Maxwell Hill

We went up to Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut) quite some time ago. It is located in the wettest part of the country, as the hill station experiences the highest rainfall in the country. It is in Taiping which is my home town.

Maxwell Hill was founded in 1888 and is Malaysia's oldest hill resort. It rises to a height of 1,035 meters.

A land rover is available at the foot of the hill. It leaves every hour from 7am to 6pm. A 30 minute drive up the steep hairpin bends will bring you to the top. The narrow winding road was reportedly built shortly after World War II and was completed in 1948.


Taiping was a beautiful basin, surrounded by lush tropical jungle and lofty hills.

William Edward Maxwell who was appointed as Assistant Resident of Perak in 1875 worked and lived in the Larut area.

The cool, jungle air brought in by the morning breeze prompted Maxwell on a quest for a hill station who sourced this place for hill resort. Hence Bukit Larut was formerly called as 'Maxwell Hill'.

The hill abounds with groves of evergreens and vibrantly coloured flora and fauna.

Roses, dahlias, daisies, pansies, petunias, lupins, and marigolds abound in profusion. The cool climate also favours golden sunflowers with reputedly the largest variety in the country.


The road leading up to the high summit, winds through lush shady forest.


After the ride up, you will be rewarded with fresh and cool hill top air and a breathtaking view at the Larut Rest house.


Midway to the top is the Tea Garden House that was once part of the tea-estate. The view at this point is magnificent and features the entire Taiping town as well as the Lake Gardens. Also visible are the suburbs of Aulong and Simpang and the 19km stretch of Taiping - Port Weld road.

Bukit Larut is not nearly as developed as other popular hill resorts of Malaysia such as the Cameron or Genting Highlands but it is widely known by Green Peace Lover, Botanical Scientists, and Flora and Fauna Specialist World Wide.

Have you been there? If not, you should at least once..

Comments

  1. Hey! I read the Mars and Venus too. Really very helpful for a relationship! :P

    But, I wish I got a chance to be in this nice, cool and peaceful Maxwell Hill. * Sob Sob*

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  2. I visited Maxwell Hill when I was a kid. That was ages ago. My hometown is Kuala Kangsar, by the way...

    I understand that there is a tulip farm in the hill now. Have you seen the tulip flowers?

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  3. How lovely!
    And you have our Hawaii Anthurums too...

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  4. wow a lovely place indeed.

    I like the picture of the Rest House. Very well shaded by trees... looks like a country house. So nice ;).

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  5. wah, this is really a nice place, hmmm... next time if we happen to go Taiping, we will know where to head to :)

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  6. nice place!
    not sure i went before or not =)

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  7. I haven't visited there before, Wenn.. yes, heard of landrovers taking us up and down like one way ticket.. so u r from taiping.. hokkien nang?

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  8. Wow..what an interesting place to visit. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  9. Phew cannot remember when we were up there, not mistaken is it also known as "kopi hill"? Lots of changes over the years. Ah! Taiping mali, maybe you wanna post about the famous "rain" gambling?.haha..

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  10. Wow! Beautiful. I have never been here.

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  11. Wenn, really an interesting trip! What nice flowers and plants and pure air up there!

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  12. I have been at the foot of Maxwell hills several time but never did I hike it due to time constraint! :p

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  13. I didn't know it is Malaysia's oldest hill resort! Have to conquer it one day! :p

    Anyway thanks for sharing wenn. :)

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  14. What fun to see that you have anthiriums there, too.

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  15. I heard "rumours" / story - Is it haunted?

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  16. Heard of this place before but never knew how it looks like. Definitely worth a visit

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  17. Would love to go Maxwell Hill! Beautiful place! : )

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  18. It's a good place to relax!~

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  19. I never been to Maxwell Hill... but i also go to Maxwell Studio @ J-one... my hairstylist place ... hehehe :p

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  20. I'm planning to go to Taiping next month, might drop by at Maxwell Hill.

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  21. I've NEVER been to maxwell hill! Nice place it seems..(from ur pics)

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  22. I will take note of the name of this place, I hope to visit Malaysia. It must be a cool place up there wenn. Thanks for showing these photos to us. Oh, btw I've got a new page...

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  23. I haven't been there but I heard it is a favourite place for paranormal studies! LOL!

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  24. Nvr been there b4. Nice scenery! Sometimes the not-so-commercialised plc is nicer to visit.

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  25. I would love to visit!! It looks like Paradise. Thank you so much for sharing, Wenn.

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  26. This is paradise...Anyway, where is maxwell hill?

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  27. Oh wow, looks like a good place to unwind! Very relaxing! Love it!

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  28. Have never visited Maxwell Hill. Would be nice to make a short trip to Taiping for sightseeing.

    I like the bird perched on top of the tree trunk.

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  29. Maxwell Hill looks like a place worth to visit! Thanks for sharing :). Have a great weekend, Wenn

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  30. tks for introducing, never strike my mind, will make it a MUST visit spot.

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  31. Nice outing... I wanna go there someday, too!~

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  32. One of my long standing dreams was to attend Maxwell concerts live. . I know all the words of his songs by heart …well he is performing this year. Next weekend I’m going to visit my sister and we will attend Maxwell concert; I've just compared tickets prices at Ticketsreview.com
    So I'll be analyzing as well as enjoying the concert.

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  33. That is an amazing view Wenn! Interesting how he choose it for the breezes. I like seeing the houses too and those flowers, I've only seen in the greenhouse at a local college. Didn't know where their natural habitat was. Those hairpin turns would make me pretty nervous! How often do you take the drive up?
    RYC: I used to exercise more but work took me away from it as well, now I follow a more easy to maintain schedule for staying with it.
    Have a great day!

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  34. wooo, looks like a nice place to be.. i just love to see trees everywhere.. :)

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  35. hmmm... never been there too..
    hahahha... gotta suggest this place to my friends, and "song yong" them go along with me

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  36. Beautiful photos, and interesting information about Maxwell Hill. What a lovely place to see..

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  37. it must be really cool there and i love the area, nice structures and landscape

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