Tasik Chini (Lake Chini) is a series of 12 lakes linked by vegetation-clogged channels. It's one of Pahang’s natural flood retention basins, but environmentalists long ago criticised the increasing threat to the area as a result of decades of uncontrolled mining and logging. Dam construction over 20 years ago seriously impacted the lotus flowers that once filled the lake waters in summer and though this situation was alleviated, floodwaters in 2014 killed off a lot of the flowers. A lotus flower replanting programme is under way, but the results are patchy and it could take many more years for the flower population to fully recover.
Tasik Chini’s shores are inhabited by the Jakun people, an Orang Asli tribe of Melayu Asli origin, and the surrounding jungle hills are some of the least-visited trekking areas in the country, still hiding tigers and elephants amid glorious waterfalls and caves.