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Pulau Banding Tasik Temenggor Caves Masjid Yahya Ubudiah Lata Kekabu & Tanjung Kala
Belum Valley Rain Forest Bersia Grazing Reserve Tasik Raban Gunung Kenderong Puncak Baring

 
Pulau Banding, Temenggor lake

 

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An Island Without Compare

The Origins of Banding Island

To know the origins of Banding, you must first know the story of Temenggor.  More than two decades ago before Banding or even Temenggor Lake ever existed, a number of rivers from the mountain ranges flowed into the Temenggor lowlands and gorges, creating a huge catchment area.

While serving as a source of water supply to the neighbouring villages and "Orang Asli" (indigenous people) settlements, this rich source of food and water supply attracted the communist terrorists to the area.

In 1974, then Prime Minister, the late Tun Abdul Razak, had an ingenious plan to flush out the communists by building a dam and filling up the Temenggor catchment area with water from the mountain rivers.  And thus the Temenggor lake was formed. 

As a consequence, Banding (the highest peak in the Temenggor basin) was transformed into an island.  With the East-West highway running through the island, Banding is the only island in Malaysia that is serviced by two bridges linking it to the mainland.  As for the communist terrorists, they were summarily flushed out of the catchment area and were forced to flee to southern Thailand.

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Attractions and Activities
Banding Island provides an excellent opportunity for tourists to indulge in a quiet association with nature.

The jungle surrounding Lake Temenggor is virtually untouched, and the island is the perfect base for exploring the lakes and tropical rainforest in the vicinity. 

The surrounding jungle and the rivers that drain into the lakes offer an inexhaustible range of activities.

These span from fresh water fishing, boat rides, water sports and jungle trekking during the day, to the observation of wildlife at night.

For the eco-tourists, the study of flora and fauna is the main attraction, while for the budding sociologists, and overnight stay at the "Orang Asli" settlement can be arranged.

 

 

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Islands, as we all know, are normally found off the mainland.  But Banding (meaning 'compare' in the Malay language) is no ordinary island.  As hard as it is to believe, Banding island is actually located in the middle of a man-made lake, surrounded by oldest rainforests in the world. 

A Worthwhile Experience
The next time you feel the urge to go angling, round up your friends and head to Banding Island on Lake Temenggor - the freshwater fishing haven of the North.  Or for a weekend getaway, just pack up the family and take off for the great outdoors.  And while at Banding, go to the water's edge, take a deep breath, and be closer to nature.  By then you should realise why Banding is truly an island without compare.

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