Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 10 other subscribers


About

Sox’s visit to Lake Chini…a short getaway

Our first time visiting Lake Chini

Our first time visiting Lake Chini

When there’s opportunity for us to bring Sox out to the jungle, we usually don’t say no. JC’s invitation to go visit Lake Chini, even for a 2D1N trip is a the first time for all of us. So, we stocked the car full of gear with Sox in her usual ‘I am excited to get out of the house’ mood on a calm Saturday morning.

We were told that it was going to be a long drive. We agreed to meet JC at one of the last R&R and from there follow JC’s lead towards Chini. Our plan is to stay at Rajan Jone’s place. The name is synonymous with Lake Chini. One of the best local guides there that has helped promote the place over the years.

Sox waiting patiently throughout the drive to arrive

Sox waiting patiently throughout the drive to arrive

It took us a good 5 hours to get to Lake Chini. It was a long drive, one that I would personally consider as ‘boring’ because for most part, it is just the long stretches of highway…yaaaawn.

By the time we arrive, we had lunch and took some time to look around. Rajan’s place consists of a ‘long housr’ with small rooms that can accommodate to a good 30pax. I personally find the place nice and very calming (despite the extreme heat on that day). Sox was especially calm here, not her usual overly excited self.

One side of the long house

One side of the long house

 

Sox was unusually calm at Rajan’s place

Sox was unusually calm at Rajan’s place

We wish we could have taken the leash off but there were way too many local villagers around and the kids especially seem weary of Sox. We knew Sox would not harm anyone but that does not mean strangers will not harm her. So, she was on the leash most of the time.

Sox digging up sand to make herself a comfy place to curl up

Sox digging up sand to make herself a comfy place to curl up

As for the lake itself, it somehow seemed much smaller than I expected. There’s a jetty near the chalets we were staying. There were obvious signs of rubbish at the water edge, probably been blown to that side of the lake from everywhere else. Saw a villager with his son fishing, just to spend the evening time together he said. I couldn’t think of a better thing to do myself with my kid in the future.

Part of the lake

Part of the lake

 

The local boy fishing from the jetty

The local boy fishing from the jetty

We slept in two chalets a distance away from the long house. I personally don’t mind the long house but for just the few of us, the chalets were definitely the more ideal choice. We set up mossie nets and bedding for everyone…Sox included of course.

The Chalet we stayed at Lake Chini

The chalet we stayed at Lake Chini

 

The chalets are my preferred choice

Our setup inside the chalet

 

Part of the lake

The toilet is spacious!

I’d imagine there’s a lot more to explore and experience at Lake Chini. We had no time to go for a boat ride as we needed to head back home. But sitting around the chalets and on an open patch of ground nearby, we could tell there’s a lot ‘locals’ to appreciate. We just sat and curious eyes started appearing everywhere. I can imagine this would be an interesting place for some of my friends who are into bugs.

 

A rather big spider near one of the structures at Lake Chini

A rather big spider near one of the structures at Lake Chini

 

A tiny spider that wondered onto my hand

A tiny spider that wondered onto my hand

 

An old broken dug out canoe at Lake Chini

An old broken dug out canoe at Lake Chini

 

Nearby, we saw an old broken dugout canoe. It immediately reminded me of Lake Bera, our favorite place for holidays. It is probably one of the last few places left in Malaysia where the locals are still making and using dugout canoes. We were thrilled to learn that some of the local villagers at Lake Chini too are still using this traditional mode of water transport. It is somewhat comforting to know that such traditional knowledge and skill still lives.

2 comments to Sox’s visit to Lake Chini…a short getaway

  • I visited Laka Chini in mid 90s before the dam was built during my cycling expedition. The passage through a water channel is fantastic and water lilies are bountiful in the lake.

    Sadly, the lake is spoiled now due to poor planning and over development in the surrounding areas.

  • Keong

    Very sad indeed Khoo. Imagine..,.I will never be able to see it…let alone my kids.

Leave a Reply

 

 

 

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Spam Protection by WP-SpamFree