Once a colonial outpost named after Louise James Fraser from Scotland, Fraser’s Hill is a popular holiday retreat for many visitors today. It is nestled in the hills of Pahang amidst the Titiwangsa mountain range and located a mere two-hour drive from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
Also known as Bukit Fraser in the Malay language, it is surprisingly not as popular as Genting Highlands and Cameron Highlands, the other two highland resorts in Pahang that are slightly more commercialised. As such, Fraser’s Hill benefits from a quieter surrounding and has managed to retain its colonial charm like no other.
Fraser Hill’s main attraction is bird watching – every year in June, the International Bird Race is held where groups of bird enthusiasts compete to find the most number of species within a time limit. It is said that there are over 200 species of birds to be found, thanks to the hill’s cool air and lush environment.
Fraser’s Hill is like a mini England in the heart of Pahang’s highlands – so make a trip to relax in the cool air, enjoy a forest stroll, admire the colonial architecture and stay a night or two to get away from the hustle and bustle of it all.