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CAMERON HIGHLANDS > GUNUNG 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 vista point of Gunung Brinchang is accessible from Brinchang town through the narrow road that leads into the Boh Tea Centre at Sungai Palas Tea Plantation. Right before the junction into Boh Tea Centre, there is a left turn that leads to Gunung Brinchang that goes up for about 10 kilometres. The journey from this point may take up to 20 minutes due to the partially paved road and treacherous hairpin bends.

DESCRIPTION:
In general, the road to the highest accessible point  by passenger car in Peninsula Malaysia is not for the faint hearted. Your car will climb to the final altitude of 2,032 metres through the seemingly long journey of 10 kilometres from the main entrance of Sungai Palas tea estate area. Honking is almost a must, what more with the really sharp switchbacks that my 1.3-litre car could barely negotiate. Also do watch out for the oncoming vehicles going downhill at breakneck speed as if nothing will stop them. There are also large pot holes on the dirt road which can really put dents on your tyre rims.

Well, I was not trying to put off anything wishing to try their luck on getting the fabulous view at the top. It is just some precautions when traveling on this road less traveled, so-to-speak. Out of the two times I went up to the peak of Mt. Brinchang, I still failed to get the much anticipated view of the Titiwangsa Range. Yes, it can get really misty and windy up here.

Anyway, I was quite contented with the view this second time around. The first trip back in 2003 was pale in comparison when I literally had no view with low visibility. During the second time visit, it was a tad better, with partial views of the mountains and the thick jungles of Cameron Highlands. Actually, on clearer days, one could see a number of lofty mountain peaks that are synonymous with the massive Titiwangsa Range.

There is actually a watch tower that you can climb onto. There are multi levels of viewing decks on the tower. The metal staircase can be too steep and narrow, not to mention slippery if the rain has just come down. From the viewing decks, you can get close to a 360-degree view of the surrounding, especially the towns of Brinchang, Blue Valley, Tringkap, etc. Since Mt Brinchang is visible from Ipoh, in theory, one can also see the Kinta Valley and the city from here, but luck was not on my side.

The weather can be a tad chilly, but not often (maybe just early morning, late evening or after heavy rains), so just get some warm jackets ready, just in case.

MY VERDICT:
Great view subjected to good weather. Also the fact that this is the highest mountain point accessible by car in Peninsula Malaysia should be enough to entice a few to make the trips.

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