Cameron Valley tea estate, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

A Complete Cameron Highlands Travel Guide

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The Cameron Highlands hill station is located in the Pahang state of Malaysia, which is nestled between elevations ranging from 800 m (2,600 feet) to 1603 m (5259 feet) above sea level. Attracting several locals and tourists all year round, this blog explains all about the Cameron Highlands’ infamous activities, the absolute best time to visit this marvel, how to make your way up there, the commute around, and everything in between. 

Cameron Highlands Travel Guide

Best Time to Visit

Cameron Highlands welcomes visitors all year round, offering a refreshing escape from the heat of cities like Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur. Here, the weather can be quite unpredictable, with sunshine and rain often appearing on the same day. Rainfall is common, especially during April, May, October, and November, making it the perfect destination for those seeking cooler temperatures and lush greenery.

Where to Stay?

 

Most tourists stay in Tanah Rata or Brinchang, two of the eight settlements in Cameron Highlands. These towns offer various accommodation options, from budget-friendly hostels and homestays to luxurious resorts. You can pick the one that suits your preferences and budget. During our visit, we stayed in Tanah Rata, and here are some recommendations based on our experience.

Where to Eat?

Cameron Highlands offers a variety of dining options to cater to its tourists. You can find Malay, Indian, Chinese, and Thai cuisine here. Just read the reviews and pick the one that suits your taste buds!

Languages Spoken

Malay is most commonly spoken by the people in this region. Most of them converse in English as well.

ATM Availability

There are several ATMs available in Tanah Rata and a few in Brinchang.

How to Reach?

By Train

Since Cameron Highlands is a hilly region, trains cannot reach it.

By Bus

From Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh, frequent and direct buses to Cameron Highlands are the most convenient way to travel. While some buses stop at Tanah Rata, only a few go to Brinchang. If you’ve booked accommodation in Brinchang, it’s wise to check beforehand. Booking tickets from the same bus station where you started is better for your return journey. Prices tend to be higher when booked from Cameron Highlands itself.

Commuting Around

Two-wheeler rentals are available near the Tanah Rata post office, but they can be pricey. They cost RM 50 for 8 hours, RM 70 for a full day, RM 30 for 4 hours, or RM 40 for half a day. Since there are no local buses, locals often share taxis for commuting. If you’ve got time, take a leisurely stroll and discover the area at your own pace. If you find a place a bit far, hitchhiking is an option since cars often pass by.

Things To Do in Cameron Highlands

1. Hike the Trial 10 and Trail 6

Hiking route, Cameron Highlands

When in the Cameron Highlands, don’t miss out on the scenic hiking trails 10 and 6! It’s one of our trip’s highlights, starting in the jungle and ending in a sprawling tea plantation. For more info on these hikes, check out our detailed blog.

2. Visit the Tea Plantations

Cameron Highlands trail 10 and 6 hike

The Cameroon Valley tea plantations sit right by the main road to Tanah Ratah, so they’re easy to find. The valley is filled with lush greenery, and a waterfall is nearby. You can hop on an ATV and explore the narrow lanes for fun. We recommend taking a self-guided tour or opting for a golf cart ride, which costs RM 15. Don’t forget to taste the various tea varieties and bring home your favorite!

  • Entry Fee: RM 4
  • Timings: 8:30 AM – 6 PM

3. Experience the Mossy Forest

The Mossy Forest is estimated to be more than 130 million years old. The rainforest in Cameron Highlands receives high rainfall, around 1750-2000mm annually. It’s rich in valuable timber, animal products, and medicinal plants like pitcher plants, orchids, ferns, and spices.

Mossy forest

Due to recent incidents, access to the forest is limited. Visitors can only explore a small area until they reach the broad walk and special permits to climb Mount Irau via Mossy Forest.

Many homestays and hostels offer roundtrip services to the Mossy Forest, but expect more travel time than hiking. You’ll only get about 15-30 minutes of hiking inside the Mossy Forest with a guide.

  • Entry fee: RM 10 for Malaysian adult citizens and RM 30 for foreign adults; RM 5 for Malaysian children and RM 15 for foreign children; and RM free for physically challenged persons.
  • Timings: 9 AM – 4 PM

4. Splunge at Robinson Waterfall

Robinson Falls, a short walk from Tanah Ratah Bus Station, is a must-see attraction. Follow a brief hike through the lush forest to reach the waterfall. While the trail isn’t well-marked, it’s popular and easy to follow, but watch out for slippery spots. You can also explore Maya Waterfall nearby.

  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Timings: Open at all times. Go only during the daytime.

5. Visit the Strawberry Farms

Strawberry farms at Verlem, South Goa

We love fresh strawberries. Who doesn’t? Cameron Highlands is home to plenty of strawberry farms. Explore the farm closest to your stay and enjoy strawberry picking. The factories boast retail shops offering a variety of strawberries, edible mushrooms, and fresh vegetables commonly grown on the farms.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cameron Highland is famous for?

Hands down, the weather. The people from the nearby cities flock to Cameron Highlands to enjoy the pleasant weather. It is also famous for its tea plantations and strawberry farms.

How many days are required to explore the Cameron Highlands?

You need at least a minimum of 2 days to explore the attractions located in Cameron Highlands.

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