Here’s a quick guide on the availability of resort, hotels, apartments and lodges in Cameron Highlands.
As one of the major tourist destinations in the country, travelers can expect a wide range of accommodations available from budget hostels to luxury resorts. You can pick from the expensive luxury Tudor country homes or the modest hotels scattered around different towns – Brinchang, Tanah Rata and Kampung Raja. Families can expect well-furnished and fully equipped apartments with various facilities including a built-in kitchen. On the other hand, budget conscious travelers can pick cheaper accommodations without extra facilities. If you are traveling in groups, it is best to hunt for bungalows available at special rate. Regardless of where you choose to stay, you’ll be mesmerized with the wonderful rolling green hills and captivating farms around.
For travelers without transportation, the best option available is to book accommodations around Brinchang and Tanah Rata. This is due to the fact that Brinchang and Tanah Rata are the biggest towns in Cameron. Hence, shops, restaurants and other facilities are within walking distance. On top of that, if you want to travel to attractions, you can simply hire a cab or take a bus at the terminal nearby. However, during peak season, for travelers with vehicle, parking is a problem because these two happening towns have limited parking spots. Unless you opt to stay in luxury and sophisticated hotels where they provide you parking facilities. But generally, apartments in Brinchang are slightly more expensive (between RM250 and RM350) compared to other towns in Cameron due to their convenience, shops and night market.
For budget conscious backpackers, you can stay in cheaper hotels in Tanah Rata and Brinchang. Some of these budget hotels were shop houses but owners converted into hotels to cater to budget constraint travellers. Generally, the rooms in these budget hotels charge around RM80 per night. There are also hotels offering RM50 per night.
If you are travelling to Cameron Highlands during peak season, it is best to book your accommodation before you travel to the destination. Rooms are usually fully booked during holidays rates are a lot higher during super peak season. It is best to book at least a month prior to your vacation. Booking a five-star hotel is an easy task for all you have to do is to pick up the phone and call them or book online. Online prices at those renown hotel booking websites like Asiarooms.com, Agoda and Booking.com may initially look cheaper but that does not include tax and commissions. The final price is normally few percent more expensive than booking directly with hotels. For Booking.com and Asiarooms.com, provide your credit card details to allow them to confirm your reservation. And if you want to cancel the bookings, call them in advance because they’ll refund you (although the hotels may charge a specific amount for the cancellation fee).
For budget conscious travelers, you will need to pay in advance if you book through online website. Most of the budget hostels charge between RM60 and RM120 per night depending on the location and facilities offered. Group travelers can book through agents for apartments (usually range between RM200 and RM500 per night). Another option is to book bungalows where breakfast, lunch and dinner are available and included in the charges.