Fraser Hill ~ Places to Visit from
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DAY TRIPS OUT
OF KL > FRASER HILL
Frasers Hill is a
highland resort is about two hours away from Kuala Lumpur. Rising 1,500
meters above sea-level, this cooling holiday retreat is popular for its
nature activities and cooling climate.
Fraser's Hill is one of the
last hill stations in the country that still retains its old English
colonial charm. Locally known as Bukit Fraser, it is an idyllic place for
one to rest and to escape from the heat and humidity.
Fraser Hills is today popular for its beautiful scenery of lush vegetation
in cooling hillside surroundings, old English cottages and its colourful
blooms. Also a popular bird watching destination, Fraser Hill has numerous
jungle trails, and a 9-hole golf course.
Hill derives its name from Louis James Fraser, a colourful Scottish
character. There are many colourful stories about the life of this
adventurer, including that he managed an opium and gambling den frequented
by miners in the hills of Pahang.
However, in the early 1900's,
Fraser vanished without a trace, and his disappearance remains somewhat of a
mystery to this day. In 1910, Bishop Ferguson-Davie from Singapore tried to
search for Fraser but failed. In the process however, he discovered a
perfect mountain retreat which he persuaded the authorities to develop as a
highland station named Fraser's Hill.
The little township
of Fraser's Hill evokes images of an English village in the countryside,
only surrounded by dense rainforest instead of grassy meadows, and blanketed
by heavy mist and frequent drizzles.
The charming clock tower is
the starting point for all explorations leading off to important landmarks
at different corners of the valley.
Fraser's Hill has long been a top bird watching destination for local and
The relatively undisturbed
jungle-lad mountain terrain and the cool climate attracts over 250 species
of local and migratory birds flocking here together, with some coming from
countries as far as Siberia. The highlands contain a high proportion of the
endemic birds that are found only in Malaysia and nowhere else in the world.
of the three endemic birds of the Malay Peninsula, and 20 of the 33 endemic
birds of Borneo, are found only in the highlands. Examples are the Malaysian
Whistling Thrush, the Mountain Peacock-Pheasant, and the Kinabalu Friendly
Warbler. They are often brilliantly coloured for example, the Long-tailed
Broadbill, the Green Magpie, and the Crimson-breasted Wood Partridge.
They are easily spotted and tamer than birds elsewhere. Popular bird
watching spots include secluded roads, such as those running around Jalan
Girdle, along the Gap, towards Jeriau and High Pines, as well as jungle
walks like Hemmant and Bishop trails.
Allan's Water is a small lake turned into a park for recreational activities
from a reservoir that fell into disuse over the year. Surrounding the lake
are lush trees and dense shrubs that provide a relaxing and peaceful
atmosphere. Birds fluttering among the tree tops are common sights, with the
occasional squirrel or monkey.
The left side of the entrance leads to a short walkway with two large
shelters that extend slightly out into the lake. From these huts, visitors
can relax under the shade and feed the colourful fishes which congregate
below. Other than walking around or relaxing, you can rent few small paddle
boats from the park attendant stationed at the entrance.
Cool and invigorating throughout the year, it has one of Malaysia's earliest
golf courses which were constructed on Fraser's Hill in 1925.
A short and tricky 9-holes
golf course at Royal Fraser's Hill Golf Club which follows the contours of
the narrow valley is open to the public.
Its unique feature is the
three-tiered 7th fairway which takes the shape of a man's body. Fraser's
Hill Development Corporation operates the public course; the reception
counter is located within the sports and recreation complex opposite the
Paddock - Archery, Horse Riding
This small equestrian course has several retired racing horses for visitors
to ride. After paying, one of the staff will lead the horse (with you
riding) around the pebble track. It's a rather boring pursuit as the horse
saunters rather slowly.
Other than horse riding,
there's an archery range at the bottom of the slope near the entrance. As
for archery, for MYR8, you're provided a bow and ten arrows to fire at
target boards about 10 meters away.
The Paddock opens from 9am till 4pm daily, except for Saturdays and public
holidays where it closes at 5pm. In the afternoon, expect the Paddock to be
closed between 12.30pm to 2pm as the staff go out for lunch.
An excellent range of eating places, both western and local can be found on
Fraser's Hill. The most famous (and largest) eating spot lies at the food
garden along Pine Tree Road, left of the town roundabout from Gap Road.
For more fancy dining venues,
visitors can check out Scott's Pub and Restaurant next to Puncak Inn for
authentic English cuisine, along with Smokehouse Hotel and other cafes
nestled within major resorts in the area.
Due to a freeze on new development at Fraser's Hill, visitors will discover
a limited range of hotels and resorts at this secluded highland retreat.
The current range of
accommodation is suited only for a small volume of tourists, to preserve the
sanctity of natural environment and keep the atmosphere tranquil.
At present, a small number of
budget hotels occupy Fraser Hill, along with various colonial bungalows for
short-term rental scattered in the surrounding countryside.
Puncak Inn and Shahzan Inn are
the only two major hotels, situated at town center, while Silverpark and
Pines Resort are two family apartments. Finally, the Smokehouse Hotel and
select bungalow units provide boutique accommodation in English colonial
There are eight established walking trails at Bukit Fraser which were once
the only way that residents were able to get around. Nowadays they are only
used by intrepid hikers and some of them are in a state of disrepair.
Pine Tree Hill (5 - 8
hours) - 5.5Km
It remains the most challenging and toughest trekking path in Fraser's Hill.
The trail winds up and down across several tops and ridges before hitting
the peak. The view from the peak is a panoramic vista of the surrounding
landscape of forests and mountains on clear days.
Hemmant Trail (30 minutes)
- 1 Km
Begins from a grass clearing behind the mosque area along Genting road. It's
an easy trail with a moderate ascent for the first quarter and level for the
rest. The hike skirts along the edges of the Fraser's Hill Golf Course.
onwards the last quarter, the trek becomes slightly muddy; leeches may be
present, especially after rainfall.
Bishop Trail (70 minutes) -
-One of the most popular hiking routes with moderate accessibility,
excellent rainforest scenery and higher chances of spotting wildlife. From
the entrance, visitors will descend down a moderately steep gradient,
entering a picturesque landscape of lush ferns, overhanging foliage and
imposing trees. The hike crosses buttresses, narrow paths and rocky
stretches up and down small slopes. Leeches are present, but not terribly
Maxwell Trail (70 minutes)
An extension of Bishop Trail, is the least popular among all the treks due
to its muddy and loose terrain, covered with numerous dead leaves. The
pathway is also infested with leeches much more abundantly than other
trails. Sights and views along Maxwell Trail are similar to Bishop, but
there is less light due to the dense forest cover. The trek is about 2km
long with mostly level path with some challenging stretches.
Rompin Trail (15 minutes) -
A short trek along a steep path. Depending on which direction visitors
approach, it is either a sharp climb or descend through a forest nestled on
a slope. Wooden railings, ropes and railings provide some assistance in
navigating the steep terrain. One of the more recently opened paths.
Kindersley Trail (25
minutes) - 750m
This short trail starts from the playground area. The trail climbs for about
300 meters and comes out to a paved road that leads to Methodist Bungalow.
While uphill, it's an easy hike with some herbs, shrubs and small flowers to
see along the way.
Abu Suradi Trail (20
minutes) - 500m
A short and easy jungle walk suitable for hikers of all ages. The trek
begins from a spot along Genting road just opposite the mosque, leading
uphill across a slightly steep slope before breaking on to level path. Broad
and wide, the trail is easy to traverse, with occasional buttressed roots
and muddy spots but rarely (if ever) any leeches. The track ends at the
start of Mager trail.
Mager Trail (25 minutes) -
A fairly easy meter hike, the trail ends near the Gap entrance, just before
the town centre
Fraser's Hill, despite being a popular holiday spot, does not have public
transport from major destinations such as Kuala Lumpur. The best option is
to use your own vehicle.
Eventually, all modes of transportation to Fraser's Hill will reach the Gap
- This is the base station before a winding 8km narrow road up to the
highlands, cutting through beautiful rainforest scenery and mountain ridges.
For a long time, access to Fraser's Hill was possible only via a 8 km
one-lane road known as the The Gap, used by uphill and downhill traffic in
turns. A new road was completed in 2001 for downhill traffic starts from
Jalan Quarry after Pine Resort, which takes the trunk route to Kuala Lumpur
through Bentong / Kuala Kubu Baru. This however has been plagued by repeated
landslides, and is frequently closed for repairs.
Thus the Gap road still remains the only route of access up to Fraser's
Hill. There is schedule as to when uphill and downhill traffic are allowed
Points to Note
Visitors and tourists can visit Fraser's Hill throughout the year,
with but expect heavy mist and occasional rainfall most times.
Generally, the months with the least rainfall fall between April to
Temperatures usually range between 22 - 28°C during the day and 16°C
to 20°C at night; with more rain, the environment becomes cold and
Ensure you have warm clothing if you're susceptible to chill.
It is also recommended to go during off peak seasons, which are
months that have no major public or school holidays, in order to
enjoy cheaper accommodations and smaller crowds.
There is no public transport in Fraser's Hill, so if you need to
arrange your own transport in and out if you don't have a vehicle.
Be aware that there are no petrol stations around in Fraser's Hill
Best Way to Visit - Templer Park and Fraser Hill Tour
A tour that takes in a visit to Templer park before heading to see the
sights in Fraser Hill.
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