From Kuala Kangsar, we reached the Royal Belum National Park. Belum – Temengor is divided into two parts: Belu, which is located further North, on the border between Thailand and Malaysia, and Temengor, in the South of Belum. The park is entirely held within the forest. It is said that Belum – Temengor has existed for more than 130 thousand years, becoming one of the oldest rain forests, even older than the Amazon rainforest and the Congo forest!!! This is a protected area, homeland for endangered animal species. Unfortunately for us, we were not able to spot many animals but we had the opportunity to spend time with a community of a small village of nomads who live purely by hunting and fishing: a meeting with the local reality, just as we like! We realize that being in the heart of the forest, there aren’t so many tourists…

The villagers show us how to use the blowpipe, a weapon to hunt. They explain us, in fact, that they use darts of about 20 cm, soaked in a paralyzing poison made from a local plant. Philip does not resist and decided to try it. Who knows how much fun he had!
While exploring the park, we also had the opportunity to make a nice boat ride and enjoy the scenery around us. We also had the chance to see a specimen of Rafflesia, the largest single flower in the world, almost open. Usually it stays open up to a week after months and months of maturation. Maybe he was just waiting for us to have its picture taken!