Kenyir Lake Destination Guide
About 10km from Kuala Serang and about 55
km from Kuala Terengganu is Tasik Kenyir, Asia's largest
man-made lake. Covering an area of 369sq.km., it is the
site of Malaysia's largest hydroelectric dam.
When the area was inundated with water, most of the hills
were above the water level, creating about 340 man-made
islands. Surrounded by a lush tropical jungle, the Kenyir
Lake is a popular retreat for nature lovers, anglers, photo
enthusiasts and fun seekers.
There are facilities for fishing, swimming, canoeing, boating
and jungle trekking. The lake has a wide variety of freshwater
fish. Accommodation in houseboats, floating chalets and
lakeside resorts is available.
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Everyone who has ever done any fishing will tell you that
Kenyir Lake is an angler's heaven. You can hire a speed-boat
or perhaps rent a houseboat and stay overnight on the lake.
But remember that a entry permit from the Wildlife Department
is needed in the National Park (Taman Negara). You can get
one from the Tourist Information Centre at Pengkalan Gawi
or at Kuala Berang office.
Glittering cascades that shower you with clear, cool mountain
water amidst a green jungle paradise. Kenyir has more than
14 waterfalls, all beautiful, all worth a visit.
There is Lasir Waterfalls, located 16km to the south of
Pengkalan Gawi. Lasir Waterfalls is spectular in their rush
down five rapids. A large camping area and a hiking trail
up to its top further enhances Lasir's attraction. You also
easily kayak over there, right up to its falling waters.
Or take a trip to Saok, only 15 minutes from Pengkalan Gawi.
With a flat, sandy area next to the falls, it is ideal for
picnickers and campers. Tembat is yet another waterfall
worth the trip. It takes 40 minutes to the north of pengkalan
Gawi by speedboat. Tembat's waters are spectacular in their
rush down cascading gracefully over several tiers.
Jungle Trekking & Camping
Kenyir is surrounded by rainforest, so rich in flora and
fauna, with thousands of species calling the area their
home. Some of the highlands designated for trekking and
camping are Gagau Mountain, Bongsu Moutain and Padang Mountain.
But remember, this is no petting zoo, so follow only marked
trails or engage an experienced guide who can lead you safely
through this intricate maze, and you will be rewarded with
experience rich with information and insights into rainforest's
countless secrets and inhabitants.
Bewah Cave and Taat Cave, two magnificent limestone hills,
located about an hour and a half by boat from Pengkalan
Gawi, are the keepers of several magnificent caves. These
caves are not only natural wonders, they are also the site
of archeological discoveries dating back to Neolothic times.
With so much water around you -38,000 ha of surface area
to be exact- you cannot not to to indulge in some watersports.
Take your pick: there is kayaking, canoeing, waterskiing,
jetskiing, swimming and shooting down rapids on the rivers.
Getting to Kenyir Lake
Tasik Kenyir is accessible via land and air.
The journey may take a while, but it is a guaranteed worthwhile
experience as you arrive to find the breathtaking beauty
that awaits you.
Kuala Terengganu is easily accessible by air, and road.
From Malaysia's capital city Kuala Lumpur, or other key
cities in the country, you can take a direct flight on the
national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Air Asia daily
and transfer by car to the resort about 45 minutes away.
The KL-Kuala Terengganu flight normally takes about 45 minutes.
Take a scenic six-hour drive to the resort from Kuala Lumpur
via East Coast Highway. The journey from Singapore takes
approximately eight hours. Buses, taxis and rent-a-car services
are easily available from all city centres on the mainland
From Kuala Lumpur to Karak Highway to Jerangau – Jabor
Highway to Ajil to Kenyir Lakeview Resort
From Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan to emaman to Dungun to uala
Terengganu to Kenyir Lakeview Resort
Express buses also provide daily services at 9.00am and
9:00pm from Hentian Putra Bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur.
A direct bus service known as the Kenyir Express departs
daily at 8:00pm from Hentian Putra in Kuala Lumpur to Tasik
Kenyir via Al Muktafi Billah Shah Town and Kuala Berang.
For further information regarding bus services, please contact
Hentian Putra Ticketing Counter at : +603-4044-4276. One
way ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Tasik Kenyir's Gawi Jetty
will cost around RM30.00 per person per way
The thriving Lake Kenyir is Malaysia's leading freshwater
Houseboats are becoming increasingly popular as a choice
of accommodation in Kenyir Lake.