Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Lake Kenyir Escapade...

This was organised by a group of speeding enthusiasts. On 8 Aug at 5am, we met at McDonald's West Coast Park, had our big breakfast before departing for 2nd Link. After clearance, our fleet of 7 cars traveling in convoy headed for our destination - Terengganu. On the way, we stopped for lunch, tea-breaks and of course, not forgetting --- durians!

It was almost 7pm when we arrived at our hotel - Lake Kenyir Resort and SPA. We survived!

Located inside Terengganu and spanning over 209,199 hectares, Tasik Kenyir or Lake Kenyir is the largest man-made lake in South East Asia. Covering an area of 369 km2, it is also Malaysia's largest rock-filled hydroelectric dam.

With about 340 islands which were once hilltops and highlands, more than 14 waterfalls, and numerous rapids and rivers, Lake Kenyir is also home to numerous species of freshwater fishes and exotic wildlife. Rich with numerous types of flora and fauna, its vast boundary leads to endless discoveries and adventures. Its picturesque landscape of natural grandeur and tranquil serenity transforms Lake Kenyir into a perfect getaway for city dwellers and an 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.

Our hotel room overlooking Lake Kenyir. It's so picturesque!

Don't keep looking at my carrot juice, look at the scenery behind the glass!

Day 2 and 3 were spent at Lake Kenyir. We went boat cruising around the islands, visiting the Herbal Island and the Lasir Waterfall, the Bewah and Taat caves and the Sultan Mahmud Hydro-electric Dam.

Lasir Waterfall is located about 16km to the south of Pengkalan Gawi took us about 30 to 45 minutes by boat to reach there. This is one of the many spectacular waterfalls within Lake Kenyir. With a majestic fall about 500 feet high, Lasir drops gracefully onto a multi tiered level of boulders and rocks forming cascading showers of foaming white sprays of the water. This waterfall is well shaded by leafy green canopy of the surroundings tropical rainforest and all of us enjoyed the cool refreshing bath.

The Taman Herba Tasik Kenyir (or Lake Kenyir Herbal Park) - located in Pulau Sah Kecil with the size of almost 15.84 hectares. It is planted with more than 200 types of traditional herbal species that includes Tongkat Ali, Kacip Fatimah, Haji Smad, Misai Kucing, Mas Cotak and others. It is only accessible by speed boat that requires 10 minutes to reach there. Here you can see the myriad of herbal plants that are for therapeutic and general healthcare purpose.

left: entrance to Herbal Park
right: briefing hut

left: Tongkat Ali plant
right: brewing of herbs

Cheers, bottom up herbal drink!


A said...

The place looks awesome!

I'm a small fry said...

Definitely it is. Perfect getaway for individuals and families.

Shakespere said...

Hi. I enjoyed your blog writing and your photos. thanks

Anonymous said...

Chanced on your blog, nice & interesting. I like your pics and your sense of humor. Well done!John.

Colin said...

Your photos are great, good angles too. Pro or hobby?

I'm a small fry said...

Thank you Shakespere, Anonymous and Colin.

Colin, I'm not a pro neither is photography my hobby. I think it all depend on the mood at that moment, the place and who you were with. When all blends in well, naturally photos taken turned out good. Thank you