Fathers Guest House
Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands
One of the most popular budget accommodation options in the Cameron Highlands is Fathers Guesthouse. When you go plan your mountain walking holidays in Malaysia you could also book through Cameron Secrets travel service run by Father's Guesthouse.
"May I help you?" Gerard asked while I was reversing my Toyota Wish onto Fathers Guesthouse compound in Cameron Highlands. And that was how we got to know each other. I was just trying to explain some of the possible accommodations that one could stay to Kenny and Rebecca as they have not been touring Cameron Highlands for awhile. Plus my wife and her parents in tow (well they didn't have a choice since I was the one driving, haha!) I brought them to this interesting little bungalow and barracks accommodations in Cameron Highlands next to Greenhill Apartments / Heritage Hotel.
The sun was already setting and some mist was already forming. I introduced myself to Gerard who then went, "Oh! So you are the one in charge of Cameron-Highland-Destination.com!" It seems that the phone number that I listed was an out of date version and people were having difficulty contacting them. Ok. So I needed to update the contact numbers but I found it interesting to be well known indirectly from a mistake! Well, there were actually more inaccuracies too in my previous article review. So this time round Gerard personally gave me and my family a tour of Father's Guesthouse and explained a bit of the history behind Father's Guesthouse.
Father's Guesthouse has been around for a very long time, and the bungalow was perhaps much older than those military barracks. Gerard explained that a black and white photo of a pine tree with a gnarled tree top taken during the 1950s is still standing there by the hillside next to Father's Guesthouse. So imagine how old is that tree still standing there! I should imagine so, most trees do live very long, like those giant redwood trees in the American national parks.
We walked down to the military barracks which are now converted as dormitories and rooms. It seems the barracks are made in such a way because it could be use as garage for military vehicles. Trust the British for good design; though the outer layer may be made of zinc, they have a layer of insulation material that keeps the occupant inside cosy. Of course throughout the years, the layering has worn out, and they have to replace it with plywood which was not as efficient as the original material, which incidentally was no longer available.
Looking around the barracks it looks well made and solid too. Not all barracks are dorm style; some are made into rooms as well. There used to be many more when the British Army was station here. This was not the only place where there are barracks. In the old days there were many scattered around Cameron Highlands, but many has been demolished to make way for development. Even at Father's Guest House there used to be more, but has since been torn down. Only a handful of it still survives here and now you if stay here it would be like living in a piece of history of good old Cameron Highlands.
If you are looking for budget accommodations this would be it. For single beds in dormitory settings they are going for RM10-RM15. Other types of accommodation apart from dormitory rooms include the Double / Triple / Quad rooms with shared shower going from RM30-RM90. For double rooms with attached shower the price goes for about RM60-RM90.
Gerard explained that they are refurbishing some of the upstairs rooms in the bungalow and should be ready for guests. Some of the rooms in the bungalow has attached bathrooms while others may require you to use the shared bathrooms. Old bungalows are like that like the one I stayed in Seri Berkat in Fraser's Hill a long time ago. Very intriguing; though my wife felt unnerve staying in such old buildings. Perhaps she felt the vibrations of people of long ago.
For the dorm, there is no segregation of boys and girls, and so far there have been no incidents and the guests are well behaved even though they do not know each other; though usually Gerard would note what kind of groups that come and make sure there would not be any problems (like segregation if necessary). Well if a church ever organise an outing, they would normally do their own segregation for safety.
Visiting the cafe, Gerard said that I definitely walked right in the last time because he saw that I had a picture of those monkey carvings in my web site! Yes, I did walk right in the last time. I was with a church camp staying in Greenhill Apartments and had some time to spare to explore the area. But the picture was missing one of the monkeys as I could not fit them all in the frame. So this time Gerard was helpful and rearranged the figurines so that I could take another photography shot at it! Of course this time round I have an EOS Canon DSLR instead of a basic Panasonic compact camera; I still need a better lens then using the kit lens though. Maybe one day if I can spare the cash for a lens upgrade.
Their "Secret Garden" cafe was a hive of people this time around when I came. The cafe serves both local and western cuisine and I could hear the kitchen busy with the preparations. The cafe patrons were mostly Europeans; I guest this kind of settings is very popular with them. Backpackers and adventurers, perhaps just fresh out from University and they decided to explore the world before finally settling down to a day job back home. Kinda opposite of my situation where I settled for day job first before going for my explorations. Hey, adventuring takes funding, you know!
Picking up a flyer for further information about Father's Guesthouse, I read through the details. Father's Guesthouse is indeed very popular and even voted as one of the best guest house in Cameron Highlands by the Lonely Planet Guide Book. With a personal touch from Gerard, I'm pretty sure they deserve it!
Here's some additional info in their flyer: they provide free pick up on your arrival to Tanah Rata. And if you don't like their place, they will send you to another place of your choice. I think with their warm hospitality, I doubt you want to change to another place. If you ask me, I don't mind staying here either. Perhaps one day...
For facilities, they have a big WIFI lounge area with home theatre system, cable TV and latest DVD movies. They have outdoor reading and sitting room. They also have computers with broadband internet connection for your communication with your family and friends.
If lazing and lounging around is not your thing, you could hire out Gerard or other travel guides for jungle trekking activities. I think many of the guests went through with jungle trekking 'coz I saw their muddy boots here and there while being shown around the dormitory area!
Just a note, Father's Guesthouse is owned and managed by Cameron Secrets Travel and Tours Sdn Bhd, so if you need any sightseeing itinerary you could contact them for arrangement.
Right, so you need to find out more, yes? So here's the contact, and this time round it is definitely correct or Gerard will tell me otherwise.
Father's Guest House
P.O. Box 90
39000 Tanah Rata,
Tel: 05-491 2484
Fax: 05-491 5484
Mobile: 012-588 5454
OK, then enjoy!
- Cameron Highlands Hotels Selection Guide
- Hotels in Cameron Highlands
- Cameron Highlands Hotels and Accommodations (old list)
- Cameron Highlands Apartment list
- Apartments in Cameron Highlands
- Bukit Fraser Accommodations
- Taiping Golf Resort and Hotels
- Bukit Larut Rest House
Hotel Comments and Review
Stayed in this hotel? Then rate their accommodation and share it with others!