Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut), Taiping

We never thought of visiting Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut), Taiping till a friend invited us. If you're the sort who loves nature, quiet and peace with little to do, except for walks , hiking and photography; I recommend Maxwell Hill. It's a lovely hill with fresh cool air, and I hear that they have tulips there certain parts of the year!

The only way to get up there is by taking a jeep from the bottom of the foothill, or by hiking. They charge 7RM per adult for the jeep ride (fees may have changed), and only three jeeps go up every hour. So to be sure you get a place,  you've got to get there half hour before time to secure your seats.

Let me warn you that the ride up is like a roller coaster ride! the roads are steep and winding. The drivers SPEED like hell and manage the bends at neck breaking speed which can cause the less bold to emit high pitch screams! :) 

bug on a blade of grass
So, what's on Maxwell Hill? Nothing, except narrow tracks, lush beautiful forest, flowers, birds, insects and 7 bungalows all located about 10-20 minute walk apart (ummm...tiring walks sometimes..coz of the slopes). That's all there is. Blissful peace. :) I have to mention that out of the 7 bungalows, 2 are private and in beautiful condition, while the rest are government owned and was not in very good condition when I visited. I hear that they've upgraded them recently. is truly beautiful and peaceful there. The sunset and sunrise is makes you feel so close to God.

The night we were there, several years ago, there was strong wind at night that howled right through the windows! (which can create some excitement or fear..depending on the type of person you are!) The rain around 1am, created strong winds, which in turn created loud booms and bangs as shutters on windows swung open and shut. Some might start to think of the haunted stories of Maxwell hill, but I chose to think not!

 Anyway, I went out to look....and it was just plain heavenly beauty.
Rain trickling down past midnight,  cool cool wind of about 10Celsius, and the night lights flickering in the distance from the town far below the hills made the night on Maxwell breathtaking!

Did my children love the place? Definitely.

Below are some shots taken from Maxwell. Some taken by my children.

Where we have our meals at Cendana Hut

Balcony outside our rooms at Cendana
Rumah Hijau

All Pictures copyright of Martha


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