Malaysia has many highland retreats offering a cool and relaxing retreat from the heat and bustle of the city. Each highland has a panoramic view to be enjoyed and a distinctive character of its own to be discovered. Four of the main highland destinations in the country is located in the state of Pahang, namely Cameron Highlands, Genting Highlands, Fraser’s Hill and Bukit Tinggi. Another highland retreat of popular choice is Bukit Larut in Perak.
Located at an altitude of 1,828 m at the north western corner of Pahang, the Cameron Highlands are the largest and most genteel hill resort in Malaysia. Popular attractions at Cameron Highlands include tea plantations, strawberry farms, rose gardens and the marketplace at Brinchang. There are also many nature trails offering a spectacular view of the highland forests. Make the 3-hour drive to Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur an enjoyable one by stopping at the hot springs or the many interesting picnic spots along the way.
The exciting city in the clouds, Genting Highlands, is nestled at 1,800 m above sea level on one of the mountain peak on the Titiwangsa Mountains, which lies on the border of Selangor and Pahang. Genting Highlands is the most developed hill resort in Malaysia and offers the only legal gambling venue in Malaysia, an outdoor and indoor theme parks with over 50 rides for families to enjoy, convention halls and numerous shopping and dining outlets. A drive up to Genting Highlands from Kuala Lumpur takes only about an hour. Opt to park at the cable car station for another interesting experience of going to the top of the mountain in a cable car.
The idyllic Fraser’s Hill is an ideal destination for nature lovers and city dwellers looking for a relaxing escape. It is built on seven hills straddling the Pahang-Selangor border, about 105 km north of Kuala Lumpur. An endless list of activities at Fraser’s Hill include bird-watching, jungle trekking, white-water rafting, archery, abseiling, golfing, hiking, fishing and horse-riding; there is bound to be something for everyone.
The main attraction at Bukit Tinggi is the Colmar Tropicale which is a replica of the Colmar Village in France. Just over an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, there is also a Japanese Village, a Botanical garden, a golf course, a rabbit park, an archery arena and spas to enjoy at a cool altitude of up to 1,000 m. Bukit Tinggi is also located close to Genting Highlands if you yearn for more entertainment options.
Bukit Larut, also known as Maxwell Hill, is located approximately 10 km from the town of Taiping in Perak. At an altitude of 1,250 m, it is the wettest area experiencing the highest rainfall and is the oldest hill station in Malaysia. Relax in the preserved quiet atmosphere of a colonial hill station, stroll along nature trails to discover the numerous species of Bukit Larut’s flora and fauna, take leisurely walks in the sweet-smelling flower gardens and be treated to an enchanting view of the West Coast of the peninsula at the summit.