Ride to Kenyir Lake and Temenggor Lake

Discussion in 'Malaysia - Road Trip Reports' started by mohdrashidin, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. mohdrashidin

    mohdrashidin Member

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    Kenyir Lake

    Kenyir Lake is the biggest man-made freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and it is a result of Kenyir dam constructed in between 1978 to 1985, meant to generate electricity and prevent yearly flooding in Terengganu River valley. Its water level is highest in between March to April and it has more than 340 small islands, about 14 waterfalls and numerous rapids and rivers.

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    Temenggor Lake

    Temenggor lake is the second biggest man-made lake in Peninsular Malaysia resulted from a hydroelectric dam constructed in between 1967 and 1972. Besides its natural function to prevent flooding at upper Perak River valley and providing electricity, it is also intended to flush out communist separatist troops that dwells into the Temenggor lowlands and gorges during the fight in the early formation of Malaysia.

    Roads that passed through these lakes are Felda Aring – Kuala Berang (T156) for Lake Kenyir and FT004 Jeli to Grik.

    The plan is to ride around Kenyir Lake from Gua Musang, camp one night in Tok Bali beach before ride back through Banding Island and Temenggor Lake.
    Joining me in this ride is Yusuf, in Sym VTS200 and the route looks like this:

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    We met at BHP Karak around 8am and started heading towards Bentong. The weather is lovely and there are not many vehicles on Karak highway that morning.
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    Road leading to Gua Musang is smooth and by this time it is starting to get hot.
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    Straight roads and lovely weather as we passed Raub
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    As we passed Kuala Lipis, newly constructed road has this unique wildlife underpass or ‘eco-viaduct’.
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    It is around 11.30am when we reached Gua Musang and we stopped for lunch before heading to Felda Chiku and Felda Aring.
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    Some sections in Felda Aring are under repairs from landslide and road resurfacing works
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    Small but lovely roads are available throughout Felda Aring
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    Photo Credit to Muhammad Yusuf Musa

    We missed this junction and went straight to Felda Aring. So we double back and return to the correct T156

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    We reached this famous state border tree, in between Terenganu and Kelantan.
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    and performed this dangerous pose... (that is a joke.. this road has almost no traffic)
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    Lovely route around Lake Kenyir,
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    although many road repairs are still on-going
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    Many areas are still under repairs from the last monsoon season
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    It is scouring hot when we reach Lake Kenyir and the idea to jump straight into the water sounds interesting but we have decided to camp by the beach today and it is still a long way to the sea.
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    We reached Permaisuri around 3.30pm and stopped for rest and had this celup tepung
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    It is almost 5pm when we reached Tok Bali and after some site-searching, we decided to camp here for the night
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    tonight's roof

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    Masterchef Yusuf is preparing our late night supper
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    Sunrise view from our campsite
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    Photo Credit to Muhammad Yusuf Musa

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    Photo Credit to Muhammad Yusuf Musa

    Semarak River, Tok Bali Kelantan

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    We packed out of camp around 8am in the second day and after a quick stop for shower, we head out to Bukit Bunga, Kelantan
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    There are many road works on-going on this route and relatively many vehicles on the road heading towards both direction
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    Nonetheless the views are breathtaking and magnificent
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    Riding past Pergau Dam

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    Despite riding at noon, this route is a relatively cold ride, because average road elevation in this area is above 600m

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    Road therapy
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    Two most important stops along this route are Titiwangsa rest area..
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    and Banding Island overlooking Temenggor Lake
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    It is half past 1pm when we reached Grik and we had lunch in Restoran Tasik Raban.

    The weather is hot and humid when we rest at Tasik Raban
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    Photo Credit to Muhammad Yusuf Musa

    From Tasik Raban we entered the highway through Kuala Kangsar and headed south.
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    Photo Credit to Muhammad Yusuf Musa

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    We make out last stop at Tapah RSA before saying goodbye to each other.

    + Originally posted at myridinguniverse.blogspot.com +
     
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  3. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    Great Photos and Report. So Many Great Rides around Malaysia on Fantastic Roads I have to get down there some Time and Explore! Thanks for that!
     
  4. lipmeng

    lipmeng Ol'Timer

    Nice ride report bro

    Looking forward to ride the two great lakes and the Titiwangsa range this month with a riding buddy both of us will be on African Twin.

    Keep posting rides on the beautiful roads here.
     
  5. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Thanks for great report. My first visit to Temenggor Lake on the bike was back in 1995, road was still under construction. I remember seeing wild elephants coming down to lake shores at early evening.
     
  6. mohdrashidin

    mohdrashidin Member

    Thank you Goran, Lip Meng & Ian.. Will keep this page posted on my rides.
     
  7. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Wow. this looks like a beautiful trip.

    The is a beautiful pic

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    I have to wonder

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    how do you just camp on the beach like this?
    Do you need permission, or can you just rock up & set up for the night like that?

    Thanks for the report.
     
  8. mohdrashidin

    mohdrashidin Member

    Yes indeed it is a very beautiful trip.
    We set up camp by a public beach.. I do not have the details but as long as it is not a private property and no 'no trespassing' sign visible I think we can camp there. But bear in mind that generally public beaches in this areas have litters drifted by the sea so maybe a little bit of cleaning is needed beforehand.
    I hope we are helping the government by doing this.. hahaha
     

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