Wreathed in mist and rising 1035m above sea level, Bukit Larut is Malaysia's oldest (and smallest) hill resort. The British established it in 1884 as a retreat from the lowland heat. Its tea plantations never came to fruition, but some of the era's original bungalows still speckle the hillside.
Sedan chairs have long since been replaced by Land Rovers as the mode of uphill transport, but Bukit Larut still offers a tranquil glimpse of Perak's colonial past. Reaching the top is half the fun; from there, there's fragrant, cool air, walking trails and romantically foggy views. It's a pleasant half-day trip from Taiping, 10km southwest.