Lake Timah-Tasoh in Perlis is 'Malaysia’s Guilin' with relaxing hilly views

The lake is known for its scenic hilly backdrop. — Photos: Filepic

The merging of two rivers – Sungai Timah and Sungai Tasoh – bestow upon this man-made lake in Perlis its singsongy alliterative name.

Calm and serene, Lake Timah-Tasoh is a popular spot among locals and tourists in the northernmost state of Malaysia. Many flock here in the early morning and late evenings to enjoy the picturesque views of the waters.

The lake, with views of undulating hills in the distant horizon, is a perfect place to catch some peace and quiet. The place has always been referred to as “Malaysia’s Guilin” due to its beautiful hilly backdrop.

Can’t get enough of the views? Well, there are also a couple of resorts where you can stay in.

But its reputation as a tourist hub today masks an interesting past. Built in 1992, the construction of this reservoir came at the expense of a village.

   Lake Timah Tasoh is a popular spot among locals and tourists looking for some peace and quiet.Lake Timah Tasoh is a popular spot among locals and tourists looking for some peace and quiet.

It was a necessary trade-off as the lake improved irrigation for the paddy fields.

It also supplies water to the people of Perlis and serves as a flood mitigation system.

Over the decades, Lake Timah Tasoh has also become a sanctuary for hundreds of migratory birds. The birds flock to the picturesque surrounding during the winter season in the northern hemisphere.

Bird watchers and nature lovers would be delighted to know that the lake has been declared an important area for birds and biological diversity by the International Bird Life.

About 135 to 145 species of birds have been sighted at Tasik Timah Tasoh. Come here in the months between October and March to see some of these birds. So birdwatchers, make sure you get your binoculars ready.

Fish breeding and other aquaculture projects are also carried out at this lake which is located within the Perlis State Park. While you’re here, go fishing. Or simply lounge on the ground while savouring Harumanis, a special variety of mango that is found only in Perlis.

Getting there

Lake Timah Tasoh is located about 17 km from Kangar, the capital of Perlis. It is only accessible by car, so best to drive here. Or you can always try your luck with e-hailing rides. For those travelling from the Klang Valley,

It will take you around five-and-a-half hours’ drive to get there if you’re travelling from Klang Valley, take the North-South Expressway and exit on Route 79. Drive towards Arau, Kangar, and Kuala Perlis.

Lake Timah TasohJalan Kaki Bukit, 02400,

Kangar, Perlis

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