Quite why this magnificent region of vast, pristine rain-forest is almost unknown to foreign visitors is both a great mystery and a great pity! The Belum Forest Reserve, abutting Thailand’s Hala Bala National Park, is one of the largest areas of near virgin tropical rain-forest in S. E. Asia, let alone in Malaysia. (Actually it’s either virgin or not isn’t it but nevermind?!)
The world famous Taman Negara National Park to the south is now suffering from over-crowding and much wildlife has fled to the remoter areas of the park yet it continues to be vastly more popular than Belum. Ok Belum has no ‘canopy walkway’ but then there are more things to look at and Orang Asli villages to visit!
Belum is home to all 10 of Malaysia’s hornbill species, tigers, rhinos, tapirs and decent sized herds of elephants are a common sight. (Our last trip there we had the spectacular sight of a flock of some 500 mixed horn-bills flying directly over our campsite!)