Hill Resorts in Malaysia
Hill resorts can be as entertaining in Malaysia as the beaches and islands. When the denizens get desperate of the tropical climate, they go to these hill resorts for respite. These hills always carry a verdant look, which is quite eye-soothing and refreshing. And in the hill resorts of Malaysia, tourists can enjoy themselves with an array of entertaining activities.
The most popular hill resort in Malaysia, Cameron Highlands is another name for verdant, undulating hills. Located in the Pahang province of Malaysia, Cameron Highlands is situated at an altitude of 1,829 metres. This hill resort, which enjoys a cool climate all round the year, has earned the nickname Green Bowl, for it produces a large amount of vegetables, tea, and strawberries. The rose gardens of Cameron Highlands are something not to miss.
Some famous centres are Rose Centre, Rose Valley, and Robertson Rose Garden. Cactus Valley showcases innumerable types of cactus. A nice way to relax in Cameron Highlands is a stroll in the fragrant tea plantations. Butter Farm and Butterfly Garden are two other popular places in this hill resort.
Fraser’s Hill is located just a couple of hours off Kuala Lumpur, making it easily accessible. This is a common name for a consortium of seven hills. The region remains cool throughout the year, and is a popular site for weekends among Kuala Lumpur denizens. In Fraser’s Hill, the best thing to do is to stroll amidst natural beauty. Apart from that, you could also enjoy bird watching, golfing, boating, fishing, whitewater rafting, archery, mountain biking, horse riding, squash, and much more. This hill resort has successfully maintained its colonial charm.
Genting Highlands has been diligently developed for tourists. Located just 50 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur, it is another easily accessible tourism spot. The place is known for its exotic nightlife, luxurious resorts, and entertainment. Casinos, dinner shows, golf resort, and discos cater to the demand of tourists. The two theme parks are ever ready to welcome tourists. The Outdoor Theme Park is something you should not miss during your trip to Genting Highlands — you will love the rides in this theme park. The Indoor Theme Park is another place equipped with modern recreation gadgets.
Gunung Jerai, also known as Kedah Peak, is the highest mountain in Kedah state. When looked at from the sea, the hill seems an imposing structure. The hill has lush forest, indicating that it has several places for picnicking. Sungai Teroi Recreational Forest has so many herbs, ferns, flowering plants, and climbers. On a sunny day, you would be able to see the coastline.
Located in Penang, this hill resort is just a 20 minutes drive from Georgetown, Malaysia. Also known as Bukit Bandara, Penang Hill is a fantastic place to spend time with your family and friends. The resort has several vantage points offering panoramic views. Jungle trekking and bird watching are popular activities in Penang Hill. The half hour cable ride for the hill resort is an experience in itself.
This is the oldest hill resort in Malaysia. Also known as Maxwell Hill, it is located just 10km from Taiping in Perak province. Bukit Larut has preserved its colonial atmosphere to date. You will delightfully enjoy the modest colonial bungalows and meticulously cultivated gardens. The road to the resort is an experience in itself.
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Wikipedia‘s article Taiping, Perak indicates that Taiping had been the capital of Perak State from 1876 to 1937, when Ipoh took over that distinction. Ipoh is the larger city, and located about 70 kilometres from Taiping.
Although that article does refer to the Perak Tourist Information Centre, Ipoh City Council, this entity has no website that I can find. No contact details were offered in the article, either.
Tripwolf.com says the following about the Perak Information Centre:
There are three tourist offices, none of which is particularly helpful: Ipoh City Council Tourist Office (Jl Abdul Adil, Mon-Thu 0800-1245, 1400-1615, Fri 0800- 1230, 1400-1615, Sat 0800-1245); Perak Information Centre (Pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan, Lot 7, Jln Medan Istana 3, T05-255 2772, email@example.com T05-253 1957, Mon-Thu 0800-1245, 1400-1615, Fri 0800-1215, 1445-1615, Sat 0800-1245;) Tourist Information (Casuarina Hotel, 18 Jl Gopeng, T05-253 2008.) Also see http://www.perak.gov.my.
It is interesting that the state website just above has an English-language option, for I had read at Lawyerment.com (State Governments/Perak) that it was available in the Malay version only. They also state this:
NOTE: Certain websites are only accessible during working hours of the Federal Government of Malaysia or Perak State Government.
Is that possible? Some websites actually shut down after working hours? I’ve never heard of such a thing!
At any rate, a few websites that do speak of some tourist highlights and destinations in Perak are as follows:
- Spy.my: Perak Tourism
- Voyage99.com: Perak Malaysia
- HolidaysInMalaysia.org: Perak
- GoTaiping.com: Tourist Attractions in Taiping & Perak
These additional related references are being added in a February 16, 2013, edit to this post. Three of them date back to 2009, so keep that in mind if you visit the websites:
A must visit tourist place for holiday in Perak! … The Taiping Zoo does not sleep at night and the zoo holds night safari sessions for visitors who are bold enough to venture out into the dark forests to catch a glimpse of their favorite animal.
Publish Date: 12/24/2012 15:47
Exploring PERAK: Taiping. Written By: jipp – Sep• 30•12. I had never been to Perak despite having spent so many years in the Peninsular of Malaysia. I mean, I did drive across Perak on my way to Penang at least a couple of times but I didn’t really stop to explore any further than its RnRs. So when a friend of mine came up with … The look of it would have made an ordinary tourist go checking out right away but we were no ordinary tourists. In fact the excitement kinda …
Publish Date: 09/29/2012 11:57
Perak is one of these fourteen states that have delightful destinations that you can consider visiting. The district of Taiping is one district in Perak that has a host of tourist attractions that beckon you to come and visit its grounds. Visit the Taiping …
Publish Date: 12/14/2012 22:47
Taiping, Perak. The ever peaceful town, Taiping. Well if you translate the Chinese characters of this Perak town, that’s what they mean. And of course in relation to this Cameron Highlands website about Malaysia highlands, they have the hill station called Bukit Larut (aka Maxwell Hill). A visit to Bukit Larut without … your travel destination travel complete. Besides, Taiping has a long colourful history, making it one of the heritage travel destination for tourism Malaysia.
Publish Date: 07/17/2009 4:07
A quick escape to Taiping, Perak straight after my final examination with one of my Taiping-ian course-mate, Christine. We departed shortly the next day … The lovely family became my tour guide. Daddy & mummy Chris took …
Publish Date: 12/28/2012 8:21
Admittedly I have no experience in touring night safari in any zoo, Taiping Zoo Night Safari indeed gave me an unexpected surprise for its moonlight soft lighting and open concept displays for many noctural fauna.
Publish Date: 05/25/2009 9:34
The Old Clock Tower of Taiping was built in the year 1881. Originally made of wood, the structure was rebuilt with bricks nine years later, in 1890. The actual building of the Taiping Clock Tower was in the shape of a square …
Publish Date: 05/18/2009 21:19
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A town steep in history, Taiping is also home to the oldest museum in Peninsular Malaysia. Located a mere 3 kilomteres away from the town of Taiping and opposite the equally historic Taiping Prison, Perak Museum is perhaps the best destination for those who wish to learn more on the history of Perak and its relevance to the present and future.
Built in 1883 and opened to the public in 1886, the museum was the brainchild of Leonard Wray Junior; botanist, geologist, chief officer for Larut Garden and the museum’s first curator. Under the appointment of Sir Hugh Low, the third British Resident of Perak, Leonard started the museum with four galleries, a library and an administrative section, which had a curator, a taxidermist, a clerk and a caretaker. It was in these four galleries that Leonard displayed zoological, archaeological, ethnological and herbarium materials, much of it recorded and collected by himself.
Less known but equally significant, the museum’s library is also the first library in Malaysia. From its inception, the museum library had provided invaluable reference books, periodicals, government gazettes and other materials on history, anthropology, archaeology, culture, science and nature to researchers. Much of these books were in English and the British officials in Perak donated most of it. Today, the library’s collection is over 6,000 and a few of them are considered quite rare and priceless.
At present, the Department of Museums and Antiquities has taken over the Perak Museum into its fold and it is also under the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism. Much of the museum’s earlier collection still remains on display. To date, the total accumulated collections is 8,474 , consisting of 5,074 cultural collections, 523 nature collections and 2,877 miscellaneous collections that includes archaeological items.
At the museum, visitors will find interesting and rare collections such as stuffed animals and skeletons that are well over a hundred years old. The dominating sight as one enters the museum is the throne of the late Sultan of Perak.
Well maintained and informative, the museum is an impressive collection of zoology, pre-history, economy and ethnology that reflect Perak’s rich historical heritage.
Visiting hours are between 9am and 5pm, including holidays, except on the eve of Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidilada. Admission is free.
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