by Anne Das
Once an abandoned quarry, Tasik Cermin is now in the process of being transformed into Malaysia’s First Eco Adventure Quarry Park. This park boasts shimmering mirror lakes, towering cliffs, and fascinating caves, which makes it a true testament to the power of nature’s beauty right here in our backyard.
The story of Tasik Cermin is one of transformation and redemption. The quarry was once a significant source of limestone for the construction industry, but it was also a source of environmental destruction. Soil erosion and water pollution were just some of the issues that plagued the site, posing a threat to the surrounding ecosystem. It was clear that action needed to be taken to address the damage done to the environment.
Enter the Perak State Government, who saw the opportunity to turn this site into a natural treasure that could benefit both the local economy and the environment. With cooperation and dedication from local officials, the management company, conservationists, and volunteers, the plan is already in motion and should be fully completed by Chinese New Year next year.
Managed and Developed by the STG Group of Restaurants, Mr. Alvin Wan, CEO of Tasik Cermin Management, says, “The park has already become a gathering place for families, friends, and visitors from around the world, all of whom share a love for nature and a desire to preserve it for future generations.”
Managing and developing an eco-park poses many challenges, but STG Group sees great opportunities for growth and development. “We’re proud to boost Ipoh’s tourism market and sell Perak and Ipoh’s unique natural resources. We will strive to retain the natural uniqueness of our limestone hills and lakes and look forward to earning international awareness from these natural attractions in Ipoh, Perak,” Alvin said.
One of the park’s main attractions is the Lake at Tasik Cermin. The water level in the lake is about 30ft to 60ft in depth, and its body of water is odourless and clean; this is due to its location and the geological composition of the area. Being surrounded by limestone hills and dense vegetation which acts like a natural filter.
The boat rides are highly recommended as it gets you up close and personal with the water, wild plants, local fish, birds, and even different monkey species. Currently, visitors can enjoy 25 – 30 min boat rides on the lake at Tasik Cermin 1 and also Tasik Cermin 2. The lake area has become a popular place for bird watchers as they can sight native birds such as the Kingfisher ( in a variety of colours), Owls, Eagles and Woodpeckers. Also, popular here are gorgeous butterflies of all colours, shapes, and sizes.
The park has had a significant impact on the local economy, creating jobs for over 100 domestic crews to serve over 50,000 visitors each month. “From tourism operating crews to lake-boat-tour-attendants, we’re building a brilliant tourism team to cater to the overwhelming tourism market.
“Also in the plans are several food and beverage outlets and souvenir outlets. The expansion of the park also includes camping and glamping options where people can spend the night under the stars. This is the perfect place to escape the city life and reconnect with nature”
Visitors will be happy to know that the park currently has upgraded its facilities such as more parking areas, clean toilets with water, a surau and a few food stalls at the ticket counter area.
“The park is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including several species of birds, monkeys, and reptiles. “We have made it a priority to protect the biodiversity of the area, we want to ensure that the natural habitat of these animals is not disturbed by human activity.” Mr. Alvin explains
As Tasik Cermin continues to grow and expand, it is essential to remember the importance of sustainable development and responsible tourism practices. By maintaining the natural uniqueness of the limestone hills and lakes, and implementing eco-friendly measures, we are assured that future generations can continue to enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of Tasik Cermin.
You can visit their website to learn more about the park, its attractions, and facilities.
Tasik Cermin Ipoh, Gunung Rapat, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Time of Operations: The park is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.
Cost of Tickets:
The entrance fee is RM5 per person for adults
- Boat rides on the lake cost an additional RM25 per person.
- GPS Coordinates: 4.597782, 101.128296
- Website: https://tasikcerminipoh.com/
- Phone Number: +605-533 9399