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Tasik Chini

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Beautiful Tasik Chini. Such strong will to survive the ravishes of humans. It's been several years since our last visit to Chini lake, and she is still as beautiful as when we first laid our eyes on her in 1996. She is a little sicker. Everywhere, we see life clinging on to a fine line of survive or perish. The old fig trees in which the jungle birds and animals feed off fruits are around but fewer. Palm oil plantations encroaching into the area, illegal logging, introduction of alien destructive plants like the 'ekor kuching' and that damned dam - they're all tightening the noose round her neck.. and the authorities are not heeding to it's melancholic call.

Tasik Chini, the country's second-largest freshwater lake, is contaminated with high levels of e-coli, the bacteria that may have caused rash and diarrhoea among the orang asli living near it.

The state government had warned the 400 villagers, including 100 children aged six and under, not to drink water from the lake and wells but they do nothing to improve the situation... The orang Jakun (indigenous tribe who lives around and on the lake) believes that the lake is slowly suffocating and the spirits of the lake and the jungle fringing her are upset with the state of the lake. As it is, the lake people have been complaining of poor fish harvests recently and that the stagnant lake water is giving them much worry that soon the juvenile fish stock will die off and the river fishes will no longer return to the lake for spawning. There is only one way to resolve this and it is to do away with the dam.

The orang Jakun are still keeping their chins up on the matter in hope that the situation will be reversed. They believe that the problem is rectifiable and if things happen soon, the lake can be saved and their livelihood restored. With the restoration of the lake will also come the restoration of their folklore and their tales of the good old days where water was so clear and clean one could drink straight from the lake! That would be nice....

Lake Chini Resort is a favourite haunt for fishing enthusiasts and at times, corporate team building trips. But this Resort is not for the fainthearted... just be sure to bring a pair of rubber slippers, a bottle of dettol or bleach, your own toilet roll and towels, and lower your expectations.

But once out on the lake and into the narrow sungai or river chini, life becomes clear..this is it...this is worth the trip ... just to be at one with the lake..Birds can be heard all round..deep behind the veil of vines and foliage, melodious singing lures strangers like sirens of the mermaid.

Let's hope that due to the insensitivities or perhaps greed of a few, this gift of life is not taken away from us..


Tasik Chini

Deep within the still, dark waters of Tasik (Lake) Chini lies an ancient kingdom that once ruled vast tracks of land around the lakes. It is believed that the Khmer regime pushed their way down as far as Malaya as they swept through the Indochine during their reign in the early 5th century. Legends told by ancestors of the local indigenoues tribes describe the deliberate flooding of an ancient city to avoid being invaded by enemies. To this day, the underwater kingdom has remained elusive to mankind. Perhaps this city of gold, hidden in the deepest, darkest waters of the lake is the legacy left behind by a great empire.

Aerial photographs taken of the lake show unfamiliar formations on the bottom that suggests presence of structural foundations or canals. However there has never been any in-depth archaeological studies made in the area to verify such grounds but the existence of this mysterious underwater city remains strong in legends and myths of the people living around the lake.

For centuries, the Jakun (one of the many indigenous tribes in Peninsular Malaysia) people have lived off the land around Chini lake, gathering jungle produce (such as rattan), fishing, tapping rubber and planting crops. The Jakun form one of the main Proto-Malay groups - a blend of early Mongol and Indonesian. The original home of this race is traced to Indochina based on linguistic similarities but recent evidence on comparing cultural similarities suggests that they came from as far away as Northwest Yunan in China. These people are dependent on the lake and its surrounding forests for their existence. Although the younger generation has pretty much lost touch with their natural habitat, the older folk maintain great respect for the jungle and lakes and continue to weave the tales told to them by their forefathers.

A place to stay

A nightjar

Visitors come to Tasik Chini for a variety of reasons. To reflect, to ponder, to rediscover, to reap the harvest of the lake, to appreciate.. and others, well - just because it's on their tour itinerary. But there is more to Tasik Chini than meets the eye. The area is now under the protection as a vital water catchment site with about 1,000 hectares... 200 hectares of open water and 700hectares of swamp forest and freshwater swamp gazetted as reserve. There are several places to consider if you're thinking of staying overnight at Chini. This depends on the type accommodation and the budget. Tasik Chini Resort is a more established set-up with chalets, team-building activities and a restaurant. Rajan Jones Chalets and Kijang Mas Gumum Chalets are what you could describe as homestays. Rajan of Rajan Jones runs a basic longhouse concept and doubles up as a trekking guide as he speaks English pretty well and knows the Chini Lake area intimately.

The food van that supplies local folk with fresh produce and groceries comes to the nearby village once a week but is known to be pretty unreliable. There is the Saturday morning market just down the road from the chalets which is a great place to go for food shopping but a little pricier than the food van.The market runs from 8.30am till 10.00am. The only place now to stay at Kampung Mas Gumum is at Rajan Jones Guesthouse

If you are coming a long way without own transport, there is no need to burden yourself with gallons of drinking water. Bottled mineral water is available at the sundry store run by a chinese family down the road from the guesthouse. But if you do have mosquito netting, bring it along although Rajan has mosquito netting in the rooms.. just in case.

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Kuantan & Surrounding Day Tours ~ Pahang


(ex Kuantan)


Day of Operations


Min adult


Rate (Nett)





Cherating Cultural & Fishing Village Tour *Itinerary






Transportation, driver / guide



Pekan Royal Town Tour *Itinerary








Elephant Sanctuary, Kuala Gandah Tour *Itinerary








Kuantan Rivercruise & City Tour *Itinerary








Lake Chini Tour *Itinerary








Kemaman Turtle (Rantau Abang) & Pearl Night Tour *Itinerary








Kuantan Cave & Waterfall Exploration Tour *Itinerary








Terengganu City Tour *Itinerary








Kemanan Fireflies (Kampung Ibuk) Tour *Itinerary








Please Note:

~ The seat-in-coach can only be conducted with the minimum number of person/adults required
~ Pick-up and drop-off service from major hotels at Kuantan town centre
~ For other pick up and drop off services in areas other than Kuantan, please advise us. Additional surcharge will be accorded
~ Services of an English Speaking Driver cum Guide
~ Touring by air-conditioned car, van or coach (depending on the group size)
~ Rates are inclusive of entrance fees where applicable
~ Child age between 4-11 years old
~ Any unused services are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-deductible
~ 100% cancellation charge applies for NO SHOW OR CANCELLATION within 48-hrs
~ In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the local operator reserves the right to alter, amend or withdraw the package anytime with or without prior notice.

Redemption Instructions :

~ 24 hours prior to travel date, please call our local tour representative (during working hours) to reconfirm your booking details. Pick up time is required 30 minutes prior to tour departure time.

Postponements of Trip:

* Please be advised that the trip will not be allowed to be postponed unless we are advised of any changes at least 3 working days before trip commencement date

Tour descriptions :

Cherating Cultural & Fishing Village Tour

Cherating, lovely village located along the Coast of Pahang is truly an exclusive vacationer’s paradise offering a foray of activities. Situated approximately 47 km north of Kuantan. Cherating has develop from a small un-known village into a popular spot among tourist its began as a traditional fishing village providing homestay accommodations in early 70’s. Cherating has grown into an interesting mix of traditional and modern resorts. A stop at the Beserah fishing village to witness how villagersmake a living with their catch of the day, their daily catch is proceed into salted fish, which is local delivery and is then sold in shop.

Pekan Royal Town Tour

Journey to Pulau Keladi Pekan a small island close to the riverpark in Pekan and continued to Kuala Tanjung, where a fishing village is located near a estuary of the Pahang River. As you approach the Royal Town of Pekan, plenty shop houses line the street of the town. Its offer colorful display of the cultural and historical heritage of Pahang. View thesurrounding of the Royal Palace, home of the Sultan Pahang, Polo Field, the Royal Stabel , the State Museum, Watercraft Gallery and Silk Weaving Center.

Elephant Sanctuary, Kuala Gandah Tour

Get on the East Cost Highway exist at Lanchang that’s where the Kuala Gandah elephant. Santuary is located. The department of Wildlife and National Park established Kuala Gandah Relocation Team, which began the elephant translocation program in 1974, presently Kuala Gandah houses an elephant brought in from Thailand and Myanmar. The elephant were trained and use in problem areas thoughtout Peninsular Malaysia. There will be a daily schedule of events for tourist visiting the sanctuary

Kuantan Rivercruise cum City Tour

Visitor to Kuantan should not miss the opportunity of taking a ferry cruise. During the two hours cruise, the interesting sight include mangrove swamps lining the river-banks,fishing boats chugging their way to the port with the day’s catch andof Kuantan. The mangrove swamps cover an area of over 300ha. The swamps have existed for more than 500 years and initiatives by the state to preserve the flora and fauna has lead to an environment rich in marine life. A half-hour stop at mangrove walkway allows to get a closer look at mangrove the ferry meanders its way out of the swamps, one can see monitor lizards lazing around or having their meals. As the ferry moves to sea, scenes of beautifulbuilding reflecting Pahang’s heritage and the serenity of kampong houses emerge

Lake Chini Tour

In the southern portions of Pahang about 100km from Kuantan and 60 km West of the Royal Town of Pekanlies another of Pahang unique attractions. Lake Chini actually is group of 12 freshwater lake in Malaysian’s answers to Lock Ness Legends. Legends and folklores enshroud the lake witha mystical aura. Lake Chini is said to be the site of a submerge Khmer City, guarded by mythical creature . In August and September the lake is filled with thousand of white and pink lotuses. A host of activities can be enjoyed here such as boat ride and for fascinating experience visit the Orang Asli settlement and take home a unique handicraft. (blowpipes)

Kemaman Turtle (Rantau Abang) & Pearl Night Tour

Turtle watching is part time that is unique in this part ofWest Malaysia, a fascinating phenomenon not to be missed by anyone with the slightness instinct of a conservationist.Every of May to September, giant green turtle will come ashore to lay their eggs. Chendors beach is a common nesting ground to these turtles. Watch as the giant turtles lumber up to the “tears” they produce after they lay theireggs as they way back to open sea.

Kuantan Cave & Waterfall Exploration Tour

Bukit Charah is a huge limestone outcrop located northwest of Kuantan towering above rubber and oil palm plantations. Short 60 feet climb to a narrow step flight of steps, leading to a cave, ends at the Forest Reserved where arboretum for ‘Rattan’ (cane) has been establish is a spectacular waterfall with a series of eight cascades ending in a large swimming pool. Don’t miss a cool refreshing in this pool of nature.

Terengganu City Tour

The scenic journey up to the north takes you throughcoconut plantations and quaint Malay fishing villagers dotted with colorful fishing boat of all sizes. Along theway, witness local lifestyle of making Bamboo-rice known as ‘Lemang’ fish cracker (keropok) and salted fish. At the turtle sanctuary, read about giant ‘Leatherback’ turtle. Stop to see local handcraft like wood-carving, batik printing, brass-wares, weaving of pandans leaves, songket weaving and the Malaysian’s silk center. See the Sultan Town and unique architectureof the floating Mosque

Kemaman Fireflies (Kampung Ibuk) Tour

Have you ever wondered about the small blinking creatures that light of up summer night? The yellow glow is a product of their protein it make and as a form of communication . This sections of their bodies which light up is usually about half of a firefly’s total weight watch this as you cruise a long River Yakyah and discover the wonders recorded in the insect world

**Please Note that there will be a non-refundable handling charge on payment made. Conditions apply.






Accommodation and Packages to Pahang ~ Janda Baik, Cameron Highlands, Taman Negara, Kenong Rimba Reserve, Fraser's Hill, Cherating, Pulau Tioman, Kuantan, Tasik Bera and Surroundings



| Caravan Serai Private Exclusive Villas | Tras Mutiara Hotel Bentong |

Cameron Highlands

Tanah Rata ~ | Budget Inns - Seah Ming Hotel | Orient Hotel | Kavy Hotel | Daniel's Lodge | Twin Pine Chalet | Cameronian Inn | Hillview Inn | Hotel BB Inn | Father's Guesthouse | Motels - Rumah Rehat Sri Pahang | The Cool Point Hotel | Shahzan Inn | 3 star hotels - | Casa De La Rosa | Century Pines Resort | Hotel De La Ferns | 4 star hotels - | Strawberry Park Resort | Heritage Hotel | 5 star hotels - | Cameron Highlands Resort | Colonial-styled homes & Inns - | Ye Olde Smokehouse | The Hilltop Bungalow | Bala's Holiday Chalet | Apartment - TM Resort |

Ringlet ~ | Colonial-styled homes & Inns - The Lakehouse | The MNS Chalet & Longhouse |

Brinchang ~ | 5 star hotels - Equatorial Hotel | 3 star hotels - Rosa Passadena | 2 star hotels - Rainbow Hotel | Apartment Hotels - Star Regency Hotel & Apartments |

Fraser's Hill

| FHDC Bungalows | Puncak Inn | Fraser's Hill Bungalows | Jelai Highland Resort | Fraser's Silverpark Resort | Shahzan Inn | Fraser's Pine Resort | The Gap Resthouse | Ye Olde Smokehouse |

Janda Baik

| Cherengin Hills Convention & Spa Resort | Seri Pengantin Resort | Suria Hill Country House | Wadi Samrah Janda Baik |


| Wau Hotel & Cafe | Felda Residence Tekam |

Kuala Lipis

| Appu's Hotel Lipis | Centrepoint Hotel | Hotel London | Hotel Jelai | Rumah Persinggahan Kuala Lipis (Kuala Lipis Resthouse) | Rumah Rehat Tanjung Lipis | Lipis Inn |


| Hotel Seri Malaysia |

Taman Negara Kuala Tahan

| Nusa Holiday Village | Tembeling River View Chalet | Woodland Resort | Rainforest Resort |

Taman Negara Merapoh

| Park accommodation |


| Eastern Pavilion Cherating | Holiday Villa Cherating | Impiana Resort Cherating | Legend Cherating Resort | Residence Inn | Sanctuary Resort | Suria Cherating Beach Resort |

Pulau Tioman

| Salang | Salang Hut | Ella's Place | Salang Indah | Salang Beach Resort | Salang Pusaka Resort | Salang Sayang Tioman Resort |

Panuba Beach | Panuba Inn Resort |

ABC | Bamboo Hill Chalets | ABC(Air Batang Chalet) | Nazri's Beach Cabanas | Tioman House | Johan's Resort | Mawar Beach Chalets | My Friend Place | Nazri's Place |

Tekek | Peladang Inn | Pesona Island Resort | Babura Seaview Resort | Swiss Cottage Resort |

Genting | Japamala Resort | Minang Cove Resort |

Paya | Paya Beach Resort | Tioman Paya Resort |

Juara | Manana | Bushman |

Dive Packages Salang/ABC | B&J Tioman Dive Centre |


5 star | Hyatt Regency |

4 star | Seasons View Hotel | Swiss Garden Hotel & Spa | The Zenith Hotel |

3 star | Grand Continental Kuantan | Vistana Kuantan | Hotel Sentral Kuantan | Duta Sands Beach Resort | Duta Village Beach Resort | Mega View Hotel |

2 star | Hotel Seri Malaysia |

Boutique Guesthouse | Riverside Boutique Guesthouse |

Beach Resort | Black Stone Resort |

Bukit Gambang

| Bukit Gambang Resort City |


| Hotel Seri Malaysia |

Tasik Bera

| Tasik Bera Resort |

Tasik Chini

| Tasik Chini Resort | Rajan Jones Guest House |

Trips and Packages:

Kuala Gandah Elephant Centre

| Elephant Sanctuary Day Tour |

Taman Negara ~ Kuala Tahan

| Mutiara Taman Negara Resort ex Kuala Lumpur | 2 days 1 night Fullboard Package | 3 days 2 nights Fullboard Package | 3 days 2 nights Free & Easy Package | 4 days 3 nights Fullboard Holiday Package | 4 days 3 nights Fullboard Explorer Package at Mutiara Taman Negara Resort | Fullboard Adventure Camping Trail Mutiara Taman Negara Packages |

Mutiara Taman Negara Resort ex Jerantut | 3 days 2 nights Fullboard Package at ex-Jerantut | 3 days 2 nights Free & Easy Package ex - Jerantut |

Mutiara Taman Negara Resort & Elephant Centre ex Kuala Lumpur | 3 Days 2 Nights Fullboard Package |

Mutiara Taman Negara Resort ex Singapore | 5 days 4 nights Fullboard Package |

Local Village Resorts ex Kuala Lumpur | 2 days 1 night Fullboard Package | 3 days 2 nights Full Board package | 3d ays & 2 nights Fullboard Nusa Holiday Village Package | 3 days 2 nights Free & Easy Package | 4 days 3 nights Full Board Package | 4 days 3 nights Fullboard Nusa Holiday Village Package |

Local Village Resorts ex Jerantut | 3 days 2 nights Full Board Package | 3 days 2 nights Free & Easy Package | 4 days 3 nights Full Board Package |

Local Village Resort & Elephant Centre ex Kuala Lumpur | 3 Days 2 Nights Fullboard Package |

Local Village Resorts ex Singapore | 5 days 4 nights Full Board Package |

Taman Negara Inner Jungle ex Jerantut /ex Kuala Lumpur | 3 Days 2 Nights Taman Negara Inner Jungle Adventure | 4 Days 3 Nights Taman Negara Inner Jungle Adventure |

Mountain Trekking | 9 Days 8 Nights Gunung Tahan via Kuala Tahan Trekking Package |

Taman Negara ~ Merapoh

| Mountain Trekking | 5 days 4 nights Gunung Tahan via Merapoh Trekking Package |

Combination Trips

Nature/ Highland/ Island

| 7 Days 6 Nights Peninsular Malaysia Nature & Island Trip | 9 Days 8 Nights Peninsular Malaysia Highland, Nature & Island Trip | 7 Days 6 Nights Peninsular Malaysia Animals , Nature & Island Trip |


Malaysia Lakes

Lakes in Peninsula Malaysia

| Tasik Bera | Tasik Chini | Paya Indah Wetlands | Tasik Pedu | Temenggor | Tasik Kenyir |

Lakes in Sabah & Sarawak, Borneo

| Batang Ai |

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