This was a Tropical Birding Custom Tour initiated by Judith Allanson – we flew in to Kuala Lumpur via Singapore arriving on June the first and spending the first night at the Concordia Hotel at the airport. We set off early the next morning for our first birding spot – Taman Alam Kuala Selangor – coastal forest and mangroves.
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After lunch at an open-air restaurant overhanging the river, we drove on to our second birding spot on the Malaysian Peninsula, the famous Fraser’s Hill, a hill resort located on the Titiwangsa Ridge in Raub District, Pahang about 100 kms from Kuala Lumpur. This is one of Malaysia’s few pristine forests with altitudes between 1,220 and 1,524 meters above sea level and is a sought after birding site. Our accommodation for the next 3 nights was the quaint Ye Olde Smokehouse, built for the benefit of ex servicemen after the First World War.