Me and a couple of friends/travellers will be arriving in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November this year, we will be staying here for a while and then are looking at making a camping trip to the Cameron Highlands.
First off, is this an ok time of year to be camping up there? We don’t mind the weather too much, but t if its really bad then we would rather not.
Secondly I was wondering if anyone knew of any places in KL that sell cheap (but not too rubbish) tents as after this short camping trip we will be throwing/giving them away. Or is it possible and cheaper to rent one whilst we are there??
And lastly, I’ve looked at bus journeys to the Cameron Highlands and have found a site that gives details on the following trips: KL to Cameron Highlands and Penang to Cameron Highlands but I am yet to find details of …..Cameron Highlands to Penang.
I think this bus ride does exist as I have seen people mention it in their travel blogs, but I am yet to find the details on it.
Can anyone help with any of these.
Thanks in advance.
Camping is not at all common in Malaysia, and there are no actual camp sites like there are in Europe etc. And you might get some very strange looks! The only time people really camp is when doing long jungle treks. However you can buy tents , in the sporting section of department stores such as Parkson, Jusco, and Carrefour supermarket sells cheaper tents. Or you can go to a specialised outdoor equipment shop.
Nov will be monsoon season, so it might not be good to camp then.
If you go to Taman Negara they have a camp site where you can rent tents.
Not sure about direct bus from CH to Penang, but you can certainly go via Ipoh.
Yes, there are public direct buses from Tana Rata to Georgetown.
More info about camping in Cameron Highlands here. Do bring lotsa warm clothing and blanket, as it can be very cold in the early hours of the morning.
You can buy the Cameron Highlands to Penang bus ticket at the Tanah Rata bus station at Cameron Highlands, when you alight from the bus. No pre-booking is needed.
Just to confirm there is a direct bus to Georgetown, I've taken it myself.
There are plenty of buses at regular intervals both from & to KL and Penang. I, myself have taken one from Penang to cameron Highlands and then from there to KL.
Which way do you want to go?
In KL you can go to bus stop 'Pudu Raya' for a direct bus to Cameron Highlands. In Penang, go to bus sentral (that's correct spelling ) (not Komtar). From there you'll get buses for either Cameron highlands directly or till Ipoh.
All buses to & fro Cameron highlands will touch Ipoh, a junction.
November is not a good time for camping at Cameron highlands. rains, mountains & winter time.