Traverse the floor of Lata Jarum’s dense tropical forest in search of the rare Rafflesia flower and Lata Jarum waterfall, tour Fraser’s Hill for a day and explore its attractions, and visit a tofu puff factory and a peanut factory.
Trek through Lata Jarum’s tropical forest on an adventure that will take you into its heart where you will find the majestic Rafflesia flower. Many believe that the only place in Malaysia that one can find this flower is in its Bornean states, but the Rafflesia also grows in Lata Jarum forest in Peninsular Malaysia. The Rafflesia is the world’s largest single flower of any flowering plant and can grow up to the massive size of being over 100 centimetres in diameter and over 10 kilograms in weight per flower. It has five large petals which are red and covered in warts, with a central chamber that gapes open when it blooms.
The stench that a bloomed Rafflesia flower is repulsive, having been likened to the smell of rotting flesh by many who have seen the flower in person. Flies and beetles are attracted to this stench and are the main organisms in aiding the pollination of the Rafflesia. The Rafflesia blooms from a cabbage-like bud that is usually maroon or magenta in colour, and it can remain as a bud for up to 16 months, then bloom and decay in 8 to 10 days. An extremely rare flower, it is definitely an opportunity that you should take to see it while it’s still around.
While you’re in Lata Jarum forest you will also trek to its waterfall which is located just a distance away from the village of Ulu Dong. It is a rather small waterfall and is not quite as impressive as some of the larger waterfalls that can be found in Malaysia. However, it still boasts a huge pool at its base where the water that cascades from a single tier collect. The pool is ideal for swimming, wading, or having a picnic by. The dense greenery that fringes the area lends the waterfall its atmospheric setting.
Fraser’s Hill has an array of attractions that range in nature. On your day tour through the resort hill, visit various locations such as the Paddock, Taman Awam, Sports Complex, Bird Centre, and several others. Fraser’s Hill is known for its impressive collection of over 250 bird species that make the area their home. Bird-watching enthusiasts frequent the hill for their activities, and the annual Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race brings in international as well as local bird enthusiasts who compete in teams to try and see who can sight and identify the most number of bird species in a specific duration.
There are two factories that you will be brought along to on a visit. One of them is the tofu-making factory where soybeans are crushed, pressed and fried to make tofu puffs, of which the factory produces about 200 kilograms a day. The lightly-fried tofu puffs are then packaged to be sent off to markets for selling. The tofu factory has been doing this for many years now, and the business has been passed down from generation to generation. At the peanut factory, the raw peanuts undergo quality control and only the best are chosen to be dried out in a brick kiln with burning wood, and then packaged to be sold. Definitely, buy a pack of peanuts there to bring home as souvenirs!