Monday, 28 September 2009

KENYIR LAKE, TRENGGANU

I've been back a few days and when going on a blog break, it seem to take forever to gain momentum and swing back into blog land. Our trip to the East Coast had been fun, going to my husband's family home and enjoying our Raya break there. Despite the long journey, it was good to have a change of scenery when one is traveling and seeing lots of palm trees and paddy fields.


I love to see traditional old Malay houses.


Plenty of beautiful mosques everywhere.


Saw lots of colorful fishing boats.


With no rabbits at home, the children were very happy playing with this newly adopted kitten at their grandmother's home.




During an unexpected trip home, we stopped by Lake Kenyir. Though we have passed this place for more than 10 years, this was the first time we stop over to have a look and we knew that we will be back the next time for a longer visit.


There wasn't enough time for a long stay so we decided to take short boat ride nearby. This is the largest man made lake in South East Asia surrounded by some of the oldest rainforest in the world and part of our National Park.


It was good to get away from the stressful life of town living and experience tranquility.


The Lake and park has more than 7800 species of flowers, plants and trees, thousands of old and new orchid species, hundreds of species of birds and fresh water fishes. To really enjoy nature, one need to stay for a few nights and go island hoping within Lake Kenyir.


It has 340 islands spread out in water catchments areas of 38000 hectares with the largest island the size of Singapore. A 2 hours boat ride will take anyone to Taman Negara or our National Park. There will be endless activities here, jungle trekking, cave exploring, fish feeding or simply stay in some of the few private islands.


The next time I come, I want to stay here, the Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa!


Live in one of these lake facing chalets among palm and coconut trees.


Or stay in one of these houseboats and go island hopping and fishing. The boat ride lasted 45 minutes but we were convinced that we will return soon for a longer stay, to enjoy nature at it's best!



Husband and I want to come back again not only to the Lake but to Kelantan to experience the wonderful Malay culture and see how handicrafts made. For the longest time I wanted to see this, Wayang Kulit or Malay Shadow Puppet play. Picture courtesy from Wayang Kulit | Salam Ya Hamim. As Emilea has finished her big finals exams for UPSR, there will be more traveling :)


With hundreds of emails to read, I hope to visit everyone soon :P