Sitting pretty amidst the Pahang rainforest is the little hamlet of Fraser’s Hill. At 1,524 metres above sea level, this highlands resort is a naturalist’s paradise that boasts innumerable plant, bird and animal species. This resort is popular for those who are interested in nature-based pursuits such as trekking, bird watching, horse riding, fishing and camping.
Access to Fraser’s Hill is only possible by road via The Gap at the base of the resort. Once through The Gap and into Fraser’s Hill, you will feel as though you have gone back in time. Fraser’s Hill is akin to a little Scottish village with granite coloured mock Tudor buildings dotting the landscape. The town is relatively small, with much of the activity centred on a market square dominated by a little clock tower. Most of the town’s amenities are housed in colonial styled buildings.
Considered one of Malaysia’s premier locations for bird-watching, this hill resort hosts the annual Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race. This bird-watching competition requires watchers to race against time in spotting as many bird species as possible within the resort’s routes.
You can indulge in many relaxing activities at Fraser’s Hill. Play a game of golf at the 9-hole Royal Fraser’s Hill Golf Club or the 18-hole Fraser’s Hill Golf & Country Club, go fishing and boating at Allans’ Water, stroll along the many beautiful flower gardens and parks or have an splash in the icy cold Jeriau Waterfalls.
If you are descending the hill in the evening, do stop to take in the spectacular sunset near the Kuala Selangor Dam. Aim to drive up the hill in the daytime for the lush scenery.
How to get there
From Jalan Kuala Kubu Baru (Kuala Kubu Baru Road), there’s a one-way road leading up to the hill. The eight-kilometre drive up the hill is a winding one but traffic is controlled from 6.30 am to 7 pm for visitors’ safety.
A bus can take you from Puduraya bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Kubu Bharu where you have to board another bus to Fraser’s Hill at 8 am and 2 pm daily. Taxis are also available in Kuala Lumpur.
There are several 2 to 4-star hotels on Fraser’s Hill. There are no backpacker’s places in this small settlement. However, camping is an option.