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Fraser Hill & Taiping

MALAYSIA | Thursday, 9 March 2017 | Views [397] | Comments [4]

Fraser Hill 6th & 7th + Taiping 8th

Good journey up into the hills, even though the last 10 miles were on a single carriage way with mega switchbacks. It's a lot cooler up here, about 20C instead of the 30C plus we have had. Fraser Hill is an old British hill station so the buildings all look a bit British and the restaurants serve afternoon tea. Hired bikes for a couple of hours on the first afternoon, Mark tried out a “fat” bike which was ok on the downhill but hard work on the hour long up hill return – it must have been hard because I kept pace with him all the way up and that never happens!! Early the next day we went birding with a guide, saw about 20 different species including really colourful birds. Also saw some squirrels and really cute chipmunks. In the afternoon we hiked up to the communication towers and saw lots more birds. We also saw our first Malaysian snake which was a fantastic wildlife spot as it was hanging from the rafters of a building trying to catch the swifts flying in and out. It was a couple of metres long and we watched it for a few minutes until it dropped to the floor and I did a Ussain Bolt up the hill!! Great couple of days in the hills.

Left the hills for our journey north to Penang. Had a night stopover at Taiping on the way. Really nice area and the hotel overlooked the lake gardens. Walked the large gardens and then chilled in the fantastic roof top pool overlooking the hills.

Comments

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Hi, I'm following you on google because my atlas doesn't have enough detail. Fraser Hill didn't look like there was any built up bits (not like Taiping) On World Nomads page it says to avoid East Malaysia because of monsoon but if that's in your itinery I think I would ignore it. It may be exiting. Anyway keep watchin those snakes. PS What is a "fat bike" Dad XXX

  Dad Mar 9, 2017 1:06 AM

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Hiya, we aren't in east Malaysia we are only on peninsula Malaysia so no monsoon. There was a few buildings at Fraser hill but it was heavily forested so you might not be able to see on google earth. A fat bike has extra wide wheels, you should be able to see on the photo. Off to bed now, love d xx

  Dawn Mar 9, 2017 1:21 AM

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Hi, I've looked at the photo of the "fat bike" and I am convinced the hire place looked & thought westerners, (all that seafood) "fat bikes" & you should be thankful they only had one!! LOL Dad XXX

  Dad Mar 9, 2017 11:00 PM

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The first snake incident arghhh! Sounds like a great adventure though x

  Claire Bridge Mar 11, 2017 8:42 AM

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