G+A GETAWAY: The 3-in-1 Combo – Fraser Hill + Raub + Bentong

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!

Breakfast @ RnR Solaris Serdang.
Breakfast @ RnR Solaris Serdang.
Gosh! Like dinosaurs!
Gosh! Like dinosaurs!

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.

The clock tower, also the roundabout of the town.
The clock tower, also the roundabout of the town.
Aik~ Where to go?
Aik~ Where to go?
Mist everywhere. Very cooling.
Mist everywhere. Very cooling.
Model shooting :-P
Model photo shooting 😛
French-liked building.
French-liked building.

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Red and black chairs all around the hill.
Red and black chairs all around the hill.
Evening view.
Evening view.
Gardens of flowers can be found everywhere here.
Gardens of flowers can be found everywhere here.

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

Restaurant Interior. Plenty of dishes you can find here.
Restaurant Interior. Plenty of dishes you can find here.
Restaurant interior.
Restaurant interior.
Cantonese style prawn yee mee with tomato sauce.
Cantonese style prawn yee mee with tomato sauce.
Kong Po Chicken.
Kong Po Chicken.

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.

KF Biscuits & Kopitiam
KF Biscuits & Kopitiam
Photos tell more facts than words.
Photos tell more facts than words.
Non-stop customers.
Non-stop customers.
Awarded by Ministry of Tourism as
Awarded by Ministry of Tourism as “Malaysia Top 100 Traditional Kopitiam 2012”.
Freshly baked Kaya Puffs and Siew Pao (Chicken).
Freshly baked Kaya Puffs and Siew Pao (Chicken).

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.

Laman Pesona (Ming He Yuan).
Laman Pesona (Ming He Yuan).
What you can find here.
What you can find here.
The entrance, the bridge.
The entrance, the bridge.

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There are 2 restaurants here: Chinese and Thailand.
There are 2 restaurants here, serving Chinese and Thai food.

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Like we are the guests here. Hehehe.
Like we are the guests here. Hehehe.
Someone was fooling around with the Jacuzzi.
Someone was fooling around with the Jacuzzi.

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Heading up to the top.
Heading up to the top.
Jaga-jaga. Durian runtuh!
Jaga-jaga. Durian runtuh!
The viewing tower.
The viewing tower.
I have no idea what she was doing. lol
I have no idea what she was doing. lol
Looking down from the viewing tower.
Looking down from the viewing tower.
The view from viewing tower.
The view from viewing tower.
Details on room rates.
Details on room rates.

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?

Bentong Hot Springs - not recommended.
Bentong Hot Springs – not recommended.

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.

Kow Po Ice-cream shop.
Kow Po Ice-cream shop.
Many have shared about this. So, move on.
Many have shared about this. So, move on.

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.

The waterfall.
The waterfall.
The map.
The map.
She is actually afraid of height.
She is actually afraid of height.
Always bring a tripod.
Always bring a tripod.
Cooling water!
Cooling water!
Public washroom and changing rooms available.
Public washroom and changing rooms available.

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”!

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