Virtual Tour 39: Fraser’s Hill

You have seen Cameron Highlands. Fraser’s Hill is another hill station that dates from the British colonial era. Not quite as high up as Cameron, but closer to KL. I spent many a childhood family holiday in a Fraser’s Hill bungalow.

Louis James Fraser, like Cameron and Dickson, is Scotsman who has a place in Malaysia named after him. Fraser operated a tin mine high in the Titiwangsa Range in the 1890s. He disappeared some twenty-five years later. A search party sent by the Bishop of Singapore found no trace of Fraser. What the Bishop did find was the perfect place for a hill station away from the heat of the lowlands.

My friends and I have ridden up to Fraser’s Hill a number of times. We start from Kuala Kubu Bahru. The top of Fraser’s is 38km / 23.6mi away, and 1,200 meters / 3,937 feet higher.

Our intermediate goal is The Gap which is 8km / 5mi from the top. The Gap is at the border between the states of Selangor and Pahang where the road turns into a loop.

This is the Sungai Selangor dam lookout point.

The road runs beside the Sangloi river before it empties into the reservoir.

Naturally, there are waterfalls.

Tropical rainforest all around.

The Gap used to be the point where the two-way road became a one-way road for the final 8km to Fraser’s Hill.  Traffic went up on even hours and came down on odd hours.

If you missed the gate time at the Gap you waited at the Gap Resthouse. Sadly the Gap Resthouse is no more.  It was closed for renovations and never reopened.

That last 8km / 5mi includes 400 meters / 1,300 feet of climbing. It is a relief to see Fraser’s Hill police station.

The clock tower 50 metres from the police station is traditionally where the “We made it!” photographs are taken.

When I was a boy the Tavern was the place for lunch and a game of darts. Today it is known as Scott’s Pub and Restaurant.

Scott’s is across the road from a golf course.

Glen is one of the bungalows I have stayed in. These 1920’s stone structures got pretty chilly at night. Perhaps an odd sentiment for the tropics, but thank goodness for the fireplaces.

Other accommodation options have popped up since. The Shahzan Inn for example.

In 2001 a new road was constructed from Fraser’s down to The Gap. Now you can drive up or down anytime.

You just have to be sure to keep your eyes on the road and not be distracted by the views.

5 response to "Virtual Tour 39: Fraser’s Hill"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 29, 2020

    Can’t imagine ever needing fireplaces in Malaysia. When I arrived at KL airport 40 years ago when I left the plane the humidity and heat rocked me, I was gasping for breath.

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: June 29, 2020

      The heat is worse now. In the late 60s, it was a hot day when the temperature hit 30ºC / 86ºF. Now it is a cool day when the temperature is only 30ºC.

      I don’t know how much use the fireplaces in Frasers get these days. We definitely needed them at night when I was a pre-teen.

  2. By: Rocky Posted: June 30, 2020

    Amazing photos! It makes me want to go there except the extreme heat sounds awful!

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: June 30, 2020

      Yeah, the heat and humidity are a challenge. Which is why I prefer to be riding at 6:00 am and done by 9:30 am or so.

      But you can’t avoid it on longer tours. That’s when all those iced drinks and McDonald’s sundaes come into play.

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