Lucious forests, verdant tea plantations, and a delightfully calm atmosphere beckon at the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia’s very own oasis. From trekking to strawberry picking, this destination is awash with outdoor experiences.

It’s not what you first think about when you land in Malaysia’s big cities like Kuala Lumpur. You can spend your days strolling through the forest in search of hidden waterfalls, curling up with a good book with beautiful hill views, and sipping on a cup of locally sourced tea.

Time in the Cameron Highlands trickles by more slowly… So leisurely is the pace of life!

Of course, it goes without saying that the MOST essential part of any trip is finding the right accommodation. Let’s check out the best places to stay in Cameron Highlands!

Top 3 Recommendations for Where to Stay in Cameron Highlands

Whether you’re planning a quick stay in Cameron Highlands or a backpacking trip across Malaysia, be sure to check out my top 3 picks for where to stay!

Best Airbnb in Cameron Highlands – Cozy Studio for Two

Cozy Studio for Two

An ideal home base for solo travelers or couples, this studio commands an excellent location at Kea Farm.

The studio is housed in a well-equipped complex that even houses a 7-Eleven- perfect for when you don’t feel like cooking! When you want to explore, you can always check out the nearby Parit Waterfall and the Strawberry Farm.

Best Hostel in Cameron Highlands – Hikers Sleep Port

Hikers Sleep Port

Commanding an excellent location right at the heart of Tanah Rata, Hikers Sleep Port is housed in a century-old guesthouse with modern amenities.

Guests can take their pick from classic dormitories or tents. Groups also have the option of sharing a triple or double room.

Onsite amenities include laundry facilities, bicycle hire, and a tour desk. Oh, and did mention that you’ll be treated to a complimentary breakfast every morning?

Best Hotel in Cameron Highlands – Zenith Cameron

Zenith Cameron

If you don’t mind splurging, I can absolutely recommend a stay at the luxurious Zenith Cameron, one of Malaysia’s most popular hotels!

One of the best places to stay in Cameron Highlands, Zenith Cameron provides numerous room configurations, including family suites for up to 4 guests. You’ll find heaps to do onsite, with a sauna, fitness center, outdoor pool, and a restaurant. The hotel lies close to the Time Tunnel Museum, Cactus Valley, and Tanah Rata Park.

Cameron Highlands Neighborhood Guide – Places to Stay in Cameron Highlands

FIRST TIME
Tanah Rata Malaysia
FIRST TIME

Tanah Rata

Just landed in Malaysia and wondering where to stay in Cameron Highlands? Well, I can totally vouch for Tanah Rata, one of the most happening neighborhoods in the area! This ridiculously charming place lies 5 hours from both Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

ON A BUDGET
Lavender Garden Cameron Highlands
ON A BUDGET

Ringlet

Sitting at nearly 4,000 feet above sea level, Ringlet seems a world away from Malaysia’s famously decadent malls!

NIGHTLIFE
Mossy Forest Cameron Highlands
NIGHTLIFE

Brinchang

Okay, the Cameron Highlands may be super laid-back and relaxed, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring! If it’s nightlife that you’re after, I would recommend that you drop anchor in Brinchang, a small but upcoming town.

Packed with picturesque landscapes, the Cameron Highlands offers a refreshing respite from Malaysia’s famously bustling cities. Bordered by Kelantan in the north and Perak in the west, this district is famous for its unique ecosystem and cool climates.

While Cameron Highlands is admittedly not packed with activities, it’s an excellent destination for getting away from it all and connecting with nature. The good news is that this hill station is pretty compact, so it’s quite easy to navigate between the different areas.

First-time visitors can consider staying in Tanah Rata, which is something of a retail and transportation hub. Best of all, this area is super well connected to other Malaysian destinations!

The Cameron Highlands isn’t known for being expensive, but if you want to cut back even further on costs while you’re staying in Malaysia, you may wish to drop anchor in Ringlet which can best be described as a nature lover’s dream come true! Surrounded by picturesque trails and tea plantations, Ringlet offers easy access to the Robinson Waterfall and the Bee Farms.

If it’s nightlife that you’re after, there’s really no better place than Brinchang, home to numerous karaoke bars, clubs, and a night market where you can shop for fresh produce, souvenirs, and street food.

3 Best Areas to Stay in Cameron Highlands

Now that you know a bit more about the Cameron Highlands, let’s take a look at the 3 best areas that you can consider for your trip.

1. Tanah Rata – Where to Stay in Cameron Highlands for First-Timers

Tanah Rata Malaysia

Just landed in Malaysia and wondering where to stay in Cameron Highlands? Well, I can totally vouch for Tanah Rata, one of the most happening neighborhoods in the area! This ridiculously charming place lies 5 hours from both Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

If you’re coming after staying in Kuala Lumpur, you’ll definitely notice the instant change in climate as you make your way to Tanah Rata. Located in the highlands, this area provides some much-needed respite from the sweltering heat and humidity. Vivid emerald-green tea plantations beckon, fringed by hilly mounds, strawberry farms, and jungle galore.

Boasting an exceptionally relaxing vibe, Tanah Rata also has the advantage of being quite compact, so you definitely won’t be wasting precious vacation time trying to figure out how to get from point A to point B! In fact, virtually all of the main amenities are located on the ‘Big Road’.

Like most places in the Malaysian Highlands, hiking opportunities are endless- so remember to grab your best shoes! You’ll also find plenty of tea plantations to explore and shop for some brews to bring back home.

As the primary township in the Cameron Highlands, Tanah Rata is something of a transport hub, which makes it an ideal home base for exploring nearby areas.

Best Airbnb in Tanah Rata – Cameron Fair 2-Bedroom Apartment

Cameron Fair 2-Bedroom Apartment

Perfect for families and small groups of friends, this space easily sleeps 4 in two bedrooms. Spend a day exploring nearby attractions like the Mah Meri Art Gallery and Robinson Falls, then return to the apartment to rustle up a meal in the well-equipped kitchen.

There’s even a balcony with gorgeous views of the highlands where you can relax and take in some fresh air.

Best Hostel in Tanah Rata – Hikers Sleep Port

Hikers Sleep Port

Commanding an excellent location right at the heart of Tanah Rata, Hikers Sleep Port is housed in a century-old guesthouse with modern amenities.

Guests can take their pick from classic dormitories or tents. Groups also have the option of sharing a triple or double room.

Onsite amenities include laundry facilities, bicycle hire, and a tour desk. Oh, and did mention that you’ll be treated to a complimentary breakfast every morning?

Best Hotel in Tanah Rata – Zenith Cameron

Zenith Cameron

If you don’t mind splurging, I can absolutely recommend a stay at the luxurious Zenith Cameron, one of Malaysia’s most popular hotels!

One of the best places to stay in Cameron Highlands, Zenith Cameron provides numerous room configurations, including family suites for up to 4 guests.

There’s plenty to do onsite, with a sauna, fitness center, outdoor pool, and a restaurant. The hotel lies close to the Time Tunnel Museum, Cactus Valley, and Tanah Rata Park.

Things to Do in Tanah Rata

Tanah Rata Cameron Highlands Malaysia
  1. Explore a tea plantation and learn more about the harvesting process.
  2.  Hike Trail No. 10, is a popular trail that stretches from Tanah Rata to Gunung Jasar.
  3. Visit the Mah Meri Art Gallery, home to an extensive collection of Mah Meri carvings.
  4. Trek to Robinson Falls, accessible via a beautiful jungle trail.
  5. Check out the Agro Technology Park.
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2. Ringlet – Where to Stay in Cameron Highlands on a Budget

Lavender Garden Cameron Highlands

Sitting at nearly 4,000 feet above sea level, Ringlet seems a world away from Malaysia’s famously decadent malls!

Like Tanah Rata, Ringlet has a pleasantly relaxing vibe to it, with plenty of lush greenery and a laidback charm that’s bound to win over even the pickiest travelers. As they enter the town, visitors are welcomed by a massive strawberry-shaped statue, a nod to Ringlet’s farming community.

Not only is this area quite affordable, but it also provides the ideal setting for travelers who want to unplug from the daily grind and escape to the middle of nowhere.

Nature lovers will no doubt delight in the abundance of beautiful Malaysian hiking trails. Tea aficionados may wish to check out the famous Boh Tea Plantation that’s tucked away in the valley.

While Ringlet certainly offers some respite from urbanized attractions, it’s quite compact and there’s not a whole lot to do in this leisurely hill destination. Don’t let that deter you though: Ringlet happens to be an excellent jumping point to some of the best attractions in the Highlands, including the Cameron Lavender Garden, the Bee Farms, the Robinson Waterfall, and the popular Mossy Forest.

Best Airbnb in Ringlet – 3 Bedroom Apartment for 9

3 Bedroom Apartment for 9

Tucked away in one of the most scenic Cameron Highlands neighborhoods, this apartment lends itself well to groups and families.

With three bedrooms for up to 9 guests, this apartment does provide a modern, well-equipped kitchen where you can rustle up your own meals.

 Both the Taman Pelangi Ringlet trail and the Boh Tea Estate lie just a short distance away.

Best Hostel in Ringlet – Traveller Bunker Hostel

Traveller Bunker Hostel 1

Located just 20 minutes from Ringlet, this hostel offers mixed and female-only dormitories as well as quadruple rooms. All rooms feature balconies with city views.

Guests of the hostel will have access to a shared kitchen, lounge, tour desk, and onsite ATM. With a stay at the Traveller Bunker Hostel, you’ll be close to the Gossip Corner Restaurant, Tanah Rata Park, and the Roberston Rose Garden.

Best Hotel in Ringlet – The Lakehouse Cameron Highlands

The Lakehouse Cameron Highlands

Housed in a quaint, English-style country house, this hotel features Deluxe Rooms and Suites with four-poster beds. Overlooking Sultan Abu Bakar Lake, the property also boasts a games room, restaurant, and a Reading Room with a fireplace.

Best of all, the hotel offers guided jungle treks, ideal for exploring the area!

Things to Do in Ringlet

Mossy Forest Cameron Highlands
  1. Wander around the Highlands Apiary Farm where you can see the bees working and buy fresh honey.
  2. Take a day trip to the historic Kellie’s Castle, a hauntingly beautiful Scottish mansion
  3. Experience the scenic 5-kilometer-long out-and-back hiking Taman Pelangi Ringlet trail.
  4. Treat yourself to a tea-tasting experience at the nearby Boh Tea Estate.

3. Brinchang – Where to Stay in Cameron Highlands for Nightlife

Brinchang Cameron Highlands

Okay, the Cameron Highlands may be super laid-back and relaxed, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring! If it’s nightlife that you’re after, I would recommend that you drop anchor in Brinchang, a small but upcoming town.

One of the coolest places to stay in Cameron Highlands, Brinchang is especially famous for its night market where you can practice your haggling. Expect plenty of stalls selling street food, souvenirs, handicrafts, and various types of produce. Known for its vibrant and delightfully noisy atmosphere, this is the ideal place to interact with Malaysians and take in the local culture.

In addition, Brinchang has quite a few entertainment centers offering bowling and pool tables as well as clubs with karaoke evenings.

Best Airbnb in Brinchang – Cozy Studio for Two

Cozy Studio for Two

An ideal home base for solo travelers or couples, this studio commands an excellent location at Kea Farm.

The studio is housed in a well-equipped complex that even houses a 7-Eleven – perfect for when you don’t feel like cooking! When you want to explore, you can always check out the nearby Parit Waterfall and the Strawberry Farm.

Best Hostel in Brinchang – The Cocoon Cameron Highlands Capsule

The Cocoon Cameron Highlands Capsule

Wake up to a complimentary light breakfast every day with a stay at the Cocoon Cameron Highlands Capsule hostel!

Guests can take their pick from mixed or female-only dorms as well as triple, quadruple, and family rooms. Other onsite amenities include laundry services and a common room fitted with a PlayStation. With a stay at this hotel, you’ll be close to the Mossy Forest.  

Best Hotel in Brinchang – Hotel Yasmin

Hotel Yasmin

Located near Cactus Valley and the Time Tunnel Museum, Hotel Yasmin offers Standard, King, Deluxe, Triple, and Family rooms to accommodate up to four guests.

With a 24-hour reception, the hotel lies close to attractions like Cactus Valley and the Time Tunnel Museum. Nearby, you’ll also find eateries like Restoran Fauzi Tomyam & Steamboat.

Things to Do in Brinchang

Brinchang Malaysia
  1. Stroll in the Mossy Forest which features abundant flora and scenic hiking trails.
  2. Mosey around the Time Tunnel Museum which contains plenty of antiques.
  3. Sing along with live bands at the Strawberry Club, known for its epic Karaoke Nights.
  4. Browse through the Night Market on Friday and Saturday.
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FAQs About Finding a Place to Stay in Cameron Heights

Here’s what people usually ask me about the areas of Cameron Heights and where to stay.

What To Pack For Cameron Highlands

Pants, socks, underwear, soap?! Take it from me, packing for a hostel stay is not always quite as straightforward as it seems. Working out what to bring and what to leave at home is an art I have perfected over many years.

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Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Cameron Highlands

There you have it- all the best places to stay in Cameron Highlands!

I hope this guide made it easier for you to narrow down your choices, but if you’re still having trouble deciding, I can recommend Tanah Rata.

Because it’s not as isolated as Brinchang and Ringlet, Tanah Rata offers the ideal blend of escapism and adventure! Since it’s a transportation hub, you’ll also be just a bus ride from other attractions in the vicinity. And speaking of Tanah Rata, I can totally vouch for the Zenith Cameron hotel which offers super comfy rooms and numerous onsite amenities.


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