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Bukit Larut

Bukit Larut formerly known as Maxwell Hill is the oldest Hill Resort in Malaysia. It was founded approximately 120 years ago and named after George Maxwell, a British Resident of Perak.

The highest point is 1,250 meter above sea level, approximately 13km from the base of the hill. Its first metal road to the top was constructed after the war in 1948. Before then, any person wanting to the top just for the sake of fancy hiking had the choice of Pony Back or Sedan Chair.

Currently, Land Rover service is the only transport service provided by the State Government of Perak. There are 72 hair-pin bends, once every two minutes along the road. The journey takes about 30 minutes to reach the top station at 1,036 metres above sea level at the distance of 10km.

The weather at day time is about 15°C to 25°C. This hill is known as the wettest place in Malaysia about 98 inches of rain a year. This Resort is suitable for clean atmosphere peaceful, quite and out from busy city life.

IT’S the start of a new chapter for Bukit Larut or more popularly known as Maxwell Hill.

After 65 years, management of the country’s oldest hill resort, which has all these while been under the care of by the Larut, Matang and Selama District Office, has been handed over to the Taiping Municipal Council …more

Closure of Bukit Larut not affecting tourism in Taiping

March-11, 2020 – The closure of Bukit Larut, also known as Maxwell Hill, since last year due to the risk of landslides, has not affected tourist arrivals in Taiping, ranked among the Top 3 Sustainable Cities in the World.

Taiping Municipal Council (MPT) president, Khairul Amir Mohamad Zubir said this heritage town still had many attractions to visit such as the Perak Museum.

“The Public Works Department is now in the process of opening tender for repair works at the affected locations. We expect Bukit Larut to be open to the public by January next year, the latest.”

He said this to reporters after attending the programme of simultaneous planting of trees in conjunction with the Larut, Matang and Selama (LMS) District-Level National Landscape Day 2020 celebration, here, today.

It was officiated by the Orang Besar Jajahan or territorial chief of LMS, Datuk Wan Mohd Isa Wan Mohd Razak which saw 300 trees planted simultaneously at Raintree Walk, here.

Khairul Amir said MPT would plant 2,000 trees including the Merawan Siput Jantan species around Taiping town as a measure towards mitigating the effects of climate change.

“We also encourage the local community, schools and parks to plant trees so as to be surrounded by greenery and we are ready to give advice on the effort,” he added.