Frasers Hill vs Cameron Highlands?

To: "'Bob Ashford'" <>, "'Birding Aus'" <>
Subject: Frasers Hill vs Cameron Highlands?
From: "Paul Dodd" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:44:30 +1100
Hi Bob,

If you don't have your own transport then do Fraser's Hill. Cameron
Highlands is far too spread out to walk. There are a couple of high-altitude
specialties that you'll miss out on by not going to the Cameron Highlands,
but that will more than be made up for by the variety within walking
distance of any of the accommodations at Fraser's Hill. People say that you
need to drive around Fraser's Hill, but when Ruth and I were there we had
car trouble (we hired a Proton - big mistake!) so we were forced to walk -
no problem, we still saw everything we wanted to. Things may have changed,
but all accommodation on Fraser's Hill is somewhat tired. We stayed at
Fraser's Silverpark Resort and found that the rooms were somewhat mildew-ey,
but at least it had reasonable gardens and wasn't too far a walk from the
town centre and from the Bishop's Trail. The one trail you probably can't do
by foot is the Telekom Loop - which is the highest altitude trail on
Fraser's Hill.  There are several restaurants on Fraser's Hill - including a
Chinese restaurant which is quite good. The Malaysian restaurants (there are
two next to each other) are OK, but the difficulty we had was in identifying
the food - there were few that spoke English at either of those restaurants.
All part of the adventure, though. As for guides, there are plenty of
independent guides operating in Malaysia, a quick Google search will find
most. If you are self-guiding, then it will pay to stop in at the
Information Centre (near the Mosque and over the road from the Chinese
Restaurant, if memory serves me correctly) - ask for Durai - he is a
well-known Fraser's Hill personality, and he certainly knows his birds. If
he has time he will guide you for an hour or a day or whatever you can work
out. He didn't charge us anything, but that was several years ago now.

Good luck!

Paul Dodd
Docklands, Victoria

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Bob Ashford
Sent: Wednesday, 1 January 2014 4:31 PM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: Frasers Hill vs Cameron Highlands?

Hi Birders and good birding for 2014,


I shall be in Kuala Lumpur between 07 and 11 April (dates not absolutely

And I am intending to go to either Fraser's Hill or the Cameron Highlands


I shall probably take local transport to either and then spend my time
walking and birding


I would really appreciate any suggestions from those that have been to
either to help me decide.

Access, accommodation, best trails, local on-site birders/guides, etc

I am not looking for expensive accommodation just a place to lay my head

I understand places to eat may be a challenge

Rather spend my cash on a guide than accomm


Appreciate any help

Many thanks

Bob Ashford

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