Let me start by sharing this song – Two is Better than One, a song by Boys like Girls back in 2009.
Yes, sometimes we do enjoy things, alone. To be a contented person, we need to learn to be a “lone ranger” in times, enjoying things by ourselves, for ourselves. However, when I have that special someone to share with, I think “Sharing is Caring & Loving” works better for me.
Hence, this kicked off a new post series from me called “G+A GetAway” (G = Greg and A = Anne), sharing some of places we traveled, not too far and yet not too close to KL. Anne is my girlfriend, soul mate and activity partner. She is my best companion of the getaways I am going to feature in this post, and the series. She is also the reason I embark onto all these getaways.
Enough of the intro, let’s get on to the getaways!
Just around an hour plus from KL, there is this place where you can make a 3-in-1 combo getaway over the weekend, covering Fraser Hill, Raub and Bentong. Now, here we go!
Important reminders before embark onto any trip:
1) Breakfast is the most important meal to start off a great trip and day!
2) Do your research well, especially when you are bringing an important person along 😉
3) Don’t do your research too well. Leave some space for 2 to explore and experience together on the spot.
1st Stop: Fraser Hill
Fast forward!!! After near 2 hours, we passed by Bentong town and head to Raub, making our way up to Fraser Hill. We went up quite late in the afternoon and it was drizzling. Some attractions and activities were closed. Nothing much to do there anyway. The only thing I find interesting is the variety of jungle trekking. Didn’t manage to enjoy any due to the rain though. Having said that, it is a wonderful place with great scenery. We still managed to take quite some photos, walking around with an umbrella.
Some important notes if you are going to Fraser Hill:
1) Check the weather forecast.
2) Go either in the morning or early afternoon, never in the evening if you are not staying there. The road down can be very dark and narrow.
3) Make sure you have enough petrol to go up and down. There is no petrol station up there.
2nd Stop: Raub
Coming down from Fraser Hill, we were looking for a dining place and accidentally, we found a very unique “Chinese-Muslim” restaurant called Mualaf at Taman Bistari, a corner shop lot. They serve “halal” Chinese dishes here with reasonable price and portion, and they taste good too!
a) Mualaf Chinese-Muslim Restaurant
b) KF Biscuits House & Kopitiam
I highly recommend this kopitiam for breakfast. Their biscuits are famous. While we were eating there, we saw their customers coming in non-stop buying their freshly out of oven biscuits.
c) Laman Pesona (Ming He Yuan)
This is a “back-to-the-nature” resort that allows public access to enjoy their facilities and restaurants, even just for sight seeing. We just walked in directly to their mini zoo, swimming pool area with sauna rooms and Jacuzzi, and also their top point, which is the viewing tower.
3rd Stop: Bentong
In Bentong, we went to the hot springs as researched. Surprisingly to know that it was just by the roadside and it was quite dirty. So, I won’t recommend this spot as attraction. Then, where to go next?
a) Kow Po Ice-cream shop
This is a shop where you can find homemade ice-cream and other desserts complemented with it like “ais kacang”. This was my second time here and I still like it. Well, both of us like ice-cream too.
b) Chamang Waterfall
It was late afternoon and this was the final destination of our trip. It is located in between Bentong and Raub. I would say this is one of the best spots of the trip. The environment was cooling and relaxing, and the water was clean. Without resisting, we went into the river and get ourselves wet. There were BBQ spots here too. So, this location is great for BBQ, swimming and family picnic.
And so we completed this compact and fulfilling getaway. Not too short, not too long and not too tired, we enjoyed not just good time but quality time together, appreciating each other’s companionship. I always believe that a good “soul mate” has to be a good “activity mate”. Having the opportunities to enjoy activities, places and experiences together kept each other interacting and understanding each other better from time to time. For that, I thank God I found one who is always look forward and ready to do things with me 🙂
That’s all for this post. More posts to come from this series. So, stay tuned to “G+A Getaway”!