5 Best Lakes in Malaysia for the Ultimate Travel Experience
Malaysia, a Southeast Asian country, is a popular tourist destination. Attracting people from all over the world, the county offers a number of sightseeing destinations and tourist attractions.
From majestic beaches to skyscrapers, Malaysia has a number of tourist attractions. Add the beautiful lakes that Malaysia has and you cannot ask for more! Yes, Malaysia is home to numerous natural and some man-made lakes. These beautiful lakes attract tourists from all over the globe as visa requirements to Malaysia are quite seamless and convenient. So, check out our ultimate guide to the best Malaysia lake holidays in 2017.
Tasik Biru Seri Kundang
Tasik Biru Seri Kundang – yes the name can be mouthful! The lake has history to it as it was during the British colonial era. Located in the beautiful Selangor area of Malaysia, the lake offers a number of water sports and recreational activities.
Tasik Biru translates to the ‘Blue Lake’, and the lake does live up to its name. Popular tourist activities in the lake include jet skiing and canoeing. The vicinity of the lake to Kuala Lumpur means the place has become a well frequented hangout place for city dwellers and international tourists during the weekends.
Located in the state of Terengganu, the Lake Kenyir is one of the most popular lakes in Malaysia, and also one of the largest. The lake is man-made, and attracts tourists from all over Malaysia and around the globe. Initially constructed to create a dam, the Lake Kenyir has now grown as a popular tourist attraction. The Kenyir area, where the lake is situated, also offers a host of tourist attractions, including small waterfalls and wildlife.
In the Kenyir area, tourists can also go sightseeing for popular caves, including Bewah and Taat. In addition to the lake and caves, another key reason tourists visit Lake Kenyir is because of the angling opportunities it provides. Species like Kelah, Lampam, and Toman are popular among anglers.
Overall, Lake Kenyir in Terengganu is an appealing place to visit in Malaysia owing to its tourist activities and pleasant climate. Travelling to the lake is easy, and there is no dearth of comfortable and affordable resorts in the area.
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Chini Lake, also known as Tasik Chini lake, is the largest fresh water lake in Malaysia. The lake has been accorded UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status. In the recent times, it has been in the news owing to concerns about its degrading condition. Locals and environmental groups have complained that the lake is getting increasingly polluted. Therefore, some restrictions on tourist activities may be in effect.
Overall, the lake offers beautiful views, and its rich flora and fauna offer a great holiday experience. The lake is not as easily accessible as other Malaysian lakes, especially the man-made ones. However, getting to the lake itself is an adventure, as you will feel that you have come to a quiet, cut-off part of Malaysia that is yet to partake in the urbanization boom that has swept many cities. There are some resorts in the vicinity of the lake that offer affordable accommodation, but you also have the option of home-stay. We highly recommend home-staying as this will give you a chance of meeting the friendly locals and knowing more about how they live close to nature.
Timah Tasoh Lake, Perlis
A man-made reservoir built for providing water and mitigating flood risk, the Timah Tasoh lake in Perlis is a popular tourist attraction, courtesy its reputation as a host for migratory birds. Today, the lake has become one of the most visited lakes in Malaysia, and a number of hotels and resorts have sprung up in the vicinity.
If you are visiting Malaysia and after the noisy, late-night parties, you want to spend some quiet time, we highly recommend visiting the Timah Tasoh lake. You will get a chance to rejuvenate yourself by staying close to the nature. Also, there are some canoeing activities in the lake happening during the day – so there’s something for every type of traveler.
Temenggor Lake, Perak
Last, but not the least, the Temenggor Lake in Perak is another example of beautiful man-made lakes. Originally constructed to provide electricity through a dam, the lake has now transformed into a popular tourist hangout place. The man-made island, Banding Island is also in the vicinity of the lake, and offers great sightseeing opportunities.
The lake is well connected to the mainland, with Banding Island being the popular route tourists take to visit the lake. As the East-West highway runs through the island, many tourists prefer finding accommodation near the island.
These were the top 5 lakes in Malaysia that offer a great holiday experience. As you would have noticed, some of these lakes are man-made, but this takes nothing away from their beauty, as the confluence with the surrounding environs is seamless. If you are holidaying in Malaysia, and want to have a quiet retreat with family and friends, visiting the best lakes in Malaysia can be a good option.