Whenever you need a break from the malaysian hot and sweaty weather, get a rest in the Cameron Highlands!! It’s a 4 hours ride from/to KL (Pudu station: 30 ringgit), or a 5-6 hours ride from/to Penang (28 ringgit normal bus / 32 ringgit VIP bus).

 

Cameron Highlands Sungei Palas Tea Plantations

Cameron Highlands Sungei Palas Tea Plantations

 

Weather in the Cameron Highlands:

 

With 75% of the area over 1000 meters high, the weather is really cool and even cold sometimes!!

 

Climate data for Cameron Highlands Precipitation In 2013 (Mean Rainfall : 2002-2012)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 25.8
(78.4)
24.8
(76.6)
27.5
(81.5)
27.4
(81.3)
26.1
(79)
27.0
(80.6)
25.3
(77.5)
23.1
(73.6)
25.4
(77.7)
26.9
(80.4)
26.3
(79.3)
27.2
(81)
27.5
(81.5)
Record low °C (°F) 0.4
(32.7)
2.2
(36)
3.5
(38.3)
6.1
(43)
9.3
(48.7)
4.5
(40.1)
4.0
(39.2)
3.7
(38.7)
1.5
(34.7)
2.2
(36)
3.6
(38.5)
1.3
(34.3)
0.4
(32.7)
Precipitation mm (inches) 244.8
(9.638)
80.8
(3.181)
107.4
(4.228)
463.2
(18.236)
191.2
(7.528)
122.8
(4.835)
174
(6.85)
151.2
(5.953)
227
(8.94)
419.2
(16.504)
0
(0)
0
(0)
2,181.6
(85.893)
Rainfall mm (inches) 191.1
(7.524)
142.4
(5.606)
294.3
(11.587)
293.6
(11.559)
296
(11.65)
128.9
(5.075)
188.3
(7.413)
324.5
(12.776)
237.7
(9.358)
290.3
(11.429)
369.1
(14.531)
197.3
(7.768)
2,953.5
(116.276)
Source: Malaysian Meteorological Department

Visiting the Cameron Highlands:

 

Cameron Highlands are famous for jungle treks and tea plantations. You’ll find map of the area in any tourist information desk for free, but they really suck, most of the roads are missing, and the scale is just ridiculously wrong! Most people take a tour, but we are definitely not tour-persons so we just walked around by ourself and it was great!

 

A good example of Cameron Highlands useless map

A good example of Cameron Highlands useless map

 

In my opinion, the jungle treks are nice but really not amazing. The main things to see are the Sungei Palas Tea Estate, the Gunung Brinchang view point if the weather is good (we didn’t make it that far in the fog!), and the Mossy Forest (before 10am is better, otherwise way too crowned!)

 

A bus will drop you at the Sungei Palas Junction for 4 ringgits from Tanah Rata.

Schedule from Tanah Rata bus station: 8.30am, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

For the way back check with the driver.

 

To go up the 8kms that separate the summit from the junction, you can hitch-hike very easily! We hitch-hiked to the Mossy Forest ( nearly at the top), and then walked back to the Sungei Palas tea Estate. The road was wonderful, very easy to walk, and pretty quiet!

 

 

Accomodation in the Cameron Highlands:

 

There are 3 main towns in Cameron Highlands (Ringlet, Tanah Rata and Brinchang), but the nicest to stay at is Tanah Rata (this is where the buses from KL or anywhere else drop you). You’ll find lots of guesthouses, some very cheap, and others very expensive! You’ll find whatever you like!

The day we arrived we stayed in Twin Pines Guest house, a very nice place near the city center, the cheapest in town! (25 ringgit for a double attic room with shared bathroom)

Unfortunately when we went to bed we found bedbugs crawling all over….. I’m not saying that it’s the same in every room, I didn’t hear anyone complain about it so we might have just been unlucky!

We packed everything, left the room and stayed on the terrace all night, feeling really cold but happy to have avoided the bloody bugs!!

 

My bedbug-free bed on Twin Pines Guest House terrace

My bedbug-free bed on Twin Pines Guest House terrace

 

The next day we picked Daniel’s Lodge (also called Kang Traveller’s Lodge), a bit more expensive (35 to 45 for a double room), but totally worth it! Nice common area, very good wifi, cool Jungle Bar where you can have a beer in the evening, in front of the fire place!

 

Kang Traveller's Lodge common area

Kang Traveller’s Lodge common area

 

Jungle Bar in Kang Traveller's Lodge

Jungle Bar in Kang Traveller’s Lodge