Fraser's Hill Destination Guide
Sitting pretty amidst the Pahang rainforests
is the little hamlet of Fraser's Hill. At 1,524 metres above
sea level, this highlands resort is a naturalists' 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.
Fraser's Hill owes its name to a Scottish trader, Louis
James Fraser, who established a tin ore trading station
in the forested mountains between the Selangor and Pahang
border at the end of the 19th century.
Fraser was known to have used a mule train to ascend the
hill and trade in tin until the fateful day where he mysteriously
disappeared into the dense forested hills. A search was
mounted for Fraser but he was never found. The hills were
eventually developed into a hill retreat and were named
after the missing Scotsman in 1919.
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.
To support the conservation efforts carried out in this
naturalists' paradise, the Fraser's Hill Nature Education
Centre (FHNEC) was set up. This outlet is the first stop
for those who are looking to learn more about the resort
and its abundant flora and fauna. To maintain the relatively
unspoiled beauty, FHNEC and other parties are undertaking
conservation efforts to preserve the eight scenic nature
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 bird watchers to race against time by spotting
as many bird species as possible within the resort's routes.
Fraser's Hill also has an abundance of relaxing activities
to indulge in. You could 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, fishing and boating at Allans'
Water, stroll along the many beautiful flower gardens and
parks or splash it out in the icy cold Jeriau Waterfalls.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
Picturesque colonial-style buildings have found new use
as the post office, police station, clinic, tourist information
centre, inns, cafes and restaurants.
There is also a Nature Education Centre and an active bird
watching group. Though equipped with good visitor amenities,
development at this resort has been careful to co-exist
with the environment, preserving the original charm of the
Fraser's Hill has long been a top bird watching destination
for local and international bird watchers.
The relatively undisturbed jungle clad mountain terrain
and the cool climate attracts over 250 species of birds,
some coming from as far as Siberia.
Around the middle of the year, international as well as
local bird watchers gather at the resort to participate
in the Fraser's Hill International Bird Race, a non-competitive
event that requires bird watchers to race against time to
spot as many bird species as possible within the routes
in Fraser's Hill. Some of the species found here are silver
tailed mesia, chestnut-capped laughing thrush, blue-winged
minla, golden babblers, mountain bulbul, mountain fulvettta,
bronze drongo and greater yellow-necked woodpecker.
The Beauty of Fraser's Hill is best experienced when you
walk through the green splendours of a jungle trail. Small
animal life like monkeys and squirrels can be spotted if
you're lucky, while larger animals like tigers and tapirs
are quite rare. Jungle trails are graded and marked to indicate
varying degrees of difficulty.
The Jeriau Waterfalls is about 5km from the town centre.
From the road, paved footpaths lead visitors to the waterfall.
Public visitor facilities include a picnic area, shower
rooms and changing areas.
Sport lovers will find that Fraser's Hill offers adequate
public facilities for both indoor and outdoor activities.
A Sports Complex provides a sauna, two tennis courts and
a heated swimming pool. There are also two tennis courts
which charge RM5 an hour for morning and afternoon sessions,
and RM7 an hour for night sessions. Other activities include
horse riding, jogging and angling.
A Short and tricky 9-hole golf course is available at the
Royal Fraser's Hill Golf Club. Its unique feature is the
three-tiered 7th fairway, which takes the shape of a man's
body. It then narrows down at the landing area and widens
again at the approach of the green. Green fees are RM30
on weekdays and RM40 on weekends and public holiday. Caddy
fees are RM10 per round of 9 holes. Golf sets are available
for hire. The 18-hole Fraser's Hill Golf and Country Club
is located in the vicinity of the Jeriau Waterfalls, 3 kilometres
from the town centre. Managed by the Silver Park Holiday
Resort, the course features a colonial-style clubhouse with
tennis courts, a restaurant and other amenities.
The cool climate promotes a profusion of blooms in startling
shades of colour. Freshly cut roses, dahlia, chrysanthemum,
daisies, potted fushchia or geranium can be bought at the
nurseries in Fraser's Hill.
HOW TO GET THERE
Fraser's Hill is an hour and a half drive from Kuala Lumpur.
En route, you will pass the town of Kuala Kubu Bharu and
the journey thereafter will take approximately 45 minutes.
When you arrive at the foot of Fraser's Hill, you will need
to stop at the 'Gap', a stretch that utilises a gate control
system to regulate the flow of ascending and descending
Because the road is very narrow, uphill traffic is allowed
at odd hours; from 7am to 7pm, while downhill traffic is
allowed through at even hours from 8am to 6pm.
During these times, traffic is only allowed through for
the first 40 minutes of each hour (no traffic is allowed
through in the last 20 minutes). This 20-minute buffer act
as a safety measure to ensure that all vehicles have enough
time to reach their destinations. Traffic between 8pm and
6.40am is not controlled and the gate remains open on both
Bus and Taxi Services
There are regular bus services (Bus No. 66) between the
Pudu Raya Bus Terminal and Kuala Kubu Bharu every half hour.
From Kuala Kubu Bharu, bus services are available from 10am.
Taxis are also available at the Pudu Raya Bus Terminal and
will cost approximately RM120 - RM150.