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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Fraser's Hill - Smokehouse, 5-6 March 2006

Just returned from a short trip to Fraser's Hill located in the state of Pahang. Slightly less than two hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, heading through the towns of Rawang, Serendah and Kuala Kubu Bharu, accessible from the North-South Plus Expressway. We left KL on 5th March which was a Sunday at 10am, took a quick stop for breakfast in Brickfields. By the time we hit the highway towards Rawang was about 11am.

Arrived in Rawang at 11.25am, and was caught in an unusual traffic jam inside the town center as it was a Sunday, and we had expected normal folks to be sleeping. But then again, welcome to the infamous Rawang traffic. By 12.10pm, we were traveling passed the Sungai Selangor Dam at Kuala Kubu Baru. The journey up to the hill resort of Fraser’s Hill would take us on a scenic
drive through the place call the “Gap”. At the Gap, the road to and from Fraser’s is a single lane which allows only one way traffic to flow through at any point of time. As such, there is a gantry point on both sides(beginning and ending, depending on which side you start your journey from, going up or going down) to regulate traffic. Traffic ascending the hill is scheduled every odd hour for forty minutes to travel to the top, and those descending downhill from Fraser’s Hill is scheduled every even hour similarly for forty minutes to get down to the bottom side of the gap. The distance is a short 8km, which would take between 10-15 minutes.

We reached Fraser's at 1.16pm, temperature was a cool 20-22 degrees Celsius. There was basically nothing much to do in Fraser’s unless you plan to do a bit of trekking at the waterfall or the Rompin Trail. But we had planned to chill out at the Ye Olde Smokehouse Hotel because of their Tudor architecture, perfect place for some peace and quiet, their excellent leg of lamb at the smokehouse restaurant…yummy!

All their rooms are given names, instead of the usual numbered rooms. They have names like Laura Suite, Marshall Suite, Alexander Suite, Charles Suite. We took the Alexander Suite. The rooms are decked with furnishings and decors reminisce of the British colonial days. The place was built in 1924 and was originally named, “the Red Cross” as it was funded by the British Red Cross Society.

Dinner was very much anticipated as I had came here with Jules sometime last year, and we knew they serve one of the best, if not the best “Leg of Lamb” in Malaysia. We also knew that dinner would not be complete with wine, so we had earlier procured a bottle of Shiraz Cabernet on their open patio. Ended our perfect dinner with Fresh Fruit Flambé at the AV lounge.

The rest of the evening was spent watching a re-run of Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore’s “Ghost” on HBO before heading back to the suite to enjoy the soft maroon furnishings.

Woke up at about 8.30am with spectacular mist lingering past our French windows, overlooking the hills. Breakfast was yet again at the same patio we had dinner. Checked out the hotel at around 11.45am, we drove Moggy around Fraser’s to kill time before the gate at the Gap opens at 12 noon for the descending traffic back to the foothills.


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