Everything you need to know on how to get to Cameron Highlands including which road to take and what to expect
Cameron Highlands used to located in a very remote area on the Titiwangsa Range until the mid 2000's when the road from Simpang Pulai to Kampung Raja was opened. This opened up the highlands to more visitors and at the same time massive development.
Years later, two other roads from Gua Musang (Kelantan) and Sungai Koyan / Raub (Pahang), was completed and access to the highlands has become much more easier. This was one of the main factors which contributed to continuing destruction of the highland forest.
From the South via Tapah (Old Road)
Cameron Highlands is about 300km from Kuala Lumpur and it takes about 3 hours to get here via the North-South Expressway (NSE). If you are driving from Kuala Lumpur, find your way to the NSE by following the signs to Ipoh. Once you’re on the expressway, keep on driving north for about 1.5 hours until you reach Tapah. Take Exit 132 and you will be at the Tapah toll booth. Once you have paid the toll, turn left at the traffic lights and from here onwards you will be on the long winding road to Cameron Highlands which is about 60 km’s away.
If you’re driving from the north just take Exit 132 at Tapah and follow the same direction. It takes an average of 1.5 hours to reach Tanah Rata from Tapah. Please note that there are no petrol stations this point forward until you reach Ringlet so if you need to fill up, the Tapah rest area (before you exit the express way) would be your best choice.
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From the north via Simpang Pulai / Ipoh
This road is the most popular route to the highlands as its wider and less winding. Some driver from the south also use this road compared to the Tapah route. It only takes about 50 minutes to get to Kampung Raja from Simpang Pulai and this is the fastest way to get to the highlands if you are travelling from the north (Penang or Ipoh).
Take Exit 137 (Simpang Pulai) and turn right at the traffic light right after the toll booth and drive for about 200 metres before you reach a traffic light.. Turn right again and your’re on you’re way to Cameron Highlands.You will get some magnificent views of the mountain ranges along this road.
After about an hour, you will reach the Kampung Raja junction where you will have to turn right from the new road into Kampung Raja town. You’re now in Cameron Highlands and you can just follow the main road to your destination. Brinchang & Tanah Rata is about 25-30kms from here.
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From Gua Musang
From Sungai Koyan