After a long hiatus (more than 10 years!), I returned to Cameron Highlands with my parents and cousins. My parents are regular visitors of Cameron. We used the Simpang Pulai route on our way up and the long, winding Tapah route on our way back. If you've motion sickness, use the Simpang Pulai route.
A bit about Cameron:
Cameron Highlands is a highland region located about 121 km east of Ipoh and about 214 km north of Kuala Lumpur, in the state of Pahang, Malaysia. At 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above sea level, it is the highest area on the mainland, enjoys a cool climate, with temperatures no higher than 25°C and rarely falls below 12°C year–round. Cameron Highlands is a district in the state of Pahang Darul Makmur although the road entrance is via Tapah and Simpang Pulai in the state of Perak Darul Ridzuan. The size of the whole Cameron Highlands district is roughly two and a quarter times the size of Singapore.
Cameron Highlands was discovered by government surveyor William Cameron on a mapping expedition in 1885. However, it was Sir George Maxwell, Chief Secretary during 1920 –1926, who was responsible for putting Cameron Highlands on the map of Malaysia. Upon the initiative of Maxwell, the highlands were developed as a hill station. The cool weather attracted people to build homes and retreats on the plateau and before long, a small community was established.
Cameron Highlands comprises a series of little townships inclusive of Ringlet, Tanah Rata, Brinchang, Tringkap, Kuala Terla and Kampung Raja. Visitors can take a walk through little villages, visit the butterfly, fruit, vegetable and apiary farms, and sprawling tea plantations or dine at the delightful Tudor–styled country inns.