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Royal Belum, Perak
Royal Belum State Park is an extensive rainforest nestled in the northern parts of Peninsular Malaysia. It is part of the even bigger Belum-Temengor Forest complex, bordering Thailand.

One of the resorts in the area is The Belum Rainforest Resort. A premier ecotourism holiday destination attracting adventure seekers from all over the world. Set in the midst of a tropical paradise, Pulau Banding, the Belum Rainforest Resort, is everything nature-lovers and holiday-goers expect in a getaway destination: complete relaxation and serenity, stunning views and surroundings, adventure, and the chance to get close to nature.

Together with Taman Negara National Park it is one of the oldest rainforest in world, dating back over 130 million years.

The Royal Belum is home to over 3,000 class ?f flowering plants, including 3 class ?f th? ??r???t flower ?n th? universe – th? Rafflesia.

14 ?f th? world’s m??t threatened mammals, including th? Malaysian Tiger, Malaysian Sunbear, Sumatran Rhinoceros, th? white-handed Gibbon, Asiatic Elephant, ?n? Malayan Tapir also calls this home. And unrelenting strides of conservation is being enforced by the government to ensure these species are safe for the future generations to come.

Take a load off and relax, or put on your hiking boots and explore.

MALAYSIA THIS WEEK

EVENTS

Rainforest Music Festival 2013
This year’s Rainforest World Music Festival 2013 will gather music enthusiasts once again at the Sarawak Cultural Village with music by renowned world and indigenous musicians!

With a line-up of 18 bands playing a diverse range of world music genres, the festival features seven different acts per night over three nights. For the afternoon session, there will be programmes such as informative workshops, ethno-musical lectures and jamming sessions. It’s a smashing time in the heart of the Borneo Jungle!
Putrajaya Youth Festival 2013
Magic of Night - Floria 2013
Colours of 1Malaysia
Pecha Kucha Night 2013
Harian Metro Mountain Bike Grand Prix
Langkawi Water Festival
Terengganu Monsoon Cup
Mt. Kinabalu Climbathon, Sabah
Lantern Festival, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival Highlights
Hot Air Balloon
Chinese New Year with The Chew Pt 2
Chinese New Year with The Chew Pt 1
Deepavali Celebration Part 1
Gawai Dayak Celebration Part 2
Deepavali Celebration Part 2
Thaipusam
Gawai Dayak Celebration Part 1

DESTINATION

RECOMMENDED

Miri Town
Miri is the 2nd largest city in Sarawak and has a population of 300,000 people with a mixture of Chinese, indigineous tribes who have moved down from their native lands that have been logged, and Malays (mostly immigrated to Miri by way of government postings or from forefathers emigrating from Brunei).

Miri is Sarawak and Malaysia’s first Oil producing area. Oil was first officially recorded in 1882 by Claude Champion de Crespigny, the British Resident of the Baram district in Sarawak. The locals had been using this black substance long before, collecting it for medicinal use, for waterproofing of boats and for lighting oil lamps. It was not until 1910 when the first oil company moved in to exploit its wealth.

Sarawak Shell were given the sole rights to mining oil in Miri until 1954 when the onshore oilfields dried out and exploration turned to the rich oil wells located in the seedbeds. Today, the oldest Oil Well in Miri is a reminder of the humble beginnings of Sarawak and more appropriately, Malaysia’s dependence on this commodity that has made the country what it is. The oil well is affectionately called ‘The Grand Old Lady’ and is located on Canada Hill. According to local myth, the hill is named such because of a Canadian who relocated in the early years as a recruitment manager, recruiting local and foreign workers as hands at the oil wells that quickly sprung up around the area.

After a productive run with an estimated 660,000 barrels of oil drawn from the oil well, The Grand Old Lady was shut down in 1972. Next to the Grand Old Lady, the Miri Petroleum Science Museum exhibits the history and technicalities of the industry. Miri has not much else to do and so a visit to this museum would be pretty much the highlight of your stay. Imagine highlighting Curtin University as a major tourist destination in the ‘Visit Miri brochure’, that’s really scraping the bottom of the barrel!

For those interested in parks and gardens, there are a total of 14 such locations around Miri locale. Miri also has their share of music festivals with its International Jazz Festival held May annually.

The other interesting place of visit is the tamu market called Tamu Muhibbah. It’s open daily and is located just a stone’s throw from the Tourist Information Centre. There are 2 sections to the market: the wet section where local and imported vegetable and meat produce are sold and the dry section where you can get local fruits like Buah Salak, durian, lime on sale here. Hill rice from Bario and Ba’Kelalan is also on sale here. The indigenous people bring their produce from the hills and jungles to sell here. However, it’s certainly more noticeable that compared to a decade ago, the variety in jungle produce has reduced greatly. The local people laments that it is not due to the weather conditions (Miri has been encountering strange weather conditions in recent years) but because there really isn’t much of a jungle for them to go to.
Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary
Deepavali Celebration Part 2
Harian Metro Mountain Bike Grand Prix
Deepavali Celebration Part 1