The construction of Kenyir Dam in 1985 flooded some 2600 sq km of jungle, creating Southeast Asia’s largest man-made lake. Today Tasik Kenyir (Lake Kenyir) and its 340 islands constitute one of Terengganu’s most popular inland tourism destinations. However, the children’s water park, and special islands dedicated to contrived displays of orchids and butterflies, have somewhat diminished the remote appeal of the area.
Factor in poor public transport links and the fact that some attractions are only available to groups, and the area is best visited by independent travellers on a tour from Kuala Terengganu. At the time of research the sole accommodation option here, Lake Kenyir Resort, was closed.
Despite the area’s increasing development, boating on the lake is still enjoyable, but it’s best to avoid weekends and public holidays when the serenity can often be ambushed.