The Cameron Highlands – located in Pahang in West Malaysia – Part 1

The Cameron Highlands is located in Pahang in West Malaysia.

Overview of Cameron Highlands

• It is about 85 km from Ipoh.
• It is about 200 km from Kuala Lumpur.
• The Cameron Highlands is an important hill station in Malaysia.
• It is of the size of Singapore.
• It covers an area of 712 square kilometers (275 sq mi).
• Its boundary touches Kelantan to the north.
• Towards west, it shares part of its border with Perak.
• It is located at the northwestern tip of Pahang.
• It is the smallest constituency in Pahang.
• It was discovered in 1885.

It consists of three districts, namely:
• Ringlet (5,165 hectares (12,760 acres)),
• Tanah Rata (2,081 hectares (5,140 acres)),
• Ulu Telom (63,981 hectares (158,100 acres)).

Its eight sub-districts are:
– Ringlet
– Tanah Rata (the administrative centre)
– Brinchang
– The Bertam Valley
– Kea Farm
– Tringkap
– Kuala Terla
– Kampung Raja
• There are at different altitudes ranging from 1,200 meters (3,900 ft) to 1,500 meters (4,900 ft).
• The retreat comprises Malays, Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups.
• The languages spoken are:
– Malay
– Mandarin
– Tamil
– English
• The main religions of the haven are:
– Islam
– Buddhism
– Taoism
– Hinduism
– Christianity
• The accesses are via:
– Tapah
– Simpang Pulai
– Gua Musang
– Sungai Koyan
Gua Musang and Sungai Koyan are the entryways from Kelantan and Pahang.

Distance to Tanah Rata

• Bertam Valley 14 km (8.7 mi).
• Brinchang 4 km (2.5 mi).
• Gua Musang 130 km (81 mi).
• Kampung Raja 19 km (12 mi).
• Kea Farm 6 km (3.7 mi).
• Kuala Terla 16 km (9.9 mi).
• Ringlet 12 km (7.5 mi).
• Tapah 55 km (34 mi).
• Simpang Pulai 75 km (47 mi).
• Tringkap 11 km (6.8 mi).

About Bertam Valley
• The Bertam Valley is a scenic area.
• This is about two kilometers from Ringlet.
• It is involved with the growing of flowers and vegetables.
• It is now the new entryway to the Highlands.
• This is via Sungei Koyan from Raub or Kuala Lipis.

About Brinchang
• This is the “Camerons” second biggest town.
• One of its main attractions is its “Night Market”.
• It is held during the Malaysian school holidays and on weekends.

About Kampung Raja
• This is a residential area.
• It is the first settlement after the turn off from Simpang Pulai.
• One can proceed to either Ipoh in Perak or to Gua Musang in Kelantan from here.
• Kea Farm is the highest village in Malaysia.
• It is a popular spot among st Malaysians.
• It is not far off from Mount Batu Brinchang.
• Kuala Terla is a farming area.
• It has a mixed population of Chinese, Indians and Malays.
• Most of the residents here have no difficulties communicating in Malay.

About Ringlet
• It is one of the main agricultural hubs of the resort.
• A wide variety of vegetables are grown at this township.
• The cool climate also favors the growing of passion fruit, strawberries and grapefruit.

About Tanah Rata
It is the administrative centre of the retreat.

About Tringkap
This is a farming enclave.

About Mount (Gunung) Batu Brinchang
• “Moonlight” bungalow is in the foreground.
• The radio and television station is at the peak of the mountain.
• In 1958, the outpost was declared a reserve for deer.
• There are more than 700 species of plants that grow here.
• The vegetation changes as one ascends the mountain.
• The ward is noted for its tea growing, vegetable farms and flower nurseries.
• Its woodlands form the prevailing natural ecosystem within and around the constituency.
• There is also home to a wide variety of animals, birds, reptiles and insects. They are:
– The Sumatran serow
– Mountain Peacock-Pheasant
– Malayan Whistling-Thrush
• There are eight mountains at the retreat, namely:
– Mount (Malay: Gunung) Batu Brinchang (2,031 metres (6,663 ft))
– Mount Berembun (1,840 metres (6,040 ft))
– Mount Irau (2,091 metres (6,860 ft))
– Mount Jasar (1,696 metres (5,564 ft))
– Mount Mentigi (1,563 metres (5,128 ft))
– Mount Perdah (1,576 metres (5,171 ft))
– Mount Siku (1,916 metres (6,286 ft))
– Mount Swettenham (1,961 metres (6,434 ft))

• The main rivers of the Highlands are:
– Bertam
– Telom
– Lemoi

Places to Visit

Gunung (Mount) Brinchang
• This is at an altitude of 6,666 feet above sea level.
• This is the highest point in Malaysia which is accessible by car.
• At the top of the mountain is a radio and television station.
• This is close to the installation is a 15 m high “Observation Tower”.
• This is the best place to get a good view of the Cameron Highlands and the neighboring state of Perak.
• The taxi fare to the summit and back can amount to as much as RM 100.
• This includes a visit to the nearby Mossy Forest and the Boh Tea plantation which is located at Sungei Palas.

Best time to visit / climate

• The mean annual temperature of the Cameron Highlands is about 18 °C (64 °F).
• It receives an abundant of rainfall throughout the year.
• Cameron Highlands yearly precipitation is more than 2,800 mm (110 in).

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How to get there?

1. By Bus
Approaching from the west
• From Ipoh, take an air-conditioned Kinta Omnibus service to Tanah Rata from Ipoh’s Medan Kidd bus terminal.
• Price: RM16.80.
• Time 2.5 hr.
• Timings: 8AM, 11AM, 3PM, 6PM
• The buses travel via Simpang Pulai.
• It stops at towns such as Kampong Raja and Brinchang.
• Be sure to let the driver know if you need one of these towns.

From Kuala Lumpur
• Buses to Tanah Rata leave from Pudu Sentral Bus Station
• Price: RM28-RM39
• Time: 4.5 hr
• Time: 8.30AM-3.30PM

From Singapore
• There are overnight VIP buses operated by Grassland and Five star leave from the Golden Mile tower.
• SG$55-SG$65
• 10 hr
Buses stop at:
– Ringlet
– Lakehouse
– Brinchang Hotel
– Equatorial Hotel
– Heritage Hotel
– Tanah Rata

Approaching from the east
• The best option is the bus station at Gua Musang, look for services to Tanah Rata or Ipoh.
• Kuala Lipis may also have buses.

2. By Car
• From North-South Expressway, exit the expressway at Tapah.
• Then proceed via route 59 straight to the highlands.
• It takes about 1 hr 30 min to reach the first town of Ringlet.
• Exit the expressway at Simpang Pulai, Ipoh and proceed via route 145 to Cameron Highlands.
• It takes about 1 hr to reach the first town, Kampung Raja.

3. By shuttle mini van
You can also use minivan transfer to get to Cameron Highlands.
From Kuala Lumpur-pick up at Swiss Inn, Jl. Sultan, Chinatown
• 12 PM Daily
• RM 35
• Duration: 4.5 hr
From Penang-pick up at Georgetown
• 8 AM Daily
• RM 50
• Duration: 4.5 hr
From Taman Negara-pick up at Kuala Tembeling Jetty
• RM 85
• Duration: 5.5 hr
For reservation
• +60 4 2626 171 (Banana Travel & Tours)
• +60 5 491 5823 (Kang Tours & Travel)

3. By Taxi
A taxi station is located at about 100 m east of the bus station along Jalan Besar road.

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