While visiting Malaysia an interesting alternative from beaches, islands, the shining Kuala Lumpur or the colonial towns of Melaka and Georgetown, is the tranquil Lake Chini.
Situated in the Pahang region, it is a relaxing, calm and lovely spot that with its serenity and all the secrets that it holds and hides will be a welcome variation from your normal activities in Malaysia.
Indeed, Lake Chini and its surroundings are shrouded legends, some of which date back to the 14th century. As legend has it the monsters of the lake guard a submerged ancient Khmer City.
One of the more famous tales, according to the Orang Asli (indigenous people), narrates about a magical dragon called Naga Seri Gumum, 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 mystery possibly for years to come.
Lying majestically among 12000 acres of lush tropical wilderness is Lake Chini, Malaysia’s second largest natural lake is the only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site in Malaysia. Located in the wilds, it’s a great place to relax. Lake Chini is made up of series of 12 freshwater lakes covering a large area of 12000 hectares of Natural Forest.
Lake Chini presents also a rich bio-diversified lush tropical wilderness that is home to 138 species of flora, and 144 species of fresh water fish.
Two periods of the year are considered the best. Between August and September the lake is transformed into a floating garden with thousand of white and pink lotus flowers covering the surface. The show is guaranteed.
Between November and January is the time for fishing.
Fishing is a popular activity and the best time to go angling is between November and January when the monsoon increases the size of the lake.
Lake Chini Resort is the only resort availble right on the lake. Despite the name it offers also dormitory rooms and if you have you can also pitch your tent. Keep in mind the rooms are surely not the cheapest in Malaysia.