Looking for the World’s Largest Flower in Royal Belum Rainforest

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  1. We found the Rafflesia flower on a Malaysia hike near Cameron Highlands in January. Such an amazing thing to see! Thanks for sharing your story :)

  2. Koushik says:

    The ants army was simply mind blowing. Rainforest seems to have all the surprises.

  3. Delisa Zak | Destination: Overlooked says:

    This looks awesome, I haven’t been, but it is on my list. Interesting flower, too!

  4. Informative write-up. Royal Belum National Park was opened to tourism few years back. I have been to the other side of Belum Forest for 3 days 2 nights hike and camp twice.

  5. Michael says:

    Borneo is amazing!! I have been to Sabah before. That flower is pretty interesting, I’ve never heard of it, thanks for sharing!

    • Teja says:

      I’m glad you loved Borneo! But Belum is not there, it’s in Perak, in the peninsula, so it’s a great option for those visiting Malaysia but aren’t crossing over to Borneo!

  6. Barry says:

    This looks like great fun. I’ve visited Malaysia a few times but never been to Royal Belum Rainforest. Which is a shame because I love the outdoors and forests.

  7. Katie says:

    This looks like an incredible trip! I love visiting natural spots when I travel, I guess I’ll have to add this one to the list!

  8. Pavel Angelov says:

    Those ants blew my mind. I’ve never seen so much ants at one place and “even if it makes your skin crawl a bit” I might say even a little more than just that. However but are they dangerous? Are they poison or something ?

    • Teja says:

      To be honest I’m not sure. I don’t think they’re dangerous, as the guide didn’t warn us, and even showed how they divert the flow if an obstruction is placed on the route.

  9. Entertaining post. That part about the guide was hilarious! Us Indians can definitely understand, although the trend is rapidly changing.
    Anyway, what about the smell? All that we have heard about the Rafflesia is that it stinks. Does it stink when in full bloom or during other times too?

    • Teja says:

      No, it didn’t stink! So I guess it must just stink when it is in full bloom. Which makes sense, since that’s when it wants the pollinators to come!

      • Never come across stinky smell of Rafflesia in full bloom. Would be accurate when it dies, it stinks.

        • Teja says:

          Hi there! The Rafflesia stinks when it blooms because its pollinator is attracted to dead flesh – flies, for example. So the flower emits a smell that mimics this to attract the insects. But since I haven’t visited one in bloom I’ve no idea how strong this supposed smell is. It doesn’t really smell like anything when it’s dead, just your basic dried-up vegetation.

  10. Anushka says:

    I always like doing offbeaten path. Belum rainforest pictures looks very interesting, and it’s a the first time I came to know about world’s largest flower..

  11. Lydia Smith says:

    I’m reading of this for the first time. I keep hearing these days that beauty exists where less it is expected. These pictures are really nice and I must admit, your home town is blessed with beauty of nature..

    • Teja says:

      Yeah that’s certainly true. I hope we keep much of it going into the future. Gazetting this particular State Park took many years of campaigning by the Malaysian Nature Society.

  12. I was lucky to see a rafflesia flowering in a botanic garden in Australia – it was called the ‘corpse flower’ and it was HUGE!! It was also a very hot day, so the smell was quite noticeable :D It’s interesting how ”sustainability’ is interpreted differently – often depending on whether or not ‘convenience’ is a factor!! however, it still looks like an interesting place to visit and stay!

    • Teja says:

      Nice! Yeah there’s also another plant, the arum one, also called corpse flower. Also stinky as you can expect.

  13. Iza Abao says:

    I am also interested in accommodations that are doing their best to be ecologically responsible. It was nice that you have found Belum Rainforest Resort.
    I would be happy too if a guide can speak conversational English. The tour is more interesting if you could learn a lot from the tour guide. I am eager to see the rafflesia flower. The photos online of that flower look amazing.
    It was such a shame that the staff used plastics in packing food. Maybe there should be a small restaurant in the village so that tourists can just eat there. Overall, I think you had a good time exploring this place. I would still be eager to visit this place someday.

  14. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    The rainforests are really an experience in themselves anywhere in the world. Recently we were trekking in the rainforests of Africa and the experience was indeed blissful. I am really intrigued by the Raffleasia, I checked it out and was amazed that some species of this flower could be as big as 100 centimetres and weigh 10 kgs!

    • Teja says:

      That’s right! It’s pretty big and I was kind of disappointed there were no blooming ones when I came.