Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Fraser Hill

Despite its beauty and charm, Fraser Hill is the least popular highland in Malaysia. And it remains relatively 'unknown' and not very commercialized and I love it for those reasons.  It's still so quaint and rustic and not as busy and chaotic as the other two highlands.  

A visit to Fraser Hill makes a perfect day tripper, especially for KL folks who wish to get away from the hustle bustle of city life (ayoo.. I sound so corny...).  Anyway, Fraser Hill IS a good place to visit and one doesn't really have to stay the night there, coz everything can be covered in one day.

Okay, a little bit of history here. Fraser Hill is named after a Scottish prospector, Louis James Fraser.  That's our history lesson for today. :)))

Fraser Hill is situated in the state of Pahang, the biggest state in Peninsular Malaysia, or to be more specific on the Titiwangsa mountain range.  From KL, the easiest way to get there is via the PLUS highway (north bound - towards Penang), and then exit at the Kuala Kubu Bahru.

 But before you make a beeline there, please take note of the 'ascending' and 'descending' time.  Since there's only one route going up and down, visitors have to turn their turns.
If you don't want to wait too long, 
just time your journey according to the time table.

Otherwise you might end up waiting like these people...
...err.. we're one of them actually...

Anyway, the road is rather winding.. so be prepared with plastic bags, just in case you have weak stomach. 

Once you reach the top, all the winding road and roaring stomach are soon forgotten. I love Fraser Hill. The place is not jam packed with people and the air is fresh and flowers are everywhere.  Okay, it might not be Keukenhof but it's good enough by Malaysia's standard.

Besides the lovely flowers, there are many beautiful colonial-inspired houses there and their outer brick walls are to die for.  Cantik banget. Here are some of the houses that we came across during our visit.

And I guess the most famous one would be the Ye Olde Smoke House which is not exactly a house, but more like a rest house and a restaurant.
The sign. Love the creepers.
The front part of the house.

A water fountain which doubles as a bird bath.. me thinks...

A pair of gnomes guarding the window.. errr...

Plenty of beautiful plates in this place.
A nice corner to unwind and to take in the scenery.
Nyaman banget di sini.

Another beautiful abode that we check out is the Scott's Restaurant.

Check out its lovely wall. A piece of art. Sukak deh!

The front part of the restaurant
They have lots of cute decos such as this.

 And more beautiful decorative plates here.
We have some bites here.  
A cup of hot steaming coffee on a chilly day is the life :)))
Crispy garlic bread
Spaghetti bolognaise
Breakfast set at 4pm? mmmm...
The foods are quite tasty but the ambience is almost perfect.

Okay, if you're done with eating (for the guys) and flower-gawking (for the ladies), you might want to go for a walk and take in the scenery.  There are plenty of trees and you can check out the nice view of the valleys and mountains.  Memang cantik pemandangan di Fraser Hill.

Or you can go boating on the lake.

Or you can get friendly with some of the 'locals' too... :))
And oh yes, another place you can stop before reaching Fraser Hill is the Sungai Selangor Dam. The place is worth-stoping. 


If you don't know where to go on a lazy afternoon and are not too keen to drive far, check out Fraser Hill.  It's a good place to spend a day with the family. And it's only about 2 hours drive from KL.

p/s : hate the word pro in this blogger... the spaces in between lines are not supposed to be where they are... had to redo thousands of times and still cant get it right.. .GRRRR.. .so please excuse those 'stupid' wide spaces in between some pictures and captions ya. .those are not meant to be that way.. ***sigh*****



Nath said...

seems like a very nice place for honeymoon within the country :)

Nor Fadzlina Nawi said...

Salam Kak Hasnah,

Sudah ada blog yer...saya link ya..

Thanks for the suggestions, nanti bila rindu2 Melbourne boleh lah ke Fraser Hill. :-)

manna mania said...

hi nath... yup, was thinking of the same thing... it is a good place for honeymoon... :)

manna mania said...

salam Fadzlina...

saja suka2 buat blog... rupanya tak semudah yg disangka.. kadang2 cam nak stop je.. hehe.. tapi belum blog pasal melbourne, so kena teruskan lagi... mmg rindu kat melbourne pun... (=

Bila nak balik malaysia..?

manna mania said...

and thank you for visiting my blog, fadzlina... and thanks for linking... fadzlina punya blog apa ye..?