Cameron Highlands is renowned for its cold weather due to its natural geographic location. Here, the cold weather is the main reason why there are tourists and visitors who come here throughout the year. Malaysians from all walks of life like to come to Cameron Highlands mainly to escape the warm and humid weather in the towns and cities of other states while there are many attractions here like the Tea Plantations and vegetable plantations as well.
Fresh air in the morning
The mornings are when the air is freshest while it can get quite warm during the afternoons. The temperature will expectedly drop at nightfall, sometimes to as low as 12 degrees Celsius.
There are 3 major towns in Cameron Highlands where Ringlet is the warmest among the three mainly because it is located near to the lowlands. From there, Tanah Rata is colder while Brinchang and Kea Farm are the coldest among all the areas here. Most visitors will stay either in Tanah Rata or Brinchang as the commercial areas like banks and police station are located there. As such, it is highly recommended to bring a normal jacket to go around during the day while those who come out at night might have to wear thicker clothes.
What’s the best season to visit Cameron Highlands?
When planning your trip to Cameron Highlands you will need to know when the low, peak and super-peak seasons are because it will affect the traffic situations here. You need to know what the weather conditions are and what to expect or wear during your trip as well.
Book your hotel 3 weeks in advance
Hotels and apartments price fluctuate to more than double during super peak periods due to high demand. Book your hotel rooms or apartment at least one month in advance or 3 months in advance for Chinese new year, Christmas(December 25th), Hari Raya, Labour day(May 1st), National day(August 31st).
Traffic Conditions during peak seasons
During the holiday season, it would be ideal to go around on foot or use the taxi services or not travel between Brinchang, Kea Farm and Tanah Rata because of the massive traffic jam. It can take up to 2 hours from Brinchang to Tanah Rata or Kea Farm. The shops and restaurants in Brinchang and Tanah Rata close later while there is a Starbucks Coffee in Tanah Rata which operates until midnight.
Major towns in Cameron Highlands
In Cameron Highlands, there are a few major towns and several smaller townships located along the way from the foot of the mountain. Major towns here include Brinchang and Tanah Rata which are connected via smaller towns like Kampung Raja, Tringkap and Ringlet, among others.
Coming in through the Tapah interchange off the North-South Expressway, you will arrive first at Ringlet, which is the main agriculture center here. From Ringlet, you will then reach Tanah Rata which is the largest town here. Tanah Rata offers a broad range of accommodation choices like chalets and homestays as well as shops.
The next town from here is Brinchang which is smaller but is always bursting with activities. Here is where the police station and post office is located while the famous night market comes out at night fall. Cameron Highlands experiences traffic congestion which can be quite bad particularly during the peak and super peak seasons. This is when the restaurants are packed during the lunch and dinner sessions while accommodation services are usually fully booked.