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    Travellers will find several resorts in the hills along Peninsular Malaysia's main mountain range. Popular with locals and tourists alike, they offer a respite from the country's heat and humidity. They're also a refreshing break from the action of city life. Each of them has charm and a range of activities, attractions and accommodation. Visitors can look forward to a refreshing experience above the clouds and in the dense, tropical-jungle environments.

    The Cameron Highlands is the largest and most refined of the hill resorts. Its cool climate is favourable for crops and it is known as Malaysia's 'Green Bowl', supplying the country with a variety of fruit and vegetables. Genting Highlands is the most developed resort, and is a popular weekend getaway for Kuala Lumpur residents. By contrast, Fraser's Hill offers the peace and tranquillity of its natural surroundings and is the region's smallest resort. Bukit Larut is the least visited and the least developed, preserving the ambience of a traditional colonial hill station, with its quiet atmosphere and modest accommodation.

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    Though once reserved for colonial officials and their families, Malaysia's hill stations have become popular destinations among locals and tourists alike. Scenic and refreshingly cool, the old stations offer visitors an enticing range of experiences, from leisurely forest walks in settings characterised by colonial quaintness, to luxury resorts.

    Bukit Larut, or Maxwell Hill, is the oldest hill refuge, and is a peaceful, old-fashioned place. Cameron Highlands is the largest hill resort and has been well developed for tourism, retaining some British traditions, but also encouraging commercialisation. Fraser's Hill is the preferred station for nature lovers, offering extensive hiking trails and natural attractions, with development limited to protect the rainforest. The Genting Highlands is a glitzy resort playground of casinos and theme parks, and bears no resemblance to the hill stations of old. Penang Hill is another popular resort. Also called Bukit Bendera, it has phenomenal views over Georgetown and the Penang Bridge.

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