PETALING JAYA: The stress of city living, made worse by the hot and humid weather, can get a little too much to handle at times. If you’re looking for a quick getaway that’s also light on your pocket, why not head to Fraser’s Hill?
With myriad nature-themed activities to enjoy at this popular Pahang tourist destination, this is the perfect place for visitors to disconnect from the hubbub of daily life and bask in a peaceful ambience for a weekend.
And it’s not just a must-visit for fans of the great outdoors; bird lovers, in particular, will get a kick out of the things to do here.
Case in point: in June, FMT Lifestyle attended the much-anticipated International Bird Race, which saw participants from all over the world gathering with one goal in mind – to capture (with their cameras) and identify as many bird species as possible!
Home to more than 250 species, this highland paradise has often been referred to as the first-class bird-watching destination in the region. It’s no surprise, then, that this year marked the 34th time the bird race has been held here.
“We were thrilled to welcome contestants from up to nine countries, including China, India, the Philippines and more, to Fraser’s Hill this year,” Birdlife International Asia Council South East Asia’s vice-chairman Henry Goh said.
One contestant from Taiwan, who suffered from asthma, shared how bird-watching has had a positive effect on her life.
“Ever since I became a national forest volunteer back home and got closer to nature through bird-watching and nature preservation, my condition improved significantly,” Ann Huang said, praising the work done at Fraser’s Hill to protect the birds’ natural habitat.
Natthaphat Chotjuckdikul from Thailand also had positive things to say about Fraser’s Hill. “I like that they limit the number of buildings and conserve the forest here so well, contributing to the large number of birds that we can document,” she said.
So, if you’re a newcomer who’s intrigued by this avian activity, Fraser’s Hill is the perfect spot to start. But that’s not all!
Hiking and night walks
If bird-watching isn’t up your alley, then how about another equally exciting outdoor activity: hiking?
With up to six jungle trails, hiking here is designed to suit all experience levels, from beginners to experts.
Along the way, feast your eyes on the amazing flora and fauna, while working up a sweat and getting fitter in the process.
Those who are afraid of the dark, look away! For everyone else, why not sign up for a night walk along the same hiking trails?
Enjoy the cool evening breeze complete with the sounds of nocturnal insects in the air.
Horseback riding and archery
From the avian to the equestrian… Looking for an activity that’s not so easy to find in the city? Sign up for a short horseback-riding course at The Paddock, located on Valley Road.
You don’t need prior experience as a guide will be present at all times.
There’s also an archery range further down the slope if you’re itching to test out your skills with a bow and arrow.
Fish feeding and paddle boating
If you’re looking to chill in a calm and tranquil atmosphere, head to Allan’s Water on Jalan High Pines, where you can feed ducks and fish in a giant lake.
Don’t be alarmed when schools of fish swim up to you, eager to get their fill of delicious pellets!
You can also go paddle boating with your partner here and enjoy the lake’s serene and beautiful scenery. There’s no better way to wash your worries away.
This article was written as part of a visit to Fraser’s Hill organised by Tourism Malaysia.