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Trekking and Boating at Tasik Chini

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flowering season invites a large variety of birds and insects to the lake

In the late mornings, the white-handed gibbon (we call the Wak- Wak) begins its cacophony of screams, songs and 'wook-wook' calls, high up in the canopy. Batin stopped us just 50 yards from a tall tree. Up in the crook of the branches and against the light, we saw a most beautiful sight, a mother wak-wak and her two youngsters. The mother lazily stretched her lanky arm to tear off young shoots, stuffing them into her mouth. Having had enough, the mother moved on to another tree with the two babies in tow. We were told that it was a pretty rare sight and it was good fortune that the mother had not noticed us. We even bumped into a family of wildboars scrounging for grubs on the wet, muggy forest floor. First came a youngster, then a female adult and then a large male. Along the trail are mud baths where the wildpigs would wallow to keep cool. The mud provides protection from infuriating mite and fly bites. There were also old porcupine (landak) burrows close to the trails. Porcupines and armadillos only leave their burrows to rummage for food in the cover of darkness and therefore are seldom seen in the day. We mentioned to Batin that while driving on the road to Lake Chini Resort the day before, we almost ran over a long, black snake slithering across our path. He nonchalantly replied that it was a black cobra - often found in plantations. Its relative, the yellow cobra is also common here. He explains that it is difficult to spot these reptiles especially where there are dead leaves and tall undergrowth. Their body twisting and twirling around, the female cobra gathers dead leaves to make into a small mount where she lays her eggs. The nest is so well camouflaged that any unsuspecting person could easily walk into it. Before we could go any further, the clouds had darkened and it was time to return to the chalet. An end to a most educational trek - all worth the money spent.

things to bring with on the trek

• water & snacks
• cap
• binoculars
• wear contact lenses. Spectacles get fogged up easily
• insect repellent. Spraying Baygon on your shoes is the best, although not too environmentally friendly - it'll keep the leeches from crawling into your trousers. Plenty of leeches! another method is to buy a packet of cheap tobacco, soak it in a bowl of water and then dab on shoes, socks, anywhere you think the leeches may sneak in.

Chini boat trip

The Chini River is the only river draining into the Pahang River from the lake. At the mouth of this 4.8km river, is a dam built to retain and maintain the water level in the lake. The lake water used to rise and fall with the seasons. During rainy seasons, water would gush down from Datang River in the Northwest, Gumum River in the Northeast, Perupok River in the West and Melai River in the South and all the excess water would converge down Chini River and gently filter out into the Pahang River.

Up until a decade ago, the lake would take its natural course. During the monsoon

black and red broadbill repairing its nest along Chini River

season, the lake swelled, covering a large area of the swampy forest. Nutrients seeping into the water from the land nurtured the lake and the fishes. When the rain stopped, the water receded and the swamp forest rose again. The fishes matured and swam away, lotus blooms covered the stretches of water where Jakun fishermen collected abundance of fish for sale in the market.

Then came the day when it was decided that Tasik Chini was to be promoted as a tourist' venue. In response to requests, local authorities dammed up the Chini River in 1995. However, foolishly the dam was built without a sluice to control the level of water in the lake. In doing so, the lake flooded - way above acceptable level - inundating the low areas.

Trees in the low-lying area were quite accustomed to natural and temporary flooding but could not survive the continuous flooding and soon the strain became obvious. The trees in the low-lying plains began to die off. The first was the Eugenia sp., a common swampland tree.(they're the spooky looking ones on the edges of the lake with off-white branches stretching upwards).

Trees by the banks of Sungai Chini survived the high water level caused by the dam by pushing roots through its trunk just above the previous water level so that it could breathe. The problem now is that the banks are eroding away...eventually, the trees will topple and die.

There were other species of trees that coped with the flooding by pushing roots through the trunk just above the water level (as in the photo). By 1997, it was obvious that the damming of the river was a disaster and something had to be done to arrest the situation. During the early days of the dam, the water level rose 2.8 meters. The new, 'corrected' dam was then constructed to rectify the mistake, which now allows the water level to rise and fall. A fish water canal was also built to allow the river fishes to return to the lake to spawn.

But erosion is still occurring. The constant rush of the local boat operators, speeding their customers along the Chini River is still left unmonitored. The speeding action along the narrow Chini River creates waves that smack into the soft banks, slowly washing away the ground from under the remaining large trees rooted along the riverbanks.

As we travelled down the same river with our boatman skilfully steering the boat, we managed to spot a couple of monitor lizards, 2 pairs of black and red broadbills tending to their nests suspended from the overhanging branches just above our heads, 6 species of kingfishers, a racket-tailed drongo. If you're planning to make a boat trip up the river, make sure to tell your boatman not to speed. That's the only way to take in what the jungle has to offer.



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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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