Located at an altitude of 2000 m above sea level, the lofty mountain resort of Cameron Highlands is one of the most popular getaway in Malaysia. The low temperature makes the climate inviting and affords the visitor a chance to get away from the heat and turmoil of the plains. This conducive environment is a boon for one and all alike. The place has a plethora of attractions, which makes a visit here worthwhile if you take out at least two to three days to spend.
Cameron Highlands is extremely well connected to most major cities lying on the west coast of Malaysia. The best way to travel there is either by renting a car or self driving one from any city. Taxis and buses are also available from Kuala Lumpur, which cover the distance of around 200 km in roughly three to four hours. Buses and taxis are widely available at Ipoh airport as well, which is about 85 km from Cameron Highlands.
There are three principal localities in Cameron Highlands namely, Brinchang, Tanah Rata and Ringlet. Buses do connect these places, but the services are very poor, hence the option of having a personal car is best advised. One can also rent a motorbike for about 1.5 $ per day or hire a taxi.
Finding a good hotel in Cameron Highlands is very easy. Cameron Highlands has a range of budget to mid range hotels, mostly in the most popular place Tanah Rata, while Brinchang caters to the affluent visitors. Some good moderately priced hotels include, Bird’s Nest, Golden Wings and Parkland.
Being a touristy region, there are no dearth of attractions in Cameron Highlands. The best way to go about this is by opting for a conducted tour, offered by many local agencies here. A usually itinerary includes a visit to the Tea Plantation, Mossy Forest, Strawberry Farm and Butterfly Garden. Other places too or on offer, but no matter which tour you choose, do not miss out on the Tea Plantation visit.
Cameron Highlands is also known to be popular with trekkers, with at least ten accredited hiking trails. These lead to some exciting destinations like, waterfalls and quaint mountain villages.
Eating options in Cameron Highlands are plentiful, with a majority of them catering to local palates. Ensure you are booking hotel in the main district. There is a good sprinkling of Chinese and Indian restaurants as well. Make sure to try out the food in one of the many steamboat venues which abound in Cameron Highlands. The food here is particularly sought after because of the fresh organic products which are used into its making.
Cameron Highlands is not particularly known for shopping, being primarily a natural abode. Still for those not taking the tours, a visit to the Multicrops Central Market can prove to be good for picking up fresh local produce and fruits. Elsewhere, a number of markets and roadside stalls offer a variety of local products to the visitor.
Though Cameron Highlands is no hotspot as far as a vibrant nightlife is concerned, it has its fair share of joints for some fun after sundown.Tanah Rata is the place to head for to let your hair down after a hard day’s trek. Try out the Jungle Bar Restaurant or Travellers Bistro and Pub.
# Bring warm clothes as evenings and rainy days bring a lot of chill.
# Public transport in Cameron Highlands is practically non existent. Better to opt for guided tours.
# Book well in advance, as budget rooms get taken up fast, especially during local holidays when hordes of people descend on Cameron Highlands from the surrounding towns and cities.