Below are some bird eye view photographs of Belitung taken from the plane. As can be seen, Belitung still have large forested areas around.
Below are photographs of various hills on Belitung.
Sadly, there are large areas of forest cleared for tin mining too.
Our worse enemy was the rain clouds.
We went to Belitung at the wrong timing, all 3 days spent there were rainy days. The locals told us it had been raining for days already.
Many cryptocoryne habitats were flooded. There were some which my explorer friend dared to enter to search for cryptocorynes, not being afraid of whatever bacteria, leeches, etc lurking in the flooded streams and river.
However, there were also other flooded streams which we confirmed with the locals that cryptocorynes could be found but we were not able to enter as the water level had raised by more than a man's height with fast flowing current. A snake was seen swimming in this river too, the risk was just too high to undertake.