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Bukit Fraser Still Draws The Tourists

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Fraser’s Hill is a resort notable in the country’s tourism industry.

This highland retreat, that sits on the Titiwangsa Range in Pahang, draws a continuous stream of visitors as the temperature there is cool, ranging from 17 and 24 degrees Celsius.

The highest point on Fraser’s Hill is 1,280 metres above sea level. Located some 105 km from Kuala Lumpur, Fraser’s Hill showcases a number of bungalows and houses constructed according to the British colonial style.

The small town of Fraser’s Hill is known as ‘Little England’ and most of the activities here centers around a spot that stands a beautiful clock tower.

Fraser’s Hill is also world-renowned for the Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race event.

The scenario of a Tudor-style village, akin to that in Scotland, coupled with the highland’s cool air, has never failed to draw tourists who want to enjoy the ‘picturesque’ situation there.

NEW LIFE FOR LITTLE ENGLAND

Realising that ‘Little England’ needs some fresh infusion, the government has allocated RM30 million to redevelop Fraser’s Hill.

The Director for Tourism Malaysia Pahang Amran Ariffin said the allocation is for the renovation and refurbishment of old buildings here.

“The Tourism Ministry views seriously the efforts to redevelop Fraser’s Hill as a premier tourist attraction.

“These efforts would be held in stages,” he told Bernama at a photography competition on nature here recently.

FAMILY-ORIENTED CARNIVAL

Amran said with the collaboration of the Fraser’s Hill Development Corporation (FHDC) and Raub District Council, the annual events at this resort next year would be held on a grander scale.

“Our target is to record 35,000 visitors a month and we hope the figure is higher during the school and year-end holidays.

Amran said Tourism Malaysia Pahang with the assistance from the Pahang government, Raub District Council, Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Shahzan Inn, The Pines Resort and Malaysian Nature Society would stage a family-oriented carnival at Fraser’s Hill.

“The carnival would have eight main programmes beginning this June and that ends in December to attract tourists to this resort,” he said.

The programmes are a photography competition on nature, Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race competition, archery event, golf tournament, treasure hunt, paintball championship, mini bicycle race and woodball challenge.

There are two ways to reach Fraser’s Hill. One is from Kuala Lumpur to Rawang, Kuala Kubu Baharu, Ampang Pechah and Gap before making the hill climb.

The second is the route from Kuala Lumpur to Bentong, Raub, Tras and finally, Gap before making the climb to Fraser’s Hill town.

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