DATE:13-15 JANUARY 2017
Fraser’s Hill, a local destination was chosen for our short break because it was a place easily accessible to all in the family. Besides I could do with a doze of cool and fresh mountain air. From Penang it was about 4.5 hour’s drive while for Hazmi and Hariz from Kuala Lumpur it was just over 2 hours.
Driving south along the North-South highway, we stopped for breakfast at Juru rest area and later made another stop in Tapah to buy fruits. We left the highway at Tanjung Malim (exit 121), and proceeded to Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB). Then, we followed the directions on the sign boards to Fraser’s Hill. This is our second visit to Fraser’s Hill. The first one was made many years ago when the twins were very young. I had forgotten about the dam located a few minutes passed KKB town. The water level in the Ampang Pecah Dam seemed a bit low. After Kg Pertak, the road started to wind uphill, narrow with many hairpin bends. It was about 30 km to the Fraser’s Hill town. Briefly after the Resthouse Gap, we turned left onto a one-way road (about 8 km). In the past, ascending and descending traffic had to take turns to use this road.
The clock tower at the centre of the roundabout is not only an important landmark, it is also the most photographed object on Fraser’s Hill. And, the town’s activities seem to be centralised around this small area in the vicinity of the clock tower.
Having checked in at our rented apartment at Silver Park, our first activity was to head to the golf course. The fees Nik paid for two players, two trollies and two caddies (Hanif and myself) were RM 60. The Fraser’s Hill golf course ia a 9-hole course. It had rained briefly a few minutes earlier and mist covered the first fairway. This is an interesting golf course, each hole is different with its own character. However, it is poorly maintained; the grass on the fairways are not lawned and many (fairways) are damaged by wild boars. There was only one golfer, a local, behind us. The last hole was in really bad shape, our backyard is neater.
If you are looking for gourmet food, Fraser’s Hill may not be the place. But, for a few days’ stay, there are ample restaurants and food stalls to satisfy one’s hunger. We had noodles near the golf club, fried rice at Olio’s (Puncak Inn) Restaurant, breakfast and lunch at the stall behind the mosque. The nasi lemak at Green Roses, a stall at the food court was really good.
On Saturday morning we went jungle trekking. Find out what we discovered along the jungle trail in the next posting.