When J was around 14 months old, we decided to take a short trip to Fraser’s Hill in Malaysia. It had been rather a long time since our first trip out of Singapore to Australia, and we really needed a change of scenery.
We picked Fraser’s Hill because it is only a 5 hour drive away from Singapore (and 2 hours from Kuala Lumpur). Since it is located in the highlands of Pahang, Fraser’s Hill (also known as Bukit Fraser) has a cool climate which would give us a break from the usual equatorial humidity and heat. The entirety of Bukit Fraser is also a protected nature reserve and wildlife sanctuary, so it is a good place to go if you want to spend some time outdoors.
Bukit Fraser is named after a Scottish explorer who went missing in the region in 1900. During a fruitless search for Fraser, the British expatriates discovered this tranquil little hill which reminded them of the misty Scottish highland landscape, and named it for the missing explorer.
As Bukit Fraser is one of the last hill stations of Malaysia, the whole area is dotted with beautiful old colonial bungalows. We booked rooms at Ye Olde Smokehouse, a charming Tudor-style countryhouse converted into a boutique hotel.
Upon arrival at our hotel, we were served a very delicious cream tea with homemade scones, freshly whipped cream and strawberry jam from the local strawberry farm. Oooooh, there’s nothing like a piping hot sweet tea to calm down the frazzled nerves after a long car journey!
J was just learning to walk at the time, and we were so grateful for the shady verandah and the lush garden with its springy soft turf that was so great for our wobbly little tot!
Our room had a large four poster bed and a cot for J, but what I liked best about the room was that there was a very comfortable sofa in an alcove under the windows, just outside the little bathroom. This is where my husband and I would rest and read books, or do a little birdwatching from our window, whilst J slept out of sight, just around the corner.
It was quiet and peaceful enough, up there on the hill, for us to keep the windows open all afternoon and enjoy the cool, fresh air and the sounds of birds singing.