A little slice of England in Malaysia
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Named after a somewhat shady fortune hunter, Louis James Fraser, this is one of Malaysia's most charming colonial hill stations.
Fraser's Hill (Bukit Fraser) was officially opened to visitors in 1922. It was never meant to be a huge attraction, and outside public holidays, the tourists still come in trickles, not hordes.
Its principal attraction is the cool, albeit rainy, climate which comes from having an elevation of about 1,500 metres. Fraser's can also boast several well-marked walking trails, abundant bird-life, beautiful views, quaint places to eat and sleep, and a range of affordable leisure activities, such as golf, horse-riding and archery. The visitor centre in the ground floor of the Puncak Inn is a good first stop.
Fraser's Hill no longer has a bus service -- the closest you can get now by public transport is Kuala Kubu Baru (KKB), from where a taxi costs approximately 80 ringgit. A far cheaper, and more convenient alternative, is to hire a car for the two- to three-hour journey. You need to head north out of KL, towards Ipoh, taking the exit for Rawang, from where you follow directions for KKB, and then Bukit Fraser.
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