Chini Lake or locally known as Tasik Chini is about 100 kilometers from Kuantan, Pahang with an area 12,565 acres of lush tropical wilderness, is Malaysia's second largest natural lake. Situated on the right bank of the Pahang river, This magical lake is blessed with an endless and captivating scenic beauty and vast tranquil environment and at the same time conceals a mystery lurking beneath its calm waters. The enchanting lake, actually a series of 12 inter-connecting water bodies is a generous treasure trove of nature heritage. The area is richly endowed with biological resources where 138 species of territorial flora and some 300 species of non-aquatic vertebrates have been found. The water system is also home to numerous water vegetation and 144 species of freshwater fish.
The Jakun tribe, one of the 18 indigenous sub-ethnic groups in Malaysia, lives around the lake and survives by gathering jungle produce, hunting, fishing and cultivating crops. Chini Lake is rich in myth and legend as an ancient Khmer city is believed to be at the bottom of the lake. A dragon called the Naga Seri Gumum by the Jakuns is said to live in the lake and guard the sunken city. Access to the lake is by road to Belimbing Village, about 100 kilometers, south west of Kuantan and then on by boat through the winding Chini river. Visitors can also visit the Orang Asli village.