Jungle Trail

Cameron Highlands – Jungle Trail

Thousands of city dwellers from Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand visit this highland destination each year. Besides the cool temperatures (normally under 25℃), more than a dozen jungle trails traverse the moist habitat and elfin ‘scary’ forest of the high peaks, rising to 2031 meters (6664 feet).

A great place to hang out for nature worship and just walk for exercise, take an early morning stroll to find pitcher plants, wild orchids, funky fungi, tree-bound epiphytes, huge tree ferns and lipstick plants.

Birders can linger to look for over 70 species of montane rainforest birds like trogons, whistling thrushes, and forktails. Search for tracks of the rare clouded leopard or black panther, be aware of poisonous pit viper snakes, watch for green lizards and catch a glimpse of a civet.

Remember that all of these wild creatures live in the misty forest.

Trails Rating Field Noted
1 Tough A climb up to Gunung Brinchang (2032 meters) starting north of Brinchang town; over 1-hour walk up with another hour walk back on road; alternatively drive to summit and walk down Trail 1; another option is to trek back and forth on part of the dense mossy forest ridge trail to Gunung Irau (2090 meters) that takes 3-4 hours one-way; all trails not well marked; use a guide.
* highest peak G. Brinchang; excellent mossy forest; pitcher plants, orchids, fungi; birdwatching
2 Tough Need to be fit and prepared for this 1.5 hour up and down walk over rough terrain; not well marked and merges with Trail 3 for a longer trek; starts in Brinchang at Sam Poh Buddhist Temple
* birdwatching; small stream; millipedes; moss, pitcher plants, orchids
3 Moderate / Tough Starts at Arcadia Cottage near the golf course; a 2.5 hour steep climb to Gunung Beremban (1841 meters); shorter alternate paths to Trail 2 and Trail 5; longer treks join Trail 7 or Trail 8 from atop the mountain (allow 2 more hours)
* vistas of Tanah Rata; monkeys; birdwatching; gingers
4 Easy A 30-minute stroll to Parit Waterfall, the path is paved in stretches with a turnoff to the watchtower; start near the Forestry Department
* steep trail to watchtower with panoramic views; ferns, gingers
5 Easy / Moderate A 1-hour walk over wooded terrain that merges with Trail 3 to split off towards Gunung Beremban or to Arcadia Cottage, with the option to shift to Trail 2 to Sam Poh Temple; start at MARDI (Malaysian Agriculture Research and Development Institute)
* secondary forest; stream; snakes, millipedes; bird’s nest fern, palms
6 Moderate / Tough A poorly marked and confusing path that starts at Bharat Tea Estate road, continues along ridge and merges with Trail 10 at Gunung Jasar summit (1670 meters); 2.5 hours but easy to get lost so use a guide; do not be confused by another Trail 6 runs short from Parit Waterfall to join Trail 5
* scenery of G. Jasar; Orang Asli village
7 Very Tough A 2-hour haul starting from MARDI with a steep ascent to Gunung Beremban on overgrown path; descend from the top on Trail 3 (recommended) or hike down Trail 8 for another 2-3 hour adventure
* secondary forest; rattan, ferns, orchids, palms
8 Very Tough A difficult 3-hour climb starting from Robinson Waterfall to Gunung Beremban
* Robinson Waterfall; forest scenery
9 Moderate A 1-hour hike down from Robinson Waterfall to the power station following pipeline on a slightly steep descent with some difficult scrambling; alternatively walk down Trail 9A and return up via this path (2 hours) or take a local bus back to Tanah Rata.
* birdwatching; lizards; frogs; squirrels; Robinson Waterfall; fungi, ferns, orchids, gingers, lianas
9A Moderate Less steep than Trail 9 along a gradual path that exits near vegetable farms and the Boh Tea Plantation road after 1.5 to 2 hours; alternatively walk up Trail 9 behind the power station or take a local bus back to Tanah Rata
* birdwatching; lizards; frogs; squirrels; Robinson Waterfall; fungi, ferns, orchids, gingers, lianas
10 / 11 / 12 Moderate / Tough An arduous climb up to Gunung Jasar, the path starts near Oly Apartments and continues towards Gunung Perdah (1551 meters); to avoid the summit splinter off to Trail 11 along a parallel path to Gunung Perdah where both trails merge with Trail 12 to the weather station near the golf course road; unclear on markings and time estimates; Trail 12 also leads down to exit out of the Orang Asli village with a walk back by road or straight back via Dahlia Villa
* panoramic views; Orang Asli village; butterflies; flowers, wild pepper
13 Moderate Start behind Cameronian Holiday Inn for a 1.5 hour walk with a stream that merges with Trail 14
* small river; tree ferns; mossy forest
14 Moderate A good day hike to experience enclosed, mossy forests on way to Gunung Mentigi (1535 meters) before exiting on the Tanah Rata road; return via local bus; may need a guide and can last up to 4 hours
* mossy forest; lianas; historical war remnants

Place Jungle Trail
Location Brinchang, Cameron Highlands
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Orang Asli Village

Cameron Highlands – Orang Asli Village

The Orang Asli are the indigenous people who dwell in the forest of Peninsular Malaysia. The name is Malay for, literally, “original people”, and is a collective term to denote the 18 sub-ethnic groups generally classified as Negrito, Senoi and Proto-Malay. In the Orang Asli census of 1997 number them around 105,000 people.

Orang Asli can be found in many different parts of Malaysia, and their choice of lifestyle is dependent of where they dwell. The Orang Laut, Orang Seletar and Mah Meri live along the coast and are fishermen. The Temuan, Jakun and Semai have taken to agriculture, some even manage to own rubber, oil palm and cocoa plantations. Still, about 40% of the Orang Asli population continue to be forest dwellers. They cultivate hill rice, and engage in hunting and gathering, and trade in forest produce such as petai, durian, rattan and resins. The forest dwellers include the Semai, Temiar, Che Wong, Jah Hut, Semelai and Semoq Beri. A small number continue a nomadic lifestyle deep in the rainforest. This includes Negrito groups such as the Jahai and Lanoh.

Visitors hoping to see orang asli in “forest attire” is certainly in for grand disappointment. Yes, they wear modern clothes too. And they would appreciate it a lot if visitors come with used clothes which they can use. As far as appearance goes, they look Malay. Naturally there is a difference between the Orang Asli and the Malays that tell them apart. The majority are stoutl their features are rugged and their height is by average lower than the Malays.

Visits to Orang Asli villages deep in the forest of Cameron Highlands is now available. These are arranged with the ecological guides, who will provide the necessary information on these people, and at the same time, educate visitors on the forest planst and herbs.

Place Orang Asli Village
Location Brinchang, Cameron Highlands
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Lata Iskandar Waterfall

Cameron Highlands – Lata Iskandar Waterfall

This is a well-known waterfall situated just off the long and winding road between Tapah and Cameron Highlands, approximately midway between the two destinations, Lata Iskandar is a multi-tiered fall, with pools at the base of each tier.

Many a visitor takes the opportunity to go for a short dip in the cool water of these pools, which have their origins up in the higher reaches of the surrounding highlands. Nature lovers can go slightly off the beaten track and get to enjoy the rich flora and fauna.

Near the base of the falls, visitors will find a handicraft bazaar where an assortment of craft is available for one’s selection. Look out especially for the craft of Orang Asli, the so-called “original people” of the country.

A row of stalls serving drinks and snacks have been set up nearby for the convenience of people who stop to enjoy the pleasures of Lata Iskandar.

Place Lata Iskandar Waterfall
Location Ringlet, Cameron Highlands
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Robinson’s Waterfall

Cameron Highlands – Robinson’s Waterfall

Robinson’s Waterfall, this rather charming waterfall is a popular recreational spot for most locals, being one of the highest altitude falls most people in the country will ever visit.

Place Robinson’s Waterfall
Location Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands
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Tudor Home Inn

Cameron Highlands – Tudor Home Inn

Tudor Home Inn is a brand new modern, hip and trendy budget hotel located in Brinchang, Cameron Highlands. As guest, you can expect warm hospitality and clean, comfortable rooms to make your stay enjoyable.

Lodge Tudor Home Inn
Location Brinchang, Cameron Highlands
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  • Laundry Service
  • Local Information Counter
  • Famous Sightseeing Tour Arrangement
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USD16 ~ USD23+ (RM50 ~ RM75+)

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USD20 ~ USD29+ (RM65 ~ RM95+)

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USD31 ~ USD46+ (RM100 ~ RM150+)

Contact 10A, Jalan Angsana 3,
Bandar Baru Brinchang,
Brinchang 39100,
Cameron Highlands,
Pahang Darul Makmur, Malaysia.
Tel: +605 490 1353
Fax: +605 490 1351
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Email ronny@tudorhomeinn.com.my
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