This month (November 2020), we decided to explore the Cameron Highland once again. Of course, we had the chance to visited a few times but on this occasion, we have been invited by Discover Cameron Travel & Tour.
This local travel agency offers packages otherworldly & fascinating that will allow you to hike in the oldest mossy forest in the world. In a matter of fact, Pahang’s mossy forest is estimated to be 230 million years old, and scientists believe that it existed in the time of dinosaurs.
Otherworldly & fascinating
Cameron Highland 2020
By Discover Evolution
1- How to get there?
- By Car
The first thing to remember is that the Cameron Highland is not connected to any rail train but there are other ways to get there. With this in mind, If you plan on driving from Kuala-Lumpur, we recommend following the scenic route on highway E1 & exiting at exit 132 to Tapah. Not long after Tapah, you can take the old scenic and winding road (route 59) up the mountains. With no rush, it should take you around four hours.
→ Waterfall on the way
Lanta Iskandar is located around 30 km before Cameron highland, and also popular for his waterfall and vendor on the side of the road. An excellent place for picnics and taking pictures, (free entrance). This place never fails to amaze me and I make it a point to come every time when I’m on the way up to Cameron. Be sure to take a dip in the ice-cold water for a refreshing experience. (This place has also a toilet nearby and it’s free).
- By Bus
The duration of the trip from Kuala-Lumpur to Cameron Highland by bus, takes around 4.5 hours, depending on traffic and condition. Express buses depart from TBS (Bandar Tasik Selatan) and terminate at Tanah Rata bus station. Make sure to ask the driver for a washroom stop or you may have to wait for a long time.
- Book your bus online – Do not wast your time.
2- Best accommodation in Cameron Highland
What kind of traveler are you? Do you travel solo and have a tight budget? Are you traveling with your loved one? or maybe decided to travel with the whole family. There is plenty of beautiful places, and I am pretty sure you will find what you are looking for. On this journey to the Cameron Highland, we have been invited by “Traveller Bunker Hostel”. This little gem is located in the city center and backpackers will fall in love with their concept. The hostels offer 52 dorms distributed on three different levels, a cinema room, snacks available, and really good coffee. (I am coffee addicted!) Price range $$
TRAVELLER BUNKER HOSTEL
- Our recommendation:
1- Copthorne Cameron Highlands
The Copthorne Cameron Highlands resort is situated above the hill at 1,628 meters above sea level, offering magnificent views of the valleys, terraced farms, rolling hills, and majestic mountains. It is the perfect spot if you are traveling with your children and want to relax. Besides the astonishing view, the altitude provides refreshing and invigorating air, ensuring a pleasant and spring-like climate throughout the year. Price Range $$$
This heahtitude guesthouse was built in the 1970’s, with its unique architecture and interior preserved. The accommodation provides a total occupancy of 12 guests, with options of private rooms and dorm beds. The hostel also offers WiFi communal spaces within the property designed specifically for guests to hang-out with each other. Price range $$
3- Orchid Haven
The Orchid Haven in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, provides bed & breakfast, Satellite TV and WiFi. Besides, this hostel is comfortable, with a clean room, private bathroom (hot shower), and a balcony. In addition, you will be able to relax in the lounge surrounded by a beautiful hanging orchid garden & a complimentary tea or coffee on the house. Price range $
3- Book a tour
Planning an exciting trip solo, with your loved one or with your family, and wonder what you can see and to in the Cameron Highland? Accordingly, there is a lot to see and many things that you will enjoy doing. To begin with, we contacted “Discover Cameron Travel & Tours”, and Appu gave us information about all the available tours. Consequently, we chose a half-day trip starting with the sunrise above the tea plantation, following by a shortstop for breakfast. Not long after, we entered the forest for a 1.5 hours hike (return), we went to the BOH tea plantation and terminate the day at the strawberry farm.
Discover Cameron TRAVEL & TOUR
Book a tour: https://www.discovercamerons.com/
Contact them: +60 19-563 6405
Email Them: email@example.com
Other things that you can do:
1- Climb mount Brinchang
Cameron Highland’s main peak is Mount Brinchang. Therefore, if you plan on going to the top, drive along the winding mountain road, which is as hair-raising as it is exciting.
Once you reach the summit, you will encounter an observation tower and enjoy the astonishing scenery and breathe in the refreshing air of the mountains.
Mount Brinchang stands at 6,666 feet above sea level, and it is also the highest peak in Malaysia. For those who are more adventurous, there is also the possibility of trekking to the summit through the forest.
2- Tour at the Organg Asli Village
Orang Asli means ‘Original People’ in Malay and refers to the various indigenous tribes that live in the Cameron Highlands. You will find several traditional Orang Asli villages dotted around the area, and many of them are located on the main road that leads up to Tanah Rata.
Some villages are still found in the middle of the jungles here, so if you want to see a traditional working village, then you can take a tour with a guide who will take you out into the more remote areas.
3- Visit the time tunnel
The Time Tunnel aims to look back at Malaysia’s past, and to that end, you will find old curios such as vintage signs, postcards, photographs, and even a barber’s chair. This museum is not one of the largest museums in Malaysia, and provide an informative insight into the history of the Cameron Highlands and its environs.
4- Spend the morning at Pasar Pagi
Pasar Pagi means Morning Market in Malay, and it is the place to come if you are looking for a toothsome breakfast in the Cameron Highlands. You will find the Morning Market near KEA Farm Town, taste some delicious street food and other local breakfast bites, and also expect to find souvenirs and handicrafts.
5- Wander around the Lavender garden
Another natural highlight of the Cameron Highlands is the Lavender Gardens. An amazing place to visit to take in the aromatic air and the pretty purple vistas. On this trip, you will find beautifully landscaped gardens that are bisected by walkways. It means that you can walk through the lavender fields and check out how beautiful it is closely.
As you would expect, the flowers attract a range of insects, and there is a bee history gallery here as well as a cafe where you can relax with a drink and take in the views.
4- Where to eat?
As you may already know, the most famous dish in Cameron Highlands is an Asian-style steamboat! As a matter of fact, there is much more out there, and a great variety of different cuisine like Indian, Japanese, Western, Thai, Malay, and Chinese!
- Local food
1- Cameron Organic Produce Steamboat Restaurant (Non-Halal)
One of the best choices, if you are around Cameron, is steamboat. When the sun goes down, and the mountain becomes chilly, it is time to head to a steamboat restaurant. Steamboat (also known as the hot pot) is a pot of boiling chicken soup heated by a gas fire stove. Some of the restaurants served two soups in a pot–fiery chili broth and chicken or pork bone broth (non-halal).
2- Cafe Lorong Kea farm
This restaurant/bistro is a Little bit hidden near a small market next to the road. It is a family restaurant, especially for local people. Very tasty and fresh prepared dishes, beverages and desserts for good prices (main course RM10 – RM12) Staff is very kind with quick service, only interior looks faded. Highly recommend it, if you want to try local cuisine at a reasonable price.
3- Singh Chapati Urban Restaurant
From a very unassuming exterior, and also off the side road, the food was fantastic. Not to mention, that we went back several times during our short stay in the highlands. All food was made to order and was very tasty.
The family who runs the restaurant are friendly, and helped us pick dishes to make sure, we ha the right amount of spice/heat – Would we go again? Absolutely.
- Western food
1- The mossy forest cafe
This was our second visit to Mossy Cafe – it met all expectations: clean, efficient, courteous, tasty, value for money. Meal size is considered adequate to large. My wife and I enjoyed both beef n chicken burgers, and we also tried the pizzas. The pastries and coffee are a must, and if you like a beer with your meals this cafe has a great selection available.
2- The Barracks cafe
The Barracks cafe was not easy to find as it is a little bit hidden on the other side of the road. Surely one of the best restaurant if you are a fish enthusiastic and like fresh food. We went there on our last day and we highly recommend you to give it a goal.
3- Scott’s cafe
Scott’s cafe is an inviting place for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. In addition, the price is more than reasonable for the quality of its food. We had our lunch there and had the Seven Haven Steak & Hawaiian Pizza. Even that we do not eat much meat, the steak was tasty and cooked as ordered (medium). The pizza is surprisingly good with a thin crust (10-inch size). Overall, a great place for families and friends. Do drop by for a bite when you are in the area.
- Transport (Petrol): RM60 return
- Toll: RM40 return
- Bus: RM70 per person (return)
- Accommodation per day: RM25 for dorm, RM 100 + for private room
- Meals: RM10 – RM40
- Travel Tours: Half-day RM50 per person, Full day RM90 per person.
In conclusion, we had an enjoyable time in Cameron Highland. Therefore we would like to thanks once again “traveler Bunker Hostel” and “Discover Cameron” for their generosity.
As a result, if you own a cafe, restaurant, hostel and are part of a tour organization and would be interesting in promoting your business, do not hesitate to contact us.
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