Chinese New Year, Rafflesia, elephant and more in Royal Belum

Royal Belum is located on the border between Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand. During the Chinese New Year of 2015, my parents, Toni and I gathered at my aunt’s apartment in Kuala Lumpur and drove for more than eight hours on a jammed highway to arrive at this state park. Contrary to our normal traveling style, we stayed in a resort, ate in restaurants and went on guided tours. Even though Toni became very lethargic and kept falling asleep (my parents thought it was because of his jet lag but I believe it was more than that), I still thought it was a special place with some nice memories 🙂

the colors of the jungle

The unique part about Royal Belum’s jungle was that it was “autumnly” colorful. During the boat tour, we passed by many islets of colorful jungles on the artificial lake.

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the insects – as always

We observed some new butterfly species just 100m from our room.

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Rafflesia!

It was our first time to see a Rafflesia, the world’s biggest flower. The guide said we were really lucky because it just opened up its blossom after a few weeks of budding.

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elephant

We did not see a real elephant, but their excretions were everywhere. The guide told us that they like to lick on the salt from the soil and rub their bodies against it.

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a secret hiking trail

We were told by the resort staff that we had to follow a guided tour because we needed a boat to hop onto other attractions. However, after some persistent solicitation we got to know a secrete hiking trail just outside of our resort – a relatively well established trail with a formidable entrance.

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