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CAMERON HIGHLANDS > TOWN OF BRINCHANG
 

Cameron Highlands Resorts
Merlin Inn
Ye Olde Smokehouse
Heritage Hotel
Cameron Highlands Attractions
Old Route: Tapah-Ringlet
New Route: Ipoh-Kg. Raja
Sg Palas Tea Plantation
Boh Tea Centre
Brinchang Tea Valley
Mt Brinchang
Strawberry Farm
Kea's Farm
Cameron Golf Course
Bharat Tea Plantation
Brinchang Town
Tanah Rata Town
Ringlet Town
Sultan Abu Bakar Lake

 
 
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LOCATION:
Cameron Highlands (or Tanah Tinggi Cameron in Malay) is located in the state of Pahang. Currently, there are two main roads that connect major towns in west coast of Peninsula Malaysia (such as Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang) to this popular highland resort town. The older access point is the Tapah - Ringlet route while the newer access has since been built from Simpang Pulai - Kg Raja.

The town of Brinchang is located some 70 kilometres to the northeast of Tapah which is accessible from the old Tapah - Cameron Highlands route, passing by Ringlet, Habu and Tanah Rata. Today, it is much better to use the new access road from Simpang Pulai to get to Brinchang through Kg Raja and Blue Valley.

DESCRIPTION:
Brinchang emanates a big town atmosphere commonly witnessed in lowland urban areas of Peninsula Malaysia. It is decidedly crowded with people, cramped with queuing cars and trucks going up to Kea's Farm or Boh Tea Plantation, or going down to Tanah Rata. In fact, during my visit, the impression left of the frenetic pace of this town was not exactly a pleasant one.

The town is filled with colourful buildings, some evidently trying to emulate Tudor designs commonly seen in English architecture. There are plenty of shops here for all good and sundry - groceries, handicrafts, food (mostly of Chinese delicacies), a Secret Recipe outlet, etc. There is also a Shell petrol station to refill your vehicles before you drive further up the mountain road from Brinchang.

Also during my visit, the town is noticeably bustling with construction activities. More and more adjoining hill slopes are being developed into commercial outlets, be it more shophouses, hotels or apartments. In general, Brinchang hosts a decent selection of hotels, motels and inns, although most are of average or below-average in term of highland resort experience due to their close proximity to the busy town centre. My non-exhaustive list of lodging options in Brinchang is outlined below:

PropertyLocationPhoneNo of rooms
Brinchang HotelMain Road+60-5-491175537
Country Lodge Hotel & ApartmentSection 3+60-5-491181173
East Garden HotelSection 2+60-5-491238020
Equatorial Hill ResortKea's Farm+60-5-4961777500
Golden Star HotelMain Road+60-5-491124710
Hill Garden LodgeJalan Besar+60-5-491280825
Holiday FlatsJalan Besar+60-5-4911093N/A
Honeymoon Villas & ApartmentsJalan Quarry+60-5-4911346N/A
Hotel HighlandsJalan Besar+60-5-491158867
Hotel Chua GinMain Road+60-5-491180114
Hotel PlastroMain Road+60-5-491100911
Kowloon HotelMain Road+60-5-491136624
Lido HotelMain Road+60-5-491127114
Parkland HotelJalan Besar+60-5-491129930
Pine & Roses HotelMain Road+60-5-49144616
Rainbow HotelMain Road+60-5-491462836
Rosa PasadenaMain Road+60-5-4912288120
Sentosa HotelMain Road+60-5-491190710
Shal's Holiday ApartmentsJalan Besar+60-5-491240820
Silverstar HotelMain Road+60-5-491138715
Sri Juliana ChaletJln Sultan Abu Bakar+60-5-49144616
Sri Juliana VillaJalan Quarry+60-5-491146116
Terminal InnMain Road+60-5-491220318
Star Regency Hotel & ApartmentsMain Road+60-5-4915133N/A
Jasmine HotelMain Road+60-5-4911588N/A
Iris HouseJalan Quarry+60-5-4911818N/A
Hotel Green GardenMain Road+60-5-4915824N/A

MY VERDICT:
Crowded and unpleasant with narrow road and heavy traffic (not to mention choking vehicle emission). Otherwise, a cool mountain town with some selections of cheap accommodation.

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