Fraser's Hill was named after an English adventurer, Louis James Fraser, who built himself a shack in the hill in the 19th century.
He operated a primitive mule train and embarked on a lucrative trade in tin ore. However, he disappeared during the first decade of the 20th century and was never seen again.
This hill station was later rediscovered by Bishop Ferguson-Davie in 1910 after his attempt in searching for missing Fraser failed.
Here we are, able to enjoy this perfect mountain retreat which is within 2 hours journey from Kuala Lumpur.
Generally, there are three types of people coming to Fraser's Hill (minus the local) and most of them are recurring visitors to Fraser for the following reasons.
Retreats or Holiday Making – The cool climate at Fraser's Hill provides an ideal place for retreats and family holiday making. You will have the choice of staying into bungalows or regular hotel rooms. Whichever you choice is, Fraser's Hill is also no lack in recreation parks and waterfalls. For a change, you may want to try bird watching and try to spot some rarest species only found in South East Asia.
Bird Watching – Unlike birds found in the lowlands (some are migratory birds), bird species in the highlands tend to be related to those of subtropical mainland Asia and they are here for more permanents basis.
Golfing - The 18 holes Fraser's Hill Golf and Country Club features colonial style club-house with tennis facility. A second golf course is the short and tricky the 9-hole at the Royal Fraser's Hill Golf Club which provides the means for golf enthusiasts to tee off in a cool, pleasant environment
I will write more on each in next few tips.
since there wasn't much for us to do, we decided to follow a sign that pointed us to the jeriau waterfall.. it's a pretty nice and easy walk from the small carpark to the falls.. the pool of water around the fall is just knee deep.. perfect for family with little kids..
for avid bird watchers, frasers hill offers a myriad of interesting birds.. we're not much of a birdie ppl.. so, all we do is look thru our binoculars and go "look! that little black bird" or "the bird with the looong tail".. well, it's still pretty interesting.. :)
The paddock at Fraser's Hill provides ponies for novices who would like to experience the pleasures of riding, and horses are provided for the more proficient riders. This is an ideal way to explore the hill and there are a number of trails that spiral around the hillside. There is nothing like the feeling of the rocking canter of a horse beneath you as the cool mountain air whispers past your face
To prepare for bird watching, you must take note of the following:
- a pair of binoculars
- a field guide (help you identify the species you come across)
- a field notebook (twrite down your observations)
Fraser's Hill is popular for bird watching as forests in the highlands are different from those found in the lowlands, and supports mostly different community of birds. The forest is cooler, damper, shorter in stature, and contains mostly different plant species from those found in the lowlands. As bird food, there are differences in fruit production and insect species as well. Bird species in the highlands tend to be related to those of subtropical mainland Asia, whereas birds in the lowlands tend to be related to those in the rest of the islands in Southeast Asia.
In the entire region of Fraser’s Hill, from the Gap at 2,700ft to the peak at 4,200ft, about 265 species of birds have been recorded.
The birds of the highlands are particularly important for several reasons. Highlands contain a high proportion of the endemic birds that are found only in Malaysia and nowhere else in the world. Two 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. We have a special responsibility for these species because their entire populations occur within this country only.
Second, highland birds are found in a relatively small geographical area because highlands occupy less than 10% of the entire country. Because of this, birds in the highlands (and particularly those that are strictly confined to the highlands) are more vulnerable to disturbance than widespread ones.
Birds in the highlands are often brilliantly coloured. They are easily spotted and tamer than birds elsewhere. The various Laughing Thrushes at Fraser’s Hill are noisy and active.
There are many colonial houses in Fraser's Hill. Walking or driving around is fun. Although trhe roads are narrow, as you walk, you will see beautiful colonial houses. Some have nice gardens with colourful plants and flowers.
The town centre is a very small but cosy one. There is basically one row of shops, a building where the gold course office and UNESCO office is, a clock tower and a post office which was built in the early 18th century.
There are small eateries, which serve, Malay, Westerna and Chinese food. There are also souvenir stores.
During the weekends when there are more people, there are make-shift stores selling souvenirs outside the golf course office building.
Jeriau Waterfall is a ten minutes drive from the Fraser's Hill Town. Follow the road signs and it will guide you to a big carpark. In Malay, waterfall is "Air Terjun".
From the carpark, you will see a big signage of the waterfall. It is about a ten minute walk from the carpark to the waterfall.
The water is cold and there are poeple bathing inside the pool of cold water.
Hemmant Trail is one of the easiesy trail. There are not much obstacles and along the way, one can even see the nice beautiful view of the Golf Course. The route is drier and there are less leeches along this trail.
One of the delights of a visit to Fraser's Hill is to be able to explore the splendour of nature with a trek through the many well marked nature trails or tracks. To fully enjoy the experience, one has to be well-prepared. A pair of good trekking shoe or a strong walking shoe, a light water-proof jacket and a pair of binoculars to look out for the wide varieties of bird life there.
There are many trails including :
ABU SURADI (20 mins)
Linking Jalan Genting near Puncak Inn and Jalan Ampang near Oleh Sayang.
HEMMANT (30 mins)
Linking Jalan Genting near to the Fraser's Hill Development Corporation office, to Valley Road at the junction with Jalan Lady Maxwell.
MAGER (25 mins)
Linking High Pines Road (Jalan Bukit Pokok Pain) to the Maybank Lodge at Jalan Ampang.
KINDERSLEY (25 mins)
Linking Jalan Lady Guillemard near STMB bungalow to the Methodist Lodge at Jalan Richmond.
ROMPIN (15 mins)
Linking Jalan Semantan opposite the Ye Olde Smokehouse Hotel toJalan Sungai Hijau.
WRAY (1 hr 10 mins)
Linking Pine Tree Road near the Recreational Park to near the Bishop's House. From here it joins to the Bishop's Trail, to the Muar Cottage.
MAXWELL (1 hr 10 mins)
Linking Jalan Lady Maxwell to the Jalan Kuari or Quarry Road next to the Tamil School.
Fraser's Hill is famous for bird watching and jungle trekking. Go trek over the jungle and watch the bird. Watch out!!!! Dont get lost.
If you have lot of time, do visit the water fall. I said IF YOU HAVE TIME. If no time, just forget about the water fall.
The FOC BBQ facility is ready for you. Just bring along your hotdogs and chicken wings, and ,of course, dont forget the charcoal.
The paddock starts operating at 9am everyday. Stop at 12.30pm and resume at 2pm, except friday, which stop a little bit earlier (12pm) and resume at 2.45pm.