Legends Activities Fish farm
Orang Asli Settlement Staying Getting There
Lying majestically among
12,000 acres of lush tropical wildness is Tasik Chini, Malaysia's
second largest natural lake. This remote lake is located in the
middle of Pahang state. A great place for total isolation and
activities like jungle trekking and fishing.
Located in the wilds, it is a great get away place. Tasik Cini is
actually a group of 12 freshwater lakes covering a large area of
12,000 hectares of Natural Forest. It teems with a variety of
freshwater fish, and the surrounding wilderness is home to unique
flora and fauna. Primates such as White-handed gibbons, Long-tailed
macaques, Pig-tailed macaques and Banded langurs have been sighted
Calm and beautiful, the serenity of Tasik Cini believes the many
secrets that it holds and hides the mystery lurking beneath its
surface. Indeed, Tasik Cini and surroundings are shrouded in
legends, some of which dates back to the 14th century. Legends have
it that the monsters of the lake guard a submerged ancient Khmer
One of the more famous tales about Lake Cini is of a magical dragon,
which lives in the lake. It is said to be the guardian of an ancient
lost city of gold, which lies in the lake. This local "Loch Ness
Monster" has allegedly been sighted many times over the years by
villagers who live beside the lake, but to date, no scientific
evidence has been found to prove its existence, thus remaining a
Amongst the activities that can be found here are camping, jungle
trekking and an all time favourite spot for fishing fans. There is a
beautiful waterfall further inside which takes 2 hours of trekking
is a must when you are here. The best time to visit is the month of
June to October, where you can experience one of those fantastic
sights as water lilies can be seen covering almost the entire lake.
Boats can be chartered for peaceful lake tours or for fishing trips.
A floating fish farm owned by the locals. The fishes found here are
caught and bred in the lake itself. Hop over this floating fish cage
and feed them with your hands. Get one of the local resorts to sauté
your prize catch or
cook it any other way you prefer.
Expect to meet to meet with Orang Asli (Aborigines). They are the
Jakun branch of the Orang Asli (original native inhabitants). We are
only outsiders visiting their territory. The Orang Asli settlement
also offer an interesting experience. Tanjung Puput is an orang asli
settlement where join them and learn something of their unique
Traditional fishing methods are still practiced here, the
best way to learn about the ancient fishing traps.
Visitors can also purchased locally hand crafted artifacts at a very
reasonable rate, it's good as a gifts of souvenir. Another new
experience awaits you at Tasik Chini. You can try blowing a blowpipe
here. The sumpit, which is the blow pipe, can be tested before
purchasing it, this is the same weapon this Aborigines used for
hunting. It needs skills and dedication to perfect your shooting
It has a number of wooden chalets as well as a number of camping
spots. Camping spots are also obtainable in this natural forest,
where visitors can experience the out door life, and for those who
wish to grab some peaceful time. Definitely a place without frills
and without any of the modern luxuries of a star rated hotel.
Bring mosquito coils, Sun lotion if you have delicate skins, and a
big hat especially when you go canoeing under the hot sun.
Approximately 100 km from Kuantan, access is by road to Kampung
Belimbing, and then by boat through the winding Chini River.
Alternatively by road via Segamat Highway through the town of Chini,
and then continue 15 minutes through palm-oil estates road to the
lake. Chini Lake is located in the southern park of the state of
Pahang, getting there wouldn't be a problem as its only 100 km from
Kuantan and 60 km west of the Royal Town Pekan.