Tanah Rata is the largest township of Cameron Highlands, located at the northwestern tip of Pahang, approximately 90km from Ipoh and about 200km from Kuala Lumpur. The name “Tanah Rata” means flat ground in Bahasa Melayu and it gains its name referring to the relatively flat area on which the town is located, which is in between the valleys within this highland region. Tanah Rata roles as the administrative centre for Cameron Highlands as it contains the many facilities and amenities, including the district council, banks and ATMs and the main hospital in Cameron Highlands. It has a diverse population of locals and languages spoken include Bahasa Melayu, Mandarin, Tamil, Semai, Temiar, Mendriq, Punjabi and English.
There are flights to Ipoh provided by Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, Firefly and Air Asia. From the Ipoh airport, guests may then hail a taxi to reach Tanah Rata.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive through the North-South Expressway (PLUS) exiting at Tapah or Simpang Pulai exit before continuing the journey towards Tanah Rata. From Tapah exit, the journey leads through older, winding roads while from Simpang Pulai exit, the roads are newer, easier to drive.
The local bus terminal is located at Tanah Rata. Among the available express bus services are Konsortium Express, Unititi Express, GT Express, CS Travel and Pahang Lin Siong Motor Company.
The post office is officially being in operation since 1956 and still provides its customers with a “poste restante” service whereby the post office holds the mail until the recipient calls for it. The post office has a beautiful stone work appearance exterior and the post office boxes seems have not been changed since many years ago although new coat of paint has been applied.
This famous landmark was built in 1939 by William J. Warin modelling the Smokehouse in Beck Row, Mildenhall, England, the United Kingdom to celebrate everything British. The interior of the mock Tudor-styled hotel comes with open fireplaces and wood-panelled walls. The English garden outside overlooks the Sultan Ahmad Shah golf course on the Tanah Rata-Brinchang road junction.
A carefully tendered tea plantation suitable for walk about and enjoying the breathtaking view. There is a café serving freshly brewed Cameron Highlands tea with English scones and muffins. Cameron Bharat Plantations is the second largest tea producer in Malaysia, after BOH. Beginning 1994, it starts introducing the range of Cameron Valley tea for consumers.
A guided jungle trekking tour and travel by 4 wheel drive Land Rover to see the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia. However, it is advisable to check on the availability with the tour operators as the flower is seasonal. Only registered application gets the opportunity of the next occurrence of a Rafflesia bloom and it will be price on application (POA) if the tour goes ahead.
A convenient souvenir shop selling the usual Cameron Highlands keepsake items as well as interesting selection of the aborigines or Orang Asli crafts and wood carvings, including various blowpipes with its darts. There is also a section called the Mah Meri Art Gallery displaying more than 30 years collection of masks and statues carved by the Mah Meri tribe, the aboriginal people living in Malaysia. Most of these carvings have been awarded the Seal of Excellence by UNESCO due to their perfect and skillful craftsmanship.
This terraced like hotel is situated nearby the aborigines’ settlement area and also within minutes walking to the Cameron Highlands Golf Club and Parit Falls. Guests are also have an easy access to stroll along Night Market held close by. All units are well furnished and several comes with a dining area and balcony. Rooms are clean with decent facilities that include a private parking space.
This hotel is a Tudor-inspired resort with gables and sandstone design. It offers nice, serene environment tucked within tropical gardens of Cameron Highlands. Its rooms are well furnished and provides good services at all times. It always set to marvel its guests with total relaxation and calming sensation.
This hotel provides panoramic views of the Tanah Rata town and it is set surrounded by tropical rainforest. Sculptured garden also bring in an old, English countryside experience for its guests. This boutique hotel blends tradition with modern comfort in ensuring a pleasant stay.
This boutique hotel provides well-appointed rooms overlooking the Cameron Highlands 18-hole golf course. It also houses the award-winning ‘Spa Village’ specialising in exotic treatments using the healing properties of Cameron Highlands tea leaves. This hotel brings out the colonial charms through tall French doors, timber-beamed ceilings and plantation shutters leaving its guests inspired in amusement.