Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Weekend at Fraser's Hill

On Friday, I went to Fraser’s Hill – a hill resort situated 64.6 miles (104 km) from the capital city, Kuala Lumpur and nestled among the mountains of Pahang. It takes about two hours to reach the destination. 

A brief stopover at the 400m-wide Sungai Selangor Dam – just minutes away from Kuala Kubu Bharu town – that supplies raw water to more than 2 million residents and industries in the Klang Valley and the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. This particular place made the news in February 2014 and continuing for months afterwards because the dry spell had caused the water level to plunge below the 40 percent critical mark and water rationing was put in place. I took a photo or two – two actually – of the scenic dam. 

And Kuala Kubu Bharu (or KKB to the locals) is a quaint little town at the foothills of Bukit Fraser in Hulu Selangor. After KKB, it is a long and winding 32-km stretch to The Gap and then another meandering 8-km ascent to the picturesque township of Fraser’s Hill.

It was nice to spend a weekend at Fraser’s Hill – away from the heat and humidity in the city – and with an average altitude of 1,200 meters, temperatures there are mild. And it still retains the sleepy charm of a colonial hill station – although I must add it could be spruced up because the place looks worn-out. 

A favorite destination among bird watchers as the hill is home to more than 250 bird species. Maybe so, but I only managed to spy a couple. 

But take it from me, except for the “official” activities that we indulged in – it isn’t much of a happening place at all!

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