Tasoh Lake or also known as Timah Tasoh Lake, is a man-made reservoir located in Kangar, state of Perlis, Malaysia. The name is originated from the nearby Timah River and Tasoh River, which provide the main catchment to the area. Initially a village named as Tasoh Village, the lake was created when a dam was built on Korok River, about 2.5 kilometers below the confluence of Timah River and Tasoh River. As such, the village was submerged to make way for the lake which is 1300 hectares in size and could hold up till 35.3 million liters of water. The construction work begun in 1987 and finished five years later in 1992 with a cost of 67 million ringgit.
The lake is meant to supply water to the people of Perlis which are reliant on a steady supply of water for their paddy fields, while reducing the occurrence of flood in the state. The lake is also a point of rest for birds migrating from the winter season in the countries located at the northern hemisphere in search for a warmer place. The freshwater lake with the natural surroundings would provide food and shelter that would be significant for the self-sustenance for the said birds. As such, a bird sanctuary is set up at the lake in order to protect the habitat of these birds, preserving the natural ecosystem.
The nearest airport would be the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport in Kedah. There are flights to the said airport from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) which are provided by both Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia. Upon touchdown, from the airport, guests can go to Tasoh Lake using public transportation.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive via North-South Highway/E1 for immediate access to Tasoh Lake. The journey could take up to five hours and fifteen minutes depending on the current traffic situation.
The nearest express bus terminal is located at Jalan Bukit Lagi, Kangar. Take the trip directly to Kangar from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) terminal using express bus services such as Sri Maju Express, Transnasional Express and Mayang Sari Express. From here, hop on a local route bus or taxi to the Tasoh Lake.
Tasik Melati Recreational Park is a natural wetland within the development area that is famously known for its lakes and recreational facilities. With its name derived from the flower of Jasmine, it was used for irrigation by the local farmers before the Department or Irrigation and Drainage further developed the area in 1977 before taking over the infrastructure, maintenance and service works from the Perlis state government in 2001. Among the major features here are the 150 islands scattered sandbars, footway across the lake, pavements and footways. Aside from picnicking and jogging which are common activities here, the park is also popular for bird-watching activities.
Kelam Cave is one of the more distinctive caves in the country, being a 370-meters long limestone cave near the small town of Kaki Bukit. The “kelam” word is originated from the same word in Malay which meant darkness. The cave is popular for its ‘enchanting cave walk’, where one can enter from one cave end and ended up at a different location upon coming out at the other end. Inside the cave, visitors can find the remnants of the tin mining operations, hollow limestone path and the concerto of natural sounds due to the residing bats and the river flowing in the cave. The only way of entering is via an eight-foot wide wooden suspension bridge linking Kaki Bukit to Wan Tangga Valley. The fee is charged at one ringgit per head for adults and fifty cents per children. As the cave would undergo maintenance works at times, it is a good idea to check with the state’s Forestry Office before going for some cave exploring.