As we looked back today on our travel in Malaysia I found myself feeling really nostalgic for a spot that not too many people visit. We loved Kuala Lumpur for the beautiful city life and amazing places to explore, adored the process of looking for and booking an apartment for longer stay in Penang, and reveled in the uber relaxing atmosphere of the Perhentian Islands but the spot I think about most often these days in Cameron Highlands.
There is no airport or train service up to Cameron so you basically have 2 options. Rent a car or do what we did and ride the bus. We took the bus from Georgetown in Penang but there is also service to Cameron Highlands from most major towns and cities throughout Malaysia. The midway point is Ipoh, another really cool little town, and you can take a train there and then the bus from that point but I think the bus ride all the way is the most used route.
The bus ride was about 3-5 hours depending on traffic and how many stops you make. We opted for the nicer VIP bus but even those do not have bathrooms on board. No idea why nearly every bus in Asia is missing that vital component but that just seems to be the way it is. We stopped once and hit a little traffic so start to finish was roughly 4 hours. I highly suggest going with the VIP bus as the seats were very comfortable and the bus was not even close to full. I believe it cost about $12 per person.
Where to stay
There are 3 main towns in the Highlands; Brinchang, Tanah Rata, and Ringlet. Most tourists head to Brinchang and/or Tanah Rata as they offer the best proximity to most attractions as well as lodging and food options. There is even a KFC in Brinchang and a Starbucks in Tanah Rata!
- Tea plantations
- Gunung Brinchang
- Mossy Forest
- Strawberry farm
- Night walking market
- Cactus farm
- Parit Waterfall
- Bee farm
- Robinson waterfall
- Jungle walk to the worlds biggest flower (and its HUGE)
- Butterfly farm
- Sam Poh Buddhist temple
- TempleSri Thandayuthapani Swamy Hindu temple
- Pos Rantau - an orang asli village
- Cave tour
- Water rafting