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Cameron Highlands Getting There

1. Self drive to Cameron Highlands

Getting there option 1

The driving time from Kuala Lumpur is about three and a half hours. It is a 295 km drive. The quickest route is by the North-South Expressway turning in near the town of Tapah. From Tapah you will hit the long winding road to Cameron Highlands.

Cameron Highlands is about 60km from Tapah, a town on the Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh route, and is accessible by both road and rail. From Tapah, the ascent is gradual and the drive up to its main town Tanah Rata takes about one and a half hours.

Driving up to Cameron Highlands is a pleasure in itself, as many interesting stops along the way can be made. You can take a short break at the Kuala Woh Forest Recreation Park. There are picnic areas and a hot spring.

Getting there option 2

Called the Simpang Pulai Route, the new highway begins at Simpang Pulai and is wide, without the sharp corners and severe curves typical of the old road.

The initial part of the road up is quite deceiving, flanked by limestone quarries on both sides. You may wonder if you are on the right track. But with time, the scenery progressively changes from crumbly rock faces to trees rarely found in the lowlands and breathtaking views of the valley floor.

The distance from the foot of the mountain to the peak is 77km, which is longer than the old route. But because of the wider road and easier drive, the journey from Simpang Pulai to the highest accessible point in Camerons is shortened considerably,

The new route starts from the opposite direction of the old route; beginning with the Blue Valley Tea plantation and Kampung Raja, followed by Kuala Terla, Tringkap and finally Brinchang, the highest accessible point on the mountain at 1,628m above sea level.

Equatorial is the first (and highest) resort one will encounter using the new route. With 157 apartments and 269 superior rooms and suites, the resort is surrounded by places of interest easily accessible on foot.

2. By Bus

There are 4 bus services from Pudu Raya Bus Terminal, Kuala Lumpur.From Tapah, the local bus leaves at hourly intervals for Tanah Rata.

3. By Taxi

From Pudu Raya in KL direct to Tanah Rata or from Tapah to Tanah Rata

4. By Rail

The rail stop is at Tapah. From here, take the taxi or bus to Tanah Rata.

There are several tour companies along the main drag in Tanah Rata. Most have tours leaving around 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and include visits to a tea plantation, where you see the tea-making process; a strawberry farm; a butterfly farm; a rose garden; and the Sam Poh Chinese Buddhist temple. I think they all cost around the RM15 to 20.

Orang Asli. Look at: the dream people...

January is one of the main picking months for strawberries. They grow 4 crops a year!

There are other more extensive tours of the region- including ones to an Orang Asli village.

Instead of a package tour (for which I suggest you consult several travel agents) you can rent a car and drive around. Car hire is around $US 35 a day for a Group B car (1.5 liter four door manual sedan,) and petrol was about RM1.30.