Herbal Island At Lake Kenyir (Part 1)

Posted by : foongpc | Tuesday, June 1, 2010 | Published in


It has been months since I stopped blogging about my trip to Lake Kenyir last November. It was temporarily stopped halfway to make way for some Chinese New Year posts, my Genting Highlands trip and Bali trip posts among others.

Now that I have completed blogging about my Bali trip, I think it's time to resume my Lake Kenyir posts before I start to forget everything about the trip!

To refresh your memory, you might want to re-read the earlier posts HERE.

Do not miss out on my scary "ghostly" experience, my boat paddling adventure and encounter with the Dead Trees, my scenic walk along Lake Kenyir, and my massage at Ulik Mayang Spa.

On my third and last day at Lake Kenyir, my blogger friend and I woke up early. We had planned to go on a lake cruise to Herbal Island and Saok Waterfalls in the morning and return in the afternoon for another massage session before checking out of the hotel.

As it was still early, we decided to slowly enjoy our breakfast at the Tembat Restaurant. If you remember, we did not get to properly eat our breakfast the day before due to the late arrival of the couple from Singapore.

The restaurant had a wide variety of breads and muffins.

Besides porridge and mee goreng (did not take photos of those), they also had salad, cheese, yoghurt and a wide variety of cereals and milk.

I enjoyed my bowl of cereals and cornflakes in milk. Yummy!

My friend had two eggs cooked for him.

Of course we ate much more than what was shown here. I did not take many photos of the food as I was more interested in the beautiful scenery surrounding us at the open air restaurant.

This photo was taken when we just arrived at the restaurant. It was still early and the sky was still quite dark.

But as we continued eating our breakfast, the sun rose and the sky became brighter.

I loved the view here as we could see the swimming pool below and the beautiful Lake Kenyir stretching towards the horizon.

I would not have mind staying here for the rest of the morning had it not been for the hot sun and the fact that we had already planned to go on a lake cruise that day.

In fact, the beautiful view here made this entire trip worthwhile and memorable, and it made the hauntings the night before seemed surreal.

By the way, you may click the last few photos above for an enlarged viewing.

Soon, it was time for our lake cruise. We and a few others got onto the hotel's buggy.

The buggy driver drove us to the jetty where a speed boat was waiting for us.

Unlike my China trip where no life jackets were provided for our river rafting along Yulong River, life jackets were compulsory for this lake cruise.

I even had a picture taken of me wearing the life jacket, with my face blanked out, of course. Haha!

Unlike the pain in the ass (literally!) experience I had sitting on the speed boat from Kota Kinabalu to Pulau Manukan during my KK trip last year, this one was pain-in-the-ass free! Most probably because there were no waves here since this was on a lake and not on the sea!

The lake was so huge I felt as if I was out at sea!

Beautiful view - love it!

It was a bit difficult to take pictures on a moving speedboat but everyone was busy snapping away!

We passed by an island called "Pulau Sah Kecil". Can I translate that to "Certified Small Island" or "Small Legal Island"?

Moments later, we passed by another island called "Pulau Sah Besar" (Certified Big Island?)

We actually passed by many islands. I did not count how many though.

The weather was pleasant and I really enjoyed the boat ride.

And then I saw this dead tree in the middle of the lake. It was amazing and a mesmerizing sight to behold!

Soon after that, Herbal Island appeared in front of us.

We have reached the jetty and it was time to explore the island.

To be continued...


(76) Comments

  1. lina said...


    June 1, 2010 at 8:36 AM
  2. lina said...

    Definitely the food takes a back seat with the scenery at Kenyir. Lovely...

    June 1, 2010 at 8:37 AM
  3. khengsiong said...

    I thought you have completed your Lake Kenyir series. Suddenly you come back with more posts.

    Can't see your face... In any case, I think you should add more 'actions', rather than standing like a piece of wood, LOL...

    June 1, 2010 at 9:02 AM
  4. bluedreamer27 said...

    oh yeah.. remember that Ghost story and that scary phone calls.. yikes..

    June 1, 2010 at 9:03 AM
  5. bluedreamer27 said...

    errr.. i remember that scary lake with dead trees... i really don't have the courage to paddle and navigate that lake especially at night... yikes so scary foong

    June 1, 2010 at 9:04 AM
  6. bluedreamer27 said...

    deserts and pastries yum yum!!
    i think the chocolate falvored muffins are calling me... here i come here i come LOL

    June 1, 2010 at 9:06 AM
  7. bluedreamer27 said...

    oh it' raining here too.. and i love it... haha i love rainy seasons...
    wow the amabiance is so stunning foong

    June 1, 2010 at 9:07 AM
  8. bluedreamer27 said...

    the shot of the speedboat reminds me of Friday the 13th..
    oh my have you watched that scene??
    so scary

    June 1, 2010 at 9:08 AM
  9. bluedreamer27 said...

    LOL blanked face again..

    the pictures with 3 divers... so funny coz i thought the one on the side is headless

    June 1, 2010 at 9:10 AM
  10. bluedreamer27 said...

    wow the Pulau Sah Besar i so amazing...

    yikes.. the dead three looks alive
    maybe it's a horn o a monstare or something...
    LOL,, what a crazy imagination i have

    June 1, 2010 at 9:12 AM
  11. bluedreamer27 said...

    happy Tuesday morning Foong

    June 1, 2010 at 9:13 AM
  12. kyh said...

    nice scenery.... kinda like toba or smth like that. hah! :D

    June 1, 2010 at 9:29 AM
  13. Reanaclaire said...

    i still remember the ghost story, the key and all..
    dont think i like lake kinyir.. scared of water one..but then the place looks so breathtaking. see pics here is enough..

    June 1, 2010 at 9:38 AM
  14. Monica said...

    the scenery was so calm and relaxing!

    June 1, 2010 at 9:43 AM
  15. Anonymous

    I thought the Kenyir series was over oredi..hehe. Did you bring back any herbs from the herb island?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:49 AM
  16. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    You enjoyed your bowl of cereals and cornflakes in milk. How about adding muesli & lots of fruits on top learned that in India. Yummy..

    June 1, 2010 at 10:54 AM
  17. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    The certified big and small island are for certified big and small bloggers???

    June 1, 2010 at 10:56 AM
  18. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    Very nice, quiet and *scary* to be on the lake cannot take my mind of lochness haha..Thankz for all the lovely pixs.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:59 AM
  19. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    Looking forward to see how you soak yourself in Saok Waterfalls and drinking herbal tea in Herbal Island ~;) tQ.

    June 1, 2010 at 11:01 AM
  20. xin said...

    LOL. for a moment i thought: what u went lake kenyir again? :P

    June 1, 2010 at 11:03 AM
  21. Ayie said...

    wow that's a lot of baked goodies there foong!

    June 1, 2010 at 1:07 PM
  22. Kelvin said...

    Omg, is the egg not really tat cooked or is the oil used too much?

    June 1, 2010 at 1:50 PM
  23. iamthewitch said...

    Nice place with a nice view! loved how the sky turned from dark to bright!! :) Was the lake smelly? :P I just wanted to know coz it's stagnant water mar. :P

    June 1, 2010 at 4:28 PM
  24. Pete said...

    AIya, I thought Ironman visited Kenyir.....your blanked out photo, ha ha ha!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:13 PM
  25. CheaHSan said...

    Hi handsome you looked macho the only way I could recognise you would be your hair on your head and the your legs haha..

    June 1, 2010 at 6:14 PM
  26. CheaHSan said...

    You are sure its a piece of wood looked more like a water dragon's horn..haha. Oh such lovely lake and great views and pictures.

    June 1, 2010 at 6:17 PM
  27. Jade said...

    I would love to see that place someday. Looks like a wonderful place to vacation!

    June 1, 2010 at 8:00 PM
  28. Ken Wooi said...

    why you square square your face.. haha.. weird la.. lol.. anyway, the view is very nice =)

    June 1, 2010 at 8:17 PM
  29. HappySurfer said...

    Same as Bananaz, Loch Ness came to mind.

    That must be a big lake to be having so many islands. Nice views. Thanks for sharing.

    June 1, 2010 at 11:02 PM
  30. wenn said...

    i sure love the scenery esp the skies..

    June 2, 2010 at 12:10 AM
  31. Che-Cheh said...

    Ohh I love the dead tree photo. Picture pefect.

    June 2, 2010 at 12:12 AM
  32. Faisal Admar said...

    i never know got herbal island! should go someday..

    great scenery... i loike! :D

    June 2, 2010 at 1:29 AM
  33. foongpc said...

    lina, you are 1st! Yes, the scenery is really beautiful right? Better than the food anytime! Haha

    June 2, 2010 at 2:17 AM
  34. foongpc said...

    bluedreamer27, haha, you remember the ghost story? Good! : )

    The dead trees and boat paddling - my favourite moments during the trip! Oh don't worry - you don't get to go boat paddling in the night. Only day time allowed.

    You like chocolate muffins? LOL!

    Which Friday the 13th? So many of them!

    Headless? Where got?

    Horm of a monster? My, you do have crazy imagination! But I do have such imagination too! Haha!

    June 2, 2010 at 2:20 AM
  35. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, add more actions, like what?!

    June 2, 2010 at 2:21 AM
  36. foongpc said...

    kyh, I have yet to visit Toba lake!

    June 2, 2010 at 2:22 AM
  37. foongpc said...

    reanaclaire, you will like Lake Kenyir if you don't stay in haunted rooms and go on the boat cruise! Just enjoy the scenery! Haha!

    June 2, 2010 at 2:23 AM
  38. foongpc said...

    monica, yes very calming and relaxing! I love it! : )

    June 2, 2010 at 2:23 AM
  39. foongpc said...

    mei teng, yeah that's what everyone thinks! Haha! No, I did not bring back any herbs : )

    June 2, 2010 at 2:24 AM
  40. foongpc said...

    bananaz, yes I would add the muesli too if they have!

    Big and small bloggers? Aren't we bloggers all the same? Or do you mean size? : )

    Lochness? Haha! I can assure you Lochness cannot be found at Lake Kenyir! Not sure about ikan todak though. LOL!

    June 2, 2010 at 2:26 AM
  41. foongpc said...

    xin, haha! : )

    June 2, 2010 at 2:26 AM
  42. foongpc said...

    ayie, lots of them alrite! : )

    June 2, 2010 at 2:26 AM
  43. foongpc said...

    kelvin, I really don't know! Haha!

    June 2, 2010 at 2:27 AM
  44. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, no the lake has no smell at all : )

    June 2, 2010 at 2:27 AM
  45. foongpc said...

    pete, what Ironman? Not Ip Man meh? LOL!

    June 2, 2010 at 2:28 AM
  46. foongpc said...

    cheahs@n, haha! Well at least you know I have hairs on my legs and head!

    Water dragon's horn? My, you have crazy imagination just like Bluedreamer and me! LOL!

    June 2, 2010 at 2:30 AM
  47. foongpc said...

    jade, yes it is a good place for a vacation!

    June 2, 2010 at 2:30 AM
  48. foongpc said...

    kenwooi, weird also must square square my face! : )

    June 2, 2010 at 2:31 AM
  49. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, you also thought of Loch Ness? Haha!

    Yes the lake is huge - I think it's the largest man-made lake in Malaysia. And it has more than 300 islands! : )

    June 2, 2010 at 2:34 AM
  50. foongpc said...

    wenn, glad you like the scenery : )

    June 2, 2010 at 2:34 AM
  51. foongpc said...

    che-cheh, I love that dead tree photo too! : )

    June 2, 2010 at 2:35 AM
  52. foongpc said...

    faisal, yes you should go! Not very far from Penang! : )

    June 2, 2010 at 2:35 AM
  53. Cloudia said...

    very cool!

    Aloha from Waikiki, Friend

    Comfort Spiral

    June 2, 2010 at 3:49 AM
  54. Bengbeng said...

    you have an excellent memory for small details

    June 2, 2010 at 11:55 AM
  55. Caroline said...

    nice foods and views.. :)

    wei wat la u, sensor ur face again! so hard to reveal ur panda face is it? dnt gv u tarap then u know! =p wahahahaha

    June 2, 2010 at 12:41 PM
  56. [SK] said...

    oooh, i love that buffet breakfast, so lots of pastries!! i would have done if i tried a piece of each of the varieties!! haha..

    June 2, 2010 at 2:05 PM
  57. [SK] said...

    and very nice to have breakfast in such a nice environment seeing such nice view.. must be very comfortable.. :)

    June 2, 2010 at 2:06 PM
  58. [SK] said...

    oooh, finally showing us your photo and not only your legs!! albeit masked, but still got improvements, hahahaha!! let me try to see if there's any demasking software, hehehehe :p

    June 2, 2010 at 2:07 PM
  59. [SK] said...

    so why is that island called Herbal Island?? there's lots of natural herbs there??

    June 2, 2010 at 2:07 PM
  60. Afriqiyah said...

    Thanks for the post. It was a wonderful experience for all of you to be there. The island looks pretty beautiful and with green all around. Hope you enjoyed the boat journey. Bye and take care.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:51 PM
  61. Instantdocs said...

    This is a wonderful post from your side. This is one of the finest tourist destinations that I have ever seen. The dead tree in the middle of the lake is very attractive. Thanks for this post. Bye. Have a nice week.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:59 PM
  62. LifeRamblings said...

    what a delicious spread of food.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:58 PM
  63. LifeRamblings said...

    Kenyir sure looks like a wonderful place to visit, so peaceful and beautiful.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:59 PM
  64. foongpc said...

    cloudia, thanks! : )

    June 2, 2010 at 10:01 PM
  65. foongpc said...

    bengbeng, haha actually I wrote them down - it's not that I have a good memory : )

    June 2, 2010 at 10:01 PM
  66. foongpc said...

    caroline ng, you can see my face when you pass me the tarap fruit! : )

    June 2, 2010 at 10:02 PM
  67. foongpc said...

    SK, actually I tried a few pieces of the pastries and did not take the rest cos they weren't that good! Haha!

    But yes have to admit having breakfast in such a surrounding was very pleasant!

    I have showed my whole figure before this, so this is not the first time! Haha!

    Yes, there are lots of herbs at Herbal Island : )

    June 2, 2010 at 10:05 PM
  68. foongpc said...

    afriqiyah, thanks for your nice comments! I enjoyed the boat journey! : )

    June 2, 2010 at 10:05 PM
  69. foongpc said...

    instantdocs, thanks! Yes, I like the dead tree in the middle of the lake too! : )

    June 2, 2010 at 10:06 PM
  70. foongpc said...

    life ramblings, you should consider going Kenyir for a local holiday! : )

    June 2, 2010 at 10:07 PM
  71. JRmy said...

    A mysterious lake it is... heard stories of military people gobbled up by a gigantic fish.

    June 2, 2010 at 11:58 PM
  72. eiling lim said...

    it's got a nice view but the best is still the swimming pool! hahah

    June 3, 2010 at 12:15 PM
  73. bluedreamer27 said...

    the most recent Friday the 13th...

    June 3, 2010 at 8:03 PM
  74. Merryn said...

    i'd go for cereals n milk too :D

    June 4, 2010 at 12:09 AM
  75. Merryn said...

    Foong! I almost see you there leh! aiseh.. :P

    June 4, 2010 at 12:11 AM
  76. nicxter said...

    Hello! Just new here..nice photos! The pastries look yummy..gonna add you up..X)

    June 5, 2010 at 3:17 PM