Bukit Larut was formerly
called as 'Maxwell Hill'. It was founded in 1888 by William Edward
Maxwell, who was the Assistant Resident of Perak in 1875. The
English loved it, as the quirky weather here reminded them so much
Bukit Larut, is one of the oldest hill resort. It rises to a height
of 1,035 meters, and is just 10 minutes drive from Taiping, Perak.
It is located in the wettest part of the country, as the hill
station experiences the highest rainfall in the country.
road leading up to the 1,000m high summit, winds through lush shady
forest. After the ride up, you will be rewarded with fresh and cool
hill top air and a breathtaking view at the Larut Rest house.
Maxwell Hill / Bukit Larut has remained pretty much as years ago and
is not nearly as developed as other popular hill resorts of Malaysia
such as the Cameron or Genting Highlands
Bukit Larut is home to rare species of flora and fauna The hills
abounds with groves of evergreens and vibrantly colored roses,
dahlias, daisies, pansies, petunias, lupins, and marigolds and the
cool climate also favors golden sunflowers which is reputedly the
largest variety in the country. Midway to the top is the Tea Garden
House that was once part of the tea-estate. The view at this point
is magnificent and features the entire Taiping town as well as the
On either side of the road leading to Maxwell Hill lies the
Commonwealth war cemetery with many gravestones marked 1941 which
was based on a single company of men fighting for the British
regiment that held grounds against Japanese invasion here in
Taiping. This war cemetery was built by the British army after the
defeat of the Japanese forces for graves brought from the
battlefields, temporary burial grounds and from villages and other
civil cemeteries. There are 2 entrances to the gravesite. Christian
graves lie to the south eastern side of the road and the Muslim and
Gurkha section on the opposite side. This is the only British war
cemetery in Peninsula Malaysia. There is one other – The War
Cemetery in Labuan in East Malaysia.
All in all. it provides total isolation from the world below. No TV,
no radio, no cars, no newspapers - nothing. Nature, fresh air, good
company and good spirits are all that's needed for trip to Maxwell.
Okay, and a raincoat!
Bukit Larut has the atmosphere of a colonial hill station, with row
of modest, welcoming bungalows equipped with all necessary
By Road : On the North-South Highway, take the Taiping exit out of
the highway. Follow the signs to Taiping after the toll and from
Taiping town head towards the lake gardens. There are signs showing
the way to Bukit Larut ( Maxwell Hill)