Sunday, 14 July 2013

@Vacation @Fraser Hill @Pahang

Pahang is the third largest state in Malaysia. The state occupies the huge Pahang River river basin. Its state captial is Kuantan, and the royal seat is at Pekan. Other important towns include Jerantut, Kuala Lipis, Temerloh and the hill resorts of Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands, Bukit Tinggi and Fraser's Hill.

The name, 'Pahang' has been said to originate from the language of a Siamese aborigines tribe, meaning 'ore'. The aborigines used to live here and opened up several mining areas, especially in Sungai Lembing. According to an old Malay story, at the place near the Pahang River, on the opposite side of Kampung Kembahang, a large 'mahang' tree fell across the river thus the name 'Pahang' originated.

There is also a population of native Orang Asli who live in the area, although most have been relocated from the forests to other areas.

Fraser's Hill is a highland resort destination nestled among the mountains of Pahang. It is about two hours away from the city, Kuala Lumpur. Locally known as Bukit Fraser (in Malay language), this cooling holiday retreat is popular for its nature activities and cooling climate, escaping the city heat. It is also one of the last hill stations of Malaysia, an imprint left behind by former British colonial masters.

Fraser's Hill has its roots in the 1890s, when the tin ore trade was bustling. After a failed gold mining venture in Australia, Scottish prospector Louis James Fraser arrived to explore the remote Titiwangsa mountains of Pahang.

The story how it began as the following is : -
One day, he came across rich tin ore deposits embedded in several ridgetops, hidden by a thick drape of mossy forest. Opening up a mine, Fraser hired Chinese labourers and used mules to transport tin ore down a steep mountain track (Gap road today) to Raub town for trade. Eventually, Fraser himself moved up the hill and operated several gambling and opium dens, for the miners to find entertainment after work. Sometime around 1915, he vanished just as the tin deposits dried up and everyone moved away. Fraser's Hill became overgrown as nature reclaimed the mined land while Fraser himself became somewhat of an enigma, as his mysterious disappearance has not been solved till this day. In 1917, the bishop of Singapore rediscovered Fraser's Hill on a hunt for the man. His suggestions for the area to be developed into a hill station were brought to fruition by authorities. The rest of ensuing history are minor details to describe the growth of this nature resort destination to present day, with its collection of refurbished colonial bungalows and luxury resorts for visitors to stay.

The entirely of Fraser's Hill is a protected nature reserve and gazetted wildlife sanctuary. Temperatures usually range between 22 28'c during the day and 16 - 20'c at night; with more rain, the environment becomes cold and misty.

I went down to the hill with my guy's family and enjoyed the stay for 3 days 2 nights there.

The road to Fraser's Hill was a very dangerous one. The road is a very steep and narrowed which fits only a single lane which we have to keep a close watch as we are travelling down the slopes of hill.
It was so beautiful and relaxation weekend away from the Kuala Lumpur's dirty pollution air and dusty. The air at Fraser's Hill was soooo fresh! and I cannot tell you how much beautiful environment it is.

We all were having the good BBQ for dinner. We brought it from home to the Hill. It was so cold in the night however the smokes from the bbq and it keeps us all away from being bite by mosquito. 

Then we were having our drink in our apartment after the bbq dinner. The air was so cold, down to about 17'c which my body felt like frozen meat! HaHa!. There was no air-condition nor fan everywhere. How good we can use it for the eco - green environment, huh?

The next day, we were having our breakfast and took a visit to those places. But actually there is not much things to see at the Hill. Unless you are gonna to have it for the best relaxation week!

It is Taman Awam, a public park in Fraser's Hill. Entrance is free and it is a popular spot for families with children. There are playgrounds, beautiful garden landscape with exotic conifer trees. There are some small shopping arcade, sundry shops and food court too. 

We didn't do the trekking due to some kids, a bit hard to carry down
It is 1.5km to the trekking and visiting the birds.

It is Allan's Water. We can see some fishes and do paddle boat to the small lake. Originally, it was used to collect and supply mountain water for British residents, back in the early days when Fraser's Hill was a colonial hill station.

It is Paddock, where it's for horse ridding and archery place. Unfortunately, it was closed due to raya season fasting. 

We were having good dinner cooked from apartment and relax during the night. Then the next day is our last stay. We were able to visit some places during our journey home to Kuala Lumpur. 

It is a house, an English style. I managed to take a snap of this.
It is Jeriau Waterfall. A popular nature is about 4km away from Frasers Hill's town center.

The stream comes from the waterfall

The small road from the little waterfall

Kuala Kubu Bharu is a near to Fraser's Hill. KKB is a dying town.  

I ordered this special for my dear from T'ganu via post laju