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Cameron Highlands

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==Understand==
The Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations. It covers an area of 712² km, about the size of [[Singapore]], At 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above sea level it is also the highest point in Malaysia accessible by road. During the day, the temperature seldom rises above 25°C25 °C; at night, it can drop to as low as 12°C12 °CThere are four main roads into the area: two to the west, to [[Ipoh]] and to [[Tapah]]; and two to the east, to [[Gua Musang]] and [[Kuala Lipis]]. The towns lie in a string of settlements approximately 25 km long. From north to south these are: * [[Kampung Raja]] - one of the larger towns; close to the roads to [[Ipoh]] and [[Gua Musang]]* [[Brinchang]]* [[Taman Tringkap]]* [[Kea Farm]]* [[Brinchang]]* [[Tanah Rata]] - the main town of the Camerons* [[Ringlet]] - one of the larger towns; close to the roads to [[Tapah]] and [[Kuala Lipis]]* [[Bertam Valey]]
==Get in==
The entry point highlands can be accessed by road from both coasts, though most travellers enter from the west. [[Ipoh]] has a road up to the highlands via [[Simpang Pulai]], the other route from the west is further south, via [[Tapah or Simpang Pulai]]. The two interchanges main road from the east passes through [[Gua Musang]]; there is also a more circuitous route from [[Kuala Lipis]] (both of which are located in on the state of [[PerakJungle Railway]]).
===By bus===
====Approaching from the west====From [[Ipoh]], take an air-conditioned Kinta Omnibus service (RM16.80, 2.5 hr, 8AM, 11AM, 3PM, 6PM) to [[Tanah Rata]] from Ipoh's Medan Kidd bus terminal (5 min walk from the train station). The nearest town is buses travel via [[IpohSimpang Pulai]] and stop at towns such as [[Kampong Raja]] and [[Brinchang]]. Be sure to let the driver know if you need one of these towns.
From Ipoh[[Kuala Lumpur]], you can catch the Kinta Omnibus buses to [[Tanah Rata ]] leave from Medan Kidd bus terminal Pudu Sentral Bus Station (5 min walk from the train station). The cost is RM16.80 and there are RM28-RM39, 4 services per day (8AM, 11AM, 3PM, 6PM, Travel time to to Tanah Rata is around 2.5 hr), 8. The air30AM-conditioned buses are quite old, but 3.30PM though mainly in the timings are quite reliablemorning). The Some buses travel via Simpang Pulai and do stop along the way can be booked online at towns such as Kampong Raja and Brinchanghttp://www. Just let the driver know before hand, or press the bell when nearing the townbusonlineticket.com
From [[Kuala LumpurSingapore]], overnight VIP buses to Tanah Rata can be caught at Puduraya Central Bus Station operated by Grassland and take about 4.5 Fivestar leave from the Golden Mile tower/complex (SG$55-SG$65, 10 hr). Look around the ticket counters to find the various companies although they don't always have buses running Buses stop at the advertised times. Online booking services are also available. If you buy a ticket online you may need to check in at the bus companies counter before boarding a bus.Buses leave between 8.30AM-3.30PMRinglet, Lakehouse, Brinchang Hotel, Equatorial Hotel, but more buses run in the morning. Prices range from RM20-RM39Heritage Hotel and Tanah Rata.
From ====Approaching from the east====The best option is the bus station at [[SingaporeGua Musang]], overnight VIP buses run from the Golden Mile tower/complex. Coach companies such as Grassland and Fivestar charge between SGD$55-SGD$65 depending on the day and time of travel. Travelling time look for services to Cameron Highlands is around 10 hr stopping at Ringlet, Lakehouse, Brinchang Hotel, Equatorial Hotel, Heritage Hotel and [[Tanah Rata]] or [[Ipoh]]. [[Kuala Lipis]] may also have buses.
===By car===
You can also use mini van transfer to get to Cameron Highlands:
*From Kuala Lumpur-pick up at Swiss Inn Jalan , Jl. Sultan , Chinatown. 12PM Daily MYR 35.00 DurationRM35, duration: 4.5 hr
*From Penang-pick up at Georgetown 8:00 AM , 8AM Daily MYR 50.00 DurationRM50, duration: 4.5 hr
*From Taman Negara-pick up at Kuala Tembeling Jetty. MYR 85.00 DurationRM85, duration: 5.5 hr
*For Reservationreservation: ☎ +60-4-2626 171 (Banana Travel & Tours) ☎ +60-5-491 5823 (Kang Tours & amp; Travel)
===By taxi===
===By taxi===
The taxi fare between Tanah Rata and Brinchang is RM6. You can hire a taxi for 2 hr for an exorbitant rate of RM50. This rate is approved by the government.
===By van charter===
* <see name="Mossy Forest" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">There is a boardwalk at the top of Gunung (Mount) Brinchang which takes you through the Mossy Forest. This reserve is unlike any other in peninsular Malaysia: its base is covered with a thick carpet of moss. Most of the trees here have remained untouched for centuries. Be prepared to spend a considerable amount of time exploring this place.</see>
* <see name="Parit Waterfall" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">There are two ways to get to the waterfall: you could either start from the Forestry Department or take Track 4 which is at the side of the Century Pines Resort. If you opt for the former, you should reach the falls in less than an hour. For the latter, the journey is about 15 min, but this path has collapsed close to the start(May 2011).</see>
* <see name="Rafflesia Flower" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The largest flower in the world (actually an external parasitic plant, lacking leaves, stem or roots). The only way to see this plant is to join guided tour which comes with 4WD Off-Road transport as it is located in Blue Valley are which is around 1 hour hr drive from Cameron Highlands town.</see>
* <see name="Robinson Rose Garden, Rose Centre & Rose Valley" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">All three estates are worth a visit. Here you can see how roses are grown.</see>
Several tour operators have offices on or near the main road in Tanah Rata. The packages (jungle trekking, farm adventure, go to Ipoh to see Kellie's Castle etc.) and prices are all very similar, but ask about extra charges like admission to the museums and to see the Rafflesia. Morning and afternoon tours are very popular. Night tours are listed by most operators but are not popular so don't expect them to be available unless you're in a group of 4 people (or 3 at some).
*<do name="Boh Tea Centre and Sg Palas Plantation" alt="" address="" directions="Follow follow the main road from Brinchang towards Kg Raja. After the Equatorial Hotel, look for signs and then turn left into the narrow hill road. The junction faces a row of stalls selling fruits and vegetables from the Kea Farm and can be easily missed." phone="" url="" hours="" price="Free tours" lat="" long="">Operated by Malaysia's largest tea company. Tours available of tea factory. Interactive educational studio, a retail outlet, and a nice cafe. Stunning vistas of rolling hills amidst a carefully tendered tea plantation. The drive up the hill can be very narrow at stages, so caution should be shown when driving up. The view from the top of nearby hill at the plantation is well worth the effort of climbing up.</do>
*<do name="Rainforest Adventure 2 (Rafflesia) Tour" alt="" address="No.38, Jalan Besar, Tanah Rata." directions="" phone="+60 5 491 582813 440 8422" url="www.kangholiday.com" hours="" price="RM108RM98" lat="" long="">For those who prefer to do jungle trekking with a guided tour and travel by 4WD Land Rover. See the ''largest flower'' in the world, Rafflesia is the flower of an endangered species of parasitic plant, often nicknamed the ''corpse flower'' due to it's rather pungent odor. Itinerary includes visiting an aboriginal village to try out a blow-pipe. Please book in advance and check for Rafflesia availability as the flower is seasonal).</do> *<do name="Country Side Tour" alt="" address="Tanah Rata" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="RM25" lat="" long="">This is a regular and cheapest sight seeing tour in Cameron Highlands. 5 major tourist attractions.</do>
=====Mount Yong Belar=====
*<buy name="Tourist Infomation Guide Book" alt="" address="" directions="Available at the Tourist Information Centre, most hotels, petrol stations, guest houses, convenience stores, eateries and sundry shops" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">It is good to have a map of the Cameron Highlands while you are on holiday at the retreat. Most guide books do come complete with maps and a brief description of the places of interest to visit.</buy>
*<buy name="Yung Seng Souvenir Shop" alt="" address="23, 29 & amp; 30, Main Road, Tanah Rata" directions="Near near the Post Office" phone="+60 5 491 2223" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="+60 5 491 3163" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="+60 5 491 3163">An upmarket shop with an interesting mix of handicrafts and souvenirs.</buy>
==Eat==
* <eat name="Mayflower" alt="" address="Tanah Rata" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Good place for steamboat.</eat>
*<eat name="Merryganic" alt="" address="Lot3a , Jl. Besar Brinchang" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="10AM-7PM" price="" lat="" long="">Healthfood, natural and organic products.</eat>
*<eat name="Restorant Kumar" alt="" address="No.26 , Main Rd, Tanah Rata" directions="" phone="+60 5 4912624" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Authentic Indian meals such as banana leaf rice RM7. Tandoori chicken RM7.</eat>
*<eat name="Sri Brinchang" alt="" address="25 Main Rd, Tanah Rata" directions="Next to Starbucks" phone="+60 5 491 5982, +60 12 452 4392" url="" hours="" price="Tandoori Chicken: RM7.50" lat="" long="">Cheap and very good Indian food.</eat>
*<eat name="Time Tunnel Cafe" alt="" address=" UT/MR/F-255, Jalan Jl. Sungai Burung, , Brinchang" directions="within the Kok Lim Strawberry Farm" phone="+60 16 3288 438, +60 13-5247 120" url="" hours="9AM-6PM" price="" lat="" long=""> Rustic setting. Wide food choice. Service with a smile. Nice place to take photographs.</eat>
* <eat name="Zainab Sam" alt="" address="Tanah Rata" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Exceptionally good local Local cuisine.</eat>
==Drink==
*<drink name="Jungle Bar" alt="(Daniel's Lodge Jungle Travelers Travellers Bar" address="No.9, Lorong Perdah. Tanah Rata" directions="Located behind Daniel's/Kang Travellers Lodge" phone="+60 5 491 5828" url="http://www.kangholiday.com" hours="7:30PM-2AM" price="" lat="" long="">A bar with a jungle theme and nightly bon fire. Live soccer football match telecasts. Pool table is available, dart board and music. Beer is RM8 a bottle and the clientele are mainly international travellers. Plenty of places to sit and talk and the atmosphere is relaxed.</drink>
*<drink name="Travelers Bistro &amp; Pub" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The only pub in Tanah Rata. A decent place to meet other travellers. Beer RM10.</drink>
* <sleep name="Cameronian Inn" alt="" address="No.16 Jalan Mentigi" directions="" phone="60 12 559 5017" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="4-bed dorm: RM15, private double room w/shared bathroom: RM50" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Cottage with a nice garden, afternoon tea and strawberry scones. Mix of dorms and private rooms. TV room with AstroTV.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Daniel's Lodge / Kang's Traveler's Lodge" alt="" address="Tanah Rata" directions="" phone="+60 5 491 5823" url="http://www.daniels.cameronhighlands.com/ http://www.kangholiday.com/hotel-accommodation.shtml/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Dorm:RM10RM12, rooms:RM25RM30-80120" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Very basic but pleasant and comfortable dorm accommodation. Free hot showers, free 24 hr wifi , pool table and nightly bonfires. Cook your own food. Movie room with DVDs available. Friendly staff and good place to socialise. Spacious common area and garden terrace cafe. Can make tour and transport arrangements.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Father's Guest House" alt="Closed until may 2012-same owner operates No. 8 Mentinggi Guesthouse" address="Lot 25 Tanah Rata" directions="5 min walk from Tanah Rata. Note that a Garmin GPS will put you on the back road and in the bush. The house is up the hill, and you will need to go back to the main road and turn left and then take the first left of Jalan Jl. Gereja." phone="+60 549 12484" url="http://fathers.cameronhighlands.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Dorm: RM15, double with shower: RM90" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+60 549 15484">A popular holiday retreat surrounded by forest and gardens. In-house cafe serves local and western cuisines. Big wifi lounge area. Tour and transport bookings available at reception counter.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Kang Travellers Hotel" alt="" address="No.38, Jalan Besar. Tanah Rata" directions="On the main road 200 m from the bus terminal" phone="+60 5 491 5828" url="http://www.kangholiday.com/hotel-accommodation.shtml" checkin="1PM" checkout="noon" price="RM40-120" lat="" long="">An easy going budget hotel for travellersbut dont expect too much. Free 24 hr wifi, spacious rooms some with attached and common bathroom. On the main street of Tanah Rata. Tours and transport arrangements are also available.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Number 8 Guest House, Tanah Rata" alt="" address="" directions="Fairly new guesthouse, just behind Twin Pines down a small road but only 3 minutes walk from town" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="RM50-80 double with shower" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">4 rooms of simple but clean accommodation with modern beds and furniture. Free wifi and an internet terminal which costs RM3.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Sg Pauh Campsite " alt="" address="" directions="Near near Taman Sedia, 5 min drive to Tanah Rata or Brinchang" phone="+60 5 4911384" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="RM3 per tent, If you want the electric power the price raises to 10RM." lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The campsite has got all the basic amenities like washrooms, BBQ and cold showers. There are electrical sockets spread around the site. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Tudor Home Inn" alt="" address="10A, Jalan Angsana 3, Bandar Baru Brinchang, Brinchang." directions="" phone="+60 5 490 1353" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.tudorhomeinn.com.my" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Bala's Holiday Chalet" alt="" address="Batu 39, Jalan Besar, Tanah Rata" directions="" phone="+60 549 11660" email="[email protected]" fax="+60 5 491 4500" url="http://www.balaschalet.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Cottage style rooms RM120 nett, RM380+ for suites">The hotel is one of the oldest colonial buildings in Cameron Highlands, converted from previous use as a school for the children of expatriate families. Within walking distance of Tanah Rata. English colonial decor and manicured gardens, TV room, reading room and library with a fireplace. Laundry, safe deposit facilities. Internet and a free shuttle service to/from Tanah Rata town.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Hillview Inn" alt="" address="No.17, Jl. Mentigi, Tanah Rata" directions="5 min walk from bus station" phone="+60 5 4912915 [email protected]" url="http://www.hillview-inn.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="RM90RM70-240" lat="" long="">The rooms are clean, carpeted and spacious. Free pick up from the Tanah Rata bus station. Free wifi and Internet service. TV room on every floor. Arrange tour and transport bookings. A café serves hot snacks, tea and scones, drinks and beers.</sleep>
===Splurge===
* '''The Lakehouse''', Ringlet. ☎ +60 5 495 6152, (''fax +60 5 495 6213''), [http://www.lakehouse-cameron.com]. Tudor style hotel siting atop a hill and overlooking the Sultan Abu Bakar Lake near the town of Ringlet. Short drive from Tanah Rata. 11 deluxe rooms, 3 junior suites, 3 family suites and 1 honeymoon suite. Rates start from RM465 nett.
* '''The Smokehouse Hotel''', Tanah Rata. ☎ +60 5 491 1215, (''fax: +60 5 491 1214''}, [http://www.cameronhighlands.com/the_smokehouse]. English Tudor style hotel with a colonial ambience, built in 1939. Traditional English breakfasts, tea in the lush gardens with scones, cream and strawberry jam. Dine in probably the finest restaurant in the Highlands and take pleasure in a drink by the fireplace. Well-appointed suites. Room rates range from RM400+ - to RM600+.
==Contact==
==Get out==
* [[Ipoh]] is the capital of the State of Perak and known for its good local food and colonial architecture. 1 hr away by road. From Tanah Rata's Bus station there are buses that go to [[Ipoh]], the cost is RM15 for the bus in the early morning and RM19.30 for the other bus during the day.
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