Bukit Larut is Malaysia's oldest highland resort, established in 1884 as a colonial hill station that still retains much of its original landscape today. Formerly known as Maxwell Hill, Bukit Larut receives the most rainfall in the Peninsular - up to 4000mm annually. This unsually high amount of precipitation accounts for a strikingly diverse and lush rainforest that drapes the region - home to a high incidence of botanical endemics and wildlife, including the mountain serow, clouded leopard, tapir and tiger.
Comprised of several peaks, Gunung Hijau presents the highest summit at 1500 meters, while the rest range below 1200 meters. Meanwhile, temperatures range from 25 °C in day to 15°C at night, ideal for a cooling mountain getaway. Jeeps that ferry visitors to the peak depart daily from the foothills at Lake Garden, with limited seats available at a nominal cost. Accommodation is also available on the mountain top in a small number of government and private bungalows.