Malaysia has some of the world’s most beautiful highlands townships. Therefore, while you are having your vacation in Malaysia, you should visit at least one of these cool highlands listed in the following paragraphs. The reason is that the weather in Malaysia is hot and humid all year round and for this reason, these highland resorts have been the perfect holiday destinations for not only the locals but foreigners to escape the heat and buzz of the cities.
Most of these highlands are made up of quaint little towns that have built up over time around tourism and are now part of the attractions. Popular activities around these highlands resorts range from energetic jungle walks to relaxing spa pampering. These highlands not only offer a tranquil and calm environment due to the well preserved tropical forests, they are also unique in terms of the local buildings, architecture, cultures and people which can only be seen at the respective places.
Cameron Highlands is Malaysia’s largest highland township. Sitting at about 1,500 meters above sea level in the state of Pahang, it’s renowned for its cooling climate and vast area of greenery. Some attractions in Cameron Highlands are tea plantations, vegetable gardens, strawberry farms, rose gardens, cactus valley, ancient temples and so on. Cameron Highlands is one of the few places in Malaysia where you can get the cheapest and freshest strawberry and vegetables. Of course, this highland paradise still retained much of the charm of an English village since the origin of Cameron Highlands was started by a British man. The Smokehouse hotel is one of the examples of a rare building left by the British.
If you are the more adventurous type, enjoy outdoor activities and an avid nature lover, then Kinabalu Park is definitely the tourist destination you are going to love. Listed as Malaysia’ first World Heritage Site, home to Southeast Asia tallest mountain, Mountain Kinabalu and situated in the world’s oldest tropical rainforest in Borneo island, the Kinabalu Park is absolutely a fantastic place to appreciate the wealth of rare flora and fauna as well as the many nocturnal creatures roaming around. The highest mountain in Southeast Asia, Mountain Kinabalu, is certainly a place that you don’t want to miss.
Dubbed the “City of Entertainment Above the Cloud”, Genting Highlands offers round-the-clock excitement in a thrilling and tranquil environment. Located at about 1,800 meters above sea level and only about 2 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands accommodates some of the country’s grandest resorts such as the Awana Genting and the First World Hotel. Moreover, there are plenty of indoor and outdoors theme attractions ranging from the Sky Venture, Asia’s first skydiving simulator to the heart-pounding Corkscrew. Moreover, try your hand at the Casino de Genting, check out the many internationally renowned performances, or simply take in a leisurely game of golf.
Bukit Tinggi Resort
Bukit Tinggi is just over an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur City centre and lies some 2,500 feet above sea level. This beautiful township nestles amidst 16,000 acres of rugged hills surrounded by lush tropical rainforests. At Bukit Tinggi you will find a variety of unique resorts that captures the essence of different cultures of the world in a single destination. The main attraction at Bukit Tinggi is Colmar Tropicale, a replica of a collection of buildings from a north-eastern village in France dating back to the 16th Century.
Penang Hill is one of the island’s most famous tourist destinations. If you have ever stepped foot in Penang island, chances are Penang Hill may well be within your travel itinerary. The attraction of Penang Hill lies in its cool unpolluted air, unobstructed view of Georgetown, historical heritage and environmental significance. The trip going up the hill is a pleasant ride on a Swiss-made funicular tram which takes about 30-minutes with passengers having to change trains midway. On the way up, look out for the various residences dotting the hill, the lush vegetation and occasional Macaque monkeys.
Sitting pretty midst the Pahang rainforest is the little hamlet of Fraser’s Hill. At 1524 meters above sea level, this highland resort is a naturalists’ paradise boasting innumerable plant, bird and animal species. Fraser’s Hill is akin to a little Scottish village with granite-colored mock-Tudor buildings dotting the landscape. Some popular outdoor activities worth pursuing here are trekking, bird watching, horse riding, fishing and camping. Other attractions include the Gap, Ye Olde Smokehouse’s country home and the Jeriau Waterfall.
Bukit Larut, also called Maxwell Hill, is the smallest hill resort in Malaysia. This little township is situated in Taiping where it’s famous for its majestic lake gardens. The unique thing about this Bukit Larut is that nature has been left alone to flourish so bountifully. Gazette as a permanent forest reserve in 1910, Bukit Larut’s untouched forests are filled with wildlife such as birds, squirrels and gibbons which roam freely around. This resort is especially popular with nature lovers, bird-watchers, day trippers and others looking for a tranquil getaway.