Today I am featuring a cultural post on behalf of Tourism Malaysia.
This post is all about Maxwell Hill and has been written by authors by Tourism Malaysia and not by myself.
With thick mist all around, engulfing most of the surrounding wilderness, at the very edge of any tourist map lies Maxwell Hill.
Maxwell Hill’s old English ambiance shrouded in mist. Pic: Shivya Nath.
With colonial charm and poetic isolation, Maxwell Hill is a scenic four-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur and that’s before you begin the 4-5 hour trek from the base of the hill to the peak. Alternatively a jeep will take you there you don’t get the same sense of self satisfaction reaching it by this means.
Our ancient 4-wheel drive & our pro driver. Pic: Shivya Nath.
The Cameron Highlands and Gentling are similar to Maxwell Hill although the weather is markedly different. Intense rain is often followed by such calm blue sky that you could easily be fooled you had entered another universe were it not for the aroma of wet earth filling the air. British styled bungalows style most of the architecture although Hindu temples scatter the area also. The hill station was first discovered in the 1880’s by Edward Maxwell. Were he searching for lush greenery, pure mountain air and blankets of mist then he had surely reached his destination. Luckily, Maxwell Hill has escaped most charts of Malaysia, and therefore preserves adequate charm to delight visitors who travel there.
English bungalows can be rented for a reasonable price should you wish to stay for longer than a day although they can often get snapped up 3 months in advance, so you need to be quick. If you are lucky enough to rent one then you can expect to enjoy the serene beauty of the area from the comfort of an armchair.
At night, the sky changes to a brilliant blue and showcase a different side to Maxwell Hill. The roads are astonishingly beautiful with yellow and red flowers littering the grass verges and vantage points overlooking the valley below.
For more information about Maxwell Hill, please click here.
Many thanks to the team at Tourism Malaysia for asking me to publish this post on their behalf.