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Dear Jan,

We (my partner and I) are planning to visit the Cameron Highlands for 3 nights in early March. We will be arriving by bus from KL and would like to stay in Tanah Rata as we like to go out at night and try different restaurants rather than being stuck in a resort out of town. We like relative comfort and from my research it looks like the Century Pines Resort would suit our needs. Would you agree or do you recommend another nice hotel in Tanah Rata??

Looking forward to receiving your advice.

Kind regards,
Caroline O'Flynn
Cessnock, NSW, Australia.
30/12/2009

Dear Caroline,

Century Pines Resort is good choice. About 4 star. Walking distance to all the restaurants in Tanah Rata. And as for transport the bus terminal is a stone throw away. And to travel further afield, there are many travel company that you can check for countryside tours etc.

Cheers and Happy New Year! Jan

Dear Jan,
Many thanks for your advice and hope you have a happy New Year.
Cheers,
Caroline
31/12/2009


Thanks so much, Jan.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year 2010 to you and family. God bless you all.

I'm planing to do carolling for christmas in cameron highland in coming new year. Any ideas for me, ya.

Thanks
Sharlene and family
30/12/2009


hi Jan,

I read some recent discussions about Prima Villa apartments managed by SPM. I am interested in staying there when I visit CH with a group of friends in January. I was wondering if you have any feedback from the readers who stayed there?

Thanks!
Regards,
Sally
Singapore
25/12/2009

Dear Sally,

So far no. But from what I see when Mr Teng showed me the apartments, it is well adequate, with many beds, though one unit was rather odd with one set of beds in the next to the living/dining hall. The children might like that. So you can have many people stay in the SPM Prima Villa apartment. Each unit is differently decorated. His maids will clean up the place after the guests stay is complete. Well maintained enough still there are wear and tear on certain areas. Cheers!

Jan.

Dear Jan,

Thank you for the helpful comments. I will likely stay at one of the SPM apartments. Will give you my feedback after that.

Cheers,
Sally
28/12/2009


We were in Cameron Highlands recently and went to the Brinchang night market. We had a dessert which was like little cakes and apparently they had a coconut egg mix inside. Tasted a bit like caramel. Just wondering if you would know what they are called?
Thanks
Tracy,
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
22/12/2009

Dear Tracy,
A picture tells a thousand words, post a photo a let's have a look. Not too sure about your description.
Cheers!
Jan.

Jan,

Thanks for your response.

Hope this picture helps you, to help me!!!!

Regards

Tracy
Cakes

Dear Tracy,

Hmm, don’t know the name for this. I wonder if anybody knows the name for it...

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi Jan, this is my first visit to this website and I appreciate if you could enlighten my following queries.

Our family ( myself, my wife and 2 sons) is planning a trip to CH during the yearend holiday.(31st Dec to 1st Jan) May I know how will the traffic be in CH during this period? Will it be very crowded as I don't want to be stuck in the traffic at CH where we are there for relaxation. Besides, is the road condition safe? As now is monsoon season, I expect raining most of the time there. Thanks for your reply in anticipation.

Steven Lee
Singapore
22/12/2009

Dear Steven Lee,

So far my previous experience going on the last day of the year, so far so good. Seems like the year is almost up and so, not so many people travel on those dates. And then again this time round is super 3-day weekend, so hard to say...
Regards,
Jan.

Oh, pertaining to the Cameron Highlands weather, basically you shouldn't worry too much about landslide and stuff. If it happens, it happens. Up to God, so pray for journey mercy when you go. So far all my trips has been alright whether in rain or shine. Just make sure your tire condition is good as a bald tire is slippery and gives bad road holding especially on winding road in heavy rain. And yes, do expect rain.
Cheers!
Jan.

Hi Jan

Thanks for your speedy response. Hopefully we can have a memorable and joyful holiday there.

Once again thank you for your kind advice.
Best regards,
Lee


Message for Roy Follows (do not know how to contact him). It is with sadness that I report the passing of Noel Dudgeon during the last evening (21 Dec 2009).
Regards,
David Bayliss
Brisbane, QLD
Australia
20/12/2009

Dear David,

The contact for Roy Follows as follows, royfollows[at]dsl.pipex.com Message also passed as per this email.
Regards,
Jan.


Dear Jan.

I am a Swedish person living in France.

Funny, your name "JAN" is very common in Sweden.

I am looking to rent a 5 or more bedroom house, or a smaller hotel with 7-10 rooms somewhere in Malaysia above 500 meters above sea level.

The problem is that I would like to find a house that is isolated, in natural setting, without a village, other houses or roads close by.

Could you help me where to look for this?

I will come to Malaysia this winter to search for such a house.

I organise health retreats in France and Sweden and would like to do this also in Malaysia since the people in Malaysia is so friendly. Also, many people speaks english, which makes it easy.

Thank You.
Raymond Liljeros
France
13/12/2009

Dear Raymond,

Ya, I know. But many people here don't know the name "JAN" so that makes my name kinda unique. I think this might fit your bill:

http://www.serendah.com

Cheers!
Jan.

Thank You, and so you have no connections with Sweden then ?

Raymond Liljeros
14/12/2009

Dear Raymond,

As far as my ethnicity, I’m Malaysian Chinese. I don’t think I have any Swedish blood in me… :)

Though there is Ikea here and I do love their Swedish meat balls and very stylishly build home furnishing.

I think buying land is out of my league, you will need to contact a real estate agent, especially one that is dealing with buying and selling of land. The ones that I know only deal with properties in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya city. There may be certain rules and restriction governing the purchase of lands especially purchase from foreign individuals. It might be best you consult with real estate agents who are well versed in this kind of transaction.

Cheers!
Jan.

Yes, thank you.
Raymond
14/12/2009


Can you give me Rose Supplier details, Thank you.
Shirly Ong,
Penang, Butterworth, Malaysia.
11/12/2009


hi , i will go penang for fun with my gf . i do no how to go , so how can i contact someone to bring us go penang ?

Darid Sim
Klang, Selangor
10/12/2009

Dear Darid Sim,
Either you look for travel and tours company specialize in Penang or start pouring over guidebooks and maps and do it yourself.

Cheers!
Jan.


Roy

Are you still collecting info on the above, as I was in Malaya at the tail end of the Emergency, based with 208 Comwel Sig Sqn in Taiping. I too have been researching an Order of Battle/Reference work for over 6 years, so have read your book in the course of my research and found it very interesting.

The reason for this email is that I have drawn a map of Malaya and included it in my book, and what I believe to be all the Jungle Forts that were used on it. If you feel that this would help you let me know and I will email a copy to you.

My research let me understand that they were mainly built in the Temiar areas of North Malaya to help protect the Senoi people and to lure them away from CT control, and eventually help us, forming the Senoi Praak Regiment in the late 1956.

Best regards
Arthur McPhee
United Kingdom
9/12/2009


Just came back. Family love the strawberry jam. Can someone tell me how I can buy some in KL

Thanks
Joe Kim Jwee
Kuala Lumpur
9/12/2009

As long as it is not made in Cameron Highlands, you can find plenty in supermarkets.
Cheers!
Jan.


Hi, Good Morning

I've refer to your interesting website details and pictures, could you pls advice most suitable and negotiable package as below:

Transportation: Self-drive
Total Adult: 7pax
Total Children: 2pax (Below 3years old)
Total Family: 4
Staying Duration: 2days 1night
Date Staying: 1 Jan 10, Fri until 2 Jan 10, Sat
Accommodation Prefer:
1) Apartment 3 or 4 room
2) Hotel Link Room
Meals: Inclusive Breakfast Only
Activities: Pls advice
Kindly call me at 016-2166247 for more details
Thank you
Shahrul
8/12/2009

Sorry I don't do travel and tours.
Cheers!
Jan.


Enquiry on Rosa Passadena Hotel Cameron Highlands : 26-29Dec09

Dear Sir/Madam, I would like to enquiry whether your room type Twin/Triple still available on above date. We have 2 adult and 2 children to stay for 3 nights. Please let me know your nett price as well. Hope you can reply me earlier. tks

Evelyn Goh
Singapore
8/12/2009

Mistaken identity? Please contact them directly. I only do reviews.
Cheers!
Jan.


I am looking for cutting fresh flowers supplier from Cemeron Highland to door service. f like roses, orchid, water lily. connetion.. and etc..

Senfong Ching
Klang, Selangor.
6/12/2009


Cameron Highlands is a big dissapointment! The only saving grace is the scenic Tea plantations and the cool weather.

My family and I were looking forward to plucking strawberries, visiting vegetable,flower and bee farms, but what we experienced was so different. The strawberry farms had potted strawberries with a few miserable fruits and the Bee farm was a total waste of time and energy. We did not even bother to visit the rest of the farms, as we were convinced there are all the same.......nothing to see.

The Kea Market, that I read so much about it, was nothing but stall afer stall selling the the same miserable boring products. Food was not even worth mentioning.

Bringchang and Tana Rata were terrible. Cameron Highlands is very over-rated and is not worth the hassle visiting, let alone devoting a website on it.

Nellie Ong
Singapore
5/12/2009


Hi, I would like to know how to direct order from you as i'm interested to start with a small quantity volume and introduce organic veges and food to my suroundding friends and relatives. At the time i would like to start with small business from now.

Pls advise me accordingly.

Looking forward to your reply. TQ Mei
Mei Mei
Kuala Lumpur
4/12/2009


how 2 contact the tour guide of Gunung Irau?
Miss Lalala
Majidah
Nilai, Negeri Sembilan
4/12/2009

Dear Miss,

Contact travel companies like Kang Travel and Tours, CS Travel, Cameron Secret, etc.

Regards,
Jan.


Hai Jan,

I am a govermant servant and my unit is planning for a retreat to cameron highland end of next month. I couldn't find the most suitable hotel or apartment for us to stay and to organize for a meeting.For your info, we consist of 10 people and beside relaxing, we are going to have a brainstorming session.If you could suggest a place where we can have a memorable stay and convenient meeting facilities.

Thank You.
Nor
19/11/2009

Dear Nor,

Not sure can help you on this. But 10 persons shouldn't be too difficult. Most hotels have halls for rent. You can check with them and compare the rates and facilities. Hotels in mind Heritage, Equatorial, Strawberry Park, Century Pines, Rosa Passedena, etc all have halls for meetings or conventions. Cameron Highlands apartments is not so convenient for this kind of group, though if you want to have group connection/socializing and still remain comfortable, you can try Equatorial Hotel Apartments or Casa Dela Rosa, but most business meeting people prefer not so close sleeping quarters because of symphony music in the night, you know...:) Temporary avoid the new hotel De La Ferns, heard their service is way below par.

Cheers!
Jan.


Dear Jan,

Thank God for people like you who put in so much time and effort to guide lost souls like me. I'm planning to go to Cameron for the first time next month and have no idea what to expect before stumbling upon your site.

Thanks for all the valuable info. I've a little question here- I'm a new driver (2 months experience) with a small lil MyVi. Should I drive there?

Thanks!
Andrea
19/11/2009

Dear Andrea,

2 months... still got P sticker? If you are willing to take the challenge, you may drive. But take it easy. Get an experience driver to tag along if possible. PLUS expressway should be no problem. However the climb up and down requires different skill. If you are driving slow up the winding road allow others to overtake you. While cornering, you know the drill, slow in fast out (but not that fast ok?). Slowdown before entering a bend. But if you are already slow, then it probably doesn't matter anyway. Speed of around 40kph is probably way too slow but probably good for Tapah route. 60kph would be good speed to get you there on time. 80kph is a good speed for Simpang Pulai route, but if your skill is not there then drive slower. Downhill you may need to drop to lower gear (3rd if your automatic has it, if not then switch off the overdrive, or drop more if you need to slowdown further) use the engine to slowdown the car rather than break which might cause break overheating.

For narrow road to the tea plantation, remember, your car is not as wide you think. Where there are oncoming traffic, give chance to each other to pass. Also honk at each corner to announce any oncoming traffic.

Read this for some tips on first time driving up to Cameron Highlands.

Thanks for the compliments and enjoy your trip to Cameron Highlands!
Jan.

Wow Jan,

You sure do reply very quickly!

Yes, I'm still proudly displaying my "P" sticker. After reading the driving tips you gave and those on the link, I've decided not to risk it. I have no idea about the slow in fast out theory, nor have I heard of the engine brake thingy.

I think I'll stick to buses and pay a little more for taxis to move around. I'll have a lifetime to drive there when I have more experience later. Plus I'm sure I'll be saving a lot of lives and there'll be one less irritating slow driver on the hill!

Thanks for the help!

~andrea
23/11/2009

Dear Andrea,

Give yourself 6 months to one year. You will be zipping around KL traffic like nobody business. And with some outstation driving in the countryside (nope, not the expressway, that one don’t count!), you will have no problem with trunk roads and winding roads too and of course overtaking cars which really need good driving skill. Defensive driving is not always the best method to get around traffic jams, a certain amount of gung-ho is needed to driving in traffic jams and to change lanes, forcing through congested T-Junctions and badly timed traffic lights and bad road designs. But of course, take chance also must give chance!

Cheers!
Jan.


Dear Sir,

Letter of Buisness Introduction and Request for Price List Alfarouk Company for Bees products and Beekeepers Accessories.

We are Alfarouk Company for Bees products and Beekeepers Accessories, based in Damascus, Syria.

We are please to put forward to you our offer on Raw and Powdered Propolis which is used in the production of cosmetics and medical capsules. Alfarouk Company started in 1985, in Damascus-Syria. We started with beekeepers suits. In addition to the above mentioned, we are now producing Raw and Powdered Propolis which is used in the production of cosmetics and medical capsules to upkeep ourselves with the developing world of buisness.

Our present products include the following:
1) POWDERED & RAW PROPOLIS (from Bolgaria)
2) COVERALLS (BEE SUITS):
- white linen fabrics( good quality)
- white linen fabrics (middle quality
- beige linen fabrics (good quality
- beige linen fabrics (middle quality
Note: we have different models and sizes
3) SHIRTS (BEE JACKETS):
- LINEN SHIRTS with small zip for drinking water and smoking (good quality)
- LINEN SHIRTS with small zip for drinking water and smoking (middle quality
4) LINEN JACKET WITH TOW ZIPS (GOOD QUALITY)
Note: we also have half sleeves
5) GLOVES
- leather cowhide with long sleeves and elastic
- two face gloves (which protects from bee bites)
6) ELASTIC BEEKEEPERS LONG SHOES
7) BEEKEEPERS' SOCKS
8) VEILS
9) FABRIC HATS
10) SMOKERS:
- Smokers with plastic pomp and protection
- Smokers with plastic pomp without protection
- Smokers with wooden pomp and protection
- Smokers with wooden pomp without protection
11) BEES CANDIES

We also have other products like propolis sweets and toffee sweets ( made of honey and pollen) We also have bee board (Beehive-frames.) Note:Please send me your price list and let me know if you have a distributor in Syria for your products.

If you don't, could you tell me what are the requirements to become a distributor for your products

Best regards,
Omar Almasri,
General manager,
Alfarouk Company for Beekeepers Accessories, Midan, Damascus, Syria.
18/11/2009


We have organic fertilizer for your rose.i think you should try some organic fertilizer,its a vermicompos good for soil and roses. use organic fertilizer can reduce the usage of chemical fertilizer.ok bye

Amran Desa,
Kulim, Kedah, Malaysia
18/11/2009


Roy found you on the internet are you the Roy from Porthill your dad kept the paper shop I was one of the lads from Bradwell lived in Bradwell lane you would know me if we went back 65 years went into the Navy at seventeen, Now lived in Australia Forty years

Ray Jones
Elizabeth, South Australia
17/11/2009

Dear Ray Jones,

Thanks for your mail. Looking for Roy Follows? Contact him directly at royfollows[at]dsl.pipex.com I read his book which was really interesting about his time in the Police force against the communist insurgency in the then Malaya Peninsular. What you found in my website was about his book and Fort Brooke around the area near Gua Musang some distance away from Cameron Highlands.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi, thank u for valuable information, i want to know how i can get information of soil profile and soil description of Tanah Rata and Brinchang and golf cource? thank you .

Kati Y
Seri Kembangan
11/11/2009

Dear Kati,

Perhaps you can visit Cameron Highlands and collect soil sample for your analysis. Make a holiday cum work trip then!

Cheers!
Jan.


HI Jan,

Thansk for the information on your website! actually, i read through the posts on accomodation and i found that there are simply too many choices, i am travelling with my husband, without own transport, we would really love to have some good times in Tanah rata cos it has been a long long time since we travel. Could you help recommend some good place to stay? thanks!

Kelly Yap Kar Lai
9/Nov/2009

Dear Kelly,

And what would be your budget like?

For husband and wife twosome, approx RM150-200/night in Tanah Rata town itself, go for Century Pines Hotel or Heritage Hotel. Since you are without transport, either place is just a walk to the main road. Century Pines would be the nearest to Jalan Besar.

For moving around try some tour company. Plenty in Tanah Rata. But perhaps for the warmest reception, look for Kang Tours and Travel next to the post office on the main road. Look for Daniel or Karen. Tell them I sent you there!

Cheers!
Jan.

HI Jan,

Century PInes sounds great, would book them :)

thansk a lot!

oh by the way, if we do not have our own transport, how do get to the tea plantation? we would prefer not to take a day tour package cos it's a bit rush, can only spend 1hr there, we would prefer to spend more time there..

Regards'
KL
10/11/2009

Dear Kelly,

There are taxies. There is taxi stand just opposite Century Pines. You can make arrangement with them.

Regards,
Jan.

Hi Jan,

Great! Thanks,

by the way, do you happen to know whether will there be pasar malam at bringchang or tanah rata during 7-11 dec? is it walkable distance to brinchange pasar malam from pines??

thansk!
KL
11/11/09

Dear Kelly,

It is school holiday. So the night market is on.

You can try to walk but it is very far. It takes 5-10 minutes by car, so walking will take much longer. After you take taxi during your trip to tea plantation in Sg Palas, then you see whether you can manage to walk from Tanah Rata to Brinchang or not. If it rains (and I think it will) then walking is not advisable.

Regards,
Jan.


Dear Jan,

Your web-site is very detailed about cameron, but if you have some infomation regarding local tour is good. In my option, many travellers will join local tour for save time.Do you have any suggestion for local tours?

Regards
Diana
31/10/2009


hi...i wonder whether there is any of orang asli settlement nearby or somewhere located at Cameron Highlands...

thanks
Abdullah Abdul Hamid
Shah Alam, Selangor
29/Oct/2009

Dear Abdullah,

There is one opposite the Golf Course in a road junction near Villa Dahlia and one somewhere around Tringkap if not mistaken. There are signboards indicating the way.

Regards,
Jan.

Dear Jan

Really appreaciate!

Thanks
Abdullah
30/10/2009


Hi Jan,

I'm driving to CH on 3rd Nov, staying for 1 night (6 ppl).

I've came across this Num Song Holiday where they have Carnation Park and Desa Anthurium. I'm in a dilemma right now whether to choose Carnation Park or Desa Anthurium. What's your suggestion?

Or do you have any better suggestion? My budget is RM200/night or below.

Thanks a lot!
Vincent
Seri Kembangan, Selangor
29/Oct/2009

Dear Vincent,

RM200 per night for weekday is ok if the unit is well furnished and maintained. Usually weekend will cost more and much more so if peak and superpeak. Some owners may offer 50% off for weekday provided it is not school holiday season.

In terms of furnishing, can't really advise because apartments are owned by different individuals. So up to them whether they want to put in money to furnish it properly or not. Some can be well furnished and maintained in which case you have to pay more. If you don't care so much about their maintenance state and just need place with bed and bath then go for cheaper.

Both Carnation Park and Desa Anthurium Apartment are located away from town. So both also you will need to drive. Desa Anthurium is located in a valley so no view here. Carnation Park is located near to Gunung Jasar. I have not been to Carnation Park so can't really advise you here.

Num Song is not the only agent around, so look around for other agents for the same location and see what is their say about the units that they rent out. They may give you suggestions.

Cheers!
Jan.


We love to travel in malaysia as it is such a vast and beautiful country and the people are nice too but sad to say that during our trip this month to Cameron highlands, the Parit waterfall had so much rubbish and plastic bottles.It spoils the beauty and the environment.There was also a broken Bench which looked like it was vandalized. I hope more will be done to make the people aware of the environment and signs should be put everywhere so that they dont throw rubbish in the waterfall.

Thankyou
Sha Mole
Singapore
28/Oct/2009


Jan,

Would appreciate if you can recommend pet friendly accommodation (if there any @ cameron).. have lovely black cocker spaniel about 18" length Thanks & regards,

Lisa Targosz
Penang, Malaysia
(16/10/09)

Dear Lisa,

A few has asked before. I offered some suggestions. Not sure how they fared. One contacted Cameronian Inn. I have seen some guests bringing along their pet dogs before for this place. So you can try this accommodation. Call them first and see.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi Jan,

Love the way you handle all the mails. I need your expert advice in finding a large bungalow that can host 50 pax for meals and laze around. It will be our high school old boys annual meet. All the 'boys' are 53-4 year olds. A colonial backdrop with expanse of ground for hosting theme party and outdoor activities would be my quest. Which bungalow best fit my bill? Accommodation facility in the property is secondary as it will only be used as utility rooms. All participants stay in hotel accommodation. Your response will be most anticipated. Thank you and Cheers!

Kaseng
Kuala Lumpur
15/Oct/2009

Dear Kaseng,

50! No way you can fit that many. Hilltop Bungalow can only take in a max of 10 person for RM800-RM1200 per day. Better look elsewhere for your accommodation.

If you don't having simple looking non-colonial looking bungalows, try Hillview Inn or Jurina Hill Lodge

I need to fix those room photos (it actually belongs to Hillview Inn). Outdoor area may not be big enough for your party. If you are willing to splurge, Lakehouse Cameron Highlands hotel has the things you require, a colonial house, big garden, and very cozy lounge for your social activities. Room ain't cheap though. The 3D/2N package has gone up, it is about RM1000+ nowadays.

Cheers!
Jan.

Thank you Jan for quick response! The bungalow would be only used as a base for meetings and socialisation. We don't need accommodations for 50 person, rather a place to hangout for these old farts who can afford a bit of luxury. :) From my basic research, the premier bungalows are all own by big corporates. What's your view?

Kaseng
16/Oct/2009

Well, then stay anywhere and proceed to either Lakehouse Cameron Highlands, Cameron Highlands Resort, Smokehouse Hotel or Strawberry Park Resort for hangouts. They got bars there and outside space.

You are right about bungalows they are mostly owned by big corps and so far I can't seem to find those that are open to the public.

Cheers!
Jan.


Sub: Application for the post of the Assistant Manager

Sir,

With due request I beg to apply for the post of Assistant Manager in your esteemed company and lay down the following facts your kind consideration and sympathetic action.

I am a Bsc. (agri) specialization in tea husbandry and technology from Assam Agricultural University ,Jorhat and done post graduate course on tea management from DIPS, kolkota. I completed my Industrial Training in IIT, Kharagpur, West Bengal. I worked in Borsapori Tea Esatate ,Jorehaut Tea Limited. Presently, I am working as an Assistant Manager in charge of Surianalle Tea Estate, M/s The Harrisons Malayalam Limited, RPG of Idduki district, Kerala which bear 646.86 ha. My working experience is 06 years over in administration and labour management.

I have been a brilliant student through out my academic carrier. I have been own several scholarship and gold medal in connection therewith.

I am 28 years old and bear a strong body and good health. I can give you full and efficient service.

I am belonging to a respectable family.

I am bearing computer and already acquired some proficiency therein.

Hoping that I am considered fit to serve in your esteemed company.

Thanking you

Yours faithfully

Diganta Barman
C/o Usharani Gogoi
Bansbari, Santipara, Near Jorhat Town Station,
Jorhat-785014,
Assam, India
14/Oct/2009


Hi,

I'm planning to go to CH this 11 dec to 13 Dec 09 with my family of 9 adults & 2 kids. I intend to stay in Kalai Villa Apartment during that time. Do you have any suggestions on it?

Lately, I came accross in the internet with comment on Kalai villa apartment. It's regarding their bad services & their furnishing (stained & old bed sheet looks like our floor mat). Is it true?

How about the SPM Prima Villa Apartment?

Would appreciate if you could feedback asap.

Thank you.
Irene Koay
Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
10/Oct/2009

Dear Irene,

Don't know about Kalai Villa Apartment service. From my research so far, SPM Prima Villa Apartment looked much better in comparison. The surrounding area also looked much better for SPM Prima Villa Apartment. Of course, you have to pay more for quality.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi Jan, I am desperate for some help - I am travelling from Singapore to Melaka by bus, staying 2 nights. now this is my dilemma I would like to travel from Melaka directly to Cameron Highlands. Is there a bus I can catch or do I have to travel to KL and then transfer to a bus from KL to CH..Do you know of a busline I can contact...My only other option is to travel to KL stay overnight then travel the next day to CH.....Can you recommend accommodation for a female lone traveller I would like to stay in Tanah Rata Can you help.

Many Thanks
Mary-Ann
Adelaide, South Australia
5/Oct/2009

Hi Again Jan, I forgot to ask what is the best way to see the sights in CH...Can you recommend a driver, or is there a tour guide I can contact

Many Thanks again
Mary-Ann

Dear Mary-Ann,

I doubt there is any direct bus connection from Melaka to CH. Likely you will have to go to KL first then get a bus to CH. It only takes about 3 hours from Melaka to KL and another 4 hours by bus. Of course there will gaps in between the connecting buses for your travel. I think you should be able to go CH without having to stay overnight in KL if Kuala Lumpur is not part of your tourism travel plan, though Kuala Lumpur is also an interesting place to stay over. I don't know any good budget accommodation (budget as in really budget of say RM20-RM50/night types, I presume you are backpacker traveller category?) but you can find many decent accommodations for about RM150-RM200 per night in Kuala Lumpur.

I'm a little bit out of touch about bus services as I drive most of the time. The buses for Cameron Highlands can be found in Puduraya Bus Terminal however I'm not so sure about their schedules. You will have to check them out while you are there.

Preferably the travelling should be done during the day and not try to save hotel charges by taking night buses. I don't feel safe with the night drivers, in addition the Cameron Highland roads are rather winding and without any street lighting. So an early morning departure from Melaka, travel to Kuala Lumpur, and from there travel to Cameron Highlands all within one day.

Again I do not know your budget for staying in hotels in Cameron Highlands. If for really budget say RM10+ per night dormitory style there are 4 guesthouses you can stay - Father's Guesthouse, Twin Pines, Cameronian Inn and Kang Travellers Lodge. They also have private rooms with and without bath attached going for between RM50-RM80 per night. If you really don't mind spending (RM150+ per night) and stay in comfortable accommodations, you can go for Century Pines Hotel or Heritage Hotel (between these two, I like the Century Pines Hotel better).

For touring you can try Kang Travel and Tours. The owner, Daniel is very friendly, but he may or may not lead the tour. There are other travel tour companies, CS Travel and Tour can be found on the main street and well, you can also try Gerard of Father's Guesthouse, they also conduct tours under the company called Cameron Secrets. Along the main street there are several more travel companies you can try.

Other than that you can go for taxi which I think currently they are going for about RM20+ per hour. It might be more cost effective to use tour companies. The distance between sights are too great to cover on foot effectively though I have seen many determine travellers doing it. Well it is good exercise. Bring along your umbrella and warm clothing. Many visitors boast that Cameron Highlands Weather is nothing compared to the temperate climate but it still gets cold at night and in the end they still bundle themselves up for warmth!

Hope the above helps.
Cheers!
Jan.

Hi Jan,

Thank you so much for your quick response and information on buses and accommodation...

Its a great help - as I have spent sometime trying to find info on buses to CH.

Thank you again
Regards
Mary-Ann
5/Oct/2009


It would be great if Mr. Lee can response in relation to questions concerning the business of Organic Farming in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Thanks.

Wendy Chan
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
5/Oct/2009


I must this is a very comprehensive travel guide for Cameron Highlands. There are two pther trails that were not mentioned by you i.e. the birding trails near Lutheran Mission Bangalow. One of this train was washed down with landslide recently, who can I contact to inform them?

Wai Yien Chu
Kuala Lumpur
5/Oct/2009

Dear Wai Yien,

Thanks for compliments. I've been hearing about this Lutheran Mission Bungalow. Where is it?
Regards,
Jan.

Jan,

Go toward Strawberry park, instead of turning into Strawberry Park, go straight ahead and you should see KWSP retreat on your Right. You can't get lost because it is the only route in/out. At the bend of straight road, there are two other birding trails, very popular among nature lovers (birds mostly). However, one of the trail was damaged/closed by landslide/mud.

Just last weekend, while I was walking the trails, two natives boy were shooting down birds with a "Y" sling for fun.

Wai Yien Chu
5/Oct/2009

Dear Wai Yien,

Thanks for the info. Will look the place next trip if got time. I guess children are just plain naughty and don’t know much about environmental conservation. Hope the landslide will be cleared, or would anybody clear jungle trail landslides at all? Hmm...

Jan.


Hello,

I am planning to visit Cameron Highlands in 3rd week of October and would like to know about weather during this time. I will be traveling with my family including 3 yr old daughter. Also let me know how safe it will be to stay and travel around.

Thanks, Sathish
Hong Kong
1/Oct/2009

Dear Sathish

Coming all the way from HK?
Probably similar weather as of about this time, cooool!
Monsoon starts in Nov, but it might still rain anyway. So bring along your brolie. CH is as safe as it ever could be. Been up there so many times.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi Jan, Would like to seek your advice before booking a hotel/apartment. Noticed that GreenHill Apt(RM400/night), PrimaVilla Apt (RM400) and Arabella Apt(RM300)are more tastefully decorated. Pls advise which one has better view of greenery/ better environment? Are they within walking distance to Tanah Rate Town or have to take a ride? I also found 1 bungolow on Puncak Arabella with 3 suites. It's managed by SPM (Syarikat Permainan M'sia). Suite for 5 costs RM360. Is this a good area to stay? FYI we will be driving from Penang on Dec 6 and there are 5 of us. Pls feel free to suggest others if you have better recommendation. Looking forward to hearing from you. TQ.

Regards,
Samantha Tan
Georgetown Penang, Malaysia
1/Oct/2009

Dear Samantha,

Greenhill and Prima Villa is nearer to town, while Arrabella including the bungalow is high on a hilltop, which might be better to drive, but can still walk. The road quite steep though. Only stayed in Greenhill so far and they are quite good. Prima Villa and the bungalow is by SPM. The pictures look real great. Hope to stay in them sometime soon. The SPM bungalow from the outside view looks great too. As for the Arabella Apartment, is simple, though the surrounding blocks look plain. I guess you pay for the better furnishing. Looks like you are going on a peak period coz those prices are peak period price. Super peak would be RM500! All the above Cameron Highlands apartments can do some cooking.

There are others like Villa Dahlia, Desa Anthurium, Star Regency, etc.

Actually cannot comment on comparison because units are separately owned by different individuals so you may get good ones and poorly outfitted ones. Recommendations by agents might help.

But take heart, if you choose Greenhill or Prima Villa / Bungalow by SPM, I think you got good choice. Let me know your opinion after your stay.

Cheers!
Jan.

Dear Jan,

Really appreciate your prompt reply. The last time i went to Cameron Highlands was in 2007. I stayed at Equatorial Hotel. The hotel was a bit rundown but view lookout from the room was fantastic. I was surrounded by clouds and mists.

This time i wish to try staying in an apartment. I never walk around Brinchang Town the last trip. Only passed by when hotel shuttle dropped the others. It looked congested. How's Star Regency (RM343)? Parkland (RM550) looks better but it's more expensive.

What's your comment about Villa Dahlia (RM400) and Desa Anthurium (RM300)? The photos of these 2 apts on the net are inattractive. Thus i have to ask you the expert!

I agree with you that SPM offers good accommodation. Their Prima Villa costs RM450 whilst Berjaya's costs only RM400. Guess it's the difference in furnishing. For you, will you choose to stay at SPM's Prima Villa or SPM's Bungolow Suite?

Regards,
Samantha
2/Oct/2009

Dear Samantha,

Yes agree with you, Equatorial has great view, somewhat rundown, same with Strawberry Park and Heritage Hotel. The cold weather, rain and high moisture does wreak havoc to the exterior paint and the room needs lots of maintenance.

Likely the other Cameron Highlands apartments--Star Regency/Parklands/Villa Dahlia/Parkview/etc--would be the same.

Impossible for me to try them all. And not always can get access to all of them. Some apartments are owned by different individual and thus the furnishing and maintenance will mean different price. Price may be some indication but no guarantee because it also depend on the owner asking price for rent out. So you just have to judge based on agent recommendation.

I think SPM will look very good. The owner said he specially decorated the house. I will meet up with him soon and have chat with him. Given the choice, hard to say but also depends on budget, but if you want good view, the bungalow. You want some convenience for walking distance to Tanah Rata take the SPM Apartment.

Hope it helps. Super peak terribly expensive! Imagine we paid RM500 per night for Greenhill apartment and stayed 2 nights!

Cheers!
Jan.

Thanks Jan. Really appreciate your reply. Will definitely keep you update about my opinion of SPM lodging.

Have a nice day.

Regards,
Samantha
2/Oct/2009


Thank you for starting this web site. I plan to explore the various trails in Cameron Highlands with my mountain bike. If you have any gps data, i would be very grateful.

Huang YH
Kuala Lumpur
29/Sep/2009

Dear Huang,

Thanks for the compliments!
I like techie gadgets and stuff but not always able to afford them. So nada, no GPS data. I think to get accurate GPS coordinates I have to be standing there in the jungle with the GPS device and that means jungle bashing! That won't be an easy data to collect. Anyway, will keep GPS coordinates idea in mind. Could be useful for pinpointing the various location in Cameron Highlands. Another project to do? Hmmm... if only I have regular funding, quit my job and do this full time, that will be fun! (so have a look at my sponsors ads and help me out!) Cheers!

Jan.

Jan,

Thank you for the quick response. I have not fixed a date as yet but am hoping to explore the trails in either in Nov or Dec.

Regards,
Huang YH
30/Sep/2009


Your website is really informative. Malaysia needs to have more writer like you. Keep it up Jan!

Samantha Tan
Georgetown Penang, Malaysia
29/Sep/2009

Thank you, Samantha!
Cheers!
Jan.


I would like to have product list (with price if possible)

Koh SH
Melaka Tengah, Malaysia
27/Sep/2009

Koh,
Me too.
Cheers!
Jan.


Hey there, really appreciate your recommendation! I've tried the charcoal steamboat & also You Hoo restaurant pig trotters, love it! I wonder do you have the contact number of both of them? Coz i'm visiting again soon but this time would be around 40 persons, so i think things would be easier & smoother if i could make a reservation..thanks!

Ee Ka
Malaysia
27/Sep/2009

Dear Ee Ka,

Glad you liked those foodie. Sorry I don't have their contacts. Guess you just have to try your luck with that big groupie of yours!

Cheers!
Jan.


Is the bus service from Tapah to Cameron Highlands still available? How does one get around Cameron without their own transport.

Yong
Malaysia
19/9/2009

Dear Yong,

I believe it is still running. Residents still need to travel between Tapah to Cameron Highlands and vice-versa. I did spot a bus plying the route.

While in CH, you can wait (long wait) for the bus or walk or take the taxi or hire out day trips with travel agents.

Regards,
Jan.


Hi,

would like to chartered a taxi/van for 4 pax. any recommendation & contact?
Wendy Lim
Singapore
17/9/2009

Dear Wendy,

I don't have any contact. You could try travel agents like CS Travel located in Tanah Rata.

Regards,
Jan.

thanks alot.... Wendy Lim
18/9/2009


Hi Jan,

Thank you for your informative website! My family of 8 adults and 3 kids will be bound for camerons in NOv. Currently am looking at Kalai Villa Apartment / SPM Prima Villa Apartments.

Appreciate your feedback on the conditions of this two places.

Many thanks!

Keep up the wonderful sharing and updates!

Cheers
Szu li
Malaysia
16/9/2009 Dear Szu Li,

From what I see between these two places, SPM Prima Villa Apartments look like the better choice. Can't tell much about the internal as I have not stayed in either. From the two, the interiors are well furnished, while SPM Prima Villa Apartment is a apartment block while Kalai Villa Aparment is actually a house. Both are near but not that near to Tanah Rata, they are both at the fridges of Tanah Rata, still walkable if you don't want to drive to town and have a good walking exercise from it. Location wise the neighbourhood of SPM Prima Villa Apartment looks nicer than Kalai Villa Apartment. Kalai Villa Apartment (house) being a house is convenient for you to park and shift things to the lodging. SPM Prima Villa Aparmtent gives you 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. Sounds good. Not many offer like this.

Hope the above helps!

And thanks for the compliments!

Jan.


can i get honeymoon package at cameron higlands as soon as possible. Thanks Hasma Yanti
Kedah, Malaysia
14/9/2009


Hello! I am planning to visit Cameron Highlands in December. My daughter is keen to visit the strawberry farm but I heard from a friend who had been there recently that the strawberries farm are in bad condition. Can you please get back to me. I do not want to endure a long drive and end up dissapointing my 8 year old.

Carol See
Negeri Sembilan
Malaysia
13/9/2009

Dear Carol,

There are many strawberry farms in CH. Which one was your friend referring to?

By the way, they are farm. Can't expect farm to be like a garden. If your friend is not used to farm condition, naturally he/she would say they are not in good condition. Farmers open up their farms so visitors can see for themselves how the vegetables are grown, they are in some ways also trying to promote agro-tourism. However their main business is still farming because visitors do not need to pay fee to enter farm. They hope visitors after visiting farm will buy some produce from them. Some farm do not allow people to enter their strawberry area, because some people simply pick the fruit and then destroy the fruit. Some charge very expensive perhaps to discourage strawberry picking. Best you just buy strawberries that are already packed as those are ripe for eating.

Treat the visit as educational, bear with whatever condition that presents itself as whatever we go through in life is an experience whether good or bad. If the farm don't look so good, teach the children that farmers are very hardworking to put food on your table and farm don't look so nice like flower garden. There will be manure bags stacked here and there, make shift containers, wooden shacks and run-down hardworking land rovers.

So do not be disappointed with the visit to the farm, but remind yourselves how blessed you are that you do not need to toil in the farm. And of course enjoy your visit to Cameron Highlands.

Cheers!
Jan.


Tks for your e-mail, Jan. And a great job for the updated listing of hotels at CH. I love CH but only visited once 3 years back.... am looking forward in visiting soon.

Take care and God bless, keep up the good work
Anita
09/09/09


Hi Jan,

Didn't remember to reply. But after staying there (Hotel De'La Ferns) for one night, I personally will not recommend it. The rooms are nice and big. But that's about it. ZERO facility, so nothing to do at night... I was hoping there be at least a pool table or a bar to drink... And there is nothing within walking distance and no view. Also my in laws and parents complained that the bed creaks, though I didn't notice that myself, but my wife said the bed doesn't feel that solid...

Also the breakfast buffet was nothing to shout about. I'll definately be booking other hotels the next time I go

Teik Lee
8/9/2009

Thanks for the review. You are the second person to complain about this Hotel De La Ferns.

Take care and cheers!
Jan.


- Hi there, i'm planning to have my honeymoon for 3d4n in CH around christmas and i've booked Century Pines Resort for my accomodation. The price is quite expensive in my opinion, almost RM300 per night.

Just want 2 ask 4 ur opinion. Is it worth it to stay at this resort with the price that i'll pay. FYI i never been to CH b4. Is it true, during this time, its going to be really crowded in CH?

thanks :-)
Amilin Mahir
Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
7/9/2009

Dear Amilin,

Must be an expensive room that you booked and also it is on a superpeak weekend period so the price must have been increased for that period. The one that I stayed was about half the price, ground floor and opens to the garden and of course it was normal peak. It is quite a nice hotel and very conveniently located in Tanah Rata. And yes, superpeak period tend to be very crowded and congested. December is also school holiday period so likely there will be crowd. The problem of congestion is also made worse by the Brinchang night market during the evening. It is also monsoon season in December, so expect lots of rainfall too. So you need to plan your touring well to avoid the congestion areas. Like from 4pm onwards you should get yourself back to Tanah Rata area (if you are visiting areas like Boh's Sg Palas tea plantation or Kea Farm area) as the Brinchang night market will cause long crawl all the way from Tringkap. Hope the above explanation helps.

Cheers!
Jan.

Thanks a lot Jan, i've booked the deluxe room. just now i've read ur posting about this resort in ur site n base on ur comment i guess this resort is quite nice.

thanks also for your advice, now i need to plan really well for this trip. I don want my soon to be wife getting mad n start nagging during our honeymoon....

I guess we won't going out too much also since it'll surely crowd n raining outside..... he3
Amilin
7/9/2009

Dear Amilin,

I think it will be disappointment if you don't at least visit the tea plantation.The Boh Tea Plantation Sg Palas is the new one and is really worth the visit, while the older one located in Habu area would be second choice but still good and would be less crowded. Along the way between Habu and Tanah Rata, there is the Bharat Tea Shop and Tea Plantation along the road. And ya do take care of your wife, soon to be also need exercise, so the cool fresh air would be nice (provided it didn't rain, of course). Bring along sweater, expect to be very cold when it rains.

Cheers!
Jan.

Thanks again. with peoples like you around, it's easy to plan for vacation.

God bless....
Amilin
7/9/2009


Hi informative site.

I will visit CH with other 12 fmily members, & plan to stay at Villa Dahlia Aprtment, VDA. (which in my opinion quite cheep compare to others and it can accommodate 12 people in one apartment). Do you have the VDA contact no? I want to directly book one. DO you have any advice on my choice? Can also you share how the situation at CH during December around christmas time?

Thanks
Nor
Malaysia
4/9/2009

Dear Nor,

Regret to say I don't have their contacts. Will have to really tidy up my accommodations page. Perhaps after you have stayed there drop me a comment and tell me how is the place?

Thanks and have great trip to CH!
Jan.

Ah, I spoke too soon! I found their contact, you may call them at 05-4915611/3288
Cheers!
Jan.


Please pass my details on to John and Caroline Russell, whom I knew as a student when my parents lived in Malaysia. We unfortunately lost touch. I would be delighted to regain contact.

Kind regards,
Alexander Palla
Vienna, Austria
3/9/2009


where can i get further information about this??
Ain Asyraf
Terengganu
2/9/09

Dear Ain,

Further information of what?
Jan.


HI, i would like to try jungle tracking at Camron highland... do you have any package price.

Plan to go this sunway with one of my friend. Pax of 2

look forward for your reply

Anis Hartini
Bandar Sunway, Selangor.
1/9/2009

Dear Anis,

I don't do jungle tracking. Please check with Cameron Secrets. You can get their details here:
Fathers Guesthouse. To get faster response, you should just call them by phone.

Regards,
Jan.

Hi Jan,

Thanks alot for the contact details.
I will try to give a call after this.
Have a nice day! :)

Regards,
Anis
3/9/2009


Dear Mr. Jan,

Im Hana from Hijau Kembali, Kota Damansara. Our company are keen into recycle food waste, vegetables waste, fruits waste and any other uncook waste at home.

Im so excited about the organic vegetables and fruits in Cameron Highland.

We would like to suggest the usage of our bin CAN O WORM to be used in order to recycle back all the vegetables and fruits waste after the harvest.

These amount of waste can give you an organic fertilizer that can be use back to the vegetables later.

We place the composting worm inside the Can O Worm and they will start eating the vegetable waste and give you a very good quality of organic fertilizer.

These worms like their bedding to be moist and cool. As i believe they will like Cameron and will surely multiply faster.

We would like to have a proper meeting with you regarding the product of Can O Worm.you can find the info regarding the bin in our website (www.hijaukembali.webs.com)

Besides that, if you think this method is to slow or your waste need big scale of composting we have another method using big hanna composter to produce organic fertilizer from the waste. you may find the info in www.bighanna.com

We are looking forward for your kind reply as we are excited in recycling and looking forward for more organic vegetable in market and hope that by producing your own organic fertilizer can reduce the usage of imported fertilizer as well.

you may call me at 0192286010 or email me.

looking forward to meet you and your team.

regards,
Norhana Ismail,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
1/9/2009

Dear Hana,

This is an interesting business. However I'm not in the line of distribution to the farmers in CH.

Thanks for the message though. It was very informative.
Cheers!
Jan.


- hi, we have planned to visit cameroon highlands from oct 3rd to 5th 2009. at Rosa Passadena hotel. v booked the hotel already.

my doubt is can we arrange for sight seeing tour after reaching the hotel for the next day.

since its non peak ,is it possible for arranging sight seeing tours after arriving there?could you please suggest me any tour agents for sight seeing? and also i would like to know which one is worth visiting either cameroon "half day country side tour" or "Cameroon Agro tour "or both.

i would be thankful for your valuable suggestions.

Thanks
Kavitha Sendhilkumar
Singapore
28/8/2009

Dear Kavitha,

Most larger hotels like Hotel Rosa Passadena may have an in-house travel tour arrangement. Sometimes they book for on your behalf to some of the travel tour companies in Cameron Highlands. A few big ones are CS Travel, Kang Travels and Cameron Secrets of Father's Guesthouse. I have not used any of the tours so do not know their quality. So check through their itinerary and see what you like. Tea plantation should be one of your choice, while agro farms tours will depend on your preference. If you like flowers, the tour should include nurseries. For the vigorous, jungle tours would be more appropriate, but of course if you don't like working out a sweat than skip the jungle bashing tours.

FYI, most of the travel and tour companies are located in Tanah Rata.

Cheers!
Jan.

Dear Jan,

thanks for your quick response.

so from ur feedback , i feel i can go to cameroon and look for a tour guide from the hotel.

and also i would like to know is there any place to rent Motorbike from Brinchang for few hours and also i would like to know is there any formalities for renting a motorbike.

Thanks for your time.

Warm reg,
Kavitha
28/8/2009 Dear Kavitha,

There is no motorbike for rent, though you could rent bicycles but only in Tanah Rata. There is one small yellow building in Tanah Rata call themselves as Tourist Information but actually a travel and tour company. They rent bicycles. They are located near the road junction to Heritage Hotel. As for booking tours through Hotel Rosa Pasadena, I’m not sure, just a guess only.

Regards,
Jan.


Hi Jan,

First of all I'd like to congratulate you for creating this wonderful website. For your information, I've just returned from Cameron. Took my husband who has never been there before for a short holiday.

Stayed at Strawberry Park. True as you mentioned, some of the bouganvillas were dead. However the place was good.

Went to the T'cafe for breakfast. For your info, it will be renamed as the Lord's cafe in time to come.

By the end of the day, my husband actually decided to migrate and live in Cameron. He just loved the weather and the simple laid back lifestyle of this cowboy town.

I in fact managed to get Madam Tang's number that was on your site to enquire about some properties in Cameron.

So THANK YOU very much. Your website is indeed very resourceful.

Feel free to e-mail me.
Take Care. Bye

Regards,
Brenda Sarva.
Selangor
26/8/2009 Dear Brenda,

You are welcome!
Regards,
Jan.


Never take the Kurnia Bistari bus, the bus delay 1 hour, the bus is more than 20 years old, its take 6 hours to reach cameron highland from kl, which usually only 4 hours by Utility bus.

Calvin Chen
Selangor
25/8/2009


I would like to rent 2 apartments in Cameron Highland. I would like to know your rental rate, location and availability during 26, 27 September 2009.

Lian Way
Malaysia
24/8/2009


Dear Webmaster,

I work for a company that provides travel solutions for those who dream of seeing the world – anywhere, any means, and on any budget and after perusing your website I am keen to host an advertisement on your website www.cameron-highland-destination.com

Jems Gooding
24/8/2009 Dear Jems,

Ok. Let me hear more about this.
Regards,
Jan.


Jan, you last done a newsletter on sept. 2007,what happen? Any latest issue (this year-2009). thanks..

Keehin Chia
Johor Baru, Malaysia.
17/8/2009

Dear Keehin,

I have posted my newsletter twice this year already. You set up any anti-spam recently?

You could also subscribe to RSS feed which would be more instantaneous for latest post.

You can read more about how to set up RSS here:
Facebook/Twitter/RSS

For backissues, you can check out this page:
Newsletter Backissues

Cheers!
Jan.

Thank you thousand times over,Jan. Really appreciates the prompt reply.(my God, you are Godsend, the way you keep up with the inquiries!)I am rather "green" as far as computer is concern, but never mind me,I will manage.Yes,I have your past issues with me, will look up the present ones. Incidentally, I am addicted to google earth, rather informative with those pics. and videos. Thanks again, God bless you, may you have many mores...whatever.. it is good.

Keehin
18/8/2009


you website is very nice. i have lost my penpal from malaysia. her name is saliza binti mohd sharif. please help me find her. do you know her family. can you please tell them i miss her. i had a baby girl and name her after her. give them my email address jacki842000@yahoo.com

i was jacki schoenfuss
now am married.
Jacki Pilsner
Wisconsin, USA.
15/8/2009


Please advise if we can rent a car to go to Langkawi from Cameroon heights .Where do why travel to get a ferry for langkawi ?

How much would a car with a driver cost for the trip from CH to Langkawi ? Many thanks indeed.

Very helpful website indeed.

Nauman
Qatar
14/8/2009


Hi there,

I'm wedding planner, always use fresh flower for my bride's wedding. intrested to get quotation for the fresh flower from you, if i buy direct from the farm... please revert to me ASAP

Thank you
Isha Che Idris
Kajang, Selangor.
13/8/2009

Dear Isha,

Sorry. I don't deal in flowers. But if you are in need of wedding photographers, I'm yer man. Please contact my bro-in-law Victor for inquiries about wedding reception photos services. You can check out the website at TheMoments Cheers!
Jan.


Hi Jan,

Looking at the weather now makes me a bit worried. Is thunderstorm in Cameron very bad? I'll be traveling alone this time from Singapore, will be in Cameron Aug 16 - Aug 18. Will it be dangerous, how can i better prepare for the trip?

Do you have any approximate taxi fares particularly for travelling from the Lakehouse?
Stella
12/8/2009

Dear Stella,

Storms are bad anywhere in Malaysia. Weather is unpredictable in tropical climate region so CH is no different. The only worry is landslide. So pray for good weather. Nov-Jan is monsoon period so it is very bad during that time, esp in Nov to Mid Dec. Other times will depend on your luck.

When it rains it gets really cold, so bring plenty of warm clothing. And of course umbrella. You could try disposable rain coats, they are light weight and easy to carry. Don’t like your shoes wet? You can go for flip-flop, but your feet might get cold, well better than getting your shoes wet.

Not sure about the taxi fares. But I recall seeing a signboard in Tanah Rata it was RM20 per hour. I think Lakehouse may have shuttle service. Please check with them for arrangements.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi Jan,

First of all, nice review that you have on your website. I would like to know if you can put another apartment to stay in Cameron Highlands. Last June, I went to 1 of the apartment to stay in Tanah Rata which call the Royal Lily. The room is quite good for a family as it got 3 rooms and it is fully furnish. I personally know the owner and he ask me to share the info about his apartment to other people. I got the picture as well in case you want to publish it in your website. Kindly let me know.

Thanks.
Adi
7/8/2009

Hello Adi,

Yes. Why not. Part of the reason for this website is to tell people where they can stay while having a great time in CH. The apartment in Taman Royal Lily is new to me. So send me the photos and your comment about the place. Thanks!

Jan.


Hi, my frens n I are thinking about trekking up Cameron Highlands in October but not sure how to go about doing that. Would appreciate it you could provide details on that. Thanking you in advance and hope to hear from you soon.

Harjit Singh
Singapore
1/Aug/2009

Dear Harjit,

First you need to find the trail entrance and then just follow the track. You can find the list here:

Jungle Trail List

If you drove to the entrance, you need to double back to retrieve your car, so check your timing when you go trailblazing. Or designate a driver to pick you up at the other exit point.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi Jan, thanks for this website! i find it extremely informative with a personal touch. I love Cameron as well and everytime i go i come back to ur site =)

Stella
Singapore
31/July/2009

Thank you, Stella. You are much welcome!
Cheers!
Jan


To The Person In-Charge

My name is Brandon Tan; I am one of your customers at your restaurant. I would like to Compliment all your staffs for their excellent service. Well done!

By the way, during the recent school holidays, I took my family to Penang and visited Penang Hill. There was a restaurant by the name of David Brown's which we dined in for lunch.

I am just curious, whether Smokehouse is affiliated with David Brown's as the food was almost similar? And 1 more thing if I am not mistaken I saw 1 of your staff working there by the name of Edwin according to his name tag.

Anyway keep up the good work.

Regards
Brandon Tan
KL, Malaysia
31/July/2009

Dear Brandon,

If I was running the Smokehouse, I certainly would be please to receive your compliments. Alas, no, I am not the owner of Smokehouse and your email will not reach the intended recipient. But of course after I compile the comments later, many would get to see how well the services rendered by Smokehouse. I enjoyed their services too.

Cheers!
Jan.


Actually i am planning to take a couple/ family tour to Cameron Highland this September/ OCtober May i know whether it is the raining season up there? I may have to postpone the trip if it is. Thank you

Tham Zhang Duan
Sg Petani, Kedah
31/July/2009

Dear Tham,

Rain would be most heavy from Nov-Jan as per the monsoon. Other times will depend on your luck as rain is unpredictable in Malaysia. So always bring along your umbrella.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi Jan,

I get lots of useful information from your web. Thank you.

I plan to go there with my family but don't know which hotel to stay the best. I'm looking for place which is convenient to go around all the nice places at Cameron Highland. Appreciate you could suggest 1 for me.. :)

Karen Wong
Johor Bahru, Johor
31/July/2009

Dear Karen,

It boils down to your budget and whether your drive or not. I like Tanah Rata town, and for RM150 approx for a couple, take the Century Pines Resort. Read more here:

Century Pines Resort Hotel

Cheers!
Jan.

Thanks Jan,

Your recommendation is good for me. But my husband prefer to stay at the top of the hill...make me headache about his request. He decided to bring his parents along. We are driving from Johor to Cameron Highland. Appreciate if you could give me some advise on this.

Thanks again :)
Karen
3/8/09

Dear Karen,

Hotel with good view at a high point, take Equatorial Hotel. You can ask for the view of the valley. Very beautiful. Strawberry Park is also on a high point but somewhat blocked by jungle foliage. Heritage Hotel also has some nice view. Ask for the rooms that face to the town or hills. You will need two rooms for 4 persons.

AFAIK, apartments do not have good view as you don’t have much choice to choose. Though Arabella Apartment has good view, but heard that their surrounding condition is not so nice because it is just normal apartment refurnished for rent out, though the room itself is ok.

Cheers!
Jan.

Hi Jan,

I think there shouldn't be a problem for my 1st trip to Cameron Highland with you help & info.

I'm sure will introduce your web to my friends... coz really informative and helpful...

If you have discovered any other nice places... please let me know ok... hehe ;)

Thanks for your kindness!!! :)

Karen
3/8/09


Hi

Could you kindly advise 1. accommodation at Tanah Rata area in Cameroon Highland. Need a clean, simple & convenient. 2. Advise how to get to Cameroon Highlands from KL airport.

Thanks
Regards
Shirley
Singapore
26/July/2009

Dear Shirley,

What's your budget?
RM150-200, Heritage Hotel, Pine Century Hotel.
RM100-RM150 Hillview Inn, Jurina Hotel.
RM80 and below, Father's Guesthouse, Cameronian Inn.
There are more, but I didn't have a chance to see their rooms or stayed in any.

From KLIA to CH, two ways:

1) Expensive, fast and easy way. Take a limo taxi direct to CH. Approx RM300 per trip.
2) Cheaper, slower and troublesome way. If alone, take the ERL train to KL sentral (RM35/pax). If group, take either taxi (RM60/taxi and takes you direct to your destination like Puduraya bus terminal) or bus (RM8/person) to KL. Make your way to Puduraya bus station by taxi, bus or LRT. Get a bus coach to CH (sorry, don't know the ticket price but shouldn't be expensive).

Calculate your costing, sometimes it is cheaper (not to mention convenient) or not much difference in cost to take taxi because of the number of persons in your travel group.

Cheers!
Jan.

Hi Jan

Thanks your prompt reply.

I will be going with 2pax on 30aug-02sep by tiger airways. I reckon we will like to stay 3days/2nite at Cameroon Highlands (around Tanah Rata area as recommeded due convenient to move about for sightseeing). Hence upon arrival in KL arrival time 8.30am will like to head straight to Cameroon Highlands by seat in coach.

Thus, Kindly advise :

1. which operator for seat in coach to arrange with. Understand the journey to Cameroon Highlands about 5hrs from puduraya station to C.Highlands? Will take your recommendation form airport to Puduraya bus station by taxi RM60/taxi.

2. Arrange for guesthouse/inn near to the coach station ie Tanah Rata area. So that we can move to our accommodation with ease. As u have mentioned there are shophouses clean & simple with attached toilet for rent. So kindly advise contact. Can we get thru to website. Does your establisement has a website for them to showcase their properties ? You may like to consider that as tiger airways has recommeneded accommodation (unfortuately not Cameroon Highlands accommodation). I may use their recommendation 1 nite in KUL before depart on 02sep.

I am truly looking forward to Cameroon Highlands, I am a bit uneasy about the lack of transporttaion up in Cameroon Highlands as we do not want to drive. Hence, a good location for our stay is important as long as it is clean & safe with attached toilet. Hopefully there are seat in coach tour that we can book up in the Highlands or walk if it is nearby walking distance.

Thanks

Regards
Shirley
27/July/2009

Dear Shirley,

Being a self-drive person, I’m not sure on which bus to take as I have not taken any bus/coach to CH. If you have time to check around the bus terminal and look see at the buses (if any parking there) that go up CH and see which bus look to your liking before booking the ticket. Day buses is good, should be safe. Never liked night buses, tend to be accident prone.

The taxi fare from KLIA to Puduraya bus terminal is approximate, but should be around that price. Make sure you book the budget taxi, though they may introduce Premium ones which is more expensive (would be around RM90 instead).

Hotels, call them by phone. Don’t use email. They are slow or never respond. Tanah Rata is not that big. You can walk to Heritage/Father’s Guesthouse, although with luggage may be a bit difficult. If you can walk to Heritage/Father’s Guesthouse, distance to all other hotels is chicken feet. Father’s Guesthouse can do pickup for you if you want. Heritage hotel, not sure. Call them and see if they provide free shuttle service. Distance idea: If you can walk the entire length of Orchard Street shopping area, Singapore then Tanah Rata is probably a quarter of the length.

Transportation, you can hire out the taxis there (RM20/hour if not mistaken) or take a local tour (RM80-100 and cover most sights, beats walking). Plenty of tour companies in Tanah Rata so you check them out and see which itinerary is to your liking. Pricing from any is about the same. Travel agents include CS Travel, Kang Travel, Cameron Secrets (of Father’s Guesthouse), and many more.

Hotel list, please read review for those that I have visited:

Hotel Accommodation Directory List

From expensive to budget:
Heritage 05-491 3888 (pickup,Not sure)
Century Pines Resort 05-491 5115 (next to bus terminal) **** I liked this one! Get the garden view!
Jurina Hill Lodge 05-491 5522 (pickup maybe can, not sure)
Hillview Inn 05-491 2915 (can arrange pickup)
Cool Point Hotel 05-491 4914 (behind the bus terminal) (room condition, no idea)
Father’s Guest House 05-491 2484 (can arrange for pickup) - budget
Cameronian Inn 05-491 1327 (pickup, not sure) - budget

Can’t say anything about shoplots accommodation in Tanah Rata as no idea about their room condition.

Cheers!
Jan.


Anyone could tell me how to book tickets to Cameron Highland from KL in advance? 'Coz my group with 7 people, we would like to go there in the morning, but afraid that there are not enough seat if we wouldnt buy in advance..

Plaese tell me how..
thanks alot..
Darion Ng
Singapore
22/July/09

Dear Darion,

You mean book public bus tickets in advance? Get a friend over to Puduraya and buy the tickets then reimburse him/her or at least pay her in advance to buy the tickets.

Regards,
Jan.


I found ur website very useful. However, I wanted some info on private bungalows for rental in CH, apart from what u have provided. I have a fly of 12 pax, and would love to stay in a bungalow with its own caretaker and etc. Looking forward for your reply!!

Syamlee
KL Malaysia
17/July/2009

Dear Shyamlee,

I know, I know. Where are those old bungalows in Cameron Highlands that can rent out? All very hush, hush and not telling people about. Still trying to find them. Not so easy you know since I don't stay there.

Cheers!
Jan.


How's Bukit Larut like? Never been up there. Could you put up some photos?

IonBuck
Selangor
17/July

Dear IonBuck,

Patience! I'm organizing my photos and writing the articles. Will post up soon!

Cheers!
Jan.


Dear Sir,

I'd like to find email addresses for insect breeders/farmers in the Cameron Highlands who might be able to supply animals for some filming we hope to do in the area.

Are you able to provide any email addresses?

Yours faithfully,
Marcus Turner
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
13/July/2009

Marcus Turner| Research and Information Coordinator | NHNZ | 8 Dowling Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand | p. +64 3 479 9878 | f. +64 3 479 9916 Stop! Think Green. Do you need to print this email?

Dear Marcus,

Sorry. Can't help you there. I know of only bee apiary but I doubt they supply bees.

Regards,
Jan.

Dear Jan,

Thanks for your help anyway.

Do you know whether the butterfly farms at Cameron Highlands have email addresses?

Regards,
Marcus

Dear Marcus,

Not that I know of.
Cheers!
Jan.


hey i need help to find place for 40ppl. it is a camp we having.

pls give me the list of names of resort that holds 40ppl. budget per-person is about Rm100.

pls pls get back to me, i need ur advice

Thanks
David Tan
Klang, Selangor
6/July/2009

Dear David,

You may check from this list.

Hotel Accommodation List

I take it you mean RM100 per night.
Most shop house base hotels are about that price.
Really budget ones include
Father's Guesthouse, KRS Twinpines, Cameronian Inn.

Cheers!
Jan.

Dear jan

thanks man for the quick reply and helps. Love you man haha it helps me make decision in a quicker pace and advice.

cheers~
David
6/July/09


Dear Jane,

I would like to show my greatest appreciation on your effort to put cameron bungalow in your web page with so much of detail description, please accept my thanks and if anyone wish to know the detail on this bungalow, can you help to put the link to www.highlandcameron.com

Mr Low
Kuala Lumpur
3/July/09


I'm going 4 July 09 and called to booked for Hotel De' La Ferns. they now offer 20% off the published rates...

and it's nett not ++

however, you can potentially get a better rate off cameronhighland.net website, if you book early as the site needs 48 hrs to check availability and respond

Teik Lee
Penang
2/July/09

Dear Teik Lee,

Haha. Eventually their prices have to come down. Guess they were too ambitious to quote such high prices in their flyer when everybody's else prices were more reasonable with discounts and such to get tenancy. After you stayed in Hotel De'La Ferns let me know whether their service is up to par for the price paid.

Yes, I know Cameron Holiday Services. We booked our Greenhill Apartments with them. Didn't know they were doing hotel booking services too. Thanks and cheers!

Jan.

PS: Receive one very comment, said that the Hotel service was atrociously bad!

Hi Jan,

I was actually referring to this site:

http://www.cameronhighlands.com/Hotel_Dela_Ferns/#Rates

YOu can see the rates listed are cheaper starting at $266nett. I had tried to convince them to give me the internet rate cause i was booking 4 rooms. But they refused - the reason is the agent has limited room quota and i have to wait 48 hours for confirmation.

Whereas calling the hotel direct is instant confirmation.

Please note though that I booked for superior double at $304 instead of the published rate of $380 for tomorrow (a saturday).

For weekdays the price is only $228 Nett (from the hotel), so maybe the website of the agent ($266 nett) is for weekdays and weekend is a different price.

WHich makes sense as I really could not imagine why an agent can give a better price than the hotel in this case...

I will let you know how i find the hotel.. i'm only staying for one night though...

Teik Lee
3/July/09


Hi. Great website. I'd been to CH many times eons ago (by bus, when I was a student) and the last was abt 5 yrs ago with my family. I love this place. But I miss the cooler weather - now that there is so much development. I intend to go again this month and was looking for the visiting hours for the Tea Centre. This website is the only one I found it. THANKS.

Thava
Selayang, Selangor.
2/July/09

Dear Thava,
You are welcome!
Cheers!
Jan.


Hi,

Really nice browsing through your website. Can I check with you whether you know the way to Bukit Ruil (Shell bungalow) from Tanah Rata?

Thanks.

Regards,
Wan Kah Fei
Singapore
2/July

Dear Kah Fei,

Nope. Sorry. There are lots and lots of old bungalows around in Tanah Rata and most are privately owned, so I seldom take note of them. Is this one private too or open to public for vacancy?

Cheers!
Jan.

Hi Jan,

Thanks for the reply.

I think these bungalows in Bukit Ruil belong to Shell. The reason I asked is because we came across this photos (attached file) showing the white picket fence (which we think is in Bukit Ruil), and this seems to be prefect for our pre-wedding photoshoot location in next week. Wonder you have come across this white picket fence in Cameron Highlands?

Thanks.
regards,
KF
3/July

Hello Kar Fei,

That kind of shot can take anywhere. Don’t always have to follow. Trust me. My Bro-in-law and I are also in the wedding reception photography including pre-wedding photo shots. If you haven’t got an wedding reception photographer yet, you may contact Victor @ +60 (12) 9884238 for inquiries (website: The Moments Wedding Photos)

Anything old, got character, plain and simple makes the best wedding photography shots. However with the cool Cameron Highlands weather, you can be very comfortable while taking shots without breaking out into a sweat with all the clothing and heavy make-up.

Another is whether the weather will cooperate to get you that perfect wedding photography shot. That looked like it was taken in bright sun light with clear blue skies. This kind of weather not always easily available in Malaysia especially now with the haze. Cameron Highlands weather is also very moody. So whatever the situation arises, it is up to the photographer to come with ideas on the spot to take that wedding photos accordingly. So don’t expect same type of photos, in fact I would rather not have same wedding photos as other couples, each becomes unique and only for that couple.

Since it takes time to take wedding photos, choose your locations carefully. Here are some other suggestions:

Lakehouse Hotel
Smokehouse Hotel
-- for above two, have a meal first before rampaging all over the place for wedding photos. They are particularly favourites amongst many couples.
Father’s Guesthouse – this guesthouse can make interesting photos especially with the strange army barracks structure and of course their old bungalow. Ask permission first.
Heritage Hotel – There is a hidden garden next to their restaurant. The garden is quite simple. Lighting is a problem here but with photo flash, anything is possible.
Boh Tea Plantation – may be difficult with all the tourist walking around. Since you are in Cameron Highlands, a photo with the tea plantation as background is must, oui?

And finally, congratulations to your marriage and wish you many happy returns!
Cheers!
Jan.

Hey Jan,

Thanks for the advice. You are very informative too :)

I understand that there are lots of florists in CH, wonder you can recommend a good florist that make nice wedding bouquet?

Thanks.
regards,
KF
3/July

Dear Kah Fei,

You are welcome. Knowledge comes from reading a lot and applying what you have learned.

No florist available in Cameron Highlands. They just sell flowers. Some are not even trimmed (roses with thorns, etc). So up to you and your photographer ingenuity on how to use those flowers sold in CH.

Cheers!
Jan.

P.S. More about Cameron Highlands Destination Wedding Photography Tips


Hi. Great website. I'd been to CH many times eons ago (by bus, when I was a student) and the last was abt 5 yrs ago with my family. I love this place. But I miss the cooler weather - now that there is so much development. I intend to go again this month and was looking for the visiting hours for the Tea Centre. This website is the only one I found it. THANKS.

Thava
Selayang, Selangor.
2/July

Dear Thava,
You are welcome!
Cheers!
Jan.


I'm going 4 July 09 and called to booked for Hotel De' La Ferns. they now offer 20% off the published rates...

and it's nett not ++

however, you can potentially get a better rate off cameronhighland.net website, if you book early as the site needs 48 hrs to check availability and respond

Teik Lee
Penang, Malaysia.
2/July

Dear Teik Lee,

Haha. Eventually their prices have to come down. Guess they were too ambitious to quote such high prices in their flyer when everybody else's prices were more reasonable with discounts and such to get tenancy. After you stayed in Hotel De'La Ferns let me know whether their service is up to par for the price paid.

Yes, I know Cameron Holiday Services. We booked our Greenhill Apartments with them. Didn't know they were doing hotel booking services too.

Thanks and cheers!
Jan.


would you be able to let me know of any place in Cameron Highlands where they would allow us to take our golden retriever along with us for a holiday (planning a trip around middle of July 2009.

Thanks.
Sarita Atreja
Cyberjaya, Selangor.
27/June

Dear Sarita,

Sorry have no idea. Somebody has asked before. Please check with the cheaper budget accommodation that has a compound area, they may allow you to bring your pet, but you may have to tether them in the compound and of course clean up any mess that your pet made.

Try Cameronian Inn, Father's Guesthouse, Twinpines Guesthouse, Juliana Inn, Hillview.

Please look through the hotel list for contacts.
Hotel Accommodations Directory List

Cheers!
Jan.

Dear Jan

I had already called up Cameroonian Inn ( got the nos from your web pages) though non committal the person In charge ( Mr Ganesh) has asked me to call a couple of days before the intended trip to inquire about the room availability. Father's Guesthouse refused altogether on the grounds their house dog would not like canine guest !!

Ofcourse cleaning after the dog or any mess he creates is our responsibilty will try the other places too and see what comes out of it- hate to leave my dog in a doggy kennel when we are going on a family(!) holiday.

Thanks for your reply will let you know of positive outcome if any !!

Regards
Sarita
30/Jun

Dear Sarita,

Thanks for the reply. Hope you find one accommodation that will allow your pet dog to accompany.

Cheers!
Jan.


may i have a quotation of 2D1N in cameron highlands for my company trip up to max.30pax including with insurance & tour planning. my contact number is 012-5415889.

Jason Law
Rawang, Selangor.
28/Jun

Dear Jason,

Sorry, I don't run a travel agency. Maybe if I quit my job then maybe can consider.

By the way, 2D1N? That's too short for a trip to CH. Especially if you are organizing for 30 pax, by the time you can get them assembled and ready to go it would be noon time. Take approx 3 hours to get there. If you're using chartered bus, add another hour since bus travel slower and have more breaks in between. Check in. Dinner. Next day maybe just visit tea plantation and Kea Farm and time to say sayonara with very short time for each visit, not even enough time to warm a seat. You will reach home pretty late too and then have to start dropping each member off in their respective drop off points. Perhaps you should consider 3D2N.

Cheers!
Jan.

I am a flight steward in SIA. Do we get any discounts for your family suite? There are 4 adults and 2 children and we are planning a september holiday...

Neeraj Bhagchandani
Singapore
28/June

Dear Neeraj,

Thanks for your message. I'm just travel writer. If you need any hotel bookings please contact the relevant hotels directly. For SIA discounts, please check with SIA management for list of hotel that they have agreement. HR department should know better.

Cheers!
Jan.


Dear Sir!

Hello from Russia. I am coming to Cameron for 2 days in July. Could you please inform me is there a possibility to book a bus from CH to KL online? Or I can buy tickets directly there and always there is availability?

Best regards!
Alexander Shurkovsky
Александр
Saint Petersburg
Russia
12/Jun

Greeting Alexander!

Bus companies in Malaysia is not so advance. You have to go to the counter to make your purchase. You can purchase tickets in advance at the counter.

Weekdays are usually quite ok. Weekends due to rush (many people going back to hometown to see families or make plans for holiday) then the ticket availability would seem less likely.

Hopes the above helps in your vacation plans.

Cheers!
Jan.

Dear Jan!

Many thanks for your reply.

So we'll try to buy bus tickets directly in Cameron. But out way there is by train. Could you please advise which bus we have to take from Tapah Road station to Cameron Highlands?

With my best regards,
Alexander
Александр.
22/June

Dear Alexander,

Best you avoid using train. Very complicated. If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur, head to Puduraya Bus Station and get bus going directly to Cameron Highlands. It is cheaper, faster and easier. Hope this helps!

Cheers!
Jan.

Dear Jan!

Unfortunately I can't get the bus in the afternoon from Kuala Lumpur, so I booked train ticket. The train arrives at 8 pm to Tapah Road. Do you think I'll be able to take a bus or taxi from there to Cameron?

Best regards!
Alexander
22/Jun

Dear Alexander,

Oh, dear! Tapah is a very small town. I couldn't find the train station in the town centre when I last went there for look see. So very likely the train is out of town area. It would be very quiet because hardly anybody uses train to go to small town like this. And 8pm is not like a good time, it would certainly be very quiet at night.

The train method requires that you take a taxi (if any) from the train to the bus station in Tapah town centre and take the bus up to Cameron Highlands or take another taxi up from there. This method is not advisable because it is complicated and time consuming.

Could you cancel the train ticket and try for a bus from Puduraya bus terminal and take bus that takes you directly to Cameron Highlands? If you are coming from the north like Penang, though I'm not familiar about buses from there, but I'm sure they also have buses that has direct route to Cameron Highlands.

Regards,
Jan.


Hi Jan,

I am interested in staying at Jurina Lodge and the pictures in website looks good but you know sometimes what you see is not what you get . Will you be able to advise me whether this place is well maintained and most importantly clean? Appreciate your comment. Thanks

Cindy Tan
Kuala Lumpur
22/Jun

Dear Cindy,

The photos are my own, not provided by Jurina. So what you see is what you will get. It looked clean and well maintained when I walked around. Of course an actual stay would really know for sure, so I can't help you there on that part.

Cheers!
Jan.


see you website you recomd father guset house we stay that 2 day the prices is very high perday rm80.00 not thing anything is want the money$$$$ i have see the webiste gerad you i just goto better you piuk up the detais father is good.i stay 2 day i final have many you never kown.

after i goto kang traveller lodge this is small palce as just rm50.00 is good movie all fress and servise is good and have the jugle bar bom fire very near. hope you can final this is see .just recomd you thak you

Sally
15/6/09

father guset house is bad that is charity palce pslase asking him give back charity france

than you
Amy Heng
France
21/Jun

Dear Sally, Amy,

Thanks for your feedback. This is intriguing because from their flyer they look like they give very good service. And from my drop in visit, they treat me and my family well too even though I didn't stay there. Of course if you consider about pricing, then you are free to choose your location. I didn't get chance to preview Kang Traveller's Lodge yet in Tanah Rata while I was there last, perhaps next round when they are not so busy and not so blur-blur.

So far most accommodation places I go in CH they treat me pretty well. Perhaps I'm not so particular, or perhaps I was in good mood, or perhaps I just got good blessing. Anyway whatever it is, these are low cost cheap budget accommodation so don't expect so much. If say star rated hotels like YTL Cameron Highlands Resort, Equatorial Hotel, Lakehouse Resort, Smokehouse, Strawberry Park Resort, Heritage Hotel or Century Pines Hotel then we would expect a better service level for the bigger price tag.

For RM80 you get to stay in a Bungalow room in Father's Guesthouse right? While RM50 you stay in a shop lot at Kang's Travellers lodge. Anyway each to his own opinion. Since I drive, I need parking space, and I think RM80 with parking would be good for me.

When on holiday, you have to take the good with the bad. Life's like that.

Cheers!
Jan.
22/Jun


I'm plan to stay-in Hotel Equatorial Hill Resort, Cameron Highland on 12/Jul, but I noticed out that they no water supply on that date, it's that true???

Kindly reply me as soon as possible in order to let me cancel the trip. Thanks.

Maggie Pua,
Kuantan, Pahang.
19/Jun

Dear Maggie,

How did you come by with the info? Did the Equatorial people tell you or was it from JKR works?

If there is water shortage it is very inconvenient and would be advisable to change your date.

Regards,
Jan

Morning,

Yes, this is confirmed info from Equatorial Hotel.

My boy friend has been told when he trying to make a reservation thru Berjaya Vacation Club last two weeks...

Can you do me a favor to gross check whether this info is true or not?

If really no water supply, we would like to make the cancellation !!

Thanks a lot.

Regards,
Maggie Pua
20/Jun

Dear Maggie,

I am unable to verify as I do not stay in CH. If the info is correct then advisable to change your booking. There shouldn’t be any more water shortage as I was informed during last stay in Green Hill apartment that JKR has solve the water supply issue. Although of recent the weather has been pretty dry in the Klang Valley, it may not be the same for the Cameron Highlands area. On the other hand it could be a scheduled servicing of water mains and thus the water cut on that day. Perhaps you could postpone to another date where water supply would resume normally.

Cheers!
Jan.


Thanks for the info provided.

Anyway could I get the Suppier contact for fresh flower supplier in Cameron Highland which always come down to Penang?

Loh Lee Nee
Penang, Prai, Malaysia.
16/Jun

Dear Loh,

Perhaps you contact the wrong person? I don't know any flower supplier in CH.

Regards,
Jan.


Dear Jan,

I plan to go to Cameron Highlands on 1 July 2009 from Malacca. I intend to take an early bus from Malacca and change bus to Cameron Highlands (preferrably a Unititi bus) at Puduraya station. Do you think I could buy the ticket to CH a few days earlier when I arrive in KL on 27 June? When is the bus leaving in the afternoon and will it be full easily?

Thanks a lot in advance!

Regards,
Sarah Li.
Hong Kong
8/Jun

Dear Sarah Li,

Sorry about late reply. Got caught up with work.

Yes. You can but tickets in advance at the Puduraya bus terminal. On peak days (school holidays, weekends, public holidays) it can get full easily. Judging from your date 27 June (Sat) it would be advisable to book early.

Cheers!
Jan.
15/Jun

Thanks for your advice, Jan.
Sarah.
15/Jun


Hello Gerard,

How’s thing going?

I fixed the contact number so I hope you will receive less complaints from inquiries.

I’ve also made a 2nd review, so here’s the post:
Father's Guesthouse review

If you have anything interesting about Cameron Highlands or activities about your Cameron Secret thingy do drop me a line.

Looks like this coming week would be very congested in Cameron Highlands with the school holidays from both Singapore and Malaysia.

Take care and cheers!
Jan.
29/May

Dear Jan,

Thank you so much for your write up.

I hope to meet up with you in the near futute again, and I will update you with more information about Cameron Highlands.

Maybe in the future, you could also go on one of our nature tours.

Best Regards,
Gerard Richard
Father's Guest House,
14/Jun


Hi,

You have a great site on Cameron Highlands. I am planning to take my family this month.

Do you know if its possible to travel conveniently from Cameron Highlands to Berjaya Hills. How long would the trip take?

thanks for any assistance,
Ahmad Murad
Maldives
11/Jun

Dear Ahmed,

There is no direct road connection from Cameron Highlands to Berjaya Hills Bukit Tinggi. Best way is to return using NKVE to KL. One option is to use the Ulu Yam road to Genting Highlands. Not sure where it is, but should be between Kuala Kubu Bahru and Rawang in the old trunk road from KL to Ipoh. IMHO, using the NKVE all the way to Sg Buloh toll exit, then use the MRR2 and head to Batu Caves / Kuantan would be easier as the roads are all highway, though it may be longer and have to pay more toll, but could be faster all round as you don't have to hunt down Ulu Yam road and have no idea where Ulu Yam road connects out to Karak Highway and the road could be very winding.

The usual timing would be: 3 hours from CH to KL. 1+ hours from KL to Berjaya Hills.

Cheers!
Jan.

thanks Jan

all the best in your website and other businesses,
Ahmad
12/Jun

You are welcome. – Jan.


Hi Can you provide where can visit a Aborgine Village in CH

Thanks
Francis Heng
Singapore
10/Jun


Dear Jan,

I plan to go to Cameron Highlands on 1 July 2009 from Malacca. I intend to take an early bus from Malacca and change bus to Cameron Highlands (preferrably a Unititi bus) at Puduraya station. Do you think I could buy the ticket to CH a few days earlier when I arrive in KL on 27 June? When is the bus leaving in the afternoon and will it be full easily?

Thanks a lot in advance!

Regards,
Sarah.
8/Jun

Dear Sarah,

I'm not so familiar with taking buses, so you will have to take your chances. It is always better to buy in advance to get your choice schedule. 1st July is a weekday so there might be less passengers. However this is just an opinion. You still have to make your own judgement.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi, I think your website is very informative and I readlly found alot of interesting facts on CH in it. Hv a problem to pose though. Heading to CH for the first time with family on the 12 of June 2009. Needs guidance on heading to Tapah. Wld it be better to go to Tapah passing by Sungei Besi Toll or exiting at Shah Alam/Ipoh. From Tapah, I can see from your website that there are two ways up to CH. Cant decide which one. What would you recommend.I'm travelling with two young kids, 5 and 6 respectively.

Thanks in advance
Fairus Binte Atan
Singapore
8/6/2009

Dear Fairus,

Thanks for your comment. You are travelling from Singapore to Cameron Highlands and passing through Kuala Lumpur, yes? If KL is not part of your visit itinerary there is no need to exit the PLUS expressway at all in Sg Best or Shah Alam at all and you can avoid the city traffic and traffic lights which will slow down your travel progress.

Travelling from south to north, after the Nilai toll area (don't exit!), there will be a branch to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), take that branch and follow it. You are now in the Elite highway which you will travel for about 45 minutes. Follow the signboards heading to Ipoh and you should be ok. You will bypass Kuala Lumpur city and Shah Alam as well. This is faster as you don't have to go through traffic lights and go through crossroads going via the town or city.

The period you mention is still school holidays time in Malaysia. Brinchang night market is on. That will cause a massive traffic congestion all the way back to Kg Raja / Kuala Terla during the late afternoon and evening (from experience this jam will take you 2+ hours to get through, very frustrating). So Simpang Pulai route is not a good idea even though the journey up will be easy (1 hour drive) but you will get caught in traffic jam (another 2+ hours). Use the older winding route from Tapah. Takes about 1-1/2 hours and you will reach Tanah Rata in good time.

If your children or any family member easily get motion sickness, bring along some ginger to eat or make ginger drink. Make your own real ginger drink; I think the ginger soda can drinks do not have real ginger in them. Ginger are an old sailors trick for overcoming nausea.

Good luck and cheers!
Jan.

Dear Jan,

Thanks for your wonderful advise. The ginger drink is a wonderful idea. Really appreciate it and I'm looking forward to the trip. If you dont mind another question. Which exit on the PLUS highway shd I take if i'm going to Sunway lagoon from CH?

Regards
Fairus
9/6/2009

Dear Fairus,

Exit the Subang Jaya toll. After the toll, turn left, you will drive pass a Shell station. Keep right and go to the end and take the underpass on the right. You are now on Federal Highway. A short distance turn left into Subang Jaya. There is a left turn to Subang Parade, skip that and head to the next interchange and turn left. Follow the road straight and you will see Sunway Pyramid/Lagoon on the right. There is a flyover into the building on right if not mistaken. If you miss that, you have to keep left and make a U-turn. If you miss that and go through the tunnel, there is one more U-turn further down the road.

Enjoy your waterpark!
Cheers!
Jan.

Dear Jan,

Your response is really fast. With all the directions you have given, hopefully I will not be lost. Will definitely update you when I'm back. Once again, thank you very much.

Regards
Fairus
9/6/2009


Whatlah you simply put advertisements in the internet saying that Cameron Highlands got floral festival but when my father ask Equitorial Hotel they informed that there is no such festival for a few years already. I am not happy because you lied. This is no good. We should be honest at least say sorry to the Malaysian puglic in your tourism website if you did something wrong. I hope this will not happen again as I would want to see true things rather than lies. Why cant you have a floral festival in Cameron Highlands because I am an orchid enthusiast and would surely be pleased if I can see some beautiful orchids on my visit to Cameron higlangs this year. You might think I am lying but it is true. The hotel staff said they did not know anything about the floral festival. Maybe you should inform them of any fesivals the next time you have a real one. Lastly, I dont understand what you people are doing simply putting advertisements in the internet saying that blah, blah there is a floral festival. Happy now? Now I have go to Cameron highlands unexcitedly because there is no floral fesival there!!!!! Humph! boooooo!!! Malaysia is a good place but it is you people who make Malaysia tidak boleh!!!!

Jun Yang
Shah Alam
8/6/2009

Dear Jun Yang,

This is simply shocking! Why would Tourism Malaysia do such a thing? Tourism Malaysia if I understand correctly is under the government control. Since I myself is also tourist and doing this web site as hobby, I can't myself be always there to check all the time. Information about CH is gleaned from various sources including the Tourism Malaysia web site. For an authoritative site with government funding they should be legit right? I just highlighted the situation to reflect what they have advertised. So if they didn't have a floral fest why on earth did they put it in their brochures and web site year after year?

Anyway thanks for highlighting this issue. I will put a note on the Flower Festival web page.

Regards,
Jan.


Orang Utans can be found at Bukit Merah Laketown Resort. It is in between Taiping and Butterworth, Penang.
Suh.
29/5/2009

Thanks for the info. That should help Lionel.
Cheers!
Jan.


Dear Lionel,

One of my readers commented that Orang Utans can be found at Bukit Merah Laketown Resort. Though I can't confirm it, you just have to try and see if you can find any at the resort. Laketown Resort is located between Taiping and Butterworth, Penang. There is an exit from the PLUS Expressway at Bukit Merah, after that follow the signs to the Laketown Resort.
Cheers!
Jan.


I think you're doing a wonderful job maintaining this website. I was looking for driving directions from KL to Fraser's Hill and yours is the best I've found so far.

Melissa
KL
29/5/2009

Dear Melissa,

That's because I was there!
Thanks for the encouragement!
Cheers!
Jan.


Hi!
Do you have any information about SPM resort home?

Felicia Lau
Singapore
27/5/2009

Dear Felicia,

Sorry. Have not heard about SPM Resort home. Will look out for it.
Regards,
Jan.

Dear Jan,

Thanks for your reply. SPM resort home is group as SPM Prima Villa Apartments. Btw, do you have any contacts for any trek guide over in Cameron Highlands?

regards,
Felicia
28/May/2009

Dear Felicia,

Thanks for info will keep an eye out for it.
You may contact Gerard of Cameron Secrets / Father's Gueshouse +605491 2484 / 0194485454

Cheers!
Jan.


Dear Jan

Well it is a little over one month until we are in your lovely country. Can you tell me if there is a place near Ipoh where we can see ORANG-UTAN'S?

Regards
Lionel Davis
27/5/2009

Dear Lionel,

Unlikely you can see any Orang Utan animals in Ipoh or in West Malaysia. They are mostly in East Malaysia even then not so easy to find them. Best place would be the zoo. Between Penang and Ipoh there is a town called Taiping. They have a zoo there. However I'm not sure if they have any Orang Utan animals. Still, Taiping would be a nice place to drop by for a visit. Their park is beautiful, and there is Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut). Go early, and take the land rover to the top of the hill for a day trip. The weather should be nice and cool; I've yet to try it, but hopefully one day. Then return and proceed with your journey to Ipoh/Penang whichever direction you are heading. If you can spare the time like a few hours you could explore Taiping a bit before continuing your journey.

Along the way, you can spot the infamous Kamunting prison in Taiping where the Govt uses their infamous draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) seditious law to house and silence people with radical political views. Sad facts of political life in Malaysia. This law was supposed to be used against the communist during the counter insurgency war but with the war ended it now ended up being misused as a political silencing tool. This law should have been scrap or revised for use only against terrorist a long time ago.

Regards,
Jan.


Can u send the lowest/cheaper prices rate for hotel at Cameron Highland in student package!~!

Can u show all the price rate for all hotel and all activities! If d activities no need pay, pls state cz we are student we wan find economics way go 2 travel thx

Pua Yi Long
Malacca, Malaysia
26/5/2009 Dear YiLong,

The cheapest place for students to stay is look for dormitory style accommodation. You can try;

1) Father's Guesthouse
2) Cameronian Inn
3) TwinPines / KRS
There are more of course, but the above are RM10 per night. Most sights are free except Rose Center, Rose Garden, Butterfly Farms, MARDI, Time Tunnel. On average will cost RM5 or below for entrance fee. Other sights are free. Jungle trekking is risky if not done before and would be advisable to hire guides which are available from above accommodation or other travel agents around Tanah Rata/Brinchang.

Note: Walking about from sights to sights will take a long, long time due to distance but possible as I have seen many do it. Good luck!

Cheers!
Jan.

Thank you so much!!!
Pua Yi Long.


Melancong.
Firdaus
Machang 18500 Malaysia
24/5/2009

Yes, definitely.
Regards,
Jan

Nice rooms but i think should be more cleaner looking!
Nathalie Ong
Perth, Western Australia
24/5/2009

Dear Nathelie Ong
Which hotel?
Cheers!
Jan.


Do you know whether we need to take maleria medication when visiting the Cameron and/or Genting highlands?

Many, many thanks
Luke Johnston
Adelaide Australia
18/May/2009

Dear Luke,

There is no need to take Malaria medication. The risk of Malaria infection is very low, much lower than catching A/H1N1 flu virus. Even while jungle bashing, we don't take Malaria medication. On the contrary, taking Malaria medication may make you sick with nausea.

Regards,
Jan.

Wonderful Jan!

I appreciate your help. I was told to take Cholera meds too? Your thoughts? I have had typhoid, Hep A and B, tetanus. Sick of doctors being over cautious...guess they have to be these days!

Thank you so much.

Luke Johnston
PhD Student
University of Adelaide

Hmmm... I think your doc is rather paranoid, but I guess they wanted to be safe than sorry. There is no cholera epidemic here. Our water is drinkable though not advisable to drink straight from tap due to high chlorine content. Better to boil beforehand. If you buy drinks from shops, you can take precaution by not taking ice, however we have no problem so far from ice being contaminated as ice are now factory made. No typhoid issues here either, though a Hepatitis A and B shot would be good, especially if you plan to eat seafood! No need for tetanus shot either unless you cut yourself from rusty nails or similar or some dog decided to bite you because you wanted to pet it (well it happened to me...) other than that Malaysia is a very medically safe country.

Cheers!
Jan.

Hi Jan.

Thanks heaps for all your info. I am very much looking forward to visiting Malaysia. Appreciate your help.

I am covered for everything!!! :)
Cheers
Luke
20/May/2009


Dear Sir/Madam,

I'm from Malaysia and had grown up enjoying Boh Tea. I'm now staying and working in China, and some of my associates are in the green tea production sector. They are looking to begin black tea production, and I'm to recommend the brand of processing machinery. Of course I thought of Boh Tea....your processing machineries. Would it be asking too much to inquire on the brand of your complete line of machineries to produce from raw tea leaves till end product? And where are they produced and by which company (contact info would be most appreciated)?

On another matter, would Boh Tea like to also market green tea, as we have abundance of very high grades spring tea buds/leaves to offer.

Thank you very much and looking forward to a favorable reply.

Regards,
A Boh Tea Fan
Siek Hai Eng
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
18/May/2009

Dear Eng,

I like Boh Tea too, but I don't manufacture them so can't help you there. Contact Boh directly. But unlikely they will tell you their secrets. Though the tea tree shrub may be the same, the soil where the tea plant is grown, the climate, plus the machinery used would create a different kind of taste.

You will also need a tea master to blend a suitable English black tea and also to make consistent taste.

Cheers!
Jan.

Dear Jan,

Thank you for your reply. I'm sure Boh Tea will not give up their trade secret. But actually all I'm sourcing for is quality full range black tea processing machineries for my associates who would like to start a plant. Will continue my search on the internet. Thank you again.

Regards,
SH
19/May/2009


Hi, we have tried Bharat tea. It tastes very good. We would like to purchase it but can't seem to find it anywhere. Please give us information on where we can get it either in KL or Ipoh.

Thank you
Bhavani Mogan
Ipoh, Malaysia
18/May/2009

Dear Bhavani,

Same problem here. Like I said before, you can only buy retail from Cameron Highlands. If you stay in Ipoh, guess you have to hop it over for a 1+ hour drive to CH and buy some stocks to keep!

Cheers!
Jan.

Dear Jan,

Thank you so much. I think I'll "hop" up to CH end of this month..

Bhavani
18/May/2009

Dear Bhavani,

Watch the traffic, school holidays at the end of month!

Also buy from Bharat tea shop itself or kedai runcit and not anywhere else as their prices are generally better than those offered by other stalls or hawkers.

Enjoy!
Jan.


Pls advise where I can purchase some orchids such as catteleyas. I was told hte slipper orchid is unquie to Malaysia's highlands. Do know how the steps to bring into S'pore?

Fabian Doh
Singapore
18/May/2009

Dear Fabian,

There are many nurseries in CH, so do check each one and see if they have any that you like. They carry an assortment of plants. As for bringing in to Singapore, check with the Singapore government or agriculture department or whoever that controls plant importation for any quarantine or declaration issues.

Cheers!
Jan.


Heyz, i m tryin 2 find a place where there s a field or a farm of sunflowers, is there any in Cameron Highlands? It ll be great if u should have any info on this. but wateva it is, thanx

James Lim
Selangor
18/May/2009

Dear James,

Nope. Sorry, no sunflower fields that I know of. There was a sunflowers patch in Heritage Hotel. But it has long since been made way for the new wing now under construction.

Cheers!
Jan.

Ok cool. thanx 4 the quick reply. will try 2 look else where then n thanx again

Peace out... ;p
James
18/May/2009


1.Farms visits
2.FREE OFFERS
3. Educational itinerary
Veronica Griffith
Chicago, Illinois, USA.
4/May/2009

Dear Veronica,
I'm not sure what you mean in your comment. So I'll hazard a guess.
1) Yes, you can do farm visits. I'll be posting up some article for that.
2) No there are no free offers, though many of the sights do not charge entrance fee, so you can visit them for free.
3) And yes, some of the visits like organic farms, Time Tunnel, bee apiaries, etc can be very educational.
Best regards,
Jan.


I am visiting Malaysia and Singapore. I am RCI member. I have got full guidance and idea of places. I could do better planning and book hotels.
Regards.
Arvind Shukla
Nashik, Maharashtra,
India.
3/May/2009


Hi there - great website!

Is it necessary to book the bus/coach from KL to Cameron Highlands in advance? Or will we be able to get tickets on the day?

Helen
Australia
1/May/2009

Dear Helen,

There shouldn't be any problem except during peak periods.

Regards,
Jan.


Hi. I'm from S'pore Travel agent and would like to know the entrance fee for Strawberry Plantation, Rose Garden Plantation and other attraction for tourist that have to pay entrance fee. Please call me at +65 6447 4458

Rozie Dasuri
Singapore
30/April/2009

Hello, Rozie!

Most sights are free except Butterfly Farms, Rose Centres/Garden, MARDI Agrotechnology, and Time Tunnel. Approximately RM5/pax for any of the above sights is a good estimate.

Cheers!
Jan.


Please provide details for jungle trail no 7. Before 5 April 09
Annette Y
Rawang, Selangor.
28/April/2009

Hmmm... kinda missed the dateline.. -- Jan.


Hi. I'm UKM student. I'll organize a visit to MARDI Cameron Highland 29-30 may 2009. I want to send a letter to MARDI to tell them that I will there soon. But I don't have the full address of the manager. May I have that address plez. I already have its fax no. TQ.

Yana
Selangor, Malaysia.
28/April/2009

Dear Yana,

Me neither. Perhaps after my trip this weekend I may get their complete address. Hope I get a chance to visit them this time.

Cheers!
Jan.

--- Looks like I didn't get chance to visit MARDI yet again... (5/5/09)


Hi,

Glad that 1 found all this information about CH. Been there twice, few years back with a small family. Is planning to hold our family day of approximately 40 people (20 adults + 20kids)this coming June. Appreciate if you cd suggest the best place to stay where we can hv barbeque, telematch etc.

Thanking you in advance.

Nurul
Kuala Lumpur
8/Apr/2009

Dear Nurul,

You need a place where they can allow you to do BBQ. I think if I'm not mistaken, Jurina Hill Lodge may be able to do the BBQ. You have to check whether they allow or not. However they may not have enough rooms to take in all. Since Hillview Inn is just in front of them, you could book some rooms there as well.

Hotel Jurina Hill Lodge
Hotel Hillview Inn

Perhaps Twin Pines may be able to help, they are very low budget accommodation including dormitory style lodging. They do have some budget rooms if privacy is required. They have some space in front which they have a bonfire. Perhaps they can do BBQ for you though I not sure if they have the equipment.

Hope the above helps.

Cheers!
Jan.


Your web is very informative, can you pls recommend me a nice place which I can stay with my puppy, the travelling period is 2 day, on 26th April, check out will be on the 27th, prefer a place that I can pay in credit card.

Thanks

Rachel Woon
Seremban, Malaysia.
6/4/2009

Dear Rachel,

I don't know of any place that can accommodate you and your puppy. Many places do not allow pets to accompany for holiday. You could try budget accommodation like Twin Pines, Father's Guesthouse, Cameronian Inn and ask them whether you can bring along your pet. Maybe you can't keep your pet in your room, but perhaps you could tether him somewhere in the porch or something if they allow. Check with them and see.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi, Jan,

Just to inform you that I took just old girls from Convent School to Cameron Highlands two weeks ago. Your information in the website helped me a lot. However, I feel that I should point out to you that the BOH Tea Factory in Sg Palas is still on and there are in-house guide, like Mr Patani, to show and explain to us the various processes of tea. He was great! Please try and update your website, particularly the one about the BOH Tea Factory. It's misleading. I nearly told my tourists that the Factory is no longer there!

Anyway, you have done a great job promoting Cameron Highlands. Well done and keep it up!

May you be bless with abundance and may your future be a succession of successive successes!

Bye and warmest regards.
Jim Tan
1-Apr-2009


I have been to Cameron Highlands a few times with my family, my dad usually drives us all up there from Singapore. I love everything about Cameron Highlands! The weather, the food, the warmth of the people, it's just nice to be there! I will be going there again very soon! Looking forward to my trip (:

JoAnn
Singapore
30-Mar-2009


Hi, Love the website, it's really helpfull, I used to work in Singapore in the 60/70s Army and we used to get sent to the Cameron Highlands for a break from the heat, I loved the place and came back with my daughter 15 years ago, in Sept I am planning to come out for about 25days with my husband who has never been to Malaysia I am looking to spend a week on Tioman I went to Langkawi last time but am worried after reading that it isbeing spoiled and wildlife slaughtered for tourism I will stay with my Singaporean friend in S'Pore, I would like to go to CH with my friend and her husband have you any suggestions as to where to go and places to stay ect, all comments and views welcome.

Jennifer Mitchell
Malvern, United Kingdom
22/Mar/2009

Dear Jennifer,

Thank your comments. Since it was a long time since your last visit, you would see there was a tremendous amount of change since your last visit 15 years ago. CH is where most of our vegetables are grown because of its cooler climate. Plus it is a well known quick getaway vacation holiday for Malaysians and Singaporeans. With nice lush greenery and picturesque tea plantation, no wonder it is like everybody's favourite highlands travel destination.

Yes, there are some damage to the environment most notably the Ringlet Lake which has been reduced to a mud pie. And of course over development of accommodations to cater for the ever growing tourist. The authorities don't seem too bothered about enforcing their regulation and NGOs could only point out issues but can't do anything, so this is quite a sad fact.

And yet, you wouldn't be short of finding some nice and interesting place to go. I think it would take me too long to write about the various places of interest. Better browse through my website and do your research. It is well structure for you to find places to go.

And I bid you welcome back to Malaysia and hope it will bring back fond memories from your previous visit.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi Jan,

I stumbled upon your website while searching for apartments for sale in CH. I congratulate you for creating this very useful website. Not only it provides useful information to would-be travellers to CH but also promotes CH to local and domestic markets. So in a way you are contributing to the tourism industry in Malaysia. I am a very frequent visitor to CH for a long time. I have seen changes that have taken place over the years there. However, I must say that it is very sad to see that a number of these changes have adversely affected the once beautiful and serene environment of CH. Number one on the list must be the over-exploitation of the hills and mountains for vegetable farms.You can see on both sides of the road starting from Ringlet right up to the roads leading to Simpang Pulai and Lojing , huge patches of vegetable farms with their unsightly plastic canopies replacing what were once harmonious natural jungles. I just wonder who open up these farms since we know very well that the number of farmers in CH has not increased very much over the years.The result of this haphazard development can be observed in the silting of the lake at Ringlet and the regular landslides in the wet seasons, not forgetting being sore to the eyes. The authority concerned should not have allowed farms to sprout everywhere. There should have been controlled development where certain parts of the hills and mountains should be declared and gazetted as 'safe havens' for our long suffering forests.

Number two is the seeming unconcern by the local authority and state government on the landscape of the towns in CH. To me whatever landscaping there is ,is very ad hoc. I used to travel to Europe and the US and am very impressed on how they take care of their cities and towns.In fact the smaller the towns, the more beautiful and cleaner they are.It is the opposite in Malaysia.You can see now in Tanah Rata and along the road to Brinchang container-look stalls that have sprouted all over.Even as you enter Tanah Rata near the Tourist Information Centre ,what was once an open space has been replaced with such stalls.To me they are eyesores and do not blend at all with the immediate surrounding. That particular space should have been converted into a photogenic mini flower garden to welcome visitors.I was told the land belongs to the Convent School, but the local authority could request funding from the Ministry of Tourism or the Department of Landscape to purchase the land.

Number three is the 'rojak' arhitecture of the buildings there. While about half of them are based on Tudor or Colonial architecture, the rest are a mix of contemporary, Chinese, modern and unknown architectural designs. The local authority should come up with a guideline on an arhitectural design for buildings that nicely merges with the mountain environment.This would provide uniqueness to the place and can be an attraction by itself.It could be tudorian, gothic, colonial or even local or whatever but there should be some harmony.In this context that ugly abandoned building smack in the middle of Tanah Rata has been there for how many years I do not know, but nobody seems to be bothered to do something about it.

Finally if you walk along the streams and rapids at Parit Falls and Robinson's Falls you will feel nauseated by the foul smell of the water and the ugly sights of plastics and rubbish dumped into them. Again nobody seems to be bothered to do something about them.I had been to a very small town near Stuttgart , Germany and was very impressed with the clean and fresh smell of the small river that runs through the town.I could even see schools of trouts happily swimming in the river.

I am sorry for writing a lot about all these, but my deep love of the forests, the mountains and the rivers has made me very critical of those who do not care a cent about the environment.CH would be a very much better place if the people concerned do something on the issues that I have raised.It is not enough to promote CH but at the same time you murder the environment there.

Before I finish, I would like to mention a few things that I think you have not covered in your website(correct me if I am wrong). First, a visit to CH would not be complete if you have not gone for jungle trekking and also bird watching.There a few jungle walk trails there, the shortest and easiest being the Parit Falls Jungle Trail which starts near the Pinetree Resort and ends at the Observation Tower near Kampong Sedia. The toughest is the Robinson Jungle Trail which begins near Robisnson Fall and ends at the peak of Gunung Brinchang. By the way, there is a moss forest at the top of gunung Brinchang. Along the way you can hear the sound of birds. So do not forget to bring along your binoculars or zoom lenses.

In one of your responses, you mention that the Moonlight Bungalow is for sale. It may be true. But for your information that is the bungalow where the late Thai Silk King, Jim Thompson who got lost and never found in CH, used to stay.The bungalow is now in an abandoned state. The other one is on the road to CH from the East Coast.Actually there is now a new road linking CH with Lojing and Gua Musang in Kelantan. On food, if you want cheap but very tasty nasi lemak, beehoon soup and chapati in the morning you may want to try a stall in Kampong Sedia. It is owned by the KPW or Kumpulan Pertubuhan Wanita CH and operated by a government pensioner.However it is opened only on weekdays.Be early because after 9am the stall will be full with goverment servants.

Well, I hope I contribute something positive to your website.
Thankyou.

Ikram Jamaluddin
Kuala Lumpur, FT
Malaysia
17-Mar-2009

Dear Ikram,

Many thanks for your long message. And yes, it is very informative. As a tourist, I have been up CH many times, and have seen the un-relentless and very haphazard development of this popular hillside resort. The "tidak apa" attitude of the people or authorities residing there seems to be a contributing factor to the deteriorating situation of Cameron Highlands.

Though development may be needed to create jobs for people, and yet there is no control as to how it should be done. I don't know whether it is because of anti-colonial feelings that the Tudor architecture was not followed or just plain "don't care how it look as long as it can house people", perhaps there was no guidelines drawn up by the town council so building contractors just didn't bother about how they should build their buildings.

And yes, the mud pie look of a once pristine Ringlet Lake is one of the environmental casualties. I still have a picture of the lake when I was up there some more than ten years ago, and comparing it with the recent photos, makes me rather sad that such a thing could have happened. Plus the half hearted efforts to restore the lake was more like a PR exercise than a real push to desilt the lake.

I guess my website is very large for a quick look and you may need to run through it all. Yes, I have covered the jungle trails, and yes the Parit Trail is the easiest. Though I have not tackled the other tougher trails having found no time to try it whenever I'm up there, I did list them out.

And as for Jim Thompson old residence, I didn't know it was abandon, though I heard it was up for sale a couple of years back. I guess no takers for this bungalow with a historical significance. FYI, I have been to Jim Thompson Museum in Bangkok, and it was rather intriguing the way they manage to preserved it. Jim Thompson is much revered for his contribution to the Thai silk industry.

Anyway, thanks for the message. I do receive many interesting correspondence from all around the world!

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi,

I have gone through your website about Cameron Highlands and have found it to be very informative and educational.

I am taking a group of local tourists to C.H. next week. Your websites certainly help to update my knowledge of C.H. I have not been to C.H. for empteen years.

Thank you and warmest regards.

James Tan
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
13/Mar/2009

dear James,

You are certainly welcome!

Jan.


Hi ,I am upm post graduate student.I need The temperature graph and data of Cameron Highlands in 10 years for my research. would you please send it to me. Thank you in advance.

Kati Yazdani
Seri Kembangan, Malaysia
11/Mar/2009

Dear Kati,

Please contact the Meteorological deparment. They should have all the data you need.

Cheers!
Jan.


I'am student of uitm shah alam. we want to organize some activities including team building,jungle tracking, or other interesting activity within 3 days... so i'am very pleased if you can help us by giving us some information, offer, or quotation, related to our activities..thanks.

Zubair Mohamad
Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
24/Feb/2009

er..um... Zubair,

I think you contacted the wrong person. If ever I come up with these kind of programs I'll let you know.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi, I'm the Zaharan Razak mentioned here. Shan't stay long as it is in the wee hours right now and my eyes are droopy. Just to let you know I'm still alive although not exactly kicking ... haha! I've a blog at zveloyak.blogspot.com. The spirit of adventure is still afire in me belly.
Cheers.

Zaharan Razak
Terengganu, Malaysia
20/Feb/2009

Dear Zaharan
Interesting blog.
Cheers!
Jan.


Dear Jan,

very nice website...very updated...very prompt reply...good work and keep it up!!

but, juz to comment one thing...MARAN is in Pahang...when u refer to a distric in Terengganu, it is MARANG...hope u aware this...my hometown is in MARANG, Terengganu..=)...yeah..Marang has a very nice beaches...along the way to KT...thanks Jan, for promoting Terengganu soo much...

Rashidah Razak
Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
20/Feb/2009

Dear Rashidah,

Thanks for your message and encouragement.
Maran or Marang, well my memory was kind of hazy since it was so many years ago when I made a trip to that place south of KT. Thanks for pointing out. And yes, I love the beaches of Terangganu!

Cheers!
Jan.


Great CH site Jan but you could make it one step better by listing which "accomodation" makes internet available to their guests. thanx

Beacon
Thailand
16/Feb/2009


Can anyone help with information on the best method of transport from Penang to Cameron Highlands? We have heard some bad comments on the bus / coach service - does anyone have any feedback?

Any help or information on the best route / transport from Penang to Cameron Highland would be appreciated?

Cheers,

Kylie
Australia

Dear Kylie,

Best way to go Cameron Highlands is by self-drive. Rent a car if you don't have one. Or take a taxi. But it will be very costly.

Then no choice but to take bus/coach. Advice for taking bus: take the day time coaches. I don't trust them for night driving. The bus drivers in Malaysia regularly flout traffic regulation and go beyond the speed limit. Look for those fleet that looks better maintain or better service. Pay more would seem to be the better idea. You have to check it out yourself at the Penang bus station as I don't have such information.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hello,

I wondered if you would give me a piece of advice about rose colors. I want the name and description of the gaudiest, most colorful variety in existence at the moment. I'm thinking about the rose equivalent of modern art.

thanks,

Maude Larke
Dijon, France
7/2/2009

Dear Maude,
Hmmm... sorry. Can't help you there. Good luck!
Jan.


My family and I are going to CH this coming Mar09 during school holiday, can anybody advise me these two apartment 1) Desa Anthurium or 2) Hillview??

Thank You.

Sem Chan
Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia
6/02/2009

Dear Sem Chan,

You can find out more about Desa Anthurium here:
Desa Anthurium Apartments / Accommodation

Not sure about Hillview.
Regards,
Jan.


You did a nice write up about the Sungei palas tea centre. However, you got the tea factory part totally wrong. There is still tea manufacture at that location (but not on sunday or monday) and I have seen the machines in action and smelled the nice aroma of freshly roasted tea leafs.

Patrick
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1/02/2009

Dear Patrick,

Yes. I was there during New Year and I saw it in action. I guess they changed their mind about keeping it as a museum, because a year and half ago when I visited they were not running it.

Cheers!
Jan.


Do you know which flower supplier in cameron highlands especially the roses supplier that I can reserve flowers via phone? Can send me some of their contact number? Thanks.

Soh
31/01/2009


I plan to visit cameron highlands in the 2nd half of this year. Found your website very useful and have digested alot of infos. However, in order to save time, I thought of getting someone who can chauffeur us to those places of interest. Do you have any contacts that is trustworthy. There will be 8 of us. Appreciate yr reply.

May Low
Johor Baru, Johore, Malaysia
30/01/2009

Dear May,

You can contact the travel agents in Tanah Rata. There are many there. Scout around and look for one that you like when you are there. They have mini vans that can take you to all the sights.

Cheers!
Jan.


Hi! Jan

A group of use are coming to Malaysia, Sept 09 We are Hiring a people mover in KL & want to cross to the East coast to Gebeng up coast to Kuala Besut & then across & down to Tanah Rata Staying 2 nights on the way along the Coast 2 Hotels please evenly spaced between KL & Tanah Rata
Thank you Lionel

Lionel Davis
Mitchell Park (Adelaide)
South Australia
26/01/2009

G'day Lionel,

Your plan seems plausible though there is no direct route from east coast to Cameron Highlands. You have to look for a route going to Gua Musang and from there head to Blue Valley before reaching a junction to turn in to Kg Raja/Kuala Terla and head from there to Tanah Rata. The trip may take anywhere from 8 - 10 hours by road starting from Kuala Terangganu.

Cheers!
Jan.

Dear Jan

Thank you for your speed reply, it is most helpful to get information from some one like you.

We went as a group September 2007 it was my wife's and self's first time and her cousins (who organised the trip) seventh time, he suggested doing the east coast.

Last time we flew into KL spent 3 nights at the Federal Hotel, in that stay my wife and I went down to Malaka, but since returning home we found out that her half brother in buried there. We are trying to get permission to visit his grave.

From KL we hired 2 People movers to transport us to Tarah Rata and stayed 3 nights at The Heritage we loved the area and the people and the coolness after KL.

From there we hired 2 people movers to take us to Penang staying at the Holiday Inn Batu Ferringhi for 7 nights, flying back to KL and then home.

This time we plan to fly to KL and then straight down to Malaka for 2 nights, back to KL 3 nights across to the east coast 2 nights to Tanah Rata 2 nights to Penang 7 nights fly back to KL and home.

What towns have hotels on the east coast dividing our trip from KL to Tanah Rata in to 2 nights, 3 days travel?

Thank you again Jan

May be we will meet at some stage.

Lionel

Dear Lionel

Looks complicated, but since you have plenty of time to spare you could follow your schedule.

KL-Melaka-KL-east coast-CH-Penang

Since you have not been to the east coast, why don't you spend more time there? Instead of 7 days in Penang. Allocate more days in the east coast. Major town in the east coast would be Kuantan and Kuala Terangganu (KT). Once you visited the white sandy beaches of KT, you would feel sorry for the grey sandy beaches of Batu Feringgi. The problem with KT is the distance, plan well and you could enjoy yourself. The problem with trying to squeeze in Cameron Highlands is that there is no good direct connecting road from Terranganu to the highlands.

Let's see if we can re-arrange your plan.

  • 1st leg: KL-Melaka. (2 hours drive)
  • 2nd leg: Melaka-KL (2 hours drive) + KL-Kuantan (3-1/2 hours drive) total 5-1/2 hours drive
  • 3rd leg: Kuantan-Kuala Terranganu (3 hours drive) stay more days here, if you love beaches this one really bowls you over
  • 4th leg: Suggest you fly from KT to KL (or Penang if available, though I doubt it) using Air Asia
    if not, then make the adventurous drive from Terangganu to Gua Musang then to Cameron Highlands (give yourself about 10 hours drive).
  • 5th leg: drive from KL to Cameron Highlands
  • 6th leg: CH to Penang

or alternate idea,

  • 5th leg: drive from KL to Kota Baru, Kelantan (about 3 hours drive) stay one night if you wish. The beaches here are not so nice though the Kota Baru town would be interesting.
  • 6th leg: Then use the East-West highway which takes you to Kulim and then to Penang (I forget how long it takes but I think another 3 hours drive would be a good approximate).
  • 7th leg: Then from Penang you head down to Ipoh then up to Cameron Highlands before heading back to Kuala Lumpur. Doing this way and you have more or less made a nice round travel tour of the northern Peninsular by road ( I did this 15 years ago, but minus the Cameron Highlands trip!)

There are many good hotels and resorts in the east coast.

Kuantan do not have nice beaches, their famous one is Teluk Chepedak. Better head out of town and go north to Cherating. Club Med is there. Small hotels/chalets can be hunted down along the way. If stay in Kuantan itself, Vistana (4 stars) and Hyatt (5 stars) are the good hotels. Seri Malaysia if you want cheaper accommodation.

In Terangganu, I liked the Awana Kijal resort; it is not in KT town itself but located outside of town pretty far away. I think if not mistaken it is along the way from Kuantan to KT. There are also many hotels/chalets along the way which you could drop in and inquire. Most are located away from KT because of the beautiful beaches of Terangganu. Stay in Maran town which is a short distance south from Kuala Terangganu if you plan to be near KT. Seri Malaysia would be nice accommodation in Maran though there are many chalets which you could try.

Chalets are cheap but don't expect too much from the room, they go from RM50-70 per night with just a basic bed and a small bathroom. You would be well advice to bring your own toiletries and towels if you plan to stay in simple chalets.

Good luck!
Cheerio!
Jan.

Dear Jan

Thank you again for your help, the group will get together to discuss all options.

Just one query, do you know if all the roads from Kuala Terengganu to Tarah Rata are bitumen or are some dirt and gravel? I suspect it is very mountainous and winding and rugged.

It was very hot here yesterday 45.7* and it will continue for the next week, we do not have humidity here it is a very dry heat no like Malaysia.

Cheers Lionel

Dear Lionel,

Though I have not tried this adventurous route I can attest that roads between towns and villages are all tarred and bitumen. If ever you come across gravel or dirt road, likely the road was wash out by monsoon flood and would be awaiting repairs for the road works department. And yes, very likely it would be winding as you would be going through hills and mountains passing by various plantations as well. Signage may also be sparse. It might also be difficult to match with maps as the maps do not show the smaller roads. If you need to get your bearings do stop and ask the locals. Hopefully they can speak English as most village folks speaks mainly Malay, though some may understand and and converse. One way to get your right direction is to look out for signage heading for Gua Musang as that seems to be a well known town connecting to Cameron Highlands.

Good luck!
Jan.
29/01/2009


We (two adult/2 kids) want to travel from Cameron Highlands to Kuala Terengganu, than further by boat to Pulau Kapas. Is this possible ( in one day)?? And how?

Kind regards,

Fam. Bert Bremmer
Wierden, Overijssel, Netherlands
26/01/2009

Dear Bert,

Greetings!

In one day from Cameron Highlands to Kuala Terrangganu? Possible but it will be a long and tiring drive. Some intrepid holiday makers has done that. You can check out Google map and look at some of the road direction.

Some idea from this posting by some of my readers:

Getting there from Cameron Highlands to Tasik Kenyir Teregganu

They did it from going to Gua Musang, head north-east to Kota Baru. Looking out for the east coast highway (LPT). The road is not easy going and probably not well signed. They were headed to Tasik Kenyir. From there you could actually find your way somehow to Kuala Terangganu. Won't be easy but possible.

Once you reach the town of Kuala Terangganu, the Maran town south of KT lies opposite Pulau Kapas. I think the boat ride is about half an hour. If you are driving, park the car at the hotel and ask them to sent you to the Jeti or some suitable secured parking area. It seems car break ins occurs while holiday makers are on the island.

The journey takes an approximate 8 hours of solid driving from CH to KT. Maybe give yourself more time as you might need to get your bearings along the way.

Good luck!
Cheers!
Jan.

Jan Thank you.

I am not going to do that with two children

What route do you recommend? KL- Kuantan- Terengganu?

Or Ipoh-Terengganu??

From Penang : Kota Bahru, Marang? Car or bus??

Other question: I booked a flight with Air Asia from Terengganu to KL. Arrival KLCC 17.15

Than I booked KLCC-Singapore, depart KLCC 19.50. Also Air Asia. Is there time enough to change atv KLCC?? I think so and you???

With kind regards,

Bert
28/01/2009

Dear Bert,

Use KL-Kuantan-Terangganu. The road is better. KL-Kuantan approx 3-1/2 hours. Kuantan-Terengganu approx 3 hours (my previous experience on old road, but with the new highway travel time will be shorter).

When you say car means you plan to rent a car for self-drive? If you can afford it and good at map reading, by all means. You can make stops wherever there are interesting place and there are quite a lot of interesting scenery. I have no experience with buses to the east coast, however the travel time is much longer than what I stated above, probably add another extra hour or more to each travel destination section.

You booked Air Asia? Why don't you just book the flight from KL (LCCT) direct to KT? Saves you all the time of driving. But of course you lose out on some sights, but it saves you the long drive. Plus if you fly one way, the car rental will incur a relocation fee for dropping off not from the original point of rental and only if they have an office in KT can they accept this arrangment. Check with the car rental company for rates and arrangment. Orix is a good suggestion for car rental, they have good rental rates if I recall well.

However be warned, Air Asia schedule is notorious for delays and flight cancelation and no recourse for compensation. Do not book connection flight that are so close to each other. Give yourself at least 2-3 hours for flight connection. At least your return connection flight is Air Asia, they can still accommodate you to a later flight if there is flight delay. If other airline is your connecting flight, they can't help you.

Cheers!
Jan.

Dear Jan,

Thanks.

Yes I mean to rent a car or otherwise I take the bus from Kl to Kuantan, then next day to Terengganu or Marang. We do a few routes by bus, do I have to book them now (online) or when we are in Malaysia??

We hopefully arrive at 17.15 at KLCC, connection 19.50 to Sin. That's what you recommend (2-3 hours).

Cheers,

Bert

Dear Bert,

I don't recall buses have online booking. But if you do find them, all the better. The bus station for going to east is located at Pekeliling area in Kuala Lumpur. However if you can find tour buses that takes you to east coast, I think they would be more comfortable. Unfortunately I don't know of any. Check with your travel agent and see if they could arrange something. Otherwise travel like the locals, and buy a bus ticket at Pekeliling bus station that will take you to Kuantan. If you are going off-peak during the week days there shouldn't be any problem getting tickets.

Once you are in Kuantan, ask around on how to move onwards to KT. I'm not too familiar with the arrangment over there. You could try cramming your journey in one day, but it would be very tiring. 4-5 hours from KL-Kuantan, then another 4+ hours to KT/Marang.

Kuantan is a small town. You might still find something to do. They also have simple seaside cove called Teluk Chempedak. Or move up north about 1 hour drive to Cherating for budget seaside travel destination. Club Med is there.

Cheers!
Jan.

Dear Jan , thanks.

By the way are you Dutch??

Kind regards,

Bert

Dear Bert,

You are welcome. And no I'm not Dutch though I know of one who lives to cycle around Malaysia and has a website about Pulau Pangkor.

Cheers!
Jan.
31/01/2009


You seem like the only person who really spends his treasured time promoting Cameron Highlands and I am really proud that we do have a person like you around. Keep up the good work, Jan. I like your Newsletter very much.

Ravindran Sundarasen
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
12/01/2009


Nice website...look forward to be travel writer..

aminah abd razak
Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
14/01/2009

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