Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur
After four weeks in Kuala Lumpur, we are very happy to start our slow journey through Malaysia with our golf bags. Our plan: Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur.
We are on our way to the Cameron Highlands. Yay!
It is easier than we thought to get to Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur. There are frequent buses at reasonable prices and we can’t wait to travel by bus.
Buying bus tickets
We bought our bus tickets from Kuala Lumpur to the Cameron Highlands in advance for just 38 Ringgit per person, which currently is about EUR 8.00 per person. There were cheaper options, but the bus company unititi looked good and was recommended to us by the vendors at the bus terminal.
The main bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur is named “Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS)” and has a metro stop of the same name. It is easy to reach and is very pleasant in terms of size and cleanliness.
It took us about 40 minutes from our apartment (in Little India) to arrive there because we had to change metro stations once. It is at these moments that I curse our idea to travel the world with golf bags. But it doesn’t do any good because we chose to travel that way. And, when we’re playing at a great golf course, I am really happy to have my own clubs!
The ride from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands
As we got onto the bus, we were amazed at how big the seats were. There were sockets for USB, and, according to the sign, WiFi was available. We, unfortunately, cannot confirm the WiFi, but it doesn’t hurt to be offline for a while.
During the nearly five-hour drive, James diligently wrote his blog about the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, which we had played just a few days earlier. And I focused on making sure I didn’t get sick during the drive.
The last hour of the drive is very winding, which is not so nice if you easily get carsick as I do. That is too bad because I missed the views of the beautiful lush green mountains.
Why is our hotel at the top of this damn mountain?!
Our accommodation is about a 15-minute walk up the mountain. We chose this place because it is not in the middle of the city, but still is within easy walking distance to town.
So, we started towing our giant golf bags toward the hotel. Halfway through, I’m exhausted and sweaty. My wrist hurts from pulling the golf bag and I need a break.
James just wants to get up the mountain in front of us and grabs my golf bag and brings them both to check-in. My hero!
We arrive at the Cameron Highlands right at the end of Ramadan. And accordingly, everything in town is completely full! But our idea not to be in the middle of town turns out to be a good one.
Our accommodation itself is very cozy. It is an apartment with a spacious shared kitchen and living room. However, we saw that the duvet was not changed into a fresh one, and therefore there is no recommendation from us. I also won’t write a hotel review this time.
The weather is very mixed, which for us is a nice change to the nonstop 35-degree plus weather that we have had for the last month in Kuala Lumpur. It rains a lot and is humid, and it almost feels cold. Everything feels clammy and moist. Also in the apartment. Luckily, both bed linens and bath towels that simply do not want to dry on their own, are replaced upon demand.
First orientation at Cameron Highlands
On the way from the bus terminal to the hotel, we made a quick stop at an Indian restaurant. We walk away from the main road and, thanks to one of my favorite apps “Happy Cow”, find the restaurant Bunga Suria (vegetarian-friendly).
The waiter is extremely nice and helped us with our order. The food was delicious, and we plan to eat here more often.
After we have checked in, showered, and rested a bit, we walk back down to town.
The name of the town where we are staying is called Tanah Rata. There is not much going on here, but all the well-known tourist attractions of Cameron Highlands are nearby.
We eat dinner on the main street (there are only two main streets, both with restaurants and shops) and then we go back to the hotel full and satisfied.
For the next day, we booked a tour to the Mossy Forest and the tea plantations. Even if we usually distance ourselves from guided tours, this time it is welcomed. Due to the holidays, the traffic is very heavy and the road to the tea plantations, which are located at an altitude of 2000 meters, is narrow and winding. We think it is best to leave the driving to a professional who knows their way around here.
Our excursion in the Cameron Highlands
We are picked up at 8:00 am for our tour in a mega cool blue Land Rover.
Our guide’s name is Sadhur, a young guy that is really funny and has a great distinctive afro hairstyle. Growing up in the tea plantations, he knows his way around and shares with us interesting stories of his childhood throughout the day.
Mossy Forest and Tea Plantations
Our first stop is at a viewpoint of a tea plantation. Sadhur gives us time for our “ooohs” and “aaahs” and for taking pictures.
He tells us that tea actually grows on trees, which we didn’t know before.
We are all so excited about the views because the tea fields look so incredible. We would have liked to have spent more time here, but the tour goes on.
Arriving at the Mossy Forest, Sadhur leads us down a path where we are stopped by a gate.
He shows us the moss-covered trees and provides explanations about all the different plants and trees. Unfortunately, I must admit that we were too busy taking photos, and also a little disappointed that we couldn’t go any further into the forest, that we didn’t pay well enough attention.
But we did get a small bonus! The viewpoint at Mossy Forest, which is usually quite expensive at 30 MYR, is free today! Because of the holiday, no one is at the cash register, so we enter the viewpoint for free and enjoy the magnificent 360° views.
Next stop: BOH. We knew the cubist-style tea house from Instagram pictures. Here you have to try the tea and of course a piece of cake. Unfortunately, reality looks a little different than the Instagram pictures we saw, and we have to squeeze past crowds and queue up in the endless lines of the tea counter.
During the visit to the BOH tea plantation, we met two Malaysian families who are traveling together. We notice them because they are all wearing the same great blue t-shirts. We get into a conversation and have a very nice small chat.
Later we finally get to enjoy our piece of cake and tea with the most wonderful views of the green tea mountains in the background.
We ended the day with a little hike back to the hotel.
Our Last Day at Cameron Highlands
We had wanted to play a round of golf on our last day, but, due to the rain, we, unfortunately, didn’t make it.
All the things that we wanted to do, such as Strawberry Farms, the Brinchang Weekend Night Market, the Sam Pho Temple, and the Butterfly Farm, we had to let go of because of the hard rain. So, we did something that we haven’t done for a long time- picked up a book and just relaxed in the hotel!
In addition to Kuala Lumpur, a trip to the Cameron Highlands should definitely be on the agenda for your tour of Malaysia!
If you are a nature lover and enjoy hiking, you really could spend several days here. But even if you don’t do a lot of hiking, we’re sure that you will also like it here for a few days. The climate is great, and the green landscapes are absolutely worth seeing.
What we particularly liked:
The tea-covered mountains! We have never seen anything like this before. Sometimes it looked as if a green velvet blanket had been placed on the mountains. Simply beautiful!
What we didn’t like: