Cameron Highlands (or Tanah Tinggi Cameron in Malay) is located in the state of Pahang. Currently, there are two main roads that connect major towns in west coast of Peninsula Malaysia (such as Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang) to this popular highland resort town. The older access point is the Tapah - Ringlet route while the newer access has since been built from Simpang Pulai - Kg Raja.
The town of Tanah Rata is located some 70 kilometres to the northeast of Tapah which is accessible from the old Tapah - Cameron Highlands route. Prior to arriving at Tanah Rata, drivers will pass by the towns of Ringlet and Habu which are located 12 kilometres away. If you are coming down from Brinchang, the downhill journey will take about 10 minutes.
The town of Tanah Rata is often regarded as the major town attraction in Cameron Highlands. In fact, the town is the administrative centre for Majlis Daerah Cameron Highlands (or the District Council). That means there are a number of local government offices, police station, general hospital and clinics as well as post office.
Tanah Rata also boats a fairly bustling bus station where local and express bus services begin and terminate here. The bus terminal has since been renovated into a pseudo English-inspired design with brick masonry and clock tower. The town is also a popular stop for tourists because there are various jungle tracks and waterfall trails begin here. The trail to the famous Robinson Waterfalls and the Jim Thompson jungle track start somewhere near to the town centre. Check out the local maps for more detailed information.
Apart from adequate tourist amenities such as transportation, restaurants, gas stations, shops, money exchangers and travel agency offices, Tanah Rata hosts quite a big number of hotels, motels, inns, bed-and-breakfast and backpacking hostels. Lodging options include (though my list is not exhaustive and can be further added):
|Property||Location||Phone||No of rooms|
|BB Inn||Persiaran Camelia||+60-5-4914551||23|
|Bala's Holiday Chalet||Town Centre||+60-5-4911660||20|
|Cameronian Holiday Inn||Jalan Mentigi||+60-5-4911327||15|
|Daniel's Travellers Lodge||Lorong Perdah||+60-5-4915823||20|
|Downtown Hotel||Main Road||+60-5-4912868||12|
|Heritage Hotel||Jalan Gereja||+60-5-4913888||165|
|Jurina Resort||Jalan Mentigi||+60-5-4915522||11|
|Kavy Hotel||Main Road||+60-5-4915652||30|
|Green Hill Resort & Leisure Holiday Apt||Jalan Gereja||+60-5-4914371|| |
|Cameron Highlands Resort (formerly Merlin Inn)||Jln Tun Abd Razak||+60-3-21459000||56|
|New Cameron Hotel||Jalan Besar||+60-5-4911160||11|
|New Garden Inn||Jalan Masjid||+60-5-4915170||47|
|Roselane Hotel||Main Road||+60-5-4912377||31|
|Rumah Rehat Negeri Pahang (State Resthouse)||N/A||+60-5-4914088||7|
|Seah Meng Hotel||Main Road||+60-5-4911618||10|
|Strawberry Park Hotel||off Tanah Rata - Brinchang Road||+60-5-4911166||180|
|Cool Point Hotel||Persiaran Dayang Indah||+60-5-4914914||47|
|Orient Hotel||Main Road||+60-5-4911633||12|
|Twin Pine Chalet||Jalan Mentigi||+60-5-4911169||15|
|Who Nam Hotel||Jalan Besar|| ||7|
|Casa De La Rosa||Jalan Circular||+60-5-4911333||N/A|
|Century Pines Resort||Jalan Masjid||+60-5-4915115||N/A|
|Ye Olde Smokehouse||Taman Sedia||+60-5-4911214||12|
Quite a nice town for a stroll with cool mountain air.