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PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
TAIPING : Bukit Larut
 
 

BUKIT LARUT

Park in the clouds...

 

Not for from the serene Lake Gardens at the foot of the heavily forested Bintang mountain range is the start to a thrillingly steep 13km mountain road with 72 hair raising hairpin bends that takes you to an altitude of 1036m. This is the quaint and picturesque Bukit Larut that offers visitors sweeping views of Taiping town below and the Straits of Melaka beyond. There are bungalows to rent here, a lovely public park, Hindu temples, jungle walks, and breathtaking sceneries. Founded in 1884 by the British, Bukit Larut is Malaysia?s oldest hill station and the one with the highest rainfall. The mountain remains cloud free only for several hours daily. Visitors will notice Bukit Larut's charm is its simplicity as it retains much of its original atmosphere as a colonial hill station.

 

The hill station is dotted with many rustic colonial sited bungalows with colourful and carefully tended gardens. Several bungalows are available for rent, Visitors can inquire or make bookings at the entrance of the hill station located near its foothill. You cant drive to the top of the hill resort as the road is too narrow. Instead, there is a Land Rover service managed by the Taiping Town Council. Aside from a tiring climb, the only way reaching the top of the hill is by these four-wheel vehicles. Hourly service from the foot of the hill starts from 7am until 6pm. If its your first ride on one of these Land Rovers, hold on tight as the drive can be quite exhilarating.

 

Hearts may also start to race a bit as you watch the drivers change gear while skillfully negotiating the steep and twisting one-way road. Although the drive up the hill may seem like an endless procession of hairpins, it only takes about 30 minutes to reach the top. Midway, the Land Rover makes a brief stop at the Garden Tea House to allow vehicles driving down to pass through. What was once part of a small tea-estate, the Tea Garden House is a reminder of how coffee and tea were grown on an experimental basis at the hill but was then discontinued due to transport and logistic difficulties. At this point visitors can begin to get magnificent views of Taiping and its Lake Gardens.

 
 

 

On reaching the resort proper, you will be greeted with a spectacular view of Taiping and the sweeping coast beyond. On very clear days, one may also be able to see Penang Island. A watchtower and a suspended bridge near a bungalow named Maxwell Resthouse offers one of the most magnificent viewpoints.

 

The slopes and peaks of Bukit Larut is cloaked in brilliantly green and luxuriant evergreen rainforest with sub-montane flora above 1,000m of the 1,400m peaks. Flowers that colour the resort include roses, dahlias, daisies, pansies, petunias, lupines, and marigold. The cool climate also favours golden sunflowers, reputedly the largest variety in the country.

 

Bird life here is plentiful. The best trail for bird watchers is the Gunung Hijau Trail, which spirals up towards the summit of Gunung Hijau, one of the peaks of the Bintang range. The pristine mountain forest is also home to smaller fauna species such as gibbons, and squirrels, while its wild flora comprises species such as wild orchids, Mountain Giant Fishtail Palm and many species of bracken-like ferns.

 

Among the popular activities one can choose to do at Bukit Larut are walking and observing nature or partaking in the British habit of a long ?constitutional. The first choice is highly recommended since the vegetation is interesting, changing at about 900m from lowland rainforest to lower montane rainforest There are lots of huge trees, as this area is still pristine and exotic species include the rare Mountain Giant Fishtail Palm.

 

The wildlife is perhaps even more spectacular at Bukit Larut, patience and a little luck might reward a visitor with sightings of monkeys, deer, civets, or even clouded leopards. A rich and diverse weekend getaway, Bukit Larut is the perfect place for those seeking respite from the sultry lowland.

 
 
 
TAIPING : Bukit Larut
PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA