Tanah Rata or literally translated as flat ground is a town located 1, 440 meters high above the sea level in Cameron Highlands, state of Pahang, Malaysia. The town gets its name due to its relatively flat area in comparison to other places in the highland region. Unlike any other places in Malaysia, the climate is slightly different. Based on the Köppen-Geiger climate classification system, Tanah Rata is considered to have a subtropical highland climate. As such, the average temperature is always lower in comparison to other major cities, which is typically below 22°C but higher than -3°C. Due to this factor, it has attracted tourists over years to experience the mild and colder atmosphere in Tanah Rata and Cameron Highlands. In terms of size, Tanah Rata is the biggest township in Cameron Highlands followed by Brinchang. As such, many facilities and amenities can be found here, such as district council, banks and ATMs, hospital, taxi station and a bus station which enables locomotion to other parts of Cameron Highlands. This makes Tanah Rata almost a primary location for visitors to come over when visiting Cameron Highlands before going to other nearby areas.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive via North-South Highway/E1 and Route 59 for immediate access to the township of Tanah Rata. The journey could take up to three hours depending on the traffic situation.
There is an express bus terminal located alongside Route 59 and nearby Persiaran Dayang Indah. Take the trip directly to Cameron Highlands from the integrated Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) terminal using express bus services such as Unititi Express and Komtar Gunung Raya before opting for taxi or by foot to go to the township and the areas nearby.
Located around 4.6 kilometers away from Tanah Rata, the Big Red Strawberry Farm is a picturesque strawberry farm with wonderful decorations and layout. Being one of the most popular attractions here, visitors can look forward to pluck fresh strawberries and enjoy the serene atmosphere of the farm with friends and family. The highlight of the farm is definitely the in-house café which serves strawberry-based desserts for visitors to enjoy more strawberry goodness. Aside from strawberries, there are also hydroponic lettuces and potted plants as well as a gift shop. Admissions are free, nonetheless every strawberry plucked costs around twenty-five ringgit for every half a kilogram and forty ringgit for a kilogram.
Another place of interest when coming to Tanah Rata is the Mount Irau. With the summit reaching up till 2, 110 meters, it is the highest mountain in Pahang and the fifteenth highest in the country. Despite that, the mountain provides its own challenges with muddy trails covered with tree roots, in addition to the already cold wind. Adventurous souls looking forward to conquer this mountain could look forward to hike for about three hours in order to reach the peak.
Located in Jalan Pecah Batu, Sam Poh Temple is one of the biggest and well-maintained religious structures in Cameron Highlands. The Buddhist temple is dedicated to the Chinese Muslim eunuch and admiral of the Chinese fleet, Zheng He or more famously known as Cheng Ho among the locals. Built on 1972, it is located on a small hilltop off the main road and is said to be having the fourth-largest Buddha in the country. Admissions are free and visitors should take off their shoes upon entering.
A decent hotel situated in Jalan Mentigi is close to some of the attractions in Tanah Rata with budget accommodation rates that are kind to your purse strings.
A nicely decorated hotel situated in Block Carnation C9. A two-star hotel that has facilities and services such as breakfast, garden, travel tours, lobby coffee/tea and WiFi.