Tasik Kenyir is the largest man-made lake in South East Asia. It was
constructed between 1978 and 1985. Sultan Mahmud Hydro Electric Power Plant.,
built in 1985 for generating electricity, this dam holds approximately 23.6
million cubic meters of water and occupies 38000 hectares.
Tasik Kenyir is a showcase of 340 islands. The islands on Tasik Kenyir are
the tips of highlands and hilltops which were not submerged during the
There are 30 rivers feeding the lake, 25 waterfalls and at least 25 known
species of fish. Therefore Tasik Kenyir is known as an angler's haven for
fishing. For anglers are arranged special trips by private boat
operators. They know the best location. Please be informed that a
fishing permit is required from the Wildlife Department only when you to enter
National Park such as Sungai Cacing & Sungai Terengganu.
Besides that the lake makes a fascinating tourist spot with its offering
of a lush tropical forest, home to more than 8000 species
of flowers, 2500 species of plants and trees and 300 species of fugus. Adding
to the exotic colours are 800 butterflies, 370 species of orchids, 1000
species of birds and 200 species of other animals. There are also limestone
caves and lush tropical rain forests.
The most important
gateway to Tasik Kenyir is Pengkalan Gawi. It offers the services of a Tourist
Information Centre, a parking area, a jetty and various water sports facilities
for rental. Its strategic location also makes it the nearest gateway to
Malaysia's well known National Park Taman Negara in the neighbouring state of
made a reservation on the Internet www.lakekenyir.com
and booked a chalet. It was a “special package”. These special promotions are
often seen in Malaysia. ou promotion was a stay for two nights, breakfast for
two, 1 night a BBQ for two persons and a “cruise” across the lake. The price
of the whole
package is about RM 550
Tasik Kenyir is merely 65km
from Kuala Terengganu's Sultan Mahmud Airport, served daily by flights
from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Cruise leisurely on a 500km drive from
Kuala Lumpur or 900km from Singapore via the North-South expressway and
roads that run through Malaysian lush tropical rainforests and jungles to
The resort offers it's own own coach transfers which depart from Sultan
Mahmud Airport in Kuala Terengganu daily to shuttle visitors. Some public
taxis also ply these routes.
new name of the resort is: Kenyir Lakeview Resort. The old name was: Tasik
Kenyir Golf Resort. Be aware: on the road are still the old signs with the
old name on it. Drive right up to the resort and leave your car in a
specially designated area. The car park is manned round the clock by
stringent security personnel
At the resort you can
explore the boundaries of the lake as you travel by boat across this
38,000-hectare man-made wonder. Take in the landscape of submerged
hilltops and highlands scattered throughout this vast watery paradise.
You can also strike out and explore the serene lake by canoe. Fishing
enthusiasts should try their luck at outsmarting the many fishes that make
their home in Tasik Kenyir.
Also you can take up the challenge of jungle trekking as you negotiate the
meandering highways of the rainforest. Weave through the age-old virgin
forest with knowledgeable guides to show you the way.
It's also very nice to have a look at the fish farm (see the photo at the
left). This fish farm is on the lake.
We have seen at the fish farm very large fish and they all do swim in the
Lasir Waterfall is
one of the many spectacular waterfalls within Lake Kenyir. It's a
lovely waterfall, that occurred at a boundary
between two different rock types. It's a fall from about 500 feet
high. The waterfall drops gracefully into multi-tiered levels of boulders
forming sprays of water. Ponds of water are available at eash of the 5 levels
of Lasir and one can enjoy a cold refreshing bath here. There are large
camping area and hiking trail up to its top. The fall is well shaded by the
canopy of the surrounding forest.
It was a lovely evening at the resort. We had that special package with the
BBQ, but we didn't know, that we were the only ones with that package. Special
for the both of us the made the barbeque.
The stars did shine brightly and we were sitting at the enormous balcony of
the restaurant. We had a lovely evening with a few glasses of white wine.
The next day we had to leave. Back to our house at the Eastcoast. It was a
very special weekend. It was a quiet weekend . There were not so many people
at the Kenyir lake and in the resort.
Pengkalan Utama serves as
the main gateway to Tasik Kenyir. Here, transfers by boat can be made
available to the resorts, chalets and lodges located at various parts of
It's equipped with bigger and better facilities than the old location Gawl.
It's also the nearest access point to Taman Negara. Should you decide to
head for the park, please: remember to obtain a permit from the park,
please remember to obtain a permit from the Wildlife Department at the
Tourist Information Center. The rates for the permits are as below:
These prices coul dbe
Lasir Waterfall is
one of the many spectacular waterfalls within Lake Kenyir.
It has five levels
Lake Kenyir Resort
This lake front resort, situated on the banks of the largest lake in Malaysia, is modern and luxurious. The hotel boasts commanding lake frontage, providing guests with unfettered access to the Taman Negara National Park, the 340 surrounding islands, 12 waterfalls, and two caves, all of which are homes to a wide variety of native fauna. The location and surrounding area gives guests the ultimate natural recreational playground. The Lake Kenyir Resort is the ideal venue for travelers who want the ultimate scenic location, and the thrill of being close to a national park and the waters of the adjacent lake.
Hotel Feature Tip: If you choose to come
here, go for the Lakeview Villas! Be careful at the wooden railings
found throughout the resort as some of them are shaky and a few of
them have rotted due to the high humidity (I guess tropical hardwood
is too expensive to be used extensively to build this property). Do
not lean to hard on them and warn your kids. Wake up early to watch
the sunrise and listen to the birds.