Sunday, April 30, 2006

Relaxing On the Lake

For the best views of Putrajaya, get on board a boat and take a cruise around the lake, writes ZALINA MOHD SOM


If you have ever been on the Cruise Tasik Putrajaya, you'd agree that its "The Best Way to See and Experience Putrajaya" tagline is no mere empty advertisement.


The vast man‑made lake is the city's centrepiece that spreads over 400 hectares, across the different precincts and is beautifully‑lined with architectural wonders.


A lake cruise gives a 360‑degree view of the city's stunning landmarks without having to crisscross over the many bridges.


Not only that but the wind in your hair and the light spray of water turns the cruise into a romantic experience no one should miss.


The Route


There are two routes used alternately, depending on seasons or water level.

One heads towards the wetiands from the jetty at Putra Bridge, offering sights of Putra Mosque, Perdananan Putra, Kelab Tasik Putrajaya, Istana Melawati and Seri Perdana Complex.


The second moves south along the Boulevard pass buildings. like PjH Tower, Ministry of Finance, Perbadanan Putrajaya Complex and Perdana Leadership Foundation. The south‑bound cruise also makes a stop at the towering Millennium Monument.


The Vessel


Passengers have the choice of a passenger cruise boat or a gondola like vessel. The Belimbing Passenger Cruise Boat is a fully air‑conditioned cruise boat that seats 76 passengers. But for a romantic ambience, nothing beats the Dondang Saying Perahu. Designed in the style of a traditional Malay perahu, the boat offers a more intimate ride for a capacity of only six passengers.


Another cruise experience 1 s the Daun Dining Cruise Boat which offers fine dining whilst afloat on the lake. A Cocktail Cruise is available on Friday and Saturday nights for a booking of two persons and above.