Belum Forest Reserve
Belum Forest Reserve is situated in the northern peninsula of Malaysia, bordering Thailand. This largely untouched jungle dates back to over 130 million years, and home to a large variety of hornbills species, mammals and insects.
There are a number of adventurous excursions available from the hotel from guided jungle trekking, a visit to Orang Asli village, kayaking and canoeing down the river.
This dense forest is home to the parastic flower the Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world. It was named after Sir Stamford Raffles, who discovered the ‘flower’ on expedition in 1818. Raffles was the Governor of Bencoolen, Sumatra, which was the former administration centre of the British East India Company. The Rafflesia, however, is not a beautiful fragrant flower – instead locally it is known as the ‘corpse flower’ and it has a pungent aroma of rotting flesh. Yuk!