Royal Belum State Park, Malaysia. Photos by Mohd Farid
The Royal Belum State Park is located in Gerik, Perak, Malaysia. It's just about 1 hour and 45 minutes drive from my hometown, Baling, Kedah, Malaysia. But sadly, I've never been there to discover the beauty of this 130 million years old rain-forest.
The forest has two sections; the upper Belum area that covers 117,500 hectares of jungle (1175 square kilometers) is located at up north, right by the Malaysia-Thailand border. While the lower Belum area is mostly covered by the Temenggor Lake. The Royal Belum has been gazetted as a permanent forest reserve by the State of Perak. It has become a major tourist attraction for jungle tracking, overnight stay at Wildlife Observation Hide (Bumbun), angling/fishing, boating, camping and its beautiful waterfalls. Not to mention, visiting Orang Asli (the Aborigine) settlement is one of the must do activities. That being said, preserving this priceless heritage is a must.
Royal Belum is well-known for its role as a natural habitat for thousands of species of plants and endangered animals such as Malaysian tiger, Asiatic Elephant, Sumatran rhinoceros, white handed gibbon and tapir. One of the main visitor attractions is the bird watching activity as this is the only existing forest where rare species of hornbill birds could be spotted. Royal Belum is also a home to Rafflesia, the world's largest flower.
A friend of mine, Mohd Farid Rosli who was lucky enough to get a chance to explore this untouched forest. He has been involved in photography for many years. From lomography to digital photography, he is now taking undoubtedly remarkable photos are you can see. Check out his websites to find more of his work.
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