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CAMERON HIGHLANDS > TOWN OF TANAH RATA
 

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 Tanah Rata is located some 70 kilometres to the northeast of Tapah which is accessible from the old Tapah - Cameron Highlands route. Prior to arriving at Tanah Rata, drivers will pass by the towns of Ringlet and Habu which are located 12 kilometres away. If you are coming down from Brinchang, the downhill journey will take about 10 minutes.

DESCRIPTION:
The town of Tanah Rata is often regarded as the major town attraction in Cameron Highlands. In fact, the town is the administrative centre for Majlis Daerah Cameron Highlands (or the District Council). That means there are a number of local government offices, police station, general hospital and clinics as well as post office.

Tanah Rata also boats a fairly bustling bus station where local and express bus services begin and terminate here. The bus terminal has since been renovated into a pseudo English-inspired design with brick masonry and clock tower. The town is also a popular stop for tourists because there are various jungle tracks and waterfall trails begin here. The trail to the famous Robinson Waterfalls and the Jim Thompson jungle track start somewhere near to the town centre. Check out the local maps for more detailed information.

Apart from adequate tourist amenities such as transportation, restaurants, gas stations, shops, money exchangers and travel agency offices, Tanah Rata hosts quite a big number of hotels, motels, inns, bed-and-breakfast and backpacking hostels. Lodging options include (though my list is not exhaustive and can be further added):

PropertyLocationPhoneNo of rooms
BB InnPersiaran Camelia+60-5-491455123
Bala's Holiday ChaletTown Centre+60-5-491166020
Cameronian Holiday InnJalan Mentigi+60-5-491132715
CamlodgePersiaran Camelia+60-5-49145499
Daniel's Travellers LodgeLorong Perdah+60-5-491582320
Downtown HotelMain Road+60-5-491286812
Heritage HotelJalan Gereja+60-5-4913888165
Jurina ResortJalan Mentigi+60-5-491552211
Kavy HotelMain Road+60-5-491565230
Green Hill Resort & Leisure Holiday AptJalan Gereja+60-5-4914371 
Cameron Highlands Resort (formerly Merlin Inn)Jln Tun Abd Razak+60-3-2145900056
New Cameron HotelJalan Besar+60-5-491116011
New Garden InnJalan Masjid+60-5-491517047
Roselane HotelMain Road+60-5-491237731
Rumah Rehat Negeri Pahang (State Resthouse)N/A+60-5-49140887
Seah Meng HotelMain Road+60-5-491161810
Strawberry Park Hoteloff Tanah Rata - Brinchang Road+60-5-4911166180
Cool Point HotelPersiaran Dayang Indah+60-5-491491447
Orient HotelMain Road+60-5-491163312
Twin Pine ChaletJalan Mentigi+60-5-491116915
Who Nam HotelJalan Besar 7
Casa De La RosaJalan Circular+60-5-4911333N/A
Century Pines ResortJalan Masjid+60-5-4915115N/A
Ye Olde SmokehouseTaman Sedia+60-5-491121412

MY VERDICT:
Quite a nice town for a stroll with cool mountain air.

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