Exploring Tasik Kenyir: Malaysia Asean East Coast Trail Day 2

On our second day, we left The Everly Putrajaya Hotel early to catch our flight to the state of Terengganu in Northeast Malaysia. It was my first time at the Skypark Terminal also known as Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SAAS) Airport and although its pretty small, I think it’s better than Malaysia Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in terms of cleanliness (It’s a lot better than NAIA Terminal too).

Sultan Mahmud Airport in Terengganu
Sultan Mahmud Airport in Terengganu

Upon arrival at Sultan Mahmud Airport, it took us about two hours to reach Lake Kenyir Resort and Spa where we had our lunch and media briefing. Lake Kenyir Resort and Spa is huge and covered by lush greenery providing a nice view of Lake Kenyir – Southeast Asia’s largest artificial lake.

Arrival at Lake Kenyir Resort
Arrival at Lake Kenyir Resort

Tasik Kenyir or Kenyir Lake is an artificial lake located in the state of Terengganu in Northeast Malaysia. The Man made lake was created in 1985 by the damming of the Kenyir River to create the Sultan Mahmud Power Station. The lake borders the State of Kelantan in the west and the State of Pahang in the south.

My Villa at Kenyir Lake Resort
My Villa at Kenyir Lake Resort

Although Kenyir Lake is not a natural lake, Terengganu State Government and Tourism Malaysia was able to transform the area to a prime eco-tourism destination. There are many activities that can be done within the lake and one of the most popular are fishing, jungle trekking, visiting waterfalls and spelunking.

Elevated Canopy in the Elephant Village
Elevated Canopy in the Elephant Village

Some of the most popular spots for jungle trekking are Pengkalan Gawi, Bewah at National Park, along the rivers of Saok, Lasir, Tembat and Lawit. Kayaking, canoeing, boating, rafting and rapids shooting are among the many water sport activities available in Kenyir Lake.

Seven Elephants at Kenyir Elephant Village
Seven Elephants at Kenyir Elephant Village

After having buffet lunch at the Tembat Restaurant, all the participants of Malaysia Asean East Coast Trail headed to the Kenyir Elphant Village. We started the tour by walking on a canopy bridge that provides a birds eye view of the elephants shelter and other facilities created for the elephants preservation.

Elephants marching in front of the audience
Elephants marching in front of the audience

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The entire village is huge and impressive, its like the elephants are in their natural habitat. The canopy connects five towers and at the end of the canopy tour, all the participants settled at the sitting bench area to watch the elephants perform and do their tricks.

10 representatives from ASEAN countries
10 representatives from ASEAN countries

After the Elephant show, everyone had the chance to experience feeding the elephants. The delegates from 10 participating Asean Countries were able to get up close with the Elephants. For the finale, everyone gathered in the field to have picture taken with the well-trained elephants of Kenyir Elephant Village.

Elephants taking a bath at Temelong River
Elephants taking a bath at Temelong River

The group photo op was followed by a short trek to an elevated restaurant that provides a good overlooking view of Temelong River where the gentle giants took their well deserved and fun bath. Everyone saw how the elephants enjoyed swimming in the river, its like a reward to them after performing with the crowd.

Jungle Walk at Kenyir Elephant Village
Jungle Walk at Kenyir Elephant Village

Kenyir Elephant Village hired experienced trainers from Thailand to train the elephants while the local coaches are also gaining experience to handle the animals according to Ang Ching Yang – Kenyir Elephant Village Manager.

Melo Villareal with the youngest elephant in the village
Melo Villareal with the youngest elephant in the village

Kenyir Elephant Village (KEV) is a new tourist attraction in Terengganu. Located at Temelong River, this is where seven baby and adult elephants call home. The Kenyir Elephant Village entrance fee for children is RM30 and adults RM50, while foreign visitors pay double the amount.

Elephant interacting with the audience
Elephant interacting with the cheerful audience

After visiting the Elephant Village, we headed back to Lake Kenyir Resort for a short orientation and dinner then we proceeded to our respective villas to rest and prepare for early morning checkout at the resort.

Up Next: Exploring Caves and Museums in Terengganu: Malaysia Asean East Coast Trail Day 3

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