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Overview

Go on a nature getaway to explore Belum State Park on Banding Island. Trek the trails of the park in search of the biggest and parasitic flower, the ‘Rafflesia’. Cruise deeper into the forests, explore several waterfalls and spot wildlife.

Trip Highlights

Discover Belum

Nature Discovery of Belum

Drive overland for 2.5 hours to Banding Island and spend a few days exploring the nature trails of Belum Rainforest.

Search for the biggest flower

Observe to spot the biggest flower the Rafflesia. This flower feeds on other plants for nutrients. 

Cruise & trek to waterfalls & spot wildlife

Take a cruise deeper into the forests to trek to waterfalls and spot wildlife.

Itinerary

1

Banding Island, Arrival

Transfer by Air-conditioned vehicle from Penang/Ipoh to Banding Island (170KM)2.5hours Transfer by Air-conditioned vehicle from Cameron Highlands to Banding Island (261KM) 4 hours Activity: Evening night walk; up to 2 hours Difficulty: Easy, uneven terrain

Travel overland for 2.5 hours from Penang/Ipoh for a scenic drive to Banding Island to spend the next couple of days exploring the nature and trails of Belum Rainforest.

13:00 A light lunch is served on route at a local cafe or on arrival to Belum Rainforest Resort.

Check in at the Belum Rainforest Resort and spend time at leisure. Take a short walk to the herbal garden on site to learn about the many local herbs. Alternatively spend the time at the infinity pool overlooking Lake Banding for a cool, refreshing afternoon dip.

19:00 Dinner followed by an evening night trek at 20:30. Discover the rainforest at night on a 2 hour guided night walk close to the resort.

(Please note for tomorrow’s tour to the Royal Belum State Park passport details are necessary in advance to submit to the Park authorities to purchase permits, alternatively a similar program can be offered in Lower Belum)

Overnight Belum Rainforest Resort

2

Banding Island

Activity: FD Boat Cruise and Jungle trekking Difficulty: Jungle Trekking - Medium, uneven terrain

07:30 Early Breakfast to fuel for the full day ahead discovering Lake Banding and Belum State Park.

08:30 Meet the boat at the resort jetty to head to the wilder parts of upper Belum. Cruise in a covered boat in search for the “Rafflesia” the biggest flower in the world. Trek to one of the several multi-tiered waterfalls and enjoy a swim. Most trails are only accessible by boat and once in the rainforest trek for upto 1 hour on jungle terrain, crossing rivers to magnificent waterfalls. Pass huge Fig trees and discover some of the oldest rainforests in world, dating back over 130 million years.

Enter Upper Belum by boat and cruise deeper into the rainforest. There are several waterfalls in and around the Belum State Park and places to stop for short treks to view the Raflesia. (The exact routing of the day and stops will depend on the time of year, water levels and Raflesia sightings)

Reaching the furthest part of the lake it’s time to stop for a packed lunch, learn about the Orang Asli Villages dotted around the lake only accessible by water before a relaxing cruise around the lake in search of wildlife. Hornbill sightings are very common so for bird lovers ensure to bring binoculars.

Stop off at a final waterfall, take a short trek and a quick dip before heading back to the Resort to arrive for 16:00.

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure before dinner.

Overnight Belum Rainforest Resort

3

Banding – Pulau Redang

08:00 Breakfast at the hotel and check out and depart by 09:00 for the onward overland discovery through Malaysia.

“An itinerary may at times be altered by our guides due to local conditions, the skill of participants and other unexpected circumstances. Our priority is always the experience and safety of our clients.”

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Activities as stated in itinerary
  • English Speaking Driver as Guide
  • Legislation requires a Guide from 7+ people
  • Overland Air-Conditioned Vehicle
  • All Activities are based on Join in.

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance (must include helicopter evacuation for Malaysia)
  • Visa for Malaysia
  • Camera/video entrance fees
  • Tourism tax

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