When you arrive at the hill top you can eat, there are a few restaurants to choose from. Also a little shop. You can even stay over night in hotel or bungalows. But you all do better behave well, there is a police station of British style in the middle of the little village!
A scenic 9 hole golf course winds it way around the virgin forest forming the perfect setting for a relaxing round of golf. The course was designed by Frank Hemmant in 1925 and is the oldest course in the country.
Green Fees are cheap: Weekends 40 RM , Weekdays 30 RM
There are 8 nature trails around Fraser's Hill, each named after a pioneer naturalist. These take you through the jungle where you can enjoy its beauty, and the the birds and other animals that make their home here.
The popular trails include: Kindersley Trail, Mager Trail,Abu Suradi Trail, Rompin Trail, Bishops Trail, Hemmant Trail, Maxwell Trail and the Pine Tree Trail. Due to the wet weather our guide would not allow us to walk the bush trails.
Most of our group decided to take on the weather and hike a section of Fraser's Hill. The name is correct the road was full of hills, up and down and believe it or not we constantly needed to sip from our water bottle.
Light rain was falling, vision was restricted by the mist and low light but this did not stop our group from enjoying themselves and capturing the day on our digital cameras. Our Guide made sure we kept out of danger, but we lost one person who decided to venture down a bush track without informing anyone. Luckily the Guide tracked him down.
Along the road we were only a few feet from the lush jungle which has a huge variety of trees and flowers.
Fraser's Hill was established by the British during the Colonial Period as a repite from the sweltering heat of the lowlands. Cool throughout the year with average temperature 21 to 23C it appealed to people with European background.
The village was set up in a similar fashion to a typical English resort of the day. Today it still retains this image.
Arrived midday and the weather was cool, a nice relief from the heat and humidity of Kuala Lumpur.
Whilst having lunch we noticed the weather was changing very quickly. We noticed the cloud mist was creeping over the hilltop and very soon it progressed half way down the hill. Luckily no rain.
An hour later when preparing for our hike the drissle commenced, strong enough to need a rain coat. This did not stop us from commencing our 2 hour hike.
The recently opened Bird Interpretive Centre has excellent displays about the migratory and local birds that head to Fraser's Hill during the first quarter of each year.
The undisturbed jungle and green clad mountainous terrain combined with the cool climate attract over 270 species of birds. Some come from as far as Siberia.
It was lunch time when we arrived and the bus stopped outside the Puncak Inn. Very handy and a delightful place for lunch or refreshments.
Outside tables allowed a great view over the small town. We watched as the mist rolled down over the hill towards us. Lunch was good and we were soon ready for our hike.
While I was at Fraser's Hill (Pahang, Malaysia) I hitched a ride from a British Botanist who flew in here to look for wild orchids. His enthusiasm for the wild flowers were infectious and I was captivated when he described the spectacular blooms that were found nestled deep within the forest. So for the next few days, I paid particular attention to the wild orchids over here. And yes, I had to admit they were more beautiful than the hybrids that we had in Singapore*.
(Chuckle, Wild_Orchid, are you reading this?)
*Earlier I had disagreed with the Botanist. He commented that the artificially created hybrids in Singapore were crap and I politely replied that the crap that was created was sold for thousands of dollars and named after important people like Princess D, Elizabeth Taylor and the likes.
Photo Credit:Lena, on her Pansonic Lumix
Sunsets and sunrise in Fraser's Hill, Pahang, Malaysia, are breath-taking and understandly so at 1524m above sea level ! The sun rises and falls over misty clouds, lush pine-forests and wild flowers. Do wake up early to catch this spectacular view at least once, the view is exceptionally lovely at Bungalow Brinchang.
Photo Credit:Lena on her Panasonic Lumix (FX)
If you're fit and raring for adventure, then go on a trek to look for waterfalls in Fraser's Hill. The weather here is cool and suitable for walking long distances. My group went on a waterfall trek to look for a special bird and yes, we did find it (Slaty ForkTail) near the waterfall area.
Pix taken on Mithilesh's Panasonic FZ30
Fraser’s Hill in Malaysia is the foremost site for bird-watching, period. Apparently, some of the birds in this higher region are endemic. This means to say that they are ONLY found in this part of Malaysia and nowhere else in the world. Honestly, you're missing out a lot if you come all the way here and not do this. The birds over here are brilliantly coloured, rare and beautiful.
Equipment : If you're keen to do this, you'll need to bring along a decent pair of bins (binoculars). I use the Nikon Monarch (10x24) bins but expert birder will recommend a Swarovski scope or a pair of Leica Bins (15x50) . Of course, I'll like to say that mine cost a miserly USD$200 while the rest cost around USD$2500+.
This is one of my favourite thing to do. Take a ride around Fraser's. Get a map and navigate yourself around. Some of the roads end up connecting to each other at the tail. So mostly are one big circle. Stop, breath, take pictures. The sceneries are too good. Its much awesome during the mornings.
Well the Paddock offers visitors to take a ride on a horse for RM4 per round.You can choose to be walked by the horsekeeper or ride it on your own,slowly or even ride it fast!
There's also a small archery range near the entrance
Entry is free anyway.
9.00 -4.00 pm on weekdays
9.00 -4.30 pm Saturdays
9.00 -4.30 pm Sundays
and lunch break 12.30-2.00 PM
pls observe the time or else you might be disappointed.
While waiting for the lunch break there's a small stall outside for you to eat some goreng pisang,or nasi lemak or laksa and have a drink!
Fraser's Golf & Country Club course is a par 70, 5355 yards/4897 meters course. The golf course & its holes are entirely sculptured around the hilly terrain at 4,000 feet with temperature ranges between 16-24 degree centigrade. This is one of the most ideal conditions for some great swings.
Each hole has a interesting name given to it for example the 10th hole is name "temptation" while the 12th hole par 3 index 18 is named "peanut" may be due to the reason the hole is quite "kacang" for most golfer.