Fraser’s Hill, Raub, Pahang
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“The Little England of Malaysia“
Make for the hills for a welcome respite from the sweltering heat of the lowlands. Fraser‘s Hill has long been one of Malaysia‘s best-kept secrets. This tiny hamlet in a highland valley surrounded by seven hills is a charming and quaint highland retreat.
Nicknamed The Little England of Malaysia, the colonial roots of Fraser‘s Hill began from the discovery of the liveable plateau bordered by the seven hills by its namesake, Louis James Fraser. This turn of the last century adventurer never for once thought that his stumbling upon the place would lay the grounds for what the place was to become in later years. For all he had done, no one had the opportunity to thank him, for he disappeared without trace soon after.
As the central point of Fraser‘s Hill, the hilltop‘s little hamlet revolves around the market square dominated by a small clock tower — the most photographed object in this highland retreat. Picturesque colonial-style buildings have been meticulously conserved for posterity and used as a
post office, police station, medical clinic, tourist information centre, inns, cafes and restaurants.
Step into the Fraser‘s Hill Nature Education centre and the newly-opened Bird Interpretive Centre, where you can learn more about the wondrous species of migratory and local birds that head for these parts around the first quarter of each year.
INTERNATIONAL BIRD RACE
the annual Fraser‘s Hill internationai Bird Race is an eagerly-awaited event for birders and bird enthusiasts from all over the world. A very interesting event, the bird race is an occasion for fun and excitement in this little hamlet in the clouds. The race is not a competition among birds, but a challenging 24-hour window for teams to identify the most number of birds in the area.
Fraser‘s Hill has long been a top international destination for bird watching. The undisturbed jungle, green-clad mountainous terrain and the cool cilmate attract over 270 species of birds that come from as far away as Siberia to escape the winter cold.
For details on Fraser's Hill and Raub or other tourism destinations please contact:
(Fraser‘s Hill Development Corporation)
Bangunan JKR 300, Jalan Masjid
25000 Kuantan, Pahang
Tel: +609-517 1623/24
Fax: +609-517 1626
TOURISM INFORMATION CENTRE (TIC)
Jalan Mahkota, 25000 Kuantan
Pahang Darul Makmur
Tel: +609-516 1007
Fax: +609-515 8414
TOURISM MALAYSIA PAHANG
Lot G-01 Bangunan Mahkota Square
Jalan Mahkota, 25000 Kuantan Pahang
TeI: +609-517 7111
Fax: +609-517 7114
FRASER'S HILL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (FHDC)
49000, Fraser's Hill, Pahang Darul Makmur
Tel: +609-362 2195
Fax: +609-362 2273
FRASER'S HILL INFORMATION CENTRE
Tel: +609-362 2007
Fax: +609-362 2201
ACCOMMODATION, WHERE TO STAY
From charming private houses to restored colonial bungalows and apartments perched on hilltops, accommodations at Frasers Hill offer breathtaking views of the sunset and the airy jungle-clad siopes that welcomes the soothing caress of the evening mist. There are also ample options for longer stays. For a near authentic English experience, check-in to Ye Olde Smokehouse to enjoy a cosy spot in front of the fireplace or for a spot of tea and freshly baked scones in the little garden. Also readily available are private bunglows such as Chini, Kuantan, and Bentong Bunglows owned by PKBF. If you prefer a more engaging experience with the villagers, partake in a stice of authentic Pahang kampung life at the Sungai Pasu homestay.
PUNCAK INN FRASER‘S HILL
(Puncak Inn, Bungalow & Apartment)
FRASER‘S PINE RESORT
JELAI HIGHLAND RESORT
SRI PENINJAU APARTMENT
YE OLDE SMOKEHOUSE
COUNTRYVIEW RECREATION PARK
CHALET JKKK (J. BESU)
TAl TONG HOTEL
TI WANG HOTEL
HOTEL SRI RAUB
REST HOUSE RAUB
HOTEL CENTRAL BARU
HOTEL WOON YONG
HOTEL FEI CHUI
HOTEL NICE STAY
TANAH AINA RESORT
HOTEL HENG LEE
Tel: +609-3551 053
HOTEL KlM FAH
HOMESTAY SUNGAI PASU
One can drive up to Bukit Fraser from Kuala Lumpur through Kuala Kubu Baru. The distance is approximately 100 kilometres. You will pass a winding road from Gap, just as you are about to reach the top.
You may also catch a bus from the Pudu Raya bus terminal heading towards Kuala Kubu Bharu. lt‘s also have komuter service (train) from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Kubu Baru. From there, opt for a taxi, or you can also take a taxi from Kuala Lumpur City directly to the hilltop.
Another alternative driving route is through Bentong, and then straight to Tranum before reaching the hilltop via the Gap.
COUNTRYVIEW RECREATION PARK
Tel: +609-323 0230
H/P: +6019-988 0880
Tourism Malaysia Info Line
Tel: +609-362 2222
Raub Fire Station
Tel: +609-355 4444
Fraser‘s Hill Clinic
Tel: +609-362 2333
Tel: +609-573 2200
Tourist Info Centre
TeI: +609-362 2201
Raub District Council
Cool throughout the year at an average of 21 — 23 degrees celsius, the attraction of Fraser‘s Hill as a tourist resort has not diminished through the years.Today, Fraser‘s Hill is popular as a site for company retreats.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
There is always something to expiore at Fraser‘s Hill. Relish the languor of pleasant walks under the green canopy of the winding roads, stop and smell the flowers along the way, try your hand at
bird spotting, be awed by the gibbons frolicking in the tress, go horseback riding, try your skills at archery, go boating on Allan‘s Water or head to Jeriau waterfall and have a picnic. Fraser‘s Hill is a fabulous place to enjoy nature in all its glory.
Spend time with your little ones at the playground where they can play to their heart‘s content! From mmi golf to mini bikes, family time is never dull on the hilltop.
“My whole family loves it here. My husband and I will bike around town, and my kids are never bored — they practice their archery skills and also say hello to the horses, whom they have grown fond of.“
Eight nature trails, each named after a pioneer naturalist is marked around Fraser‘s Hill. Hire a guide to help with the navigation, so that you can make your communion with nature more rewarding. Popular trails include the Kindersley Trail, Mager Trail, Abu Suradi Trail, Rompin Trail, Bishop‘s
Trail, Hemmant Trail, Maxwell Trail and the Pine Tree Trail. Discover rare tarantulas and unique earth spiders that will sate the curiosity of even hardcore arachnid aficionados.
“We like the trails here ori Fraser‘s Hill, and when we trek with a group, we always like to see how many we can cover before the day ends. Our favourite is Bishop‘s Trail, where we are able to see plenty of birds."
Take your golfing to another level by teeing off at the Fraser‘s Hill Course. This challenging
9-hole course was designed by Frank Hemmant in 1925, is the oldest course in the country. The cool weather is a great incentive for golfers to play all day long!
THERE WAS ONCE A GOLD RUSH
From the lush green hills you can see Raub town clustered below — quaint, slow-paced, quiet and peaceful, with layers of tales to be told — a far cry from its heydays of being a former gold mining town.
THE TALE OF RAUB
Raub was a thriving gold-mining settlement in the 1800s. In the early l9th century, story has it that an old man and his son discovered gold with each scoop of the earth. Hence, the place was named Raub, which in Malay means “to scoop.“ Today, the legacy of the golden years, especially in Command
Hill (Bukit Koman), is still evident in the fine old buildings that remains till this very day.
To get there head towards Kampung Baru Sungai Chalit. It is about 30 kilometers away from Raub via a
rough drive through fruit orchards, oil palm and rubber plantation by a four wheel drive vehicle. It has the only natural water slides. The waterfall is gloriously set with a picturesque backdrop that naturally offers great spots for picnics. The wild and domesticated fruit trees yields fruits aplenty during the picking season.
Lata Jarum is a popular spot for family outings. It has a series of rapids that cuminate in a cool rock pool. To reach Lata Jarum, visitors must take a 20-kilometer journey on village roads through a sleepy town called Ulu Dong. Next to it is Pulau Chekas, another favourite picnic spot.
You may reach this spot from Raub to Kg Ulu Sungai, then proceed to an orang asli settlement named ‘Pos Buntu‘. From this point onwards it‘s only 3 km to the cascading waters. This scenic waterfall features an intriguing natural rock formation that is over millions of years old.
For the thrills and spills of white water rafting, try Jeram Besu, which is fast becoming a haven for white water rafting enthusiasts. The place is known as one of the best places in the Peninsula for white water rafting and kayaking, offering a challenge to beginners as well as the experienced. It‘s located on the trunk road between Raub and Kuala Lipis and about 8 kilometers from the town of Benta.
SUNGAI PASU HOMESTAY
Located about 13 kilometers from Raub, the place is set amidst lush natural greenery with a placid lake and a beautiful fish pond. The Sungai Pasu Homestay offers a taste of traditional Malay village lifestyle, replete with cultural performances, traditional garnes and a hands-on experience in the
rubber plantations along with the village folks.