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Monday, April 10, 2006



Despite the discovery of offshore oilfields, Terengganu with its fine beaches remains a holiday maker's dream. Terengganu is one of the Malaysian states, which is endowed with a wealth of charming and refreshing natural landscapes. She has beaches, exotic islands, lush virgin tropical jungles, quaint fishing villages, and dazzling waterfalls. Her islands are among the most picturesque and fascinating.
erengganu's history goes back to as far as the 1st Century and has long been an important area of Malay settlement. Throughout that time up to the present day, Terengganu has been ruled by 16 Sultans.

Kenyir Lake

Located in the interior part of Terengganu, Kenyir Lake is the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia. Covering an area of 369 sq. km, it is also Malaysia's largest rock-filled hydroelectric dam. Sharing its border with Kelantan in the west and Pahang in the south, this immense lake also servers as another gateway to Malaysia's National Park.

Sekayu Waterfalls, Kuala Berang

A favorite retreat for visitors and locals alike, it has seven cascades surrounded by its natural landscape of lush jungle-clad hills, a fruit orchard, a mini zoo, a bird park, a flower garden, and countless species of flora and fauna. Various facilities such as shelters, changing rooms, chalets, and rest-houses have also been provided for visitors' convenience.

Rantau Abang

About 60km south of Kuala Terengganu, the beach at Rantau Abang is the venue for the annual migration of huge leatherback turtles. Visitors have to lay in wait quietly from midnight to dawn to watch giant leatherback turtles laying eggs. These giant turtles, up to 2.5m in length and sometimes weighing more than 375kg, is indeed a phenomenal sight to behold. From the months of May to September, Rantau Abang is one of only six places in the world visited by these turtles.

Kenyir Lake

Located in the interior part of Terengganu, Kenyir Lake is the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia. Covering an area of 369 sq. km, it is also Malaysia's largest rock-filled hydroelectric dam. Sharing its border with Kelantan in the west and Pahang in the south, this immense lake also servers as another gateway to Malaysia's National Park.

With about 340 islands, which were once hilltops and highlands, more than 14 waterfalls, and numerous rapids and rivers, Tasik Kenyir is also home to numerous species of freshwater fishes and exotic wildlife. Surrounded by a lush tropical jungle, the Kenyir Lake is a popular and ideal retreat for nature lovers, anglers, photo enthusiasts and fun seekers. Some of the activities that could be carried out here are fishing, watersports, canoeing, boating, bird watching, cave exploration, and jungle trekking.


The main gateway to the lake is Pengkalan Gawi or Gawi Jetty. Visitors can make full use of its facilities such as the Tourist Information Centre, parking bays, food stalls, and more. Boat rentals and transfers can also be easily arranged through respective representatives stationed there.

Waterfalls, Camping

There are many breathtaking waterfalls in Tasik Kenyir. Creating a cool, relaxing, and rejuvenating ambience, visitors will love picnicking at these falls. The waterfalls in Kenyir Lake are well shaded by the leafy green canopy of the Tropical Rainforest. Currently, there are no basic amenities such as restrooms, but plans are already being undertaken to accommodate for such facilities. Apart from that, these falls are also ideal for camping.

Lasir, located 16km to the south of Pengkalan Gawi, is one of the most popular picnic spots in Tasik Kenyir. It has a magnificent fall of some 500ft. Lasir drops gracefully onto a multi-tiered level of boulders and rocks, forming cascading showers of foaming white sprays of water.

Another waterfall, Saok, is fast gaining popularity amongst visitors to Kenyir Lake. Cascading waters over its rocky terraces and boulders and a flat sandy area at ground level make it a perfect picnic spot for the whole family.

Unlike Lasir and Saok, Tembat waterfall is made up of five fast flowing rapids. It has a large camping area at the side and is thus a popular destination for campers. There is a hiking trail that leads to the top of the fall with a magnificent view of the waterfall and its surroundings.

Other waterfalls within Tasik Kenyir are the Petang, Leban, Terenggan, Lata Terap and Petuang.


Apart from picnicking, the hilly regions of the lake bring visitors to a world of untouched, virgin jungles that are estimated to be millions of years old. Research scientists, nature lovers, adventurers, and keen photographers will find Kenyir a promising world of discovery. The highest altitude in Kenyir Lake is Mount Chergau. Other peaks include the Bongsu, Tembat, Raung, Kachang, Gagau, and Gajah Terom. The mountainous tropical rain forest offers tremendous Eco-tourism potential. Hence, to ensure that it is well preserved, facilities such as ranger stations, base camps, and hiking trails are in the process of development. Should visitors choose to venture into these hilly regions, it is advisable to consult the relevant authorities.


Two limestone hills that abound with mysteries and legends are Bewah and Taat. Although occasionally covered by spooky mists, these hills provide some of the most spectacular sights in Tasik Kenyir. Taat has three caves with the lowest entrance, Tok Bidan Cave, now submerged underwater. Archeologists and historians have uncovered artifacts such as kitchen utensils, axes, and tools that date back to the Neolithic era. Taat Caves can be explored through two visible entrances while the nearby Bewah Cave has only one entrance. Inside, these caves offer extraordinary sights of stalactites and stalagmites. Authorities are planning to conduct further excavations to unravel the mysteries and secrets of the caves.

Boating, Fishing, Jet Skiing

In spite of these other activities, Kenyir is still known as an angler's haven. With the many rivers and tributaries serving as breeding grounds, hundreds of species of sport fishes are found in abundance. During the wet season, fishes can even be caught with your bare hands! A recent study indicated that there are over 300 species of freshwater fishes in the lake. Anglers are advised to arrange for special fishing trips through chalets or private boat operators. Tasik Kenyir is also being promoted as a water sport circuit. Jet skiing, kayaking, canoeing, boating, and rafting are among the many water sports available.


Accommodations such as houseboats, floating chalets and lakeside resorts are available to visitors. Most of these offer basic amenities. Tasik Kenyir Golf Resort, however, is the only deluxe resort in the area. It has more facilities and activities, including golfing. The golf course is situated on a privately owned island, which is dedicated solely to golfing.

Tasik Kenyir is easily accessible from all major points in Malaysia, be it by land or air. The most recommended route is through land where driving through villages become a pleasant experience.


Blogger elaine said...

Can you recommend a houseboat I can stay on in Lake Kenyir?
Somewhere safe, clean and children friendly..... thanks.

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