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Hi there,

I am hoping you could help with some advice.

Am intending to go to cameron during the CNY weekend. But I heard there will be traffic probs and everything will be expensive.

Is this correct? Also will the plantations be open for visitors?

Sara
Singapore
29/12/2008

Dear Sara,

I've not been up during CNY, but based on my cousin's experience, it seems it was quite ok. There is always the off chance of traffic jams because:

1) it is a long weekend.
2) Chinese may visit relatives and all, and some may visit CH for family break, but don't forget the rest are also taking opportunity to "balik kampong" or take a holiday break.
3) Expensive? Doubtful. Maybe reunion dinner. But there aren't that many high class restaurants for a family reunion dinner... Chinese Restaurants may close for the first 3 days of CNY, though nowadays times are a changing...
4) Plantation workers follows the Malaysian labour laws but for tourist spot like tea shops in the tea plantation, well they usually remain open (closed on Mondays as per their signage).

Any info I'll let you know again.
Cheers!
Jan.


Hi Jan,

Your website is absolutely fantastic. I was given the details by Nora from Malaysian Tourism and can't believe how fortunate I was. My husband and I are travelling to Malaysia in September 2009 and one of our first destinations will be the Cameron Highlands. We will be relying on bus and/or train to get around and didn't know where to start. Your site has helped immensely - thank you. Just one question if you don't mind. We have found out since booking our flights that we are coming during Ramadan - is this going to be a problem for us? We are looking forward to the local cuisine, it all sounds so good. I would appreciate your comments.

Congratulations again on a most informative site. Yours sincerely

Christa Scott
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
29/12/2008

Dear Christa,

G'day! It's almost New Year, so Happy New Year!

And welcome to Malaysia! Ok, for starters, use bus. Don't use train. Buses will take you straight to Cameron Highlands, while trains is too complicated as you have to stop at Tapah, then get a taxi to go direct to the highlands or go to the Tapah bus station and from there another bus service.

There is no problem getting food during Ramadhan, just that many Malay/Muslim stalls would be closed. But there is no shortage of Chinese/Indian/Western cuisine as those restaurants (in CH, KL or anywhere in Malaysia) will be open to cater for non-muslim patrons. Food would still be available in the major hotels. Malaysia is one of the few places where you can find food 24 hours a day (Mamak eating outlets are the major favourites, you can find them almost anywhere). People just love to eat! And of course heart problem is the end result from unhealthy eating habits...

No worries!
Cheers!
Jan.


Hi Jan,

Greetings.

I have come across your website while google-ing for info about CH. It's really a great website which has been giving me so much of useful info.

I will be going to CH tomorrow! but kind of worrying whether will be caught in the traffic since it is a public holiday =.=|||

However, I am wondering whether do you know about the English Breakfast @ Smokehouse hotel? I have heard of it long time ago and wanted to try it! Does anyone know how much is the breakfast per pax?

See you tomorrow CH!

Suz
Penang, Malaysia
24/12/2008

Dear Suz,

Greetings, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hmm... I guess by the time you received this you are already having a gala time in the highlands and possibly already found out and tried the English Breakfast in Smokehouse hotel. I have not tried it myself. Only tried their afternoon tea & scones, which went for about RM25. That was about 2 years ago when I tried it. I guess the breakfast price would be around that ballpark too. Anyway, if you have already tried it do tell after you return.

Cheers!
Jan.


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Abu Hasan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
13/12/2008


Restaurant No 14 at Tanah Rata is seriously over-rated and not cheap. On the menu, the banana leaf set costs RM5 but when the bill was totalled up, the heavy set Indian man said that the set only include the banana leaf, vegetables and rice. The meat is separate. In the end, the set costs RM8. I felt cheated.

Wong
Singapore
11/12/2008

Hmmm... Dear Wong,

Just to let you know, any Indian restaurant charges the meat separately in Malaysia. What Restaurant No. 14 said was correct. Also do note that meal prices in Indian Restaurant is generally more expensive than Chinese coffee shop simple meal price (eg mixed rice, chicken rice, etc. but don't compare to those high class kopitiams, those are franchise based and generally also expensive). Should have clarified with them first before proceeding with your meal. Anyway now you know!

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi there,

I am trying to track down the Chong family members who once owned a flower farm in Bertam Valley. Mr Chong as i remembered is a JP. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

A local boy from 1962-1979

thanks.
Mike Loh
Singapore
11/12/2008

Dear Mike,

Sorry, can't help you there. Perhaps they may chance upon this comment and contact you.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi, I am staying in Singapore. I bought an apartment not too long ago and would like to rent out as an investment. Do you know of any agency or any individual that can help to manage the apartment? If it is individual, I can rent the unit out to him so tht he can sublet it out for more returns. If it is property management firm, may be it can help me to manage, maintain and rent it out monthly. I pay a yearly fees.

Any such contact? Any real estate egent contact will be great too.

Thanks so much. My email is tongmk1[at]pacific.net.sg

Patrick Tong
Malaysia
5/12/2008

Hmmm... So where is this apartment in Cameron Highlands you are talking about? If it is Arabella or Desa Anthurium you could call those number on my website and found out how they did it. They are just like you, they bought those apartment to let out again. Some also thinking to retire there one day...

Cheers!
Jan.

Hi Jan,

thanks for your reply. It is at Taman Royal Lily. tanah rata. behind May bank area

Currently, it is rented to someone (biz owner selling bags in Cameron) for RM500. I think is too low. cause my mortgage is RM800. So, before i raise the rent, i need to have a backup.thats why need contact.

Can help?? Any idea how to get those contact?

Thanks,
Patrick
8/12/2008

Dear Patrick,

Thanks for reply. Hmm... not sure about real estate agent contacts.
That's the problem nowadays when it comes to rental income. Our loan repayment always higher than rental returns. No longer like long ago where the landlord can get a decent return from their properties. My Bukit Jalil condo also have bad returns although I could get good rates, the tenant is way behind in rental payment. Don't know whether to kick him out or keep chasing for arrears.

Cheers!
Jan.


Do you have Phone No for Marina Chalet Cameron Highland.Tq

Ahmad Sahizan
26/11/2008

Dear Ahmad,

Yes, I do. It is:

Marina Charlet: Penginapan Taman Bukit Tanah Rata, 39000 Cameron Highlands, Pahang.

Contact: Puan Marina. 019 4605008 or Mr Shamzan Idris 016 9720699.

Cheers!
Jan.

Jan,

Appreciated your help.TQ

Ahmad Sahizan
Supply Chain Dept
Haven Automation (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd


I can't go to your community forum board.
I wish to retire in 2 years and then spend some of my life in Cameron highland. Is this a good idea? what can i do there? What type of accomodation suits me?

Juli
Kuala Lumpur
23/Nov/2008

Dear Juli,

Thanks for your message. I have taken down the forum board because nobody was using it. There were too many spammers there. I'm trying to revamp/rethink what to do for info exchange that would be similar to forum. For now I have to compile and repost comments manually.

As for retiring in CH, this will depend on your situation and what you want to do. There are many retirees in CH like those Japanese who plan on Malaysia as second home. The weather is cool and the pace is simple. However if you are used to easy access to facilities and shops in Kuala Lumpur, CH would seem rather insufficient. Though you could pop by Ipoh which is a nearby drive via the Simpang Pulai route.

There are normal housing but mostly I see them located in Tringkap/Kg Raja/Kuala Terla. There are some scattered in Tanah Rata but not many. Old bungalows will be too big to handle, and there might be some apartments like Desa Anthurium or Arabella which you could consider.

Having a holiday there and staying there full time is entirely different matter. Perhaps you could try renting out long term like a month or so and see if life over there is suitable for you.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi Jan,

It's really a very informative and interesting website! I never think of there can be so much to write about CH. Anyway I love the place and I think it's a really good place for family gathering too. We plan to visit CH mid of Decemeber though we understand that it's a peak season during school holiday. There are 2 familes of us, 13 adults and 2 babies. So I think getting aparnment is a better choise for us. I have read the write up by Alvin, and would like to book the Arabella apartment too. Do you have the contact no. of Mr. Subamaniam? Thank you.

regards,
Foong Yee Chong
Kuala Lumpur
20/Nov/2008

Dear Foong Yee,

Thank you! After 3 years, I still find things to write! This is one of the most popular web site for visitors looking for information to plan for their vacation travel destination to the highlands. I tried contacting Alvin but he didn't reply. Guess he was busy. Anyway, he contacted via the contact numbers on my web site, so I suppose you wouldn't go very far wrong if you use the same method. Cheers!

Jan.


Dear Sir

I'm enjoyed the clean room, a tranquil stay in Strawberry Resort and the breakfast is great.

I have left a book borrowed from a friend in Blk F, 3rd level, room nos 636. I check- out yesterday 17 Nov 9.30 am. The book was left near the bath tub, I hope you are able to mail this book to me if your housekeeper has found it Thank you.

Address: Blk 755 #09-44 Jurong West St 74, Singapore 640755

Please acknowledge with reply.

Helen Tan
Singapore
18/Nov/2008

Umm, dear Helen,

You should contact the people at Strawberry Park Resort and not me. I don't work there.

Cheers!
Jan.

Hi! Jan

Thank you for your information.
I thought I have email to Strawberry Park Resort.
Have a nice day

Helen Tan


It love your site with so many useful information about Cameron Highlands . it really shows that you love deeply the place. We have a question for you: We plan to be in Cameron Highlands from Thursday January 29,2009 to Monday February 2, 2009 and then to go to Taman Nagara until February 6, 2009. Will it still be the monsoon season with a lot of rain? We want to do a lot of trecking and the weather is important. What would be your advice? many thanks for your reply.

Louis Reynolds
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
13/Nov/2008

Dear Louis,

Greetings! And welcome to Malaysia!

Monsoon would be over by then. The North-East monsoon runs from November to January the following year. February is usually a hot dry month. However there are convection rains between monsoon. So when it comes to weather prediction in the tropics, it is rather inaccurate what with global climate change and all. So do get one of those disposable raincoat, they are light and easy to carry around and can reuse for a several times. Make sure your rucksack is water proof, if not carry some extra plastic bags or sealable bags to keep your stuff dry.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi Jan, I am a mummy of 3 girls and plan to go CH for a short vacation on 18 Nov. Do you think you can help me with some queries? Browing the website is a luxury 'cos I single-handedly taking care of my girls and time is scarce. WOuld appreciate if you could email me if you receive this.

Kurnia Leong
Woodlands, Singapore
13/Nov/2008

Hello, Kurnia.

What may I be of assistance?

Regards,
Jan.

Hi Jan,

You are really fast! I'll be driving from Singapore to Cameron Highlands on Tuesday and we'll be staying there for 2 nights. After a brief browsing on your website, I gather that it will take me 7 hours to reach CH. So far, I have only driven to Genting and nothing beyond that. So I would assume that I will have to continue from KL toll to Tapah toll? Is that correct? I have 3 girls of age 1.5, 4 and 8 years old. Which route will be a better one to take-Tapah or Simpang Pulai? I have printed out the map that you had instructed on how to go CH.

As per your recommendation, we will be staying at Strawberry Park Resort. My girls are excited about going to a strawberry farm where they can pluck the fruits. Are you able to recommend me a strawberry farm?

I would like to eat a steamboat dinner and there are so many recommendation. Could you recommend me which 2 restaurants that I can go to?

In short, is it very difficult to go around Cameron Highlands? I am the only adult and I'm worried that it might be a task to bring the girls there. But they are so looking forward to see the nature... That is why I am so desperate as to write to you, hoping that you can guide me on where to go and what to eat. Since I have 2 nights only, I wouldn't want to waste time wandering around CH and asking for guide there. I know you have lots of info on your website but I do not have the luxury of time to read through...

Hope you can understand my predicament and if you can, assist me in my 'quest' to Cameron Highlands (hehehe).

Regards,

Kurnia
14/Nov/2008

PS: Are you a Singaporean?

Dear Kurnia,

Haha, how fast I reply depends on whether I'm in front of the PC or not. Yep, it will probably take you about 7+ hours to get to CH, not including breaks along the way. So start early and have good rest before you take off. The nearer exit is Tapah, but you will have to contend with very winding narrow roads. If this is not a problem to you, you may take this route. Otherwise spend another 20+ minutes and exit Simpang Pulai toll, and follow the signboards to Cameron Highlands. The new route is easier to drive.

I haven't really documented any Strawberry Farm, so I'm not sure which one allows picking and which one does not. If you just want to pick strawberries for fun, it's ok, but don't expect the strawberries to be sweat. In fact all the strawberries in CH are not sweet, just sour. Usually they pack some sugar powder to make it taste sweet.

Any steamboat restaurant is ok. They all taste the same. For something special look for those that can serve two types of soup broth, usually they call it 'Ying-Yong'. Or try something interesting like the charcoal steamboat by Highlands Restaurant located in Brinchang behind the KFC/Secret Recipe row of shops.

Except for the distance from Singapore to CH, it should not be difficult. The layout of CH is simple with just one main road stretching from Kampung Raja all the way to Brinchang, Tanah Rata, Ringlet and down to Tapah. You can't miss any of the sights as there are sufficient signboards.

Do try the Boh tea plantation. There are two, so if time is limited, choose one. If you want to see the factory processing in action, visit the one located in Habu. If you like the dizzying balcony scenery, visit the one in Sg Palas. Note, both are closed on Mondays. And also note the closing hours is 4.30pm.

See if this itinerary would be good for you, modify where necessary:

Day 1 : 8 hours drive from Singapore.

Start off early maybe leaving your home by 9am. Use the Singapore/Johor second link to avoid traffic jam and save time though you have to pay more for bridge toll.

Take plenty of breaks along the way. Suggested stops:
- Pagoh/Machap - well you may not want to stop here early in the journey.
- the overhead bridge in Melaka/Air Keroh
- the overhead bridge in Sg Buloh
- Tapah R&R - this one very likely you need to stop before your final push to go up CH.

The PLUS Expressway
R'nR stops in Johor- Machap + Pagoh
Detour break to Bidor, Perak

You probably won't head directly to your hotel, likely to make some stops along the way. Using either Tapah or Simpang Pulai route in, drop by the Bharat tea shop located along the way and enjoy some teh tarik with some view of tea plantation.

Bharat Tea Plantation and Tea Shop

Could be late evening as you check in Strawberry Park Resort Hotel. Consider your dinner options, for any ordinary steamboat, Tanah Rata has plenty to around. Easier to find parking lots there. If prefer something unusual like charcoal steamboat, head to Brinchang and look for Highlands Restaurant.

Highlands Restaurant - Charcoal Steamboat

Day 2: Morning breakfast, roti chanai and teh tarik? Or Nasi lemak? Head to Tanah Rata and scout around the stalls or Mamak shops. Restaurant no. 14 if you prefer Indian for breakfast.

Options:

1) Go to MARDI to enjoy the garden
MARDI Agrotechnology Park
located in Tanah Rata, find it on the road next to the football field on the way to Arabella Aparment/Robinson Waterfall.

2) There is a mini Strawberry farm next to Cool Point Hotel. Not sure if you can pick strawberries.

3) Have lunch at T-Cafe. Try their Applepie for dessert!

4) Head down to Habu and visit Boh Tea Plantation. Good driving skill needed to negotiate the narrow plantation road. Visit the factory and settle down for tea. Climb the hill next to the tea shop, it has a very good view, and good exercise to spend off the children's energy.

Habu/Fairlie Boh Tea Plantation - Photos

4) Still got energy? On the way back, drop by the mini farm located at the turning to Strawberry Park Resort Hotel. There is a strawberry farm there I think.

5) Rest up and go for dinner. Steamboat again? For normal open wok Chinese dishes, head to Brinchang. Try You Hoo Restaurant or OK Tuck restaurant.

Day 3: Morning breakfast.
1) Head up to Kea Farm area. Visit the markets for some vegetable shopping.
2) Visit some Rose Centre located near Kea Farm
3) Visit the Butterfly Farm
4) Visit the Honeybee Apiary
5) Have lunch at the only restaurant in Kea Farm.
6) There is a Strawberry farm opposite Equatorial. You can check that out.
7) Still got energy? Try going to Sg Palas tea plantation. If not, and spending is not a problem, have afternoon tea and scones either at YTL Cameron Highlands Resort or Smokehouse Hotel and Restaurant. They have very good scones there plus very nice ambience. Which one? Like the gardens and old English colonial decor? Go for Smokehouse.

Most of the sights above are located near to each other.
Dinner? Decide. Steamboat again, Open wok dishes, or Indian mamak.

Day 4: pack off and time to go. Still can have last minute look see for sights along the way.

Cheers!
Jan.

PS: Hmm... A lot people wondered where I stay. You're the first to ask whether I reside in Singapore! LOL! I'll let this be a mystery for you. I've already mentioned my domicile somewhere in my web site. Cheerio!

Hi Jan,

You are such a dearie! You actually gave me such details on where and what to do! That's great! I will use your itinerary then (don't have to crack my brain-hehehe...).

Just one last question-I'm not sure if I can have 2 steamboats in 2 nights (I have to finish up alone-doubt my children are able to eat so much). I would opt for Highland Restaurant though. However, I read somewhere Country Lodge Restaurant is not bad too. Have you been there?

Do you have another suggestion for Dinner? Western cuisine maybe? Or something delicious?

You have helped me tremendously, especially the time travelling. I thought that it is just a 5-hour drive. It normally take me 4-5 hours to go to Genting. I would normally stop at Machap for breakfast/toilet break and drive all the way to Genting. Guess I have to wake up extra early and leave home before 7am in order to be there by lunch.

Guess I have to let you have the mistery of your residence till after my trip to Cameron Highlands. I have to start packing my luggages and my children still have classes to attend to tomorrow...

Hai... Really regretted planning to go to Cameron without my siblings. At least they can help me look after the kids while I concentrate on driving... What to do-I have to do some sacrifices as a mummy, right?

Kurnia
14/Nov/2008

Dear Kurnia,

Not sure about Country Lodge. Almost every restaurant serves steamboat. If you decide on western cuisine and have money to spare, try Smokehouse or blow your budget at YTL Cameron Highlands Resort Hotel. Others seem to be Western cuisine wannabes, not really that great.

I doubt you can reach there by lunch time even if you leave by 7am. Take it easy no rush. Plenty of R'n'R along the expressway. If you prefer Chinese food, you may opt to drop out to Seremban or Bidor or even Petaling Jaya (exit Damansara Toll) along the way

Hope you can keep your children in check while you are driving.
Take care!
Cheers!
Jan.

Hi Jan,

Thanks for your your time and effort. I'm very sure that all the info you gave me will be very helpful for my trip with my girls to Cameron Highlands. Don't think I will try western cuisine there-didn't sound convincing...

If you are staying in Singapore, I would like to buy a small token of appreciation from CH and pass it to you next week. I'm very fortunate to know someone who has passion and drive to help others out of the kindness of heart.

Once again, thanks a million. I will start my packing now (just picked up the kids from school). If you don't hear from me in the next few days, I promise to email you when I'm back from CH.

Regards,
Kurnia
14/Nov/2008

Dear Kurnia,

Thanks for the souvenir. It won't be easy to pass it to me in Singapore as it is a very long way off from where I stay. (^_^)/~

Hope to hear your reply after your return trip!
Cheers!
Jan.

Hi Jan,

Still so secretive about your residence... Can mail to you, if you want. Whatever the case, we will look for something for you and your wife.

Email you when we get back.

Thanks a million!

Regards,
Kurnia
14/Nov/2008


Hi Jan,

I enjoyed myself reading yr website especially when there is so much information shared among readers. It's a healthy practise though. Also I love CH n roughly know my way around but it is still enjoyable to read abt other ppl's views. For all this time every time I travel to CH I've done it with KURNIA EXPRESS. From my bachelor time till I got married. the last trip down from CH KURNIA bus nearly went into the ravine it was so cloudy up there. the driver couldn't even see the white line. I couldn't see them myself. That bad. I'm planning to go up there next year in Jan driving for the very 1st time, r there some advise that u can give me for 1st time driver going up n down from there using the simpang pulai new road. What happens if the cloudy situation happens? what do we do? Yeah I might be kiasu but it doesn't hurt being careful right for my family n for others on the road.

thks jan. luv lynn.
Hazelin Ismail
Rawang, Selangor
9/Nov/2008

Dear Lynn,

Greetings! And thanks for the message. Glad you enjoyed going through me website. Buses can be so dangerous, since you entrust your safety in their hands. I myself have not experience cloudy situation. The most cloudy situation I've experience were in Genting Highlands coming down near midnight after attending a concert show. Even then I still had good visibility, so I don't have much driving experience in thick fog.

Driving the Cameron Highlands road require more driving experience. If you are fresh out from driving school or have not been driving for a long time, it is not advisable to take on the CH road. I met some people recently who were just city driver, has no experience whatsoever about long distance outstation travelling, including driving on the NKVE expressway. They were too cautious driving the highway driving at such snail's pace and couldn't keep up with my car. In the end, we stop our car, and my brother-in-law had to take over the wheels or we would never reach Alor Setar.

If you have no problem with North-South Highway, then that's half the journey solved. For the winding road uphill/downhill to the highlands, the driving skill is slightly different from driving the trunk roads in Malaysia. Going up is quite simple as the gradient is not as steep as compared with Genting. For automatics, leaving it in 'D' should be ok most of the time, though sometimes you may need to drop down to '3' or release the 'overdrive' for slightly more power. For manual cars, 4th gear would be quite fine, though sometime you may need 3rd gear for overtaking slower vehicles.

Going downhill is a different matter; this is where some good judgement is needed, as it is very easy to drive too fast. A good play on brakes and lower gear like '3' or release the 'overdrive' or 4th/3rd gear in manual should help to reduce and control your speed. Play with brakes should be used carefully as to avoid overheating the brake pads or you will lose control of the braking ability. IE don't press on the brakes all the way downhill. Use a combination of low gear and brakes for a controlled descent.

Always slow down before entering a bend if you feel you are moving too fast, avoid braking while in the bend as that is one of the ways of losing control of your car. If you do have to brake while in a bend, don't jam your brakes, but brake sparingly to keep your car in control.

Have regular maintenance of your car and do have your mechanic to check on important parts like your brakes, water level and black oil level. A well maintained car ought to give you trouble free holiday trip.

There are crazy drivers who think they are F1 drivers coming down quite fast, and eating into your lane while driving in the winding road. Flash or honk them if you wish, just slow down and move aside a bit to avoid them. Do keep your cool. I know, I should advise myself too. :)

I think fog/mist usually occurs when it becomes really cold, so usually this happens when it is at night or on rainy days. Do avoid making your journey to the highlands at night. For rain, just slowdown be careful, switch on your headlights and drive carefully. Do apply rain repellent (like Rain-X, this is the best!) for better visibility. Don't worry about what people say about rain repellent damaging your wipers, safety first. Wipers can be replaced, but not life. If there is indeed any fog/mist, switch on your headlights for visibility, so that other cars can spot you. Drive slower but not too slow (like 30-50mph), because too slow can also cause accident if the car from behind cannot stop fast enough if they happen on to a very slow moving vehicle. If you can't handle the fog/mist consider making a stop, and wait for the fog/mist to blow over. However, do not simply stop anywhere on the road shoulder, have some safety sense and look for road shoulders that give relative safety, ie enough distance from main road and visibility for other drivers to see you and avoid ramming into stationary vehicles.

Phew, this is a long message reply. I hope the above tips would be of great help to you, and all the best for your first drive up Cameron Highlands!

Cheers!
Jan.

Hi Jan,

Wow that is long but very useful. There were a fews things I didnt know especially driving passing a bend. i always thought that we should break when we come to a bend.

yeah it would be our 1st time driving up with our own car n it scares me a lot. my husband dont even have the confidence but he doesnt say it in so many words. i have to be extra concern coz we have a one year old so I'm a bit kiasu when it comes to safety.

yes I do have to agree with drivers who thinks they r F1 drivers of msia. the lack for safety concerns for their own life n others around them shows how far their driving knowledge r.

we may still go to CH but i think i will tell my husband to get a relative of his who is an expect of the route up to drive us up there n to travel around we may just get tours package. as for just going around i think getting a place to stay in town like tanah rata or brinchang could be much easier as we can just anytime walk leisurely around.

n if travelling is needed btw tanah rata n brinchang there always cab up there...hehehe

thks so much jan. at least i can now plan wisely. kiss kiss.

Hazelin Ismail
Business Manager
My Quest Resources
10/Nov/2008

Dear Lynn,

Thanks for your reply. Hmmm... there are many things that are not taught in driving school. Their purpose is to help you pass your driving test. Other skills have to learn on the road, from friends, from magazines (eg AAM Drive magazine provides good tips), etc. It takes practice to master the Malaysian style of driving. We are what the newspaper would call 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' type of personality when it comes to driving. We can be so good and accommodating when meeting people, but when we get behind the wheel our persona changes for the worse.

Anyway, to improve your driving skill, first you must not be afraid, and must muster your courage and confidence. At first practice in the housing area to get familiar with your car. Then try it out further afield. At first use traffic light junction to cross busy roads. Then later try to master the art of turning into a busy street without traffic lights. On a weekend or if on leave during a weekday, get yourself caught up in a traffic jam. That's the best way to learn how to drive and understand your car better. Learn how to squeeze in (your car is not as wide as you thought), how to change lanes even if people don't let you in, and always watch out for motorbikes. The bikes tend to get in your blind spot on the left rear corner. I had a few scraps where I couldn't see the bike and made a left turn, and they rammed into the car left side. And of course, cars are meant to be scratched. So don't worry so much about little scratches, it's bound to happen no matter how careful. ('No eyes see', literally translated from the Cantonese phrase, meaning don't fret too much about it because it has already happen. Something like don't cry over spilt milk.)

So much for town driving. Now for the easy one like highways, do not overly speed (though you could travel faster than the recommended speed limit), do not drive like a snail even if you on the slow lane and do not road hog (driving slow on the overtaking lane). For expressway like the NKVE, you can keep to about 100-110mph but stay on the left lane, don't go too slow like below 80mph, because the vehicles behind will get irritated, especially big brothers like buses, trucks and lorries. Too slow you may get drowsy because on the expressway it can get very boring driving for a long time. Travelling at 100-110mph provides no excuse for police to catch you speeding though watch out for the Gopeng stretch which is only 90mph. Lately I saw they put up some dummies to fool road users from speeding. Quite effective because from afar it looked like there was a police personnel manning the speed trap contraption.

For trunk road driving, here your driving skill needs to be top notch and with good judgement especially when it comes to overtaking slower vehicles and especially overtaking big brothers. Speed limit here is usually between 70-90mph, though some cars do travel faster. Overtake when there is a road straight enough for you to see ahead, and when there is enough distance to clear the slower vehicle. Do not overtake when going up a hill, or when there are bends as you can't see whether there are any oncoming cars or not. This takes practice. Always err on the safety side. Better to be safe than sorry.

As for Cameron Highlands, I feel there is no need to worry too much driving between Tanah Rata and Brinchang and Kea Farm. The distance is short, only about 10 minutes drive. You can save a bundle on taxi fare. However for plantation road heading to either Sg Palas or Fairlie estate, here you must learn how to squeeze a little, and give way to other cars by moving to pockets of wider road. Both sides must be accommodating. Though I did encounter some drivers who just refuse to give way even though they got the road side pocket which they can move into while I didn't have any side pocket to give way. They must be having a bad holiday mood. If you are not so confident driving through plantation road, this one you can follow your idea of getting a tour or taxi.

When it comes to driving, you need practice, practice and practice. Anyway that's how to learn just about anything.

Cheers and have a good trip!
Jan.


Dear Jan,

I am planning a trip to CH during 15th March 2009 to 17th March 2009 with my family of around 24 persons.

Can you advise me the perfect location or accommodation to fit all my family members. It is for my wedding and instead of the consevative way of Chinese dinner, we plan a family trip of small group to CH.

Would really hope you will recommend us the memorable way for our wedding.

Thanks

Walter Tan
Puchong, Selangor
27-Oct-2008

Dear Walter,

Congratulations on your wedding! Wishing you and wife a blissful marriage!

Location to stay will depend upon your budget or how much you are willing to spend. Since you didn't mention what's your budget, or if you are willing to blow a hole in your pocket, try YTL Cameron Highlands Resort. They have plenty of rooms and very classy. Definitely would impress your parents, in-laws, out-laws, relatives, friends etc. :)

I would like to recommend Smokehouse or Lakehouse for their old English ambience as alternative but I'm afraid Smokehouse won't be able to accommodate so many of you; and though Lakehouse just might be able to accommodate (they more rooms then Smokehouse, but you need to check), and they have a nice big garden, but they have a very sorry looking lake.

Next down the line would probably be Strawberry Park Resort and Equatorial for standard star rated hotel. And after that probably Heritage Hotel and Century Pines Resort Hotel. Between the two, I think Century Pines would be better as they have a nice open space grass garden. Good for kids running around the place.

If you still want old English charm, there is still the Bala Chalet. Again I'm not sure if they can accommodate all of you at one go.

And finally the service, bad service may spoil your celebration, so don't let it get you down since CH hotel service has not been that great. Personally best services I have received so far were YTL CH Resort, Smokehouse, Lakehouse. So-so service but still can 'tahan' were Equatorial, Century Pines, Strawberry Resort. So be friendly and see if you can extract the extra from any of their staffs.

Check out this list to sort through any hotels:
Hotels, Resorts, Apartments, Guesthouse, Accommodation list

And of course avoid school holidays and long weekends. Traffic jams would definitely spoil your stay.

And finally book the room asap as it there are so many of you in order to get the available rooms!

Cheers and congrats!
Jan.


Hi Jan,

I have a group of 30 going to cameron on 27 Nov 08 for a night. I would like to know the contact and person in charge of Marina Chalet at Kampung Taman Sedia, highly recommended by Miss Salmiah from KL posted on 19 Dec 2007. Any other chalets that are clean and good.My group is mainly elderly. Pls recommend.

Thanks.
Fiona Liew
Singapore
22-Oct-2008

Dear Fiona,

I checked around but couldn't find the contact details. Looks like you have to try another accommodation. Sorry!

Cheers!
Jan.

Thks Jan. I already got the address & contacts.

Regards,
Fiona
28-Oct-2008

Dear Fiona,
Glad you managed to get it. If you don't mind sharing the address and contact to help out others who might want to try out Marina Chalet at Taman Sedia?

Cheers and have good trip!
Jan.

Hi Jan,

The address for Marina Charlet: Penginapan Taman Bukit Tanah Rata, 39000 Cameron Highlands, Pahang. Contact: Puan Marina. 019 4605008 or Mr Shamzan Idris 016 9720699.

My group supposed to be 30 from Singapore(but now left only 12 cos company starts to retrench, short of manpower so cannot take leaves) will be going for a 4D 3N (25-28 Nov 08) to Penang & Cameron Highlands. We will be staying at Marina Charlet on 27 Nov 08 for a night. Jan, I need your help to put a line about my trip on your blog cos we still short of 12 pple?

Thks & regards,
Fiona
1/11/2008

Dear Fiona,

Thanks for the info. Ya, the recession has cast an ominous black cloud in the world economy. I can feel the general slowdown in economy.

I can put up a post, may I have your contact details so that people can get in touch with you? And of course closing date and some details would be helpful.

Cheers!
Jan.

Dear Jan,

Thanks for your reply. Please refer to the attached for the tour details.
Cheers
Fiona
4/Nov/2008

Dear Fiona,

Posted here:
Fiona's Malaysia travel package tour
Best of luck!
Jan.


I am a class representative at a college in Seremban that consist of 14 students. we are planning to do a sort of volunteer program at your tea plantation. that is if you offer any. do hope that you can give your feedback as soon as possible.

Ahmad Sufyan Mohamed Aslam
Kuala Lumpur
22/Oct/2008

Dear Ahmad,

Intriguing proposal. Unfortunately you contacted the wrong person. I don't own any tea plantation. I just drink tea. Please contact Boh or Bharat tea plantation.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hello..

May I know there are any bungalow or apartments still available for this weekend(saturday) 25-10-2008? I know it will be quite rush but anyway hope to gear good news from u.. Thanks..

Nice day..
June
19/oct/2008


Dear June,

Ya, it is quite rush. Please call the accommodation providers directly. They are in position to let you know better. The hotel directory list:

Cameron Highlands Hotels, Resorts, Apartments accommodation list

Regards,
Jan.


Hi Jan,

Been planning for a trip to CH soon
Wanna clarify something with you.
There are 2 owners to arabella apartment is it? THe one alvin yap rented, was mr. subramaniam. Whereas the one in your website is ms. doreen. Do you have contact to mr. subramaniam? Thanx a million

Lee
15/Oct/2008

Dear Lee,

I don't have the number. I check with Alvin and see if he still has it. I think very likely he also got the number when he contacted the owners via the website.

Cheers!
Jan.


I was planning a trip to CH mid of Dec'08, but was advised by a retired tour guide to avoid CH during the wet season, esp Dec as there may be landslides/mudslides.

He also mentioned that going by Simpang Palai way is just as winding as the Tanah Rata way. I have 2 young kids who I doubt have the stomach for winding road in a car. Please advise if what I was told is right. If no, will my kids be able to take the windings going by SP way?

Which hotel would you recommend for a couple of nights' of decent stay in CH, Strawberry Park or Equatorial? By decent, I meant cleanliness, no bed bugs or creepy crawlies, room able to add an additional bed, decent breakfast. Budget around RM 250-300.

Thanks for your advice.

Cheers,
Agatha
Singapore
12/Oct/2008

Dear Agatha,

Greetings! Yes, Dec is a wet month. Not a good idea to come around during this time. However you could try end Dec after Christmas. Still wet but not so bad. I've made several trips around New Year's Eve and it was quite ok. Very cold due to wet season, but most of the heavy rain was over with light drizzle sometimes. However due to global phenomena, it is very difficult to predict how the climate would look like when you travel up to CH.

The roads in Simpang Pulai is less winding and should pose less motion sickness for occupants. However each person tolerance is different. So do keep a barf bag handy. Don't drive too fast. Drive slowly and ease into each turn, that should reduce the amount of motion sickness. Simpang Pulai way is easier with dual lane for overtaking. Because the road is wide and easy to drive, some people tend to drive faster, thus making the turns much rocking than it should be. So take it easy on the gentle bends and the kids should be fine.

So far in my experience, both are decent. Rooms are clean. No bugs, no creepy crawlies. Just remember to close the windows during the night because your room light will attract insects. Otherwise no problem. Service wise, all hotels so far has been lacklustre. You may need to push them a bit for service, but do be friendly to get the most out from the service. For additional bed, no idea, please check with hotel for arrangement. Breakfast?
Sorry, no idea. I always eat out during my stay and avoid paying expensive hotel meals.

Hope the above helps.
Cheers!
Jan.

Howdy Jan,

Thank you for your valuable input. It's been extremely helpful. We may try visiting in March. I hope we'll still be able to chill out on the mountain then.

Cheers,
Agatha
13/Oct/2008


I jz wanna ask bout the tulips in Malaysia. I can get it at where now? pls replyh asap! thx.

Yik Qing Kwong
KL, WP.
30/Sep/2008

Dear Kwong,

AFAIK, you can get them from Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut), Taiping, Perak.

Cheers!
Jan.

all year along?
can u gv me so information?
by the way, i can oni get it at taiping? other places dun hv?

Kwong

Dear Kwong,

No. I do not have any further information. Maybe one day if I gather enough info, but for now this is all I know.
Regards,
Jan.


Hi Jan,

I've read so much good and bad feedback from this website, i am looking forward to stay at the Smokehouse this coming Aug 08 for my wedding anniversary but lately i heard that the hotel accomodation is filty, dirty and smelly. Is it true? When i called the hotel, they kind of gave me a yes and no answer!

Hope i can get some updates from u, Jan.

TQ, kind regards...
Helen Lee
KL, WP.
19/Aug/2008

Dear Helen,

Thanks for the comment. Sorry can't really help you there about the room condition. Have not stayed there before. However Smokehouse is very famous, if they don't do anything about cleanliness, they will lose their reputation. For most hotels in CH, they tend to be musky because of moisture. Some people don't like this smell. You can get the same kind of smell in accommodation in Genting, Fraser, etc.

Hotel service for any hotels in CH is somewhat lacklustre. However when I was having lunch in Smokehouse they provided quite good service. Speak nicely to them, perhaps they can give you a good service. After all, they are human too.

Cheers and happy anniversary!
Jan.

Thanks, Jan for your immediate reply. Let see how it goes, will be able to give you some latest feedback on Smokehouse later when I get back from CH. Take care
rgs, helen

Hi, Jan

I've just returned from Cameron on 2/9/08, and we stayed at the Smokehouse. Here's the latest updates:

If you don't mind not having Astro programme, its ok otherwise you'll be bored to death. There are about 13 bedrooms and each bedroom has got its own character.

We stayed at the 'Warwick' bedroom @ RM530 per night that comes with English breakfast. The room was ok except they need to do something about the carpets and sofa. The toilet is big come with two wash basin in good condition except without a shower screen.

The staff are doing multi-tasking on their job and they are very hardworking and friendly. The food wise, we had candle light dinner and english break fast and the food taste good. We like their homemade strawberry and marmalade jam.

I enjoyed having afternoon tea at their beautiful garden, it was a good experience and I wouldn't think it was so bad which I've read earlier feedback for others.

If you are not too fussy, overall i think its a good break to get away from city life. Their staff were so thoughtful, they even pack lunch for our journey back to KL.

Cheers to Smokehouse's Staff and thanks for everything during our stays at the Smokehouse.

Regards
Helen
8/Sep/2008

Thanks Helen for your review. I will place it in the Smokehouse hotel so that visitors contemplating about staying in smokehouse can make a judge about it. Thanks again! Jan.


Great work, Jan! You're an inspiration. I was planning a trip to the Cameron Highlands later this fall. I was wondering if Moonlight cottage near Tanah Rata is a place that is available to stay, and how may I contact the site?

Rich S.
Dededo, Guam, US.
3/Aug/2008

Dear Rich,

I have not much info about Moonlight Bungalow. Heard that it was up for sale. That was a year or so before. Better look for alternate lodging. I don't have much info about bungalows in CH. They are all quiet about their services except for a few commercial ones.

Cheers!
Jan.


I plan to visit cameron highland this coming school holiday with 2 families (with small children). I did stay in Strawberry Park and Equatorial hotel,I like the both but the earlier is a bit old whereas the later is very expensive. This time I plan to try for others, so can you recommend me any nice apartments (ie. situated between Tanah Rata & Brinchang Or between Brinchang & Kea Farm)

Soong CL
KL
26/Jul/2008

Dear Soong,

Depends on your budget. Go for apartment, I think more cost effective for big families. Commercially run always cost more. You could try Parkland Apartment (Brinchang), Hotel Casa Dela Rosa (golf course area) [expensive!]. Or go for privately owned ones like Desa Anthurium (between Tanah Rata and Golf course) or Arabella (Tanah Rata) which are more affordable. They are clean but don't expect too much from it. You could also try Arabella bungalow, they are modern bungalows, so don't quite have the old bungalow charm to it.

There is also the Star Regency Apartment located in Brinchang itself. But you will have parking problem since it is school holidays which meant that the night market next to it will create a large crowd at night. Not sure of its quality so depend on your luck!

Or for hotel type, you could try Century Pines Resort Tanah Rata. I like it when I stayed there. Good location and price seemed reasonable.

Look through the hotel list for contacts and reviews.
Cameron Highlands hotels, apartments, guesthouse and accommodation list

Hope above helps!
Cheers!
Jan.

Dear Jan,

Thanks a lot for your information. I have come across and shortlisted few apartments - Bougainvilla Apartment, Desa Anthurium Apartment, Parkland Apartment due to their location nearer to Brinchang. But among them, which one will you recommend? With all the small kids, we are very particular on the cleanliness and hygiene of the environment of the apartment; do give me some advice, thanks. Another issue, when I travel to Cameron Highland, I always have my Steamboat at Country Lodge, cause compare to those restaurants along Brinchang main street, the food are better and fresher. For Steamboat and other nice food at cameron highland, do you have any details that you can share with me.

Once again would like to thank you for taking your valuable time to share the information with me.

Warmest regards,
Chia Ling

Dear Soong,

Try this webpage for food ideas:
Cameron Highlands food eateries

For steamboats, there are too many and they all taste the same to me. For something interesting try the charcoal steamboat at highlands restaurant located behind secret recipe.
Highlands Restaurant Charcoal Steamboat

By the way, where is this Bougainvilla Apartment? You have their telephone contact and have you stayed there before?

Desa Anthurium seems ok from one of my readers.
Desa Anthurium Apartment

Arabella should be good too, though it was the owner who contacted me.
Arabella Apartments

The above two apartment uses floor tiles so it should be easier to maintain and clean.

No idea about Parkland. But I stayed in their Hotel (Kowloon) once a long time ago. If apartment floor uses carpet, expect some musky mildew smell as most accommodation that uses carpet has this same kind of smell probably due to high moisture content and cool weather makes it difficult for water evaporation. It's the same kind of smell when I was having holiday in London and stay at my Uncle's house.

After your holiday visit, drop me a line and tell your experience in Cameron Highlands.

Enjoy!
Jan.

Hi, Jan,

It's me again. I found out from a real estate agent (019-2081228), the Bougainvilla Apartment is on the way heading to Strawberry Park, so now have you got any idea where is it about? BTW, have you stay in the 3-rooms apartment/suite in Strawberry park before? Cause I called up, they told me that the apt. is in timber flooring, I stay in their other types of rooms & apt. before, but if not mistaken, they are in carpet flooring!!?. I don't think they do any recent refurbishment. Another infor to seek from you, is there any Chinese vegetarian restaurant in Cameron highland, and do you know where is the Ho's Organic Restaurant located, I found the name from other site but no details was given, some of my family members are vegetarian.

Do you travel very often to Cameron Highland, your web site is very informative and the replies to all my questions are so fast, even others official tourism sites can't match. If you are not from CH, you must be very much in love with CH. My family like CH very much too, If the distance is like going to Genting Highland, I think we will visit there at least once a month. Really apreciate the information posted in your web site, and your kindness to give me prompt reply.

Thank you once aagin.

Soong
KL
1/8/2008

Hello, Soong!

There is a road turning from the golf course with sign directing to Strawberry Park Resort. The road entrance has some market there. Can't miss it unless you drove too fast. Maybe next time I keep a look out for Bourgainvilla (apartment or bungalow?) the next time I visit CH.

My memory is a bit hazy. So I checked my photos, the room I stayed was timber floored. Can't remember if there were rooms that was carpeted. I think most apartments do not use carpet, probably all end up with musky smell.

Sorry, don't know any vegetarian restaurant. If you can accept, perhaps you could just order vegetables in any restaurant?

Nope. Have not heard about Ho's Organic Restaurant either. Most people will take their meals in Tanah Rata or Brinchang. To go beyond like Ringlet or Tringkap is probably for the intrepid traveller.

I travelled to CH about once a year. I will use my trusty camera to take notes, though I should be using a notebook to jot down notes. Though a picture is worth a thousand words, but it can't convey abstract info and emotion as well as the written words. I am not from CH, a lot of people thought I am from CH. (^_^) But when they realized I am not, they were rather amazed at the wealth of info I have amassed about CH. And yes, it took a long while to collect, several trips worth and lots of time spent on writing, updating etc. Already some info need to be revised.

One a month? If you stay in Ipoh maybe can lah. It takes 3 hours non-stop driving from KL. 1-1/2+ hours to Tapah/Simpang Pulai toll, another 1-1/2 hours to drive up the long winding road. Besides, if you go every month, you will start to get bored or jelat with the place. Better keep to once a year.

Cheers!
Jan.

Jan,

Thank you. I have been to Strawberry park, but in my memory I never seen the Bouganvilla Apt. on the way heading there, may be on my next trip I will check out too.

Same to you, I visit to CH once a year too, but not as informative as you. Will drop you a line after my coming visit.

Thanks.
Soong


Hi all,

The posts has been most informational. I went through some of the recommendations like steamboat and t-cafe, strawberry, honey parks and so on....That i already feel like going tomorrow. However, I plan to go at the end of the month on weekdays with my whole family including my maid...

I've narrowed down my choices to Puncak Arabella and Desa Anthurium. Can anyone help me make a final decision with some helpful reviews?

What about better recommendation in the same price range. I am looking at cleanliness, view, space and convenience. This is our first trip. I've planned some places we wanna visit for the 3 days that we'll be there but i don't know if i'll be able to find them. But i'll worry bout that after i settle my accomodation.

Ohh and one more thing, can anyone tell me if there will be a crowd during the weekdays of this month? I hate crowds. Thats why we're going on weekdays. Thanks a million....and keep up the good work.

Alvin
JB, Malaysia
3/Jul/2008

Dear Alvin,

Thanks for the compliments. Still working on the website. Weekdays is a good idea. If you can spare the leave, yes go for it! I have not experience crowds during weekday. Almost have the whole place to yourself. Have not tried school holidays week days though.

Between the two, no idea except through feedback by others who gave me information. For Desa Anthuriam the review was by done by a reader who was gracious to provide the info. For Arabela, the owner contacted me. I should think it should be ok. Don't expect five star, be clean enough and in good working condition is best you can hope for. For good view go for Arabella as it sits on top of a hill. Desa Anthurium only sees a hill wall as per the review. I saw other apartments advertisements. very discreet just a phone number. I think for first time better go with those that has info listed in my website. Others are run like hotel. Cost more, but get about same quality . Somehow hotel staff in any hotel in CH is not so good. don't know why I receive complaints via my comment box every once in awhile. Maybe too much high expectation.

hey, plan for a second trip. don't rush all the sights! just relax and enjoy. CH is a big place.

Want to see your name on my website? Give me your comment on whichever Apartment you choose and of course some pictures of the apartment.

Cheers!
Jan.

Dear Jan,

Thanks for the quick reply. I've done some fair share of searching on the net and if it means anything to you, i rate your site the best around. It is really about the personal touch you add to your website more than anything else. I'm actually going through some rough times and the thought of CH came to mind. The last and only time i was there was almost 20 years ago when i was still a kid. Don't remember anything bout the place. Anyway, enough bout me.

I've decided on Puncak Arabella. Will try to bargain for good price cos i think hardly anyone visits on Mondays and rather than having the apartment vacant, might as well rent to me for a cheaper price. Don't worry, i'm only planning to visit a few places. One or two steamboat restaurants, T-Cafe, Strawberry and Honey farms, Tea plantation and thats about it. Plan to laze around with family at the apt most of the time. Will plan to cook too. Are food easily available there or should i bring along food to cook? I'm only worried that I won't be able to find the places that I wanna go. Hopefully the people around are friendly enough to give directions.

Feel free to list my name on your site. Just keep the email private to avoid spam. I will write a review and post pictures when i get back to return your kind favour. Thanks again.

regards,

Alvin

Dear Alvin,

Many thanks for the good comments. Yes, it is tough work to list out everything on the website. Still got gaps in the info. Probably will never be able to fill them all up. This website was done partially for fun, partially for money. Hobbies do pay sometimes.

Rough times always come and go. It is what life is all about. I had a pretty rough time too when I started out my website. It was my most stressful time and making the website helped a little. CH is a good place to relax and fits various kinds of pockets. All too soon it is over, and you think about when you can up there again.

As for food, we usually bring up the meats using an icebox. I should think there is a real wet market somewhere in CH where the locals get their stuff. Hmm... I should find out more about this. I think it would help save the trouble of trying to pack uncooked food to bring up for cooking. No problem with vegetables as there are plenty available (but at tourist prices of course). As for grocery stores, their prices are reasonable, not much difference with those in the lowlands. So you can get your eggs, can food or whatever from there. The problem with cooking is that you bring about half your household kitchen along with you to CH! ?

There is only one main road that connects to everywhere, shouldn't be any problem finding those places. Big signboards pointing to Boh plantation, so you can't miss them. Note that they are closed on Mondays. The new one is really nice at Sg Palas, but the factory is just a museum. To really see working machinery you have to head to the other one at Habu.

Sure thanks for reprint. No I won't print out emails, never did. I hate spam too. And thanks for review. If you like some publicity, you can post me a family shot, something like 15 minutes of fame as some articles says but in this case, it would be pretty permanent as long as the website exist!

Have a good trip!
Cheers!
Jan.

Dear Jan,

I'm back from CH. The trip was great. I remember promising you that I'd write a review with pics. Are you interested for me to do that for your site? If yes, how would you like me to do it? Just write something in an email and attach some photos for you? I don't have a blog or a website for you to link it to (cos i'm too lazy to type anything more than 100 words unless its for work or in this case, for a family holiday and a favour for a helpful friend)

Let me know. Thanks for your website info and tips. It made a lot of difference during this trip.

regards,
Alvin
25/July/2008

Dear Alvin,

Glad you thoroughly enjoyed your trip. There were a few who always give me something to post, like Idil. But of course his trip was way crazy, I don't think I could travel like him! If you like to have your trip story posted and immortalized on the website, you are much welcomed. I could of course rewrite and expand the story somewhat if you are feeling lazy to write.

I wrote for the Proton Juara people, they just gave me some notes and points, though I had to quiz them a bit for some details otherwise don't know what to write. The whole group was very excited to have their story posted! Some artistic license from my part though to hopefully make the piece more interesting but in most part I just follow the points.

Photos are good to complement the story. Give me what you want to show and I re-select again the better pictures or those that could compliment the story, so about >10+ pictures would be good. I usually trim to about 3-4 pictures to post it together with the story.

For myself I usually take about 500+ pictures and then narrow down to about a handful... I guess that's how the NGC people did it... ah, to one day publish in a magazine or book... must dream and work on it! Heh heh...

Here some pointers for the notes:
1) trip preparation, feeling of going for the trip especially first time (yourself/family feeling)
2) easy/difficult to get there and move around
3) food ok or not, like/don't like - cheap/expensive etc did you bring your own and cook up there?
4) climate - brrr cold, or not cold
5) people friendly not friendly
6) accommodation - clean/well equip or not/ location good/bad/ service + friendliness good/bad...
7) family/children happy/ run here run there/ sights attraction up to expectation/ enjoy not enjoy
8) ah, love the tea plantation (everybody loves it, so far nobody said not nice)
9) market - ah, buy so much can start shop etc. kena cheated or not... etc or perhaps you refrained from buying?
10) anymore interesting thing? Bits of details that you can remember etc

Seems like a lot of points, but with it hope to make it interesting and write something like 1000 words hopefully. Only thing left to contend with is writer's block...

By the way if you have some info that is missing in my website, let me know. I think I will be going to CH around Sep.

Thanks
Jan.

Read Alvin's post:
Alvin's Vacation Travel Story to Cameron Highlands


Dear Jan,

I have a 3 bedroom apartment at Puncak Arabella in Tanah Rata that I want to sell. Can you pleasae recommend me any agents that can sell for me or maybe for expact that want to stay in Cameron.Its fully furnished

Khushairi Ismail
Shah Alam, Selangor
3/Jul/2008

Dear Khushairi,

Sorry. Don't know any real estate agent in CH. Many people asked. I wonder where are the real estate agents in CH. There seemed to be a group of people renting out their arabela apartments to holiday makers. Are you doing this or giving up on short stay guest?

How much is your apartment going for sale for?

Regards,
Jan.


I had the opportunity to stay at the Cameron Highlands Resort last weekend. As far as I am concerned, Cameron Highlands is still a wonderful holiday destination. It also brings back happy childhood memories.

The Resort itself is beautiful and YTL has done an exceptional job of turning it into what it is today. The rooms are tastefully decorated and the reading rooms are great too.

I believe YTL can make it an even better resort by focusing on a few areas. Firstly, the quality of service is not up to the mark. I have stayed at other Five Star Diamond properties (e.g. in Bali, Tokyo, Istanbul) and in each of these properties, the service quality was such that guests always felt welcome. This was missing at the CH Resort and I kept waiting for something that would change my perception but there was nothing. The only staff member who, I thought, was up to the mark was the French lady who checked us in.

In a property like CH Resort, it is not enough to just do your job. You are providing a service. Maybe I am too critical but I am only comparing CH Resort with other five star diamond properties.

The lack of 24 hour room service is something the Resort should look into as well.

Otherwise, a good resort.

Arshad Ismail
17/Jun/2008

Dear Arshad,

Thanks for the comments. I had a similar remark from another reader. I think I will compile them and post in my YTL review page.

Personally I think overall, hotel service in Cameron Highlands be it rated or not is still not quite up to par with other hotels around Malaysia.

Thanks and best regards,
Jan.


The worst front desk receptionist that I ever experienced. Very disappointed with so call "YTL" resort.dont have the the 'class'. will never visit this resort again. Very very suprise the "YTL" have this kind of resort and this kind of service. We were there for 2 night from 30/5/08.

Piklu Kok
KL, WP.
6/Jun/2008

Hello Kok,

Hmm... I didn't experience any trouble even though I didn't stayed there. They were quite helpful on the various inquiries that I made. What actually happened for you?

Jan.

Hello Jan,

Thanks for your reply. What actually happened was when me and my friend along with 4 children (aged 2-10) at the reception counter to do arrangement for our reservation of 2 room,where my friend over hear the receptionist (I think she is a Thai) complaint to other that 2 adults checking in with 4 children.She kind of looking down on us and asking us to get another extra room! As we refused to do so. As the 2 days in the resort with the children and our husbands(who do not stayed with us at all because they were having bussiness trip at CH and stayedat Strawberry Park Resort next to us) we felt that we were not welcome by them especially this Thai lady as she always greet other hotel guests and never to us as we walked by her.
Thanks again.


Hi Jan,

Do you know any houses for long term stay (6 months to 1 year) for rent? Or even apts? Also how much are rents in CH? Thanks much!

Diana Saw
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
27/May/2008

Dear Diana,

I'm sorry as I do not know whether there are any houses or apartment for long term rental. I'm sure there are. Only thing is who or which real estate agency to contact. You could of course contact those apartment owners and see whether you could work out a deal with them or ask them for further contacts.

Best regards,
Jan.

Hi jan, no worries! thanks for the swift reply. I love CH and plan to live there (I'm now living in Siem Reap Cambodia).

Cheers
Diana

Hello Diana,

You sound very Aussie, and yet you are Malaysian, am I correct?
So tell me, what are you doing in Cambodia?
It looks as though you are doing some missionary or NGO work.

As for CH, hmm... a few person has asked me about real estate about that place coz they plan to retire there or want to live there... I do know there are some Japanese retirees there.

Oh well...
Cheers!
Jan.

Hi jan, haha! I guess cos I used to work for an aussie company--no worries, no wuckers, mate!

I am actually singaporean. have been living in cambodia for 2 years. i came here on my own--no NGO, no church. i came to start a social enterprise to provide jobs for widowed, abandoned and divorced women. you can check out http://www.cambodiacalling.blogspot.com if you want to know more about BLOOM and the people behind it. we make bags from recycled rice bags.

My husband is scottish and we like CH a lot (although Tanah Rata had many flies...) we think we'd rent b4 buying, to see if we'd like to live there. we also have five dogs which we will bring over. It's a hassle but we're not going to leave them behind. they're all really sweet Cambodian dogs.

Hope to see you in CH when we visit again this year!

Cheers
Diana


Hi Jan,

How are you.
I get lost contact with you.
Please give me some comment on Twin pipes chalet. I planing to visit cameron early of next month.

Thank in advance.
Evelyn M.
Puchong
22/May/2008

Dear Evelyn,

Yes, yes. I still remembered you. Haven't sent out my newsletter for a long while already. Kinda busy and was wondering whether the newsletter was useful or not.

Twin Pines as in the low budget guesthouse the one located around Tanah Rata? They are similar class to Father's guesthouse. Very cheap, very simple. Good for backpackers and shoestring budget travellers. Between the two, I think I like Father's guesthouse better if you are taking up rooms. But for dormitory, I think Twin Pines maybe better. Both has parking space, so having a place to park your car is no problem. At least the Father's guesthouse got a nice bungalow building, while Twin Pine looks just normal. Price about same between the two. This remind me to put up an article for Twin Pines. Getting a bit lethargic to write. There is still so many missing pieces about Cameron Highlands! And yet I need to take a break from thinking about Camerons for awhile. LOL!

Cheers!
Jan.

Hi Jan,

nice to meet you again here. Father's guest house is fully book on that day. (1 st june ). so... no choice lo... maybe i take twin pipes. How about KRS pipes further more from twin pipes location?

Hi Jan,

Do have friend at Cameron Highland that can do booking for me for father's guest house on 1st june 2008 (1 night only - double room with fan x 3 @RM 40 = 120). I really appreciated it.

Thanks...........
Evelyn

Dear Evelyn,

You are welcome. They have fan! I think the weather there is cold enough already! RM40, yes, that's about the room rate for Father's Guesthouse. Enjoy!

Jan.


I'm planning a trip to Camoran Highlands in July and I'm not sure I would where to stay. I/m after a 41/2-5 star property. The Equatorial and Strawberry Park seem nice but the reviews are not favourable. Cameron Highlands Resort and the Lakehouse seem nice but they are quite pricey. I would appreciate your advice. Many thanks.

Nazik Chaaraoui
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
10/Apr/2008


I am trying to look for a bungalow to stay at from 11-13 April 2008. There will be 16 of us from my office to join the trip. However, it is so hard to get contact of bungalow rental from the website. Are there any good contacts?

Linda Cheong
Kuala Lumpur
20/Mar/2008

Dear Linda,

Bungalows are rather private and exclusive. Maybe because bungalow has fewer rooms to rent out. I think they go more by word of mouth then via advertising. You can try Hilltop Bungalow. You can check out their website for more info at www.euco.com.my/hilltop or call them at 03-7845 6973

Cheers!
Jan.


Hey!

We came across your website cameron-highland-destination.com and think it's a great site and was wondering if you would be interested in selling it! We can make you a nice offer and you can always make more websites of this type :-)

Please let us know if you're interested.
Thanks!!
Warren Wong
San Jose, USA
12/Mar/2008

Dear Warren,

Interesting. Nope, not interested to sell. Thanks for the offer.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi,

Your website is useful. Can you give some tips on getting there from KL? I will be in KL for meetings and like to explore the Cameron treks on weekend. Do you know travel time from KL to Cameron Highlands? From KL location? Which hotel you recommend?

Thanks and Cheers,
Terese Low
8/Mar/2008

Dear Terese,

I take it that you do not have your own transportation? In that case you may have to take a bus from Puduraya station. Check here to see how to go about it.
Getting there to Cameron Highlands by bus

If not, you can opt for taxis at Puduraya, which of course will be more expensive. Or if you can drive, rent a car and drive up to Cameron Highlands.

Getting there directions to Cameron Highlands

Use the NKVE highway. From KL, goto Jalan Duta and just follow the NKVE signage to head north to Ipoh. Then follow as per above webpage guide.

Hotel depends on your budget and location choice. Please refer:
Cameron Highlands Hotels and Accommodations

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi Jan!

Your website is great! And it is just very informational to me!

Anyway, I would like to suggest which hotel do you think will suit a family with one 3 yr old - clean and spacious? I have 3 in mind which will be YTL Cameron Highland Resort, Lakehouse and Equitorial?

Any suggestion? Thanks.
Winnie Wong
Wilayah Persekutuan
2/Mar/2008

Dear Winnie,

Thanks for your compliments! You got the budget, go for it!

My order of choice:
1) YTL Cameron Highlands Resort
2) Equatorial Hotel
3) Lakehouse Hotel

Amongst the three, YTL is numero uno, very prestigious and good service. I chose Equatorial over Lakehouse for #2 because of location. Service wise, Lakehouse is better than Equatorial. All three above are star rated hotels, if they are not clean, they do not deserve to be rated.

Cheers!
Jan.

Hi Jan!

Thank you for your recommendation. Can you tell me if the YTL Resort is far of from the town and other parks that we can visit? Thanks again.

Warmest Regards,
Winnie

Dear Winnie,

YTL resort is facing the golf course. I think you can't simply enter the golf course for safety reasons, but you could walk some around the golf course office. The resort is between Tanah Rata and Brinchang. Both are a little too far to walk unless you want to be like those fit and healthy Gwailo. You could try booking day trips with tour agents. That will help ease off the transportation problem if you do not have a car. There is a strawberry market around one of the bends nearby the resort. That road actually leads to Strawberry Park Hotel. The distance to the market should be walkable. Brinchang might be reachable on foot. Smokehouse is another place you could walk to. For a little more distance, the forestry department is also reachable on foot, though I would prefer to drive over from the hotel.

Hope the above helps.
Cheers!
Jan.


How do I get to the church in CH. and where do I find one in CH.

Sheilla Sharlene Arnal
PJ, Selangor
26/Feb/2008

Dear Sheilla,

The only church that I know of is the All Souls Church located around the golf course on road branch on the way to the forestry department. There may be others located in shop lots but I do not know where they are.

Best regards,
Jan.

Hi Jan,

I might be going to CH with my hubby and three kids aged between 7 - 11, for christmas this year, just wanted to know how is it there during christmas. Any ideas? I dont want it to be boring for them as they are doing home schooling. Might stay there for 3 nights. any suggestions about budget accomodations in brinchang. Thanks God bless.

Sheilla Sharlene Arnal
PJ, Selangor

Dear Sheilla,

Cameron Highlands is not like the hustle and bustle of a busy city. However the Christmas period is during school holidays. You might expect a bit of a crowd. For things to do please check through the sights and attractions page for some idea of what to do.

Cameron Highlands Sights and Attractions

You may also hire some local guides for jungle trekking and visiting orang asli villages.

Hope the above helps.

Cheers!
Jan.


Thank you very much for sharing this valuable information. I am planning to visit CH this coming July with my family, and your site provided a thorough view of CH from food to accommodation. One question, as the weekend rate is more expensive, does it worth to visit the Night Market which happened only during weekend.

Yen Saw
Texas, USA.
26/Feb/2008

Dear Yen,

If you have not experience any night market anywhere in Malaysia, it is worth a visit. There is of course a difference between a night market in Cameron Highlands and lowlands, the night air is cooler indeed. Other than that they are similar.

Weekend rates for accommodation is higher because city folk take the opportunity to get away from hustle and bustle of city life. Which also means a bit of crowd. If your intention is for peace and quiet, than avoid weekends and skip the night market.

Hope the above idea helps.

Cheers!
Jan.


Where do I go online to get more information on Tea planting in Malaysia i.e. total area, production, also it cultivation challenges usch as Pests and diseases in Malaysia.

BL Tay
Puchong, Malaysia.
4/Feb/2008

Dear Tay,

Just key in the keyword "tea planting" in Google, Yahoo and MSN search engine. You should be able to get a few noteworthy sites that will explain how to grow tea in your own home. I tried it with Dogpile search engine and found a few interesting sites.

Cheers!
Jan.


This is an excellent site. We are planning a special charity challenge event from Scotland. I would like to discuss this with you. The Scottish organiser will be arriving in KL February 14. We want to make the itinerary in to a Scottish theme..with some parts like a Treasure Hunt.Please get in touch so that we can talk about this project. We started the Sabah Challenge in 2000 and that has been operated 14 times with an average of 30 people brining good revenue into Malaysia. Please call me on 016 390 7172.

John Eyton
PJ, Selangor.
4/Feb/2008

Dear John,

Sorry about delayed reply. Taking a long break for CNY. Actually I'm honoured you asked me about this but I haven't the foggiest idea about organizing this kind of thing. Then again I have jumped headlong into many things like this website without knowing anything either and done quite a fair job about it.

Organizing an event like this need a lot of time and effort. You need some well connected entrepreneur to do this. I dare not commit to do this even though I know I probably can help pull it off if I put in 110% effort into it but I will have to resign from my current job.

Do you need people in the advertising industry? If so I can ask my brother who is in that line.

Keep in touch.

Best regards,
Jan.


Hi,

I've heard about SBI last year. I've already become an affiliate but not yet become a SBI owner. Actually, I'm very interested to own one but, maybe the cost is quite high. I will wait until I have the money.

However, firstly I like to learn from existing SBI owner like you especially we are in the same country.

I like to know the experience of using SBI, the satisfaction, do you get what you expected and so on. I'm planning to do this for living since I'm a freelancer. Probably the top of the question is, could SBI give you enough revenue for living.

Hope to hear from you,
Regards
Zuazlan Sulaiman
KL
23/1/2008

Dear Zuazlan

Good or bad it all depends on you, your ideas, and your money generation method. SBI is touting it as a system to do online biz rather than a webhosting company. They are geared to people who are not so technical savvy, giving a lot of tools in one lump package. Their idea is that by your creation of good quality content, it will get noticed not only by the search engines but also by the target people who are searching for information/products/services.

SBI gives a well rounded package of keyword research tool for brainstorming and webpage creation tools, email newsletter, etc. Everything that is needed to make a website successful.

Yes cost is quite high, but considering the tools provided I think it is justified. Perhaps make your 1st website a SBI one, while a second website and so forth non-SBI.

As for successful SBI website, if you see hordes of incoming traffic, take that as successful. As for monetizing method, it all depends on you. I'm using adsense which cannot expect much, but quite enough to cover the cost of the website and some extra pocket money. To really live it off, I say I should be running a travel agency to get those incoming leads, but I rather be a tourist, so that option was not for me. So I guess I just be a simple travel writer for now.

I don't know what skill you have as freelancer, but you could tie it in with SBI website to get jobs. I think it is a small price to pay if you compare the US$299 price tag with the potential to earn much more. Besides, US$ has weaken. I paid much more when I first joined.

Whatever your decision, best of luck. There are many Malaysian SBIers around. Some are successful, some are not. Usually those that are successful put in a lot of effort to maintain their website.

At least you get to write to me. I was going at it blind when I first joined SBI with no reference.

Here's a tip, if you are not in a hurry. Wait till summer, or Halloween or winter. They usually have a sale.

Cheers!
Jan.

Dear Jan,

Thanks a lot for the reply. So now I got some ideas of how it will go. I'll buy SBI someday, perhaps under your acc. so you could get the comission :). You're right when you said it all depend on ourself to make it success or otherwise. I've already do a lot of study and waht I know, someone could do all of this alone, I mean wihtout SBI. But it needed lot of extra job.

Actually, I like adsense so much. I've already did some study on it and even I've already tried it. It still under experiment but in my opinions, adsense can give a lot of money if you put some effort on it.

Anyway, thanks once again for your advise and I will look into it. Nice writing to you.

Regards,
Zul.
25/1/2008

Dear Zul,

Thanks in advance if you do purchase SBI thru me.
Just to add a little, yes, you can use normal webhosting. But you will miss out on some of their automated tools (auto submission to search engines, auto update of sitemap, etc). In addition, they have keyword checking software (they have two, one is called wordtracker, the other I forget the name), if you purchase separately from wordtracker, your total purchases would be about the price tag of SBI. If you choose a wrong webhosting company (like local ones in Malaysia), you will have to install scripts by yourself for newsletters emails, etc. I think the number of SQL offered by local webhosting companies is about one or two only, so you can't do much with website hosted by local webhost co.

So best of luck to your endeavors.

Cheers!
Jan.
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Dear Jan,

Sorry this is not a comment but rather asking for help and info. I would like to purchase 100 roses from genting as it sells quite expensive here in the city. Do you sell them? Or do you have any contact of people that sells them? Definitely I need it to be parcel here to Selangor. If is cheaper than the city i am ok with it. Do appreciate if you could reply me as soon as possible about the price or any contact that i can contact.

Many thousand thanks

Barry Lin
Puchong, Selangor
22/1/2008

Dear Barry,

Sorry can't help you there. Genting Highland do not have rose farm. Roses come mainly from Cameron Highlands. I do not know any contact and I am not sure whether they will want to deal directly with the public since 100 roses may be too small a quantity for them to deal business.

Perhaps you may have to travel to Cameron Highlands to buy your 100 roses from the stalls. It is cheaper but then you have to factor in the travel time and cost.

Sorry!
Jan.


Hi, we visit Cameron Highlands early Feb for 2 nights only. Is there a jungle tour or visit to tea plantation you can recommend and do we need to prebook. Any advice or ideas would be welcome. Thanks.

Punitha Kirupaharan
Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
16/1/2008

Dear Punitha,

Thanks for the compliments!

Crowded locations indeed. No matter where we go, just can't seem to shake away far from the maddening crowd... Enjoy your trip.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi there Jan,

After many years travelling to common crowded locations like Genting & Langkawi, I've decided to venture this time to Cameron, & ur website is very entertaining & informative. I am yet to book accom & buy the bus tickets for my vacation next month, but your website is really helpful in making my decision.

Thanks & keep up the wonderful work.

Paul Whiting
United Kingdom
8/Jan/2008

Dear Paul,

Welcome to Malaysia!

Yes, there are tours available around Cameron Highlands. Just take a walk around Tanah Rata and you can see various booths which you can shop around for tours. Some tours include visiting Tea Plantations, so check out those tours too. Using tours can save you a lot of time and beats walking and taking taxis.

Boh Tea Plantation is the best and there are two; one located in Sg Palas has been renovated and look brand new, but the factory is no longer working so you can't see it in action and it is more like a museum, while the other located in Habu, is older but with a working factory which you can take a guided tour. Both closes on Monday so do check your schedule. No pre-booking required for visit.

By the way, Chinese New Year is on 7th and 8th Feb, so watch out for the crowds and traffic jams all around Malaysia or it would be better if you could just avoid that period.

Cheers!
Jan.

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