There are four main driving routes that you can take, to visit the Cameron Highlands. Just pick one that suits your journey, and off you go!
- Tapah – Cameron Highlands Route: This is the most commonly used old route for tourists to reach the Cameron Highlands. From the town of Tapah, you will pass through winding roads and enjoy lush scenery, passing through the Cameron Valley tea plantations TS 1 & TS2. This route is approximately 60km long and takes about 1.5 hours to reach the Cameron Highlands.
Driving Tips: • The road from Tapah to the Cameron Highlands is narrow and has many sharp turns. If you get motion sickness, please prepare some plastic bags and take motion sickness pills beforehand! • There will be many large lorries on this route, and sometimes tourist buses shuttle back and forth, so be careful when overtaking. When these big vehicles deem it safe, they will signal you to overtake, so be patient. If you are driving slower than the car behind you, politely let them overtake you, and do not act rude.
- Simpang Pulai – Cameron Highlands Route: Compared to the Tapah route, this is a longer and less winding route, making it easier and more comfortable to drive for those who are prone to motion sickness. From Simpang Pulai, it takes about 80km and 1.5-2 hours to reach the Cameron Highlands.
Driving Tips: • Some roads from Simpang Pulai to the Cameron Highlands suddenly narrow, so please read the signboard carefully and drive carefully. Since this route is relatively spacious and not too winding, there will be many Cameron Highland vegetable cars, private cars, lorries, and speeding vehicles overtaking, so everyone must stay alert and not take it lightly. • Before going up the hill, you can also stop at the Petronas station in Simpang Pulai to pee. There are no toilets along the way!
- Bentong – Raub – Cameron Highlands Route: This is a picturesque and adventurous route that is suitable for those who like to traverse winding roads and enjoy the scenery. Starting from Bentong town, you will pass through Raub town and finally reach the Cameron Highlands. This route is approximately 180km long and takes about 3 hours to reach the Cameron Highlands. Along the way, you will enjoy lush forests, oil palm plantations, rivers, and Malay kampungs.
Driving Tips: • It’s best to fill up your tank in Raub because there are no petrol stations along the outskirts. After that, you can safely drive towards the Cameron Highlands. Bentong – Raub – Sg Koyan – Bertam Valley – Ringlet (Cameron Highlands). • The Petron station in Sg Koyan is also a good place to pee and continue driving. Otherwise, the remaining journey of more than an hour to Ringlet has no toilets!
Personally, I really like this route and use it occasionally to travel back and forth from PJ. Although it is a bit far, you can stop by Bentong for brunch and enjoy its famous Guangxi yong tau fu, wonton noodles, pan mee, roasted meat, toufu fa with ginger syrup, and other delicacies, stroll through the market, buy Bentong ginger, Bentong tou fu pok, macao eggs, and various local products. During durian season, you can also eat durians in Raub before hitting the road. Why not?
- Gua Musang-Cameron Highlands Route: This is the least commonly used route, mostly used by people from Terengganu and Kelantan when coming up to Cameron Highlands. This route will pass through Lojing, where you can see breathtakingly beautiful mountain scenery along the way. From Gua Musang town, it only takes about 1.5 hours to reach Kampung Raja, which is approximately 103km away. You will arrive at the Kampung Raja junction, where you must turn left to enter the Kampung Raja town. Basically, you have arrived at Cameron Highlands, but if you want to go to Brinchang/Tanah Rata, it will take about 30 minutes to drive there. Driving tip: Make sure to fill up your tank before hitting the road because there are no petrol stations along the way in the outskirts. So, friends who want to visit Cameron Highlands, why not choose a suitable route to try it out?”