Warning: The following post is full of the color blue. Please proceed under caution.
Roses are red,
Kangkar Pulai Blue Lake is blue,
I know you’re reading this,
Rather jealous too!
I’m sure a lot of you have heard of the famous Blue Lake in Johor (C’mon, I know you have). It’s all over the internet some years ago! I remember seeing someone shared about the blue lake on Facebook and boy was I hooked with the blue of the lake!
In case you’re lost, head over to your Facebook search bar or even YouTube, key in “Johor Blue Lake” and plenty of searches will come up! Also, to hook your interest, here’s a picture of the blue lake I took:
I don’t have to look at your face to know that you’re hooked 🤪
So... why is this blue lake special?
The blue lake, as the name suggests, has water that’s turquoise-sapphire blue in color. As someone who first lay eyes upon it, the colour is rather too blue to be true.
It seemed somewhat poisonous too. I have spent all my life establishing schemata on lakes bearing green instead of Turquoise-sapphire. Suddenly I am forced to accept the fact that Malaysia has blue lakes (there’s another one in Terengganu) too?!
As the saying goes, “When the flower blossoms, the bee will come.”
After the exposure of the location and thousands of jealousy-inducing photos later, the blue lake had turned into a local tourist spot in Johor, with Malaysians flocking to the beautiful lake daily just to catch a glimpse of the surreal lake.
It wasn’t difficult getting there. We keyed in “Tasik Biru, Kangkar Pulai” and Waze brought us to where we wanted to go. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Throughout our journey there, the sky had been cooperative but unforgiving. We know that clear sky means sunburn. It was almost 9 am when we arrived.
After the tarmac road, you can expect driving into gravel roads. Palm trees that lined up on both sides of the road created the impact of grand California palm. I was hooked by such an entrance – trees after trees welcomed us.
Further down the palm tree road, we came to an intersection of left and right.
We were not supposed to enter the side with the security guard (right side), so we turned left instead.
There were still works going on in the quarry on the right, dangerous works like the blasting of quarry.
Also, there was a huge sign that writes: “All visitors must report at the guard house”.
Once we’ve parked our car, it was time for us to enter the hiking area. As we went on a weekday, it was rather empty. At 9am, there were still about 2-3 cars coming in.
The faster route to the blue lake?
Walking in, we came upon another intersection of left and right. The path on the left was a steep ascending hike; on the right a flat path. We read about the faster route to the blue lake, so we took the path on the right. It was like a walk in the park as the ground was flat and unchallenging.
After the walk in the park, all of a sudden we were climbing Mt. Everest!
The steep was constant and the ground sandy and stony. Our hiking shoes were also protesting and refusing to cooperate.
Louis and I were both panting on our way up because we both forgot to do some warm-ups! How can we both be so silly and thought that this would be easy.
Oh, wait, it’s because the Internet rated it as an easy hike!
And it was!
We started hiking at about 9 am and arrived at the first checkpoint in about 10 minutes. Louis’ first reaction was “WOW!” while I was already fishing out my phone, capturing everything in my Insta story.
To avoid the scorching sun, we stayed in the shade.
After us, about four more teams arrived at the first checkpoint. Two guys swooshed in front of us and disappeared below us.
WHAT IN THE WORLD.
They stood underneath and started snapping away.
I told Louis that I wanted to go down too! But I’d like to get the picture from the top because I want to capture every nook and cranny of the lake. What if I set a timer? Can we run down in 20 seconds?
But there was also the problem of passerby stealing our camera away when we are busy posing below.
For that reason, we stood at the same spot for a very long time. The intended spot where I wanted the photo taken was a great distance away. Finally, the final conclusion was to trust a total stranger.
I mean, just look how amazing the photos turned out! We posed as many poses as we could and he helped us snap away from the top, a great distance away. He even yelled things like, “Sweet sikit!”
After everyone was gone, Louis looked around and found a few more spots where we can take really beautiful lake pictures. But first, we had to go down through the rocky paths and endure the unforgiving sun and heat. The result? SO WORTH IT!
We realized that we have been at Checkpoint 1 for far too long. It was time to move forward. At Checkpoint 2, which was not that far away, a few men were smoking while resting there, we decided to skip further up to Checkpoint 3.
From checkpoint 3, we get clear, unobstructed view of the lake!
There were some shades behind us, so that’s fine. From there, we can also descent down to checkpoint 2, where a flat platform/cliff that looked like the lion king cliff.
Huge flat stone platform
After thousands of blue lake photos later, we met an Indian middle age man who’s hiking his way to the peak.
He guided us (more like we followed him like how ducklings follow their mother) through the rest of the journey to the huge flat stone platform.
Many people were already standing there under the hot sun taking pictures. I was roasting. Like coffee beans.
We did not hang out around the flat stone area for long. It felt like I have skin cancer already.
The flat stone platform can also lead us to the peak. However, we did not attempt the peak because we’re too weak.
Both of us puny humans decided to retreat because we were dead from all the climbing, descending, and posing (not forgetting the devilish sun). Finally, we raised our white flags.
One simple question that you should ask yourself if you are still thinking whether you would like to visit this blue lake:
Do you like blue lakes?
You know you do.