HILLS RESORTS & HILL STATIONS OF MALAYSIA
MALAYSIA’S HILL RESORTS
Malaysia's heartland is gifted by the beauty of its natural
landscape and the spectacular topographical formations. From the
scenic coastline to the mangrove swamps and deeper inland into
the sprawling rainforests right up its rugged mountains, the terrain
changes systematically offering richness in resources and biological
diversity. The great diversity of Malaysia's attractions includes
several hill resorts that are located on the main mountain range
of the Peninsular and in Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo.
Each of them possess their own unique charms. Mount Kinabalu,
with its looming granite massifs, represents the ultimate challenge,
while Fraser's Hill and Cameron Highlands with numerous jungle
trails, English cottages and gardens will appeal to those inclined
towards gentler pursuits.
Whatever one's choice, the jungle clad hills with an average temperature
of 16-21 degrees Celsius offer a cool, refreshing getaway from the
cities. Here ancient pine trees fringe hauntingly beautiful peaks
enshrouded in swirls of mist; delicate ferns heavy with crystals
of dew glisten like filigree silver; and temperate flowers in striking
shades of colors invite gasps of admiration. Whether you are going
for a day excursion or an extended stay, you will discover a holiday
in Malaysia's hill resorts to be an invigorating and pleasantly
The backbone of Peninsular Malaysia is known as Banjaran Titiwangsa
or the Main Range. Running from the Malaysia-Thai border in the
north to the southern state of Negeri Sembilan, this central spine
effectively separates the eastern and western part of the Peninsula.
The highest peak in the range is Gunung Tahan (2,187m.) situated
in the central Malaysian state of Pahang. Other high peaks include
Gunung Jerai in Kedah, Bukit Larut in Perak and the legendary Gunung
Ledang (Mount Ophir) which straddles the Melaka-Johor border. In
Sabah, the most prominent highlands are the Crocker Range with average
heights ranging from 457 to 914 metres. Also situated in the range
are the three highest mountains in Malaysia: Mount Kinabalu (4,101m),
Gunung Trus Madi (2,597m) and Gunung Tambuyukon (2,579m) In Sarawak,
home to one of the world’s largest natural cave systems, the
two highest peaks are Gunung Murud (2,425m.) and Gunung Mulu (2,371m.)
Cameron Highlands (1,829metres) is the largest of the hill resorts
in Malaysia. It is located in Pahang. The highest peak is Gunung
Brinchang (2,032metres). Cameron Highlands is regarded as the
'Green Bowl' supplying its produce of cabbages, tomatoes, carrots,
green peppers and lettuce to major cities in Malaysia, and also
to Singapore. These are grown on terraced slopes. There are three
main towns, i.e. Ringlet, Tanah Rata and Brinchang, with the last
two being popular with visitors. Other tourist attractions include
tea plantations, tea factories, rose gardens, strawberry farms,
waterfalls, the busy market square at Brinchang, handicraft stores
and the Chin Swee Buddhist Temple. There are old colonial-style
houses that offer a glimpse of the past.The highland's 18-hole,
par-71 golf course is open to the public. Driving up to Cameron
Highlands is also a pleasure as many interesting stops along the
way. From Kuala Lumpur use the North South Expressway, exit at
Tapah Exit and turn left after paying the toll. Along the way,
you may stop at the Kuala Woh Forest Recreation Park there are
picnic areas and a hot spring. You will pass by a majestic waterfall,
Lata Iskandar. Accommodation facilities in Cameron Highlands include
Strawberry Park Resort, The Lakehouse, Century Pines Hotel &
Resort and Bala’s Holiday Chalets.
Fraser's Hill nestles at 1,524 metres above sea level in the state
of Pahang. At the resort there are jungle trails, waterfalls, flower
nurseries and mushroom farms. The resort is also a popular venue
for bird watchers. It has 2 golf courses and are open to public.
The resort is about one and half hours away from Kuala Lumpur. The
road to the hill resort winds for about 35 km. Fraser's Hill provides
visitors with the cool mountain air, the abundance of luxuriant
vegetation, the peace and tranquility combined with other attractions
such as its stable of ponies, the nursery containing many exotic
flowers and the Jeriau Waterfalls. Other facilities include a children's
playground and a roller skating rink. The best accommodation facilities
on Fraser’s Hill is the Fraser’s Silverpark Resort which
is located on the highest peak of Fraser’s Hill.
Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hill) was founded in 1888 and is Malaysia's
oldest hill resort. It rises to a height of 1,035 metres, just 3km
from Taiping, Perak. Coffee and tea were grown on an experimental
basis in the past, giving rise to the Chinese name 'kopi sua' The
resort, however, makes a suitable choice for those wanting to enjoy
peace amid a cool scenery Getting up to the resort is via a land
rover from the base of the hill. No private vehicles are allowed
up the hill.
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Jerai Gunung Jerai (1,200metres) is relatively unknown as a hill
resort but this highest peak in the northern region offers a worthwhile
and interesting visit as the archaeological site of Lembah Bujang
is situated close by. Attractions on the mountain include a Forestry
Museum and the Sungai Teroi Forest Recreation Park with jungle trails
and waterfalls. Gunung Jerai is located 34 km south of Alor Setar.
Access to the peak is from Guar Cempedak from Route 1. Jeeps ply
the 13 km route to the resort or you may drive up.
Located in the state of Pahang in Peninsular Malaysia, one of the
latest holiday resorts is Bukit Tinngi.It is located a mere 40 minutesjourney
time from the commercial capital of KualaLumpur.
Genting Highlands, only fifty kilometers from Kuala Lumpur, is the
most developed hill resort in Malaysia. Genting Highlands offers
all of the excitement, luxury, and entertainment of an international
resort destination. There are international dinner shows and discos,
while the world-class Casino de Genting offers Blackjack, Baccarat,
Keno, French Bull, Roulette, Tai Sai and slot machines. Genting
Highlands can be reached from Kuala Lumpur via the faster Karak
Highway or the slower old Pahang Road (Route 68). The latter passes
by Mimaland, which may be a good place to stop by before proceeding
to Genting Highlands. The Genting Express Bus leaves every hour
from the Puduraya Bus Station in Kuala Lumpur.
MOUNTAINS OF SABAH AND SARAWAK
Gunung Kinabalu, one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia
at 4095m is located in Kinabalu Park, Sabah. It is accessible to
all trekkers. The Summit Trail leading to Low's Peak is equipped
with clear paths and ropes to climb steep rocky sections. Exotic
plant life such as the Necklace Orchid can be seen on the climb.
Gunung Trusmadi is reacheable by a difficult week long climb through
mossy forest, steep hills and rain swollen rivers. Upon reaching
the summit, you will be rewarded with one of the best views of Gunung
Kinabalu and a chance to see the remarkably large and rare pitcher
plants only found on the ridges of Trusmadi.
Other mountains can be climbed in two days as long as you are fit
enough to tackle the steep terrain. Gunung Santubong is one of the
most popular mountains in Sarawak with its spectacular view of Kuching.
Guides will be needed on the tough trek to Sarawak's Gunung Penrissen.
The 60 meter vertical scramble to the top can be completed in a
day or two. The long uphill walk to the sandstone summit of Gunung
Mulu takes four days and passes through primary jungle, swampy patches
and clumps of colorful rhododendrons before the white clouds disperse
to reveal the massive limestone outcropping of Gunung Api just across
Mountain Climbing Sites in Malaysia includes Gunung Jerai, Kedah
1217m, Gunung Korbu, Perak 2183m, Gunung Tangsi,Negri Sembilan 2707m,
Gunung Ledang, Johor 1276m, Gunung Tahan, Pahang 2187m, Gunung Gagau,
Pahang 1376m, Gunung Brinchang, Pahang 2032m, Gunung Beremban, Pahang
1840m, Gunung Jasar, Pahang 1696m, Gunung Perdah, Pahang 1529m,
Gunung Kinabalu, Sabah 4095m, Gunung Tambuyukon, Sabah 2508m, Gunung
Trusmadi, Sabah 2643m, Gunung Silam, Sabah 883m, Gunung Lotong,
Sabah 1667m, Gunung Penrissen, Sarawak 1329m, Tama Abu, Sarawak
2113m, Bukit Batu Buli, Sarawak 2082m, Bukit Batu Lawi, Sarawak
2046m, Bukit Batu, Sarawak 2092m, Bukit Batu Iran, Sarawak 2018m,
Gunung Mulu, Sarawak 2376m, Gunung Santubong, Sarawak 810m.
Accommodation facilities available on Cameron Highlands
are Strawberrypark Resort, Lakehouse Resort, Bala’s Holiday
Chalets, Century Pines Hotels & Resort and on Fraser's Hill
are Fraser’s Silverpark Resort.
Malaysia Hotels Dot CC, brings you some of the best hotels on
Malaysia Hills Resorts. On Cameron Highlands we bring to you Strawberrypark
Resort, Lakehouse Resort, Bala’s Holiday Chalets, Century
Pines Hotels & Resort and on Fraser’s Hill we bring
to you Fraser’s Silverpark Resort. We present them here
comprehensively with factual information on all our participating
hotels and resorts on all the major Malaysia Hills Resorts.
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