Bukit Tinggi is a town in the Bentong district of Pahang in Peninsular West Malaysia. It is located near a major tourist destination, Genting Highlands, but is often itself overlooked as a holiday destination. Here is a list of 6 things to do in Bukit Tinggi to help you take advantage of this neglected location.
1. Be transported to Europe at Colmar Tropicale French Village
Colmar Tropicale French Village is a small area designed specifically to resemble the Colmare locale of France. It features many eateries, a swan pond, a few carnival games, and a high watchtower. You can even stay at a France-inspired hotel located here. Every corner of this marvellous location resembles Colmar: this makes it a favorite for photography enthusiasts living in or near Pahang. Even the weather here resembles the European climate; cold and windy at night. If you want to experience Europe without leaving the comfort of your own home, Colmar Tropicale is the tourist spot for you.
2. Experience the calm of Zen at the Japanese Village
Located only five minutes away from Colmar Tropicale, the Japanese Village is perfect for someone looking to get an authentic Japanese experience without flying all the way to Japan. There is a free shuttle bus to and from Colmar Tropicale, but there is also parking available for those with their own vehicles. This place is also rich with opportunities for photography, thanks to its picturesque and natural setting and authentic Japanese architecture. Rent and wear a kimono, walk amongst the gorgeous streams and gardens, and even visit a Japanese tea house to learn the art of preparing and serving Japanese tea in the traditional way. If you are intrigued by the Orient, visit the Japanese Garden to learn more about it.
3. Romp among the rabbits at the Rabbit Farm
Rabbits are one of those rare animals which are both adorable and delicious. (Just kidding.) At the Bukit Tinggi Rabbit Farm, visitors can see over 200 different bunnies, deer, birds, guinea pigs, and other animals. This attraction is also perfect for children, as the staff here also offer drawing classes and painting classes. It has a nominal entrance fee (only RM3) and is perfect for those who like zoos but don’t like the way that animals which are kept at zoos are often mistreated. Visit the rabbit farm and experience the joy of seeing happy animals.
4. Revel in the spooky atmosphere of Karak Highway
If you’ve always wanted to see a haunted location in Malaysia that wasn’t one of the same old palaces or houses, this place is for you. Karak Highway is a stretch of road that connects the towns of Gombak in Selangor and Karak in Pahang. It has been designated Malaysian Expressway 8. It has often been subject to discussions about supernatural occurrences; some attribute this to the many traffic accidents that have taken place on this road. Some of the many spooky sightings on this road are a driverless yellow Volkswagen Beetle which follows cars for miles, lost schoolboys, and a Pontianak (which is a common spirit of a woman who died in childbirth which is often seen in Malaysia and Singapore). Take a trip along this road at night if you dare, and try to catch a glimpse of the manifestations of ghosts along it.
5. Bask in greenery at the Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden at Bukit Tinggi is a haven for both flora and fauna. Follow the 1 km long trail through the rainforest and see all types of plants, from endemic trees and flowers to fruit plants, orchids, and imported flowers. Located nearby is the Ryo Zan Tei Japanese restaurant; in fact, the Botanical Garden is also located near the Japanese Village and the Colmar Tropicale French Village. You can even see rare animals which roam free in the grounds, if you are lucky enough to catch a glimpse. If you like animals, hiking, or nature, then be sure to visit this amazing tourist spot.
6. Feel the adrenaline at Colmar Adventure Park
For all the adrenaline junkies who aren’t fans of the laid-back nature of the attractions named thus far, this one’s for you. The Colmar Adventure Park is home to many adventure activities for the sportively-inclined, such as the flying fox, the canopy walk, paintball games, rock climbing, and high obstacle courses. The flying fox in this park is the highest in Malaysia. If you wish to see, aerially, what the entire rainforest has to offer, this park is the perfect visiting spot for you.
Hopefully, this list of amazing and unique tourist attractions in Bukit Tinggi was enough to convince you to give this overlooked location a try. It is truly one of the hidden gems of Bentong, overlooked due to its unfortunate proximity to other popular tourist spots.