Monday, March 23, 2009

Fraser's Hill, Malaysia

Destination #11: Fraser's Hill, Malaysia

Year of Visit: 2007

Fraser's Hill is a hilltop resort located in the state of Pahang in Malaysia.

It was discovered in the early 20th century by a group of British clergymen during the colonial era and it was developed into a hill station by the British to escape from the heat of the lowlands.

Today, Fraser's Hill is a popular getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city especially among city folks from nearby Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Fraser's Hill is located approximately 100km from Kuala Lumpur.

I first set foot on Fraser's Hill in 2006, fell in love with it immediately and I went back again in 2007. Fraser's Hill is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque hill resorts in Malaysia with plenty of greenery, chiefly British architectures and a cool high altitude temperature.

Many beautiful colonial-styled bungalows are privately owned by certain individuals, companies and organisations. It is quite unfortunate that those who are not affiliated to any of those organisations, companies or individuals who own some of the bungalows at Fraser's Hill will have to get a room in one of the hotels in town depriving them of the opportunity to enjoy the luxuries and comforts of living in one of these British bungalows.

These bungalows have a cosy feel to it and many of them have a very large lawns. Large enough for a diverse range of flowers and plants to grow which went on to attract the birds and the bees.
The bungalow that has brought us many good memories.

From the side.

I realised that these bungalows in fact have a striking resemblance to the country houses I have seen in Britain. It is as if these bungalows were transplanted 10,000 over km from the UK to Malaysia.

Vegetables planted by the locals for their own consumption.

The backyard.

Another nicely refurbished bungalow - in case you can't read see, the signboard reads Richmond Bungalow. You guys should seriously consider taking the trail up to the cluster of private bungalows but be careful not to wander too far into their compound. I was accused of trespassing by the housekeeper of the Singapore House for merely admiring the flowers in his compound. He even threatened to sue me for trespass!

Our meals were prepared by the housekeepers throughout our stay there. The housekeepers can really cook! They've been there for decades, I won't be surprised if they were trained by their predecessors who have served the British back in the colonial days.

The famed clock tower of Fraser's Hill.

The lush greenery on Fraser's Hill.

After spending a day in the comforts of the lovely bungalow we set out for some outdoor activities - first pit stop - horse riding.

Trees at the riding range.

2nd pit stop - bungalow hopping. I wish I have a holiday home up here one day.

I will dream harder.

Pit stop #3 - boat paddling at a nearby lake. Yes there's a lake on Fraser's Hill and it's large enough for you to paddle deep into the jungles and never be seen from the station.

It was very misty that morning that within seconds the mist had enveloped the lake and parents were screaming hysterically for their children to come back fearing that they would paddle deep into the jungle and run away from their controlling parents.

The mist later enveloped the hill which made driving dangerous so we went back to the bungalow and curled around the fireplace playing cards and sipping English tea.

Dory fish and mash for breakfast. Heavenly.

We head down to town again later in the afternoon to hunt for souvenirs.

The picturesque clock tower and post office.

We then drove out of town again in search of a mini waterfall.

There was a trail which led us along a flowing stream, it was such a serene sight, only birds chirping and the sound of water hitting the rocks as it flows through the stream.

We followed the flowing stream, walk through narrow paths, some ascending, some descending until we saw what we all have been looking for.

The mini waterfall. The water near the waterfall was shallow hence the kids had alot of fun.

We then continued with our tour around Fraser's Hill in the car and we came to this old English bungalow cum hotel. I highly recommend this place if you love unconventional and distinctively unique hotels.
Before we left, a special occurrence took place which was later reported as a solar phenomenon. I reckon it was the high altitude which made it so visible to the eyes.

The Fraser's Hill ranks among my top three most favourite holiday destination in Malaysia.

It is undeniably one the most perfect family getaways from city life in exchange for a quiet and laid back lifestyle.


Martin on 23 March 2009 at 20:00 said...

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Elina on 12 April 2010 at 12:54 said...

Hi, can I have the contact for the bungalow u stayed in?

jlshyang on 14 April 2010 at 13:22 said...

Elina: Hi Elina, the bungalow I stayed in is a private bungalow owned by my aunt's employer. Hence, it serves exclusively as a holiday home for employees of that company.

Anonymous said...

Hey. Was the singapore and Richmond bungalow clean? I mean did it look nice? Thank you :)


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