To understand Banding Island we have to first talk about Belum-Temengor Rainforest that is situated in Perak. As Banding Island used to be a part of this rainforest, similarly it is over 130 million years old, making it one of the world's oldest rainforests. If you cannot fathom how old that is think about it this way. Dinosaurs roamed the earth 65 million years ago. This virtually undisturbed land has been in existence for far longer. The ice age has barely left a dent in this ancient forest.
On a more scientific note, Belum-Temengor Rainforest encompasses 300,000 hectares. This ancient rainforest is home to a vast and unique number of flora and fauna, many of which are near extinct. In fact, scientific studies indicate that this primeval forest remains one of the largest untouched forest reserves in Peninsular Malaysia, possibly the world. Imagine a forest, so old; it has not seen the likes of man. Much of it is untouched and unseen by human eyes. Now, imagine the secrets that it holds and the potential it has to offer the world.
Belum-Temengor Rainforest complex is so vast it is divided into two sections – Royal Belum State Park is located up north of the Malaysia-Thailand border while Temengor Forest Reserve is located at the south of the rainforest complex. Tasik Temengor lies at the heart of the Rainforest, covering 15,200 hectares.