Formerly known as Maxwell Hill, Bukit Larut is a hill resort located 10 km away from Taiping, Perak and is approximately 1,250 metres above sea level. Much like other highland stations such as Cameron Highlands, it is a popular destination among locals looking to get away from the heat and humidity of city life. Bukit Larut is situated in one of the wettest parts of Malaysia and receives considerably high amounts of rainfall annually.
It is the oldest hill station in the country and was originally built by William Edward Maxwell in 1884; a British Assistant Resident of Perak state at the time. Although not as well developed as other hill resorts such as Bukit Tinggi or Genting Highlands, it maintains an authentic colonial atmosphere, as seen in their bungalows and gardens. Bukit Larut is also known amongst nature lovers as being a great place for bird watching.