Perhaps one of the most uncelebrated highland resorts in Malaysia, Frasers Hill is indeed quite a popular tourists destination located in the Pahang state in Malaysia.
Facts about Fraser’s Hill
- Currency: MYR (Malaysian Ringgit)
- Dialling code: Being in the state of Pahang means that you will have to dial the prefix +609 for land lines and standard mobile prefixes.
- Airport: If you are flying in to Fraser’s Hill, you will need to arrive at the KLIA or klia2 airports as they are nearer than the airport in Pahang state
- Airport Tax: applies for both domestic and international flights
- Distance from airport to city centre: KLIA/ klia2 airports are about 150kms away which will take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes by car.
- Temperature: The annual temperature in Fraser’s Hill is very cooling and range between 12 and 24 degrees Celsius
- Climate and Weather: Cooling and tropical
- Common languages: Bahasa Malaysia, English Language, Chinese and Tamil
To get to Fraser’s Hill from the airport you will need to charter a car or rent one on your own as most taxis do not come all the way here. You could however try for ride sharing services like Grab and Uber.
Highlights of Fraser’s Hill
Fraser’s Hill is among the top tourists attractions in the country. When you are there, you can enjoy many types of activities including:
- Birdwatching – There are specially designated locations for you to enjoy some birdwatching around here. It is in fact one of the few very popular locations in the world for this hobby. There are more than 250 species known to be housed around here with an annual Bird Race competition held
- Visit the Clock Tower – The iconic structure here is the Clock Tower which is a popular spot for photographs among visitors.
- Go to the Jeriau Waterfalls – You only need to walk for about 30 minutes and you will get to the Jeriau Waterfalls. One of the best places to relax and unwind in Fraser’s Hill, the locals and visitors are commonly seen here on most days.
- Golfing – You can do so at the Royal Fraser’s Hill Golf Club
- Nature – Go hiking at some of the best trails of the highlands. This includes the Hemmant Trail and Pine Tree Trail and the Bishop’s Trail respectively.
Foods in Fraser’s Hill
There are not much local delights in Fraser’s Hill but you can head out to certain places to enjoy a good meal here. This includes:
- Arzed Restauarant- You can get a lot of local dishes here
- Jalan Genting Food Court – Hawker food
- Hillview Restaurant at Puncak Inn – you will typically get Chinese and Western foods here
Origins of Fraser’s Hill
The highlands got its name from Louis James Fraser who came here in the 1890s where he found tin. The Scotsman had prior to coming here went to dig for gold in Australia and when he got here, he found that tin was lucrative business. So he then employed Chinese miners to help him with the mining work while he operated mule trains down the mountains where he earned his living.
He then mysteriously disappeared but rumour has it that it had something to do with his gambling and opium business. Eventually, in around 1913, tin ran out here but by then it was already known for being a colonial hill resort where the rich and could afford came here to enjoy the cool temperature at 1524 meters above sea level. A road was then built in 1922 and that saw further developments in Frasers hill including the first golf courses in the country as well as residential housing like bungalows and houses.
Not as rapidly developed
One of the distinctive sight and fact about Frasers Hill is that despite the rapid developments in other highland resorts like Cameron Highlands and Genting Highlands, Frasers Hill is still very much looked the same with its old and traditional cottage like homes as well as the natural attractions here.
Limited public transportation
This is probably due to the fact that there is no public transport that comes here where the last remaining bus service from Kuala Kubu Bahru has since been terminated. So to get to Frasers Hill, you will have to come here by your own transport. To get here, you will need to come through from Kuala Lumpur which is 105 kms away and will take away 2 hours and get in through Kuala Kubu Bahru. If you like you can get the train service that also stops here with the KTM Komuter Service.
Perfect for birdwatching
Frasers Hill is very much a natural location and it is also known as one of the best places in the world for birdwatching. There have been a total of more than 250 different bird species recorded here and they hold the annual Bird Race here. The Jeriau Waterfalls too is another place which you can visit located about 5km away from the town center.