Cameron Highlands Tourism Guide

Cameron Highlands Tourism Guide

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Language
Malay

Currency
Malaysian Ringgit

Visa
Visa Required

Cost of a beer
7 MYR (avg)

Cost of a Meal
30 MYR (for two people)

Average Room Rate
231MYR / night (3* hotel)

SG$1 = 2.95 MYR (Exchange rates can vary)

Few destinations on earth can match the sheer wonder and luscious flora that has found a home in the Cameron Highlands. This laid back hill station is nestled in Malaysia’s Titiwangsa Range, offering its visitors breath-taking panoramic views across the plains of Peninsular Malaysia.

 

The captivating district stretches for 712 square kilometres, delivering an abundance of spectacular sights and exciting activities from the north boundary near Kelantan to the west border with Perak. With blankets of green underfoot, warm sunshine beating down from the skies and a charming selection of hotels, eateries and venues to explore; it’s no wonder that Cameron Highlands has become such a popular choice with tourists from across the globe.

Top Attractions

A gateway to the country’s history and culture, the tea plantations of Cameron Highlands are worth more than a great cup of freshly made tea: although that is a bonus for any visitor looking to try out the factories’ surprising variety of flavours. This can all be enjoyed alongside the terrific views of the plantations themselves. Some worthwhile examples include Boh Tea Plantations, the biggest tea grower on Cameron Highlands, and Bharat Tea Plantation, another local pioneer.

 

The almost mystical ambience of the Mossy Forest is encapsulated by its nickname, Cloud Forest, or Elfin Forest. A stunning natural wonder covered in a sea of mist, it rises nearly 2000 metres in the air, with cool temperatures and incredible views of the valleys. It’s one of the best places in Cameron Highlands to watch the sun go down. For nature lovers of any kind, the Mossy Forest is a must see.

 

Another all natural beauty, Mount Batu Brinchang has to be in the running for the most incredible view in the Cameron Highlands. When you consider some of its competition, that’s no small compliment. Offering crisp, crystal clear views of the stunning natural environment that envelops the land, here you’ll enjoy rolling hills of endless green only cut off by the blue of the sky. An amazing experience, words can’t really do it justice. You’ll just have to see it for yourself.

Things to do in Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands are one of the most beautiful spots in the world, known for its incredible natural beauty, which have been beckoning backpackers to the area for years. But there’s more here than meets the eye, with a wide variety of activities for travellers to enjoy too.

 

BOH Tea Plantation

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Founded during the British colonial period by businessman J.A Russell in 1929, the BOH Tea Plantation is home to mesmerising views and an amazing history. It’s the largest tea plantation in south east Asia, with an incredible 8000 acres, all of it planted with tea. The scale of the place is simply astonishing, with neat rows of tea plants stretching off into the distance, surrounded by rolling green hills that envelop the land. The plantation’s size came to be as a response to an extremely high demand for tea, even during the Great Depression; Russell saw that this represented an extraordinary opportunity, even in harsh economic times. This is in fact the first tea plantation founded and is one of three owned by BOH plantation. The other two are Sungai Palas Tea Garden and Fairlie Tea Garden: all of which are distributed around the world. The icing on the cake though is the tea shop, where you can enjoy a freshly brewed cuppa along with delectable desserts. With the stunning scenery and ambience among the dense greenery, it might be the best cup of tea in the world.

Address: Sungei Palas Tea Centre, Jalan Gunung Brinchang, Brinchang, Cameron Highlands
Price: Free

“Boh Tea is one of Cameron Highland’s most famous exports, so take the time to check out their tea centre at Sungei Palas and learn how tea is traditionally made at their factories. Hop over to their tea garden to enjoy the view of endless rolling green hills of tea and sample their wares at the original Boh Cafe”

By Jaclynn Seah, The Occasional Traveller

Cactus Valley

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If you’re a nature lover, there is tons to see in Cactus Valley, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Cameron Highlands. With all the greenery around, this must be something pretty special to stand out from the pack. That something is the most incredible collection of plants and foliage available, and of course, this includes an incredible variety of cactus. Some are even believed to be over 60 years old. This is heaven for plant lovers’, with an amazing selection of flowers, cactuses, fuchsia, ananas, hibiscus, bird of paradise, flory bush, coleus, gerbera, peaches, camellia, lily impatiens and much, much more. There’s even several varieties of apple trees available for sale. The prices here are cheap and the store owners are famous for their encyclopaedic knowledge of their plant life. It’s also a great place to get a snap among some of the stunning, colourful and unique natural wonders.

Address: Pekan Lama, 39100, Malaysia
Price: Tour: Adult – MYR 4, Children – MYR 2

Butterfly Farm

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An amazing zoological and live insect gallery, the Butterfly Farm was founded in 1990, thanks to a passion and appreciation for the conservation of the environment. It’s a great place to get an in depth education on a whole host of creepy crawlies, as well as a great selection of flora and fauna. The free flying butterflies among the foliage is worth the price of admission alone. Located at Kea Farm, it’s a mere 3km from Brinchang Town and is a perfect way to while away a few hours, while learning a few things too. There’s also a scorpion pond, reptile exhibit, aviary, a petting zoo and a tortoise pen. There’s far more to Butterfly Garden than winged insects and plant life. Visitors get the chance to interact with these creatures under the tutelage of their knowledgeable and friendly staff, who really impress with the wide range of their expertise. It’s an ideal place to take children: both fun and educational.

Address: 43rd Milestone | Green Cow, Malaysia
Price: Adult – MYR 7, Child – MYR 4

Jungle Trail No. 1

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If there’s one thing that people go to the Cameron Highlands for, it’s to explore and enjoy the natural environment. The best way to do this is by trekking through the great green hills that surround you. There’s nothing quite like getting up close and personal with the incredible beauty of mother nature. With Jungle Trial No. 1, you’ll encounter an incredible selection of plant life native to the area and bask in awe of the incredible sights, smells and sounds of the Cameron Highlands. This is a truly authentic experience: that’s part of the beauty of it. However, this does mean that this is a trek not to be taken lightly. It’s great exercise, but stay safe by making sure you understand and are able to take on the challenge before embarking on the adventure. It starts with a tough climb up to Gunung Brinchang of over 2000 metres and then you’re in for a solid walk that should last you a few hours over rough terrain. If you want an easier trek, there’s lots of other routes available, some much easier than this. But if you love a challenge, you’ll be in adventurers’ paradise.

Address:  Northern Brinchang, Brinchang, Malaysia
Price: Free

The hill top peaks of Cameron highlands are a breezy escape from the heat of mainland Malaysia. Here you can experience strawberry picking in one of the many beautiful farms located here. The BOH tea plantation is also a must visit destination whilst trekking around the highlands. Also don’t forget to make a quick pit stop at the lavender farm and be surrounded by a barrage of colour from these lovely flowers too.

By Shivani, Pen My Blog

Sam Poh Temple

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One of the largest Buddhist temples of its kind (the fourth largest in the world), the Sam Poh Temple was built in 1972 and sits majestically upon the glorious hills of the Cameron Highlands. It offers a great view of the charming Brinchang town: surrounded by small houses, it’s a focus point of the local community. It’s a beautiful temple, with its traditional gates warmly welcoming residents of all backgrounds, both in the nearby towns and internationally. It’s an incredibly elegant, serene and peaceful place that brings people together in harmony. On Buddhist pray day, you can even enjoy some free vegetarian food if you’re so inclined. There’s also a library if you wish to learn more about the Buddhist religion. Overall, it’s a great place to visit, with trek trails nearby so you can make a whole day of it. Please keep in mind though, this is an active religious temple, so do be respectful.

Address: Sam Poh Wan Futt Chi Temple, 4l Miles, Brinchang, 39100 Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, Pahang
Price: Free

Time Tunnel & Kok Lim Strawberry Farm

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Travel back in time and learn all about the vast cultural heritage of this fascinating local community. The Time Tunnel is found in the basement of the Kok Lim Strawberry Farm, so you may as well enjoy both tourist attractions at once. Here you’ll find the freshest strawberries that you can hand pick yourself, so you know you’re getting the best batch. There are also other food and beverage choices making this a great place to unwind after enjoying over a whopping 1000 exhibits from throughout the history of the Cameron Highlands. The museum follows from the colonial era right up to the post-independence era. This collection is owned by a local history lover called See Kok Shan and he opens up his historical treasure trove every day for a small fee. This goes beyond your normal museum. A great deal of effort has been made to really recreate those time periods and it’s a wonderful way to really get to know your holiday destination.

Address: Cameron Highland, 39000 Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia
Price: Adult – MYR 5, Child – MYR 3

Mossy Forest

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Located an eye-watering 2000 metres above sea level, the only way to get to the Mossy Forest is by trekking here. It’s great exercise, surrounded by some of the most incredible moss, lichen, ferns and foliage you’ll ever lay your eyes on but it is a steep climb, so make sure you’re well prepared. Remember, no flip flops while walking through the mountains! At this incredible height, you feel like you’re close to touching the clouds, with mist and moisture turning an already stunning natural landscape into something intensely serene and mystical. As you’d expect, there’s plenty of wildlife within this moist, dense forest, so look out for a whole host of snakes, frogs, mammals, insects and birds: many of which can only be found in this area. This is a uniquely invigorating experience, in one of the most beautiful spots in all of the Cameron Highlands.

Address: Bukit Brinchang, Brinchang, Malaysia
Price: Free

 

Ee Feng Gu Honey Bee Farm

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Talk about a place with a great buzz. There’s no prizes for guessing what Fe Feng Gu Honey Bee Farm is famous for. Its honey has been too sweet a deal for many to pass up, making it one of the area’s most beloved tourist attractions. The bee keepers here are extremely well trained so you’ll get the best possible safety while you explore the farm. Do keep in mind that you are dealing with bees, who will attempt to sting if aggravated. But if you don’t do anything to provoke a response, you should not have any issues. This is the best way to find out about the production of honey, with friendly and informed staff to take you through every step of the process as you see nature at work. They also produce royal jelly, pollen and even tea as part of their farm, so there’s more here than you might expect. Of course, the best part of the journey is getting to enjoy the freshest, most delicious honey available anywhere. Tickets are free, however you’d be mad to leave without at least one jar. There’s also a souvenir shop and children’s playground.

Address: 75, Batu 43, Green Cow, 39100 Kea Farm, Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, West Malaysia
Price: Free to visit

Located in 3 different areas but within the vicinity of Cameron Highlands, this farm offers a great attraction in seeing honey production resulting in varieties of derivative products. No admission fees are charged, yet visitors can enjoy a combination of picking fresh strawberries and vegetables. Great cafes are available and children can maximize their fun in kids activities within the farm areas.”

By Faizal, Faizal Fredley

Robinson Falls

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A hidden gem of a natural wonder in a town full of them, Robinson Falls is a stunning series of waterfalls, looking like something lifted straight out of a fairy tale. It’s in a great, secluded spot: the walk alone is an adventure in itself. Do be aware though that the walk can get very rough, so be careful as you make your way to these magical falls. There’s also a hut nearby where you can enjoy some delicious locally sourced homemade jams.

Address: Cameron Highland, 39000 Tanah Rata, Pahang, Malaysia
Price: Free

 

There are many hiking trails in the Cameron Highlands, some of which are within walking distance of Tanah Rata. These trails range from short walks to longer hikes and take you into some beautiful sections of jungle. My favourite is trail 9, which winds its way past a couple of waterfalls — I even saw a massive snake slither across the path right in front of me!.”

By Jon, Jon Is Travelling

Agro Technology Park

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The ultimate in agricultural experiences, Agro Technology Park is split into no less than six areas. These include Orchid Garden, Rose Garden, Herb Garden, English Garden and finally the research and information centre. As their names would suggest, they are all dedicated to one specific series of plants and is a place of great scientific importance, where you can get an education on all the fantastic work they’re doing here. Despite receiving up to 100,000 visitors annually, research is the focus of this park. In fact, it’s the oldest research station in the entire country, having been opened in June 14th 1926 by the British. A few decades ago, it was handed over to the Malaysian Research and Development Unit and was later transformed into an agro technology park by Agriculture Minister Datuk Dr Effendi Norwadi. The park measures a whopping 42 hectares and also includes strawberry picking, as well as plenty of flowers and potted plants for sale so you can remember your visit.

Address: JKR266, Jln Persiaran Endah, 39000 Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands
Price: Adult – MYR 5, Children – MYR 3

Shopping in the Cameron Highlands

While you won’t find many industrial sized mega malls in this modest rural town, there’s still plenty of great places to shop so you can enjoy the best local foods, produce and souvenirs. It might not be the biggest, but it is one of the most unique shopping experiences around.

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Multicrops Central Market

Perhaps best known for its lovingly presented selection of flowers, ornamental plants and stunningly landscaped garden, Multicrops Central Market is perhaps the most down to earth shopping experience anywhere in the Cameron Highlands. It’s the perfect microcosm of everything great about the holiday destination, with a ton to see, eat and enjoy, while never forgetting the incredible natural landscapes that make this location truly wonderful.

Address: Arkid Peladang Sungai Burung, Brinchang

Opening hours: Daily, 09:00 – 18:00

Brinchang Night Market

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While much of the Cameron Highlands is known for its quiet, tranquil ambience, the Brinchang Night Market is a little different. This is an energetic, bustling market that opens every evening and features what is possibly the best street food in town. If you want to enjoy the most authentic local cuisine, you’ve come to the right place. It’s also a great place to find the freshest local product, as well as unique souvenirs you can’t find anywhere else.

Address: Brinchang Central Square

Opening hours: Saturday, 17.00 – 03.00

Cameron Square

Due to the Cameron Highlands being a heavily rural area, it’s not well known for giant shopping centres. As such, Cameron Square is the only mall in town. Nonetheless, after a mere two years since its inception, it’s coming on nicely with two stories steadily filling up with a variety of different stores, including a sports store, a restaurant, clothing stores and a 3D museum. It’s great to see somewhere like this in this type of area and we hope they go from strength to strength as they become more established.

Address: 25 Jalan Besar, Brinchang Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia 39100
Opening hours: Daily, 10.00 – 22.00

Food in Cameron Highlands

Although best known for its great selection of street foods and local cuisine, there’s also an international flavour in many of the restaurants in the Cameron Highlands. Let your taste buds take you on an international thrill ride.

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Restoran Ferm Nyonya

Famous for their Tom Yam steamboat, which is raved about by locals and tourists alike, Restoran Ferm Nyonya offers an eclectic mix of Perenakan and Nyonya cuisine to a very high quality. They’re also known for their seafood dishes, which are beautifully prepared. The service is excellent and whatever dish you choose, it’ll be sure to meet their impeccable standards. All this is also available for a very low price, considering the exquisite dishes that are on offer.

Address: 78A-D Persiaran Camelia 4, Tanah Rata

Steamboat Restaurant OK Tuck

Located in Bringchang town, this is a restaurant loved by locals. They offer a mix of great dishes but as their name would suggest, they’re most famous for their steamboat: a type of steamed Chinese cooking. It’s actually one of the cheaper restaurants of its kind, which is astonishing considering the location. The portion sizes are great too, maybe a little too great, as many customers report they struggled to finish their meal and it’s certainly not because of the taste. You’re guaranteed to leave here with a full stomach and a smile on your face.

Address: 26, Jalan Besar Brinchang

The Lakehouse Restaurant & Bar

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If you’re looking for something a little different from the mix of local and eastern cuisines you’ll find in most of the restaurants in Cameron Highlands, then The Lakehouse Restaurant & Bar might be right up your alley, serving traditional English food in a truly sunning location. You’ll surrounded by lush greenery and the restaurant itself looks like an old fashioned pub. Better still, the food inside is just as authentic. The lake view is simply stunning and really must be seen to be appreciated.

Address: The Lakehouse Cameron Highlands, 30th Mile Ringlet

Fun Facts

  • The Cameron Highlands is the largest hill station in Malaysia: Cameron Highlands cover over 700 square kilometres.
  • But the smallest constituency: Despite being the largest high station, Cameron Highlands is also the smallest constituency in Pahang.
  • It gets its name from a British soldier and colonial administrator: It was named after explorer Sir William Cameron, who, in the late nineteenth century, mapped the area.
  • It has its own micro ecosystem: It has a different ecosystem to the rest of Malaysia, being home to hundreds of species that are rarely found elsewhere in the tropics.

Nightlife in the Cameron Highlands

This sleepy hill station is destination is more known for its tranquil atmosphere than its hedonistic night scene. Luckily though, with its selection of warm pubs and inviting bars, you won’t be short on things to do when evening falls.

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Travellers Bistro & Pub

This is a pub that takes great beer seriously, with a terrific selection of drinks at great prices, all served ice cold. There’s also delicious cocktails here, which are all conjured up by their talented, experienced staff. Cameron Highlands might not be known as a great place to get a drink, but spots like the Travellers Bistro & Pub are looking to change that. It looks cool, has a great ambience and is a terrific spot for tourists to relax and socialise.

Address: Tanah Rata, 39000 Tanah Rata, Pahang, Malaysia

Jungle Bar in Daniel’s Lodge

Part of Daniel’s Lodge, a budget accommodation popular with backpackers, Jungle Bar has become a hotspot for travellers looking to unwind after a busy day spent exploring the area. You’re sure to meet a whole host of interesting people here from across the globe, while you enjoy a great selection of drinks of many varieties, such as wines, beers and cocktails. It’s a very rustic place, like hanging out at a friend’s house, with simple furnishings and a dimly lit, speakeasy type of vibe.

Address: Tanah Rata, 39000 Tanah Rata, Pahang, Malaysia

Strawberry Club

 

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Part of the Wonderful Strawberry Park Resort, this is an old school vintage style authentic pub experience. The Strawberry Club is found on the lower ground floor so it feels like you’ve discovered a secret drinking spot or at least it would if it weren’t for how popular both this bar and resort have become. And rightfully so: this bar more than meets the hotel’s impeccable standards, with great times to be had in a warm, comfortable environment. Try out the karaoke if you’re feeling brave enough.

 

Address: Strawberry Park Resort, Lower Ground Floor 2

Top Tips

  • Plan your journey by car ahead of time: Traffic in the area can get very crowded, particularly during peak times. Plan accordingly, doing as most of your trips through densely populated areas through weekdays if possible. The areas that tend to be the worst for traffic jams include Brinchang, Lavender Farm and Tanah Ratah.
  • Be aware of temperature changes: Although through the day, you’ll likely be able to happily get by just in a pair of shorts and t-shirt, do be aware that the temperature can dip drastically on an evening.
  • Avoid overcharging: Generally, Cameron Highlands isn’t particularly bad for overcharging. However, during peak season, certain businesses do occasionally try to overcharge, with restaurants being the main culprit and foreign visitors being the main target.

Where to Stay in Cameron Highlands

Luxury Hotels in the Cameron Highlands

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You won’t find anywhere in Cameron Highlands that matches the Cameron Highlands Resort in terms of luxury and grandeur. This 5-star resort flawlessly complements its exceptional surroundings of colourful fruit and tea plantations with elegant guestrooms, decked out in soft flowing fabrics, inviting seating areas and lavish dark wood decors. From your balcony, you’ll be able to marvel at the manicured 18-hole golf course or indulge with an in-room massage service. Be pampered within an inch of your life in the full-service Spa Village or simply put your feet up in the tea room and bar. You’ll struggle to find excuses to ever leave this exquisite establishment, with delectable dishes being served up morning, noon and night in The Dining Room restaurant. This is a truly exceptional resort and one that will make your Malaysian adventure even more unforgettable.

You’ll be transported back in time to the Colonial-era at the characterful Lakehouse Cameron Highlands hotel. This intimate establishment is decked out head to toe with British inspired design, including exposed wooden beams, antique decorations, a traditional lounge with statement fireplace and even a British style-pub and British menu in the onsite restaurant. That’s not to say they have foregone the modern comforts though. Each of the 19 guestrooms include LCD TVs with satellite channels, coffee makers and separate bathtubs, as well as thoughtful touches with complimentary bathrobes and slippers. There’s even spa and concierge services available, along with afternoon tea, which is best enjoyed on the paved terrace as you bask in the Malaysian sunshine.

Mid-Range Hotels in the Cameron Highlands

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A stunning mid-range hotel as sweet as its name, the Strawberry Park Resort offers large, well decorated rooms with wooden floors and most importantly of all, a large, super comfortable bed, so you can guarantee a great night’s sleep after a hard day’s exploring this magical part of the world. Although it doesn’t look too impressive from the outside, appearing more like an array of decent quality flats than a resort, the inside more than makes up for that with a cool, understated style that gives Strawberry Park Resort a modern and mature feel. Most amazingly of all though is the dining. There’s no less than 7 options here ranging between several different cuisines, all at an impeccable standard. In that regard, you’d be forgiven for confusing this with a five-star hotel. Your first taste of what’s on offer comes with your continental breakfast at the Brasserie 85 restaurant, and it more than hits the spot. There’s also a small indoor pool, a spa and wellness centre, a sauna and an indoor pool to enjoy during your stay.

Talk about a hotel that leaves a first impression: Hotel Casa Dela Rosa aims to knock its guests off their feet as they enter with a beautiful, brightly lit entranceway that is both rustic and luxurious. Sitting tall on top of a small hill, this is a hotel that is reminiscent of a cottage you’d expect to find on a skiing holiday. Style wise, it must be said that it’s very old fashioned, but not in a way that’s dated. This is a resort that is clearly in love with a different time. Some people will hate it but for those that love it, there’s nowhere that does this classical style better, at any price. The rooms are absolutely momentous in size and that goes for the beds too. All the furnishings are top notch: they simple ooze quality. The hotel is located in a peaceful area a little outside of town, with lots of great scenic routes where you can go a morning walk to enjoy the wildlife and sunshine. The hotel is also a mere 3km away from a golf course and has an onsite restaurant.

Don’t be fooled by Zermatt Hotel’s rather drab looking exterior. This is a hotel that is simply dripping with modern chic. All 9 guest rooms here boast an inviting colour scheme with contemporary furnishings and all the amenities you’d expect, such as free Wi-Fi, free bottled water and LED TVs with satellite channels. There’s also plenty of substance to go with all that style. As well as being in a fantastic location in the heart of Tanah Rata, this hotel includes an onsite coffee shop, free parking and a 24-hour front desk, where the friendly staff are more than happy to advise you on your holiday excursions.

You’ll feel right at home at the Hotel De’La Ferns. This is a resort that aims to emulate the tranquil atmosphere of its neighbouring Parit Falls and Tan’s Camellia Garden with timeless décor and an expert attention to detail. The traditional dark wooden furniture, bold bedframes and superior bedding lets you know that no expense has been spared, which is especially impressive when you consider the rate per night comes in at under SGD 100. This attentiveness extends across all aspects of the hotel too, including in its onsite restaurant, concierge service and 24-hour front desk.

Budget Hotels in the Cameron Highlands

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One of the top rated budget properties in all of the Cameron Highlands, Gerard’s Place is a guesthouse as personal as its name suggests, best known for its terrific customer service. The owners have fans worldwide for both the friendly atmosphere they create and their incredible wealth of knowledge about the area, especially regarding trekking routes. The rooms are a great size for the price, although some facilities are shared, including bathroom and kitchen facilities. It’s incredible value for money and also offers a terrific set of views in a great location, not far from several stunning nature scenes and a mere 10-minute stroll from the bus stop. Another added benefit of having such a personal service is that there’s often home cooked treats on offer, which are just as delicious as the breakfast.

Father’s Guest House is an incredibly cheap hotel for what’s on offer. You’ll be very hard pressed to find another location that offers so much for so little, with rooms here costing just SGD 30 a night. It’s no surprise they receive rave reviews from their guests. The staff are known for their enthusiastic welcome, which should make you feel right at home as soon as you enter. What’s really amazing about this place is the quality of the rooms. Naturally at this price, you’re never going to find five-star luxury but for the rate of the hotel, they go above and beyond all expectations with decent sized accommodation featuring large, comfortable beds and nice décor. The only downside is the shared bathroom, although to be honest, that is to be expected at this price. It’s also in a great location: a mere five-minutes from the city. And in keeping with their great customer service, staff are always on hand to share tips and advice to really help you plan your vacation.

A quirky, colourful hotel that prides itself on giving its guests the best night’s sleep in town, Snooze Too is proof that just because you’re a budget hotel, it doesn’t mean that you need to lack character. With its bare bricked walls and fun décor, Snooze Too feels like staying at a loved one’s place for the weekend. There’s a tremendous sense of homeliness that few hotels can match. This is a far cry from the neutral coloured, uniform rooms that are often found at this price range. The beds are a great size (queen sized generally) and there’s even a flat screen TV with movies provided. It’s in a decent area, near the night market so you don’t have to go far for a midnight feast, plus the comfortable ambience is backed up by the helpful staff who do everything they possibly can to make your stay an enjoyable one. The snooze team really do pull out all the stops. Also, there’s beanbag chairs. What’s not to love?

The eye-catching bright green exterior of the Parkland Express in Brinchang welcomes guests to this cheap and cheerful hotel. Just a stone’s throw away from the Night Market, Jungle Trial No. 1 and Sam Poh Temple, you’ll be in the heart of the action here. Despite all these popular attractions practically being on your doorstep though, this hotel manages to deliver an air of calm, with its simple and spacious rooms, featuring free Wi-Fi, LCD TVs, rich wooden flooring, comfortable beds and a brilliant room service… not forgetting of course that trademark splash of green on the walls.

For more hotels in Cameron Highlands, explore the Expedia Singapore website and find the best accommodation for your stay.

Getting Around in the Cameron Highlands

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Due to the Cameron Highlands being a densely rural area, there’s actually only one main road connecting most of the town. This makes getting around an absolute breeze in terms of navigation, but does mean for certain areas, walking is necessary. It’s not a very large area so most places are reachable on foot, especially if you like a good spot of exercise.

Alternatively, you can opt for car rental. The only rental services available are available online. If you do choose to rent a car, it’s important to ensure you do so through reputable companies.

Cameron Highlands has a lot of attractions to offer. While most of them are worth a visit, there are some tourist traps mixed in some of the day tours offered by travel agencies. The best way to explore if you’re a group of 3 or more is to rent a car or hire a cab so you have complete control of your time and itinerary. It will also end up cheaper if you split the cost.”

By Yoshke, The Poor Traveller

A more popular option than the car, motorbike rentals are the mode of transport of choice for backpackers here. There’s plenty of places that rent motorcycles, including several spots in Tanah Rata and certain guesthouses. A sample of the prices available from TJ Nur Travel & Tours is 2 hours for MYR 20, 5 hours for MYR 35 and 10 hours for MYR 50. Scooters are also available.

When it comes to public transport, busses are not a good option. The services that used to run hourly from Tanah Rata were discontinued in 2016. Today, only busses that travel long distances operate and they are not reliable in terms of time.

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If you therefore prefer to have someone else chauffeur you around on your holiday, you’ll have to use a taxi service. These are usually found in Tanah Rata and Brinchang. Finding taxis elsewhere is possible but difficult. There are no set taxi rates and these change depending on the season, nearly doubling during peak times. A rough guide on taxi prices would be around MYR 40 per hour. It is always advised to agree upon a rate with your driver before you start your journey.

Best Time to Visit the Cameron Highlands

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The Cameron Highlands enjoy cool and comfortable climates for most of the year, with temperatures ranging from 14°C to highs of 28°C. However, the area does experience frequent downfall during the rainy season, which occurs between November to February. Therefore, if you want clear skies and sunny days, you are advised to plan your trip during the dry season between February to April, with May being the warmest month on average.

Similarly, it is recommended that you avoid peak travel seasons during school and festive holidays. The towns can get very crowded and the popular tourist attractions get busy during these times, with travel costs also experiencing an increase.

Flights to the Cameron Highlands

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Unfortunately, the Cameron Highlands does not have a dedicated airport. Don’t worry though. It is easy enough for travellers to reach this beautiful destination by landing in the nearby Kuala Lumpur airport (KUL). From here, you simply need to hire a car from one of the many available rental firms and drive through the scenic route.

The journey takes around one hour due to the slow driving speeds and involves travelling through a picturesque mountain range on the North-South Highway before exiting at Tapah Town. You’ll then be lead through the mountain range as you follow the trunk road, which will eventually bring you to the first town in the Cameron Highlands: Ringlet.

Visit the Expedia website to find the best prices for flights to Cameron Highlands.

However, most of you will opt to drive there, and if you are coming from Kuala Lumpur make sure you get a chance to gaze at the amazing scenery that will accompany you on your journey. There’s an adventurous and exquisite route via the mountain range from the North-South Highway. Take the exit at Tapah Town and follow the trunk road leading you through the range., there is a beautiful route through a mountain range from the North-South Highway.

If you’re travelling from the North, then the Pulai Highway is the best way (20km before Tapah); it leads you to the Cameron Highlands via the interchange at Kampung Raja, taking you through Kuala Terla, Tringkap and Kea Farm before entering Brinchang.