2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur is a nature getaway and a quirky slice of history from the colonial-era. A mountain town in Pahang, Fraser’s Hill has much to offer other than its rolling hills and green forests. Despite being a small town, there are numerous things to do in Fraser’s Hill.
From birdwatching to hiking, exploring waterfalls and lakes, here are eight things to do in Fraser’s Hill that will turn your holiday in Malaysia into an adventurous retreat.
Getting off the road and into the rainforests is probably the best way to experience Fraser’s Hill. Home to many unique flora and fauna, the forests here remain relatively untouched. There are a total of eight trails that visitors can explore, from the easy Hemmant Trail that’s suitable for families with children, or the slightly more challenging Bishop’s Trail. An avid hiker or a traveller looking for a challenge? Definitely check out the Pine Tree Trail, a 6 kilometer hike up and down hills to reach the summit of Pine Tree Hill.
Given the many different species of birds that can be found here, Fraser’s Hill is one of the top bird-watching destinations in Malaysia. In fact, it hosts the annual International Bird Race every June! You can spot birds just about anywhere – within the town area, in the forests and even from the cottages. It’s not uncommon to see at least 10 species of birds before breakfast!
If you’re a golfer, a round of golf on the lovely 9 hole golf course at Fraser’s Hill Golf Club is a must. One of Malaysia’s first golf courses, it takes up the bottom of the valley and has remained well-maintained over the years. If you’re staying at the Puncak Inn, you also enjoy a 20% discount! Unfortunately, kids aren’t allowed here, so if you’re looking for some family fun you should head over to the mini golf course in Puncak Inn.
4. Horse riding
The Paddock is an equestrian center for horse-riding activities in Fraser Hills, and visitors can ride retired racing horses around a small course. Besides the track, a small garden area with benches provides a nice spot for admiring the surrounding greenery and beautiful conifer trees. For a little something extra, there’s also an archery range at the bottom of the slope near the entrance.
5. Check out Allan’s Water
Allan’s Water is a small lake that has been turned into an area for recreational activities. Here, you can rent a paddle boat or zorb to take out into the water, or go across the lake for paintball and flying fox. If you have young kids, or just prefer to take it easy while staying on land, buy a packet of fish food and feed the giant kois that live in the lake!
6. Ride a bike
Explore Fraser’s Hill by renting a bicycle! You’ll find several places where bicycles are available for rent, and since the roads are relatively quiet they’re great for cycling. Although, do take note that the terrains are hilly and it can get quite windy!
7. Visit Jeriau Waterfall
Jeriau Waterfall is about 4km from Fraser’s Hill town center, and although you can hike there, most people drive instead. It is not at all recommended to drive on a rainy day as the road is steep, bumpy and precarious. Landslides and tree falls are a pretty common occurrence and therefore the waterfall is closed during monsoon season. However, if the weather is fine, the waterfall is a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon. Take a swim in the water if you can brave the cold! Try to visit on weekdays when there are less people.
8. Have coffee at Glasshouse
Glasshouse is a cosy cafe just around the corner from the town center. They have a selection of beverages, light pastries and desserts here, along with a wide range of cacti and succulents for sale! It’s a lovely place for enjoying a hot cup of joe while enjoying the cooling weather. Even if you’re not a plant lover, you’ll love the cafe’s tranquil and cosy vibes.