OK for 2 days and 1 night
This Raya holidays drove to Tasik Chini resort from JB>Muadzam> into Segamat-Kuantan highway> junction to Felda Chini road, 15mins drive then turned left at a signposted junction into a jungle road about 2-3km to resort.
The resort surroundings were well kept, clean and felt 'new'. A few new chalets coming up in the vicinity. The parking lot public toilet is working and ok. Parking space for about 15cars and one can also park along the gravel road beside the chalets. The receptionist was friendly and helpful though at a laid-back pace. The best views of the lakes was from the dining hall and buffet dinner was provided; simple fried rice, fried mee, potato chips,2 drinks choice, 7RM per head. Soft drinks and ice-cream sticks were available.
We asked for a chalet with the best view of the lakes and were given Teratai 1 for RM 140/night, with air-cond , hot shower, hot-water kettle. Clean room with spotless tiles, clean curtains and bedsheets. However they run out of towels over the Raya weekends. Free simple breakfast for 2.
There was a recent lightning strike somewhere near the resort and the Wifi system was down and the fans in the dining hall were not working and no repairs done yet; with the same excuse of no repair during Raya holidays ?.
This laid back attitude becomes lackadaisical on Sunday morning; the receptionist was supposed to come at 7am? comes at 8am, the boat booking office, 8am opens at 9am, the private transfer for a tourist couple 730am delayed to 8am...you get the idea. You just grab the attention of anyone that's available- the cook, boatman... and ask for help.
There are many choices for boat rides from half hour to 2 hrs covering 12 small interconnecting lakes and the dam. We took the one hour ride-12 lakes and aborigine village visit for RM70.
Only one lake was covered with the beautiful lotus plants covering an area of about half a soccer field. Still worth it as some of the flowers were in full pink bloom. The lotus lake actually is near the resort but hidden and the boat will go further round the other lakes first, haha.
I saw a beautiful eagle perched on strategic tree eyeing for prey and got some good photos.
Other activities are canoeing, angling RM250 for 8 hr boat rent, flying fox (the resort is adjacent to the PLKN- national service training centre, jungle trekking of lowland forest.
For tourists coming by bus, the resort can arrange for private car tranfers - costs RM 20, 15 mins ride to the Chini town bus station and the morning bus to Kuantan is at 7am, 830am and 10am.
Lake Chini is worth a visit for 1 day and 1 night at least; and the staff told me that Club Med Cherating tourists comes regularly here ,2-3 times a week, package tour.
Family - Aug 15, 2013