Flashback to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

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Flashback to Cameron Highlands, my favorite place in Malaysia, where I felt like at home. The place where I could breathe freely and fill my lungs with fresh mountain air. Yes, it was very cold at night! And yes, I slept in all my warm clothes plus the woolen scarf and the blanket. Yes, it has been raining everyday in the afternoon. And yes, I spent amazing 4 days there! I was in Cameron Highlands in January 2015 (sorry for the delayed post), but this place still remains the highlight of my one month stay in Malaysia.

Getting there

I took the bus from Penang to Tanah Rata for 32RM (€8). For 2RM (€0,5) more I was picked up from the hotel and brought to the bus station in Georgetown. The first 2 hours we drove with very comfortable bus from Georgetown to Ipoh. In Ipoh we had to change the bus and drove another 1,5 hours with not so comfortable mini van to Tanah Rata, the touristic village in Cameron Highlands.

Accommodation

I stayed in the Kang Traveler’s Lodge, a very basic place, but with very nice and friendly atmosphere. Hot showers, wifi (unfortunately not good very good, especially in the evenings when everyone was trying to connect) and free hot drinking water (buy tea bags and keep yourself warm in the evenings). Prices: 12RM (3€) for a bed in a dorm room with locker, and 60RM (15€) for a double room with private bathroom. Kang’s Traveler’s Lodge is a well known place to stay and is always full with backpackers and travelers. If you want a private room, you might want to call in advance to reserve it. It’s a great spot to meet people as well!

Tip: there are 2 places in Tanah Rata with the same name, one is Kang Traveler’s Hotel and another is Kang Traveler’s Lodge. If you are looking for budget accommodation, Lodge is the right one!

Excursion

I am usually not a big fan of organized excursions, but I must say, I really enjoyed a half-day tour to the tea plantations and mossy forest. We booked excursion at our hostel (Kang Traveler’s Lodge) the night before. Price was 40RM (€10), duration 4 hours, and start time 8:45am from the hostel.

Places we saw:
*Gunung Brinchang at 2030 meters above the sea level with beautiful view of the forest and mountains.
*Jungle walk in the mossy forest – mystical place, I loved it.
*Scientific view of tea plantation – get ready to take amazing pictures here. Everything is so green, like it has been photoshoped!
*Tea factory and tea house – unfortunately it was closed when we were there, as we went on a Monday.
*Reptiles & butterfly farm – I have never wanted to go and see reptiles, but ended up enjoying and was amazed by different creatures that exist on our planet.
*Strawberry farm – the only part of the excursion that I found unnecessary.

For me Cameron Highlands was a big highlight. I am not even afraid to say that it is one of the reasons to visit Malaysia.

Smile and drink green tea***

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One Thought on “Flashback to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

  1. Hi. I loved your post. Im planning on visit CH in january but looks like its not recomended because of the moonson. Was the weather ok?
    Thank you

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