to protect our health and to “sustain natural resources for current and future generations,”.

Several practices are synonymous with going green, including switching to renewable resources, reducing our carbon footprint and embracing sustainability. To better understand going green, you need to understand the “going green” lingo.

Renewable Resources

Renewable resources refer to energy sources such as wind, solar power and hydro power that are continuously replenished. Currently, fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas “provide more than 85 percent of all the energy consumed worldwide. Even though efforts are underway to produce cleaner, more efficient fossil fuels, the green initiative toward renewable energy holds more promise for reducing pollution and conserving natural resources.

Carbon Footprint

Carbon footprint refers to “the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide,”. Gases that produce the greenhouse effect include carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, which are released as a result of burning fossil fuel. Carbon dioxide occurs naturally at a rate of approximately 0.1 billion tons a year, but industrial activity and forest destruction increases carbon levels to 10 billion tons yearly.


The concept of sustainability, like the idea of going green, is too complex to reduce to a single definition. Go Green initiative suggests that sustainability practices ensure “that our children and grandchildren inherit a tomorrow that is at least as good as today, preferably better.” Sustainable living means using only what you need, taking care of the land, using reusable products and reducing waste. Any action you take to conserve resources in an earth-friendly manner could be considered sustainable.


Going green is an individual initiative and a global initiative. You can make small adjustments in your lifestyle that will reduce your carbon footprint, which consequently contributes to the global initiative. You can also participate in large-scale shifts toward greener living by staying abreast of environmental issues that affect your family now and in the future. Each time you make a conscious decision to conserve natural resources, you take another step toward green living.

The Environmental Protection Agency offers tips for going green on its website. Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/152375-define-going-green/#ixzz1jFjuHx5g

Source: Science Daily, Go Green Virginia and Arkansas.Gov

Moving Around in Perak

Some basic information on getting around in Perak. Getting to tourist spots in Perak can be tricky, however, public transport can be annoying if we don’t plan ahead or no information about it. Here are some tips.


From KL, go to Pudu Bus Station or Jalan Duta Bus Station to get to major town in Perak (Ipoh, Tanjung Malim, Slim River, Kampar, Bidor, Lumut, Teluk Intan, Bagan Dato, Setiawan, Kuala Kangsar, Taiping, Lenggong and Gerik).

From Ipoh, you can get bus to Lumut (from Medan Kidd), Lenggong/Gerik, Kuala Kangsar, Taiping, Tanjung Malim and any small town along the bus route. However, the buses coming from KL stop at Medan Gopeng and you have to spend around RM12 to get to Medan Kidd if you’re going around Perak by bus. Around Ipoh, you can get around on Perak Transit. If you are going to Royal Belum, take a bus to Gerik town from Medan Kidd and get a van ride to the jetty at RM10/person. However, if you’re staying at one of the hotel in Banding, you can get the hotel to fetch you in Gerik town.

If you arrive in Gerik early morning (if you take Transnasional or Shamisha Holidays bus from KL), you can stay in the motel around town before getting a van ride to the jetty before you enter Royal Belum.

You can also take buses from Kuala Kangsar, Taiping, Lumut, Gerik and Tanjung Malim to any town in Perak.


Train is only from KL main station or KL Sentral. Either you take the normal train to major town in Perak or take the ETS which run from Kl to Ipoh every scheduled hour. If you arrive at the train station, you can walk to Medan Kidd (Perak in state bus station) and take bus ride to major town in Perak. Or you can also walk to taxi stand in Medan Kidd. Taxi that operates in Ipoh do not run on meters, so you can negotiate the price. Make sure you get a good price to your destination.

You can also take train from Butterworth (Penang) and take southbound train to all major towns in Perak.


Ipoh has an airport. Pulau Pangkor also has an airstrip, only Berjaya Air lands there. Gerik has an airstrip, however, its only for military purposes. Setiawan also have an airstrip, we never seen a single big plane land there. There are plans to open 2nd LCCT in Kerian district, near Bukit Merah.

You can take a flight from Singapore to Ipoh. Checkout the Airasia, Firefly or Malaysia Airlines schedule for detail.


Driving to Perak or any major town in Perak is the best way to get around. Take the PLUS highway from KL, also from Penang through major town like Tanjung Malim, Slim River, Bidor, Tapah, Ipoh, Kuala Kangsa, Taiping and Bukit Gantang. The highway is connected with Lumut/Ipoh Expressway, Baling Kulim Expressway (BKE),East-West Highway to Kelantan but you have to exit in Kuala Kangsar or Sungai Siput from PLUS. All rest areas along the highway provide good directions where you want to go in Perak, good food and souvenirs.

Driving from Kelang (Selangor) or Kuala Selangor wil get you to Teluk Intan and Manjung/Lumut. Its a fun drive through towns on the west coast. Stop by for seafood and delicious Perak style cooking. You can also drive from Bentong/Raub (Pahang) straight to Cameron Highlands and come down to Tapah or Simpang Pulai. The road also directs you to Gua Musang (Kelantan).

From Penang, you can drive through Kulim, Baling and Pengkalan Hulu to gets to Gerik, Ipoh or straight to Kelantan. Likewise from Kelantan.

From Lumut, you can drive through the old roads through Manong, Kuala Kangsar and Lenggong to Gerik or Pengkalan Hulu. Be carefully, driving through the old roads can be dangerous, be aware of pedestrians, motobikers without helmets, animals (cows, goats and buffaloes crossings), sharp turns and edges, low light and narrow.

The best way is, BUY a ROAD MAP before you start your journey to Perak and make sure you know the name of the locations because the local are so friendly, they are willing to help giving us directions. However, without the correct names, they can also get confused.

If you want more info, leave us a message, we will help you with directions.

Cheers – BOA team

Photography Part 2 @ Royal Belum / Temenggor

Photography Part 1 @ Royal Belum / Temenggor

BOA Outdoor Trails: Gua Tempurung, Gopeng, Perak

About 25 km from Ipoh you can find the Gua Tempurung / Tempurung Caves. Just follow the old road from Simpang Pulai and Gopeng towards Kuala Lumpur, you will see the entrance to this caves on your left. Or drive 8km to the north from Kampar. There is no public transport to the caves so you need to come by your own transport or a taxi. Although the caves a bit away from Ipoh they are an absolute must to see. You will not regret your visit to the Gua Tempurung in the southern limestone mountains from Ipoh. The caves are some of the most beautiful caves in Malaysia.

The caves stretch out through the limestone mountains for about 2 km. There is an underground river system at the bottom of the cave and at some point visitors have to crawl through the water, keeping the heads down from one cave to another. The cave is full with stalactites and stalagmites which remember me my Geology 101 class back then in school. Creating 1 inch of them can take up to 200 years.

There’s something for everyone. If you feel you are not in for a long and deep walk in the caves, you can do a 40 minutes great walk (always with guide) through comfortable paths, see and feel the wind tunnel and enjoy the bright of the wide open caves.

Longer treks are possible. The longest trek takes about 3 hours but can only be done if the water level is low enough. Entrance ticket go from RM 6 to 22 (adults) and RM 2,50 to RM 11 (children) depending on the duration of the cave trek.

BOA Outdoor Trails: Ulu Kenas Recreational Forest, Kuala Kangsar, Perak

Located in the district of Kuala Kangsar, Perak Darul Ridzuan. Coordinates of the park is  N 4 41.350   E 100 53.217

Ulu Kenas Recreational Forest is rich in flora and fauna of tropical rainforest. The main forest type is Hill Dipterocarp Forest. Others include Dipterocarp palm forest, upper hill dipterocarp forest, oak-laurel forest and montane ericaceous forest. The park is a popular mountain climbing destination of Gunung Bubu (1657m). Sungai Kenas flows through the park. The park is situated within Bubu Forest Reserve. The park is home to many endemic plants and wild herbs found in the upper reaches of the park. Shady keruing neram (Dipterocarpus Oblongifolia) trees on the river banks provide scenic and panoramic view of the cascading river.

Getting to the park: Roads suitable for all vehicles to the park. Use the Kuala Kangsar to Manong main road and turn into the park at Kampung Ulu Kenas. Public transport available along Kuala Kangsar – Manong road. Visitors using bus need to walk for 2 km to the park from the main road. A taxi can be hired from Kuala Kangsar or Ipoh.