Bukit Larut Aka Maxwell Hill In Perak Is An Untouched Genting Highlands
Genting Highlands’ breezy resort-town is a popular destination because of its numerous theme parks, shopping destinations and hotels — but what if you want a weekend getaway surrounded by nature?
Bukit Larut – also known as Maxwell Hill – is a hidden retreat that boasts of majestic waterfalls, crystalline pools and lush green gardens.
The resort is relatively untouched by humans as compared to Genting and Cameron Highlands.
If you’re ready to visit this fairytale-like destination, here’s what to expect.
6-story waterfalls & clear pools
Unlike Genting Highlands there are no entertainment facilities, but you can see natural wonders like a 6-storey high reservoir waterfall.
The path to the falls features flowing streams cascading down soft rocks and hard rocks.
The region accumulates 98 inches of rain per year and is located in one of the wettest places in Malaysia. Heavy downpours and pools are pretty common — but we’re sure you won’t mind soaking in these gorgeous pools.
Enchanted forests & gardens
The hilltops of Bukit Larut look like an enchanted forest embellished with flowers, birds and tree ferns.
A nature getaway conjures images of pine trees amid gorgeous cityscape views, so you’ll be pleased to know that you can sit on rocks and enjoy a scene guaranteed to take your breath away.
To reach the top, you’ll need to take a ride inside land rovers or hike for four hours. The roads are very steep so private cars are not allowed. If you’re going to ride the land rover, buckle up because the road has many twists and turns.
Whether you’re hiking or riding a car, you’ll get the opportunity to marvel at the towering trees and plants.
The temperatures can fluctuate between 10 to 15 degrees so bring some sweaters and umbrellas – then prepare for some rainfalls and fog.
You’re bound to feel like Indiana Jones after trekking these narrow bending roads that are 13km long.
Bungalows & parks
The Bukit Larut Hill resort was built under the direction of William Edward Maxwell who served as an Assistant Resident of Perak during the 1800s.
Several bungalows were built and maintained by the government for the European planters. While these bungalows were traditionally meant to help Europeans take a break amidst the tropical heat, tourists can obtain permission to stay inside a bungalow from the Bukit Larut office.
Those bringing their kids along will be happy to find a spacious playground where kids can ride swings, run and play games.
Located in the park is a hanging bridge where you can take pictures guaranteed to make your friends jelly.
The bridge leads to a lookout post which is an ideal spot for bird watching on sunny days.
Booking your trip?
Bukit Larut is certainly a sight to see for nature lovers seeking a place of serenity away from bustling crowds. To get to the resort, you can book a trip from Singapore to Perak’s Sultan Azlan Shah Airport via Scoot or AirAsia. From there, take a 1 hour and 10 minute cab ride.
To find a place to stay, check out their website. You can also check out the bungalows and rates here and the schedule of land rovers here. To make a reservation, contact their Bukit Larut office for more details.
Don’t forget to bring some sweaters, jackets and umbrellas because it can get chilly and rainy.
Address: 34000 Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Contact details of Bukit Larut Office: +605-807 7241/7243
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