Fraser's Hill is one of 6 major Hill Stations in Malaysia. The other 5 are Genting Highlands (1,800m), Bukit Tinggi and Cameron Highlands (1,000m) in Pahang state; Penang Hill (833m) in Penang and Maxwell Hill aka Bukit Larut (1,250m) in Perak state. Fraser's Hill actually comprises 7 hills along the Titiwangsa (Main) Range of mountains in Peninsular Malaysia and it straddles on the Selangor-Pahang border. The summit of Fraser's Hill at 1,500m (5,000ft) above sea level falls within Pahang state while access to Fraser's Hill is only possible via The Gap which is part of Selangor.
This is a picture of the famous Clock Tower of Fraser's Hill which has been here for ages! The wall is covered with creeping fig (Ficus pumila) plants and in the circle down below, there are New Guinea Impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri) flowers blooming in a variety of colours .
Here's a place where time stands still. Staring at the present scene is like a travel back in time to almost a century ago during our British colonial days. I could almost hear the clatter of hooves of horse-drawn carriages of days gone by.
This old English charm has remained until today.
1. Silverpark Hill Resort
2. Fraser's Pine Resort
3. Ye Olde Smokehouse
4. Shahzan Inn (formerly Merlin Inn)
5. Puncak Inn Bungalows rented out by various corporations
The FHGC - Fraser's Hill Golf and Country Club is formerly a tin mine.
Fraser's Hill attracts expatriates and nature enthusiasts who go there for nature walks, jungle-tracking, hiking, camping, golfing, horseback riding, bird watching, butterfly hunting or just pure relaxation.
Old English country styled homes with stone walls and white windows. Lovely Hippeastrum hybrid lilies bloom in stone planter boxes.
In the old days, mock-Tudor style houses and bungalows were built with timber frames and local limestones blocks. Roses, chrysanthemums and strawberries grew in well-tended gardens. Local eateries like The Tavern and Ye Olde Smokehouse served Devonshire tea. It was so reminiscent of rural England.
A Yphthima pandocus (Common Three Ring) butterfly resting on some cuphea groundcovers by the roadside.
A blooming Glory Princess (Tibouchina urvileana) bush.
“Fraser's Hill Town Centre - Part 2”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on April 13th, 2013.
During my visit in March 2013, the Parks and Garden Project Team from Tourism Malaysia was doing upgrading works to spruce up the town. Flowering plants and shrubs that bloom in bright colours were planted. The street structures, signages and lightings were repaired or replaced. The theme is "Little England of the East" . The beautification work is being done along a 3km Y shape that starts from the town entrance to the Clock Tower, along the Clock Tower to the Fraser's Hill Development Corporation Office and also from the Clock Tower to Shahzan Inn.
There are more than 260 species of birds here.
Fraser's Hill is a protected Forest Research and Wildlife Sanctuary. It is surrounded by Lower Montane Forest, commonly called Oak-Laurel Forest. The virgin forests here are rich in biodiversity, a fact recognised by HN Ridley since 1897. Subsequent sustainable development by the Malaysian and Pahang state governments had helped preserved the natural and pristine condition of the place.
There are 31 species of endemic plants here.