2D1N Leisure trip Royal Belum State Park, Perak, Malaysia


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Royal Belum State Park, Malaysia


Located in Northern Perak district, Malaysia, Royal Belum State Park is surrounded by Thailand border on the northern side, Malaysia 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. 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, Hornbills, magnificent waterfalls, salt licks, wildlife such as elephants, tigers, deers, wild boars, monkeys and tapir.

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


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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.

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Royal Belum State Park Camping Trip


Rafflesia Flower Facts


Rafflesia

Rafflesia is the world’s largest, the heaviest, the rarest and the one of the most stinkiest flowers in the world. It grows to 1 metre wide and weighs about 10 kgs.

Rafflesia, a native of rainforests of Thailand, Malaysia and in the Indonesian Archipelago, is the largest flower in the world. Interestingly, Rafflesia is a parasitic plant without any leaves, stems and roots (It has only nutrient-absorbing threads to absorb nutrients from the host on which it lives) but for the largest flower.

Rafflesia flower has a small lifecycle of 5-7 days. Rafflesias have their stamens and pistils fused together in a central column, producing a corona, or crown, in the shape of a ring. The reddish brown colors of the petals, are sprinkled with white freckles. The smell attracts the carrion flies and then pollination occurs. After 9 months of maturation, Rafflesia plant opens into a cabbage-sized bud. The sexual organs are located beneath the rim of the disk.

Facts About Rafflesia Flower

– Rafflesia is the largest individual flower. Titan arum bears the largest inflorescence.
– Rafflesia is a parasite which attaches itself to a host plant, Tetrastigma vine, which grows only in undisturbed rainforests, to obtain water and nutrients.
– The genus Rafflesia is named after adventurer and founder of the British colony of Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles.
– Rafflesia is the official state flower of Sabah in Malaysia, as well as for the Surat Thani Province, Thailand.
– Rafflesia manillana, the smallest species in the genus Rafflesia is also has 20 cm diameter flowers.
– Rafflesia flowers are unisexual.
– Forest mammals and tree shrews feed on Rafflesia fruit which is 15cm in diameter, filled with smooth flesh and thousands of tiny hard coated seeds.
– It is believed that rafflesia is related to poinsettias, violets, passionflowers, and other members of the order Malpighiales.
– The rotten smell of the flower is due to the reddish tentacle-like, branched ramentae, inside the corolla of petals.
– Rafflesia is an endangered or threatened genus.
– Rafflesia arnoldii does not have chlorophyll, as all the green plants have and so it cannot undergo
photosynthesis.

Species found in Royal Belum State Park, Malaysia

Rafflesia Azlanii

Rafflesia Kerii

Rafflesia Cantleyii

Other Species around the region.

Rafflesia Arnoldii

Rafflesia Balatei

Rafflesia Banahawensis

Rafflesia Bengkuluensis

Rafflesia Gadutensis

Rafflesia Hasselti

Rafflesia Keithii

Rafflesia Leonardi

Rafflesia Lobata

Rafflesia Manillana

Rafflesia Microployra

Rafflesia Mira

Rafflesia Panchoana

Rafflesia Patma

Rafflesia Pricei

Rafflesia Rochusseni

Rafflesia Schadenbergiana

Rafflesia Speciosa

Rafflesia Tengku Adlinii

Rafflesia Tuan Mudae

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Rafflesia Borneensis

Rafflesia Ciliata

Rafflesia Titan

Rafflesia Witkampii

Extensive research has been don eon Rafflesia flowers, either by locals of international bodies. Some of them are:

1. http://pkukmweb.ukm.my/pakdin/Rafflesia/conservation.html

2. http://www.dawama.com/Rafflesia-Bunga-Terbesar-di-Dunia/q?pid=1858&doit=order

3. http://rafflesia-flowers.blogspot.com/2008/03/prof-dr-kamarudin-mat-salleh.html

4. http://www.ukm.my/news/index.php/ms/berita-penyelidikan/311-the-dangers-of-using-rafflesia.html

Many more can be found on the internet or research facilities.

Houseboating Trip @ Royal Belum


While onthe houseboat ride to Sungai Kejar

Mr Jamal, Guide from Penang.

Recently we had  a houseboat trip down Perak River in Royal Belum State Park for 3 days 2 nights. Our guest of 12 French and 4 Malaysians had lunch at Banding Lakeside Inn before continue to the houseboat. Our houseboat journey began from Banding Island jetty towards Royal Belum checkpoint and continued to Sungai Kejar campsite. While on the houseboat, we spent sometime talking about Royal Belum and safety briefing while on the journey. The houseboat took approximately 5 hours to the campsite. We stopped for 30 minutes so the guest can enjoy kayaking before continue to the campsite. Eventhough it was dark when we approach Sungai Kejar, the experienced boatman and his assistance successfully drive the houseboat to its location using flashlights. Dinner was served on the houseboat. When we arrived at Sungai Kejar campsite, there was a small group of fishermen camping.

Some sweets for the kids

Mes waterfall

Day 2 – Early morning western style breakfast was served while we enjoy the morning scenery at Sungai Kejar. By 9 am, we got ready for jungle trekking to Sira Rambai (animal salt lick) and a stop at Sungai Kejar waterfall. We saw animal footprints along the way and nice view of Perak river.

While waiting for the guest, the boatman and program manager, Hisham, had a visit to Orang Asli village Sungai Kejar to arrange for the afternoon visit and cooking inbamboo show to the guest. The jungle trekking group came back to the houseboat around 1pm with leeches and mosquito bites. We had wonderful lunch before heading to

Testing the cooked rice in Bamboo

Orang Asli village Sungai Kejar, Royal Belum

Orang Asli village Sungai kejar and a trip to Mes waterfall. The guest spent sometime around the village, taking photographs, donate some food, writing materials and goodies to the orang Asli kids. We had a good cooking in bamboo show before heading to the waterfall. Mes waterfall is perfect for small group and the water is cold and fresh. Guest can actually picnic there while taking a dip in the waterfall. The pool is not so deep and ts suitable for families. To get there, we have to trek through bamboo jungle and across a small traditional Orang Asli village. The trek took about 15 minutes. While we trek to the waterfall and Orang Asli village, the houseboat has departed to Sungai Tiang, where we will be spending the night. Two small boats that accompany the houseboat stayed with us until we finish at the Orang Asli village.

Sunset at Sungai Tiang Base Camp

Once we finished at the Orang Asli village, we took the boatride chasing the houseboat which was on the way to Sungai Tiang basecamp. We had the afternoon tea and washed up for the night. The houseboat arrived at Sungai Tiang campsite, the guest spent sometime kayaking and taking a dip into the Temenggor Lake. Dinner was served at 7pm and we enjoyed wonderful sunset of Royal Belum! The menu had special local fish sweet and sour and it taste good. Plus the bread and butter. We spent the night on the houseboat peacefully. No bugs!

The group photograph at Sungai Tiang base camp

Day 3 – We had early western style breakfast and prepare for our next waterfall trip, Sungai Ruok which is also know for its Kelah Santuary. We departed by small boats. The boatride took about 30 minutes from the Sungai Tiang base camp. There is no fishing allowed in this area since it has been gazetted as fish sanctuary. The waterfall has four levels with cool and refreshing water! We had a dip into the waterfall, the water was extremely cold! We spent about 2 hours before departing the Royal Belum checkpoint. The houseboat was waiting for us there and we stopped for a quick break before leaving to the Rafflesia site at Post X-Ray.

Small boat ride

We were lucky because we had one Rafflesia which was newly bloom. The trek was a bit adventurous. A little bit of climbing and hiking was required to get the the site. We left the site after finished taking all the photographs with the two small boats and chase the houseboat which was already on the way back to the jetty.