Go Experience Maxwell Hill-Bukit Larut for a Cool Highland Rainforest Retreat
Colonial era charm, fog-covered forests, and early morning nature sounds, Maxwell Hill-Bukit Larut exudes blissful solitude as Malaysia's oldest and least developed hill station sanctuary.
Built in 1884, this highland retreat remains a montane marvel stuck in a time long passed. The Perak Forestry Department maintains this forest reserve with lush plant and animal life in one of the wettest places in Peninsular Malaysia.
Gunung Hijau ascends to near 1450 meters and the surrounding cloud forests thrive with over 200 mountain rainforest birds and 25 species of mammals.
If you want to really escape the noise and stress of the city, go to Maxwell Hill. Once on top, nature takes over and fills your sights and senses.
Even the 20-minute jeep ride up through hairpin turns and steep terrain, not experienced elsewhere, adds some excitement to the trip.
Forget the tropic heat and relish the tropic thunder. And when the weather settles, sample the natural delights that await each highland adventurer?
"Bukit Larut Is One Of West Malaysia's Best, Undisturbed Natural Sanctuaries"
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Maxwell Hill-Bukit Larut: Walk On The Wild Side
Nature extrudes from every boulder or buttressed tree. Go out and observe. Especially after a tropical storm when creatures shake off the rain and seek food. Look under rock crevices, scan the tree canopy, tilt your head up and down slope and check out ferns, flowers and knotholes.
Seek the sunshine during the day and find wild things doing the same.
Flying lizards scamper up large tree trunks, tortoises lumber along forest paths and dusky leaf monkeys fling from limb to limb. Early morning hours bring out montane rainforest birds, full of song and flying antics. Spiderhunters, sunbirds and bulbuls parade their colorful plumes only to be outdone by the showy, yellow-crested Sultan tit.
Walk the road cut to see geckos cling upside down on rocks and leaf-looking frogs hiding out on the forest floor.
Maxwell Hill-Bukit Larut: A Curious Common Palm Civet
Darkness brings out a different wildlife menagerie. With a good flashlight and sharp eyes, the same path offers new findings. Civets sneak around the mid-canopy; snakes linger on lateral branches, while frogs and spiders hang out like spectators on leaf outposts.
For a more spectacular display, find a flying lemur. These membraned mammals scurry up thick trunks and glide in silent flight to escape predators.
The message should be clear. Go out and look around. Day or Night.
[Note: All the animals and plants shown here were seen on a 3-day trip to Bukit Larut. Granted there were four of us going out every morning and night.]
Maxwell Hill-Bukit Larut: Small Wildlife Wonders
The mountain is full of fascinating plant and animal life. Every day at Maxwell Hill-Bukit Larut brings a new surprise.
On a walk around the resthouse, an amazing Malaysian moon moth decorated the wall like a Christmas ornament. Its yellow and purplish colors a good disguise in the forest. But what struck me the most was its twin tails, a seemingly useless body part except for showing off to females.
Evolution sparks some interesting oddities. Another awesome creature is the tiger leech. Despite deserving its bad reputation as a blood sucker, these body changing, slinky-stretching worms display amazing agility and cool colors.
New time bring the binoculars for birds and a magnifying glass to seek out the small stuff.
Maxwell Hill-Bukit Larut: General Information
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