Cameron Highlands

Travel Guide Asia Malaysia Pahang Cameron Highlands

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Introduction

Famed for its tea plantations, the Cameron Highlands are one of Malaysia's highest regions. Thanks to their altitude, the highlands enjoy a mild climate – a climate which has helped turn the region into one of Malaysia's main agricultural areas. Besides tea, legumes and vegetables are also grown in the region. The Cameron Highlands are located in Pahang, in the centre of Peninsular Malaysia.

The Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia's most extensive hill stations. It covers an area of 712 km², about the size of Singapore. At 1,500 m above sea level it is also the highest point in Malaysia accessible by road. The British surveyor, Sir William Cameron, was credited with "discovering" the highlands during a mapping expedition of the Pahang-Perak border area in 1885. The area developed starting in the 1920s when it was confirmed that many varieties of fruits and vegetables, including tea, can be grown. Tea was the main reason for the development of this area by the British. Additionally, many British settlers came to this area as a "retreat" from the hot, humid climate of the rest of Malaysia. After years of extensive work in difficult conditions, a road was built linkind Tapah and Tanah Rata, allowing the settlement of the highlands. Following this, tea planters and vegetable growers who found the climate suitable for their crops moved in the highlands. Today, there are four main roads into the area: two to the west, to Ipoh and to Tapah; and two to the east, to Gua Musang and Kuala Lipis.

Climate is extremely mild for Malaysian standards: the mean annual temperature is 18 °C. During the day, the temperature seldom rises above 25 °C; at night, it can drop to as low as 12 °C.

Overall, much of the retreat is still forested (estimated at 71 percent) and hosts a rich ecosystem. Please refer to #See for more information on the wildlife in the Cameron Highlands. There are eight mountains at the retreat. They are Mount (Malay: Gunung) Batu Brinchang (2,031 m), Mount Berembun (1,840 m), Mount Irau (2,091 m), Mount Jasar (1,696 m), Mount Mentigi (1,563 m), Mount Perdah (1,576 m) and Mount Siku (1,916 m). Jungle trails lead visitors to scenic spots, waterfalls and aboriginal villages.

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Sights and Activities

The Cameron Highlands are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is estimated that more than 700 species of plants grow here. During trekking to one of the local mount (or Gunung in Malay) you will observe the vegetation change with the elevation. The most famous plant in the highland is without doubt the Rafflesia which is endemic to the Cameron Highlands. The plant has no stems, leaves or true roots. It is noted for producing the largest individual flower on earth. These attract a lot of tourists and remember to be very careful around these flowers as all of the known species of Rafflesia are threatened or endangered. In addition to the vegetation, the highlands is the habitat to a large number of animals, birds, insects and reptiles. If you are lucky you may even see some monkeys (White-thighed langurs can be spotted on trail 7).

  • Gunung (Mount) Brinchang. At 6,666 ft (2,032 m) above sea level, this is the highest point in Malaysia which is accessible by car. At the top of the mountain is a radio and television station. Close to the installation is a 15 m high "Observation Tower". This is the best place to get a good view of the Cameron Highlands and the neighbouring state of Perak. Reached by trekking up Trail 1 or by road. The taxi fare to the summit and back can amount to as much as RM100. Before heading this way, it would be wise to negotiate with the taxi driver to see if the trip could include a visit to the nearby Mossy Forest and the Boh Tea plantation which is located at Sungei Palas. As of Oct 2018, and according to a guide, access to the summit is no longer allowed. Apparently a telecom company bought the land and closed it from public access.
  • Mossy Forest. There is a boardwalk at the top of Gunung (Mount) Brinchang which takes you through the Mossy Forest. This reserve is unlike any other in peninsular Malaysia: its base is covered with a thick carpet of moss. Most of the trees here have remained untouched for centuries. Be prepared to spend a considerable amount of time exploring this place. As of June 2018 most of the ground moss is gone and it's unfortunately quite a disappointing experience. But the viewpoint tower can be worth a visit. From there, Trail 14 starts and takes you to Gunung Irau (Track 14 is closed since 7 Feb 2018 until further notice due to landslides).
  • Parit Waterfall. There are two ways to get to the waterfall: you could either start from the Forestry Department or take Trail 4 which is at the side of the Century Pines Resort. If you opt for the former, you should reach the falls in less than an hour. For the latter, the journey is about 15 min.
  • Robinson Waterfall. The falls are a short distance from Tanah Rata. It could be reach via Path 9. (See section. #Stay Safe for trail 9.)
  • Rafflesia Flower. The largest flower in the world (actually an external parasitic plant, lacking leaves, stem or roots). The only way to see this plant is to join guided tour which comes with 4WD transport as it is located in Blue Valley are which is around 1 hr drive from Cameron Highlands town. Also, since each plant only blooms for 4-5 days a year, you need the knowledge of if and where a plant has bloomed.
  • Boh Tea Centre and Sg Palas Plantation (follow the main road from Brinchang towards Kg Raja. After the Equatorial Hotel, look for signs and then turn left into the narrow hill road. The junction faces a row of stalls selling fruits and vegetables from the Kea Farm and can be easily missed.). 8AM-4:30PM. Operated by Malaysia's largest tea company. Tours available of tea factory. Interactive educational studio, a retail outlet, and a nice cafe. Stunning vistas of rolling hills amidst a carefully tendered tea plantation. The drive up the hill can be very narrow at stages, so caution should be shown when driving up. The view from the top of nearby hill at the plantation is well worth the effort of climbing up. Free tours.
  • Cameron Bharat Tea Plantation (Tanah Rata, toward Ringlet). Second larger producer of tea in Malaysia. You can walk around the plantations and take photos. There is a cafe from where you can have a breathtaking view of the tea plantation. Free tours.

Several tour operators have offices on or near the main road in Tanah Rata. The packages (jungle trekking, farm adventure, go to Ipoh to see Kellie's Castle, etc.) and prices are all very similar, but ask about extra charges like admission to the museums and to see the Rafflesia. Morning and afternoon tours are very popular. Night tours are listed by most operators but are not popular so don't expect them to be available unless you're in a group of 4 people (or 3 at some).

Trekking is one of the main activities in Cameron Highlands. Trail maps are available from the tourist information centers (free and non-free). None of the available maps are exactly correct, but the trails are well marked and a guide is by no means necessary. Most of the trails have yellow signages with annotations from fellow trekkers (see photo) and the path is usually mark with plastic tape.

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Events and Festivals

  • Thaipusam - This annual Hindu festival commemorates the birthday of Lord Murugan. Over a million devotees and visitors throng Batu Caves on this eventful celebration, every year.
  • Chinese New Year - Chinese make up about a quarter of the total population and in honour of the Chinese New Year, Malaysia has declared the first two days as public holidays. In the Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, a date between 21 January and 20 February.
  • Hari Raya Aidil Fitri (Eid ul-Fitr) - This Muslim festival marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is celebrated by 60% of the population. The first two days are public holidays, and most people take extra days off to spend time with family and visit relatives and friends.
  • Mid-Autumn Festival - Alternatively known as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the full moon day (15th day) of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar – usually in September.
  • Deepavali (or Diwali) - A significant Hindu festival also known as the Festival of Lights, celebrating the victory of good over evil. Based on the Hindu luni-solar calendar, Deepavali typically falls between mid-October and mid-November.
  • Christmas - This joyous day is declared a public holiday in Malaysia. Year 2000 census indicates that almost a tenth of the population are Christians.

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Getting There

The highlands can be accessed by road from both coasts, though most travellers enter from the west. Ipoh has a road up to the highlands via Simpang Pulai, the other route from the west is further south, via Tapah. The main road from the east passes through Gua Musang; there is also a more circuitous route from Kuala Lipis (both of which are on the Jungle Railway).

By Car

From North-South Expressway, exit the expressway at Tapah and then proceed via route 59 straight to the highlands. It takes about 1 hr 30 min to reach the first town of Ringlet.

Alternatively, you can exit the expressway at Simpang Pulai, Ipoh and proceed via route 145 to Cameron Highlands. It takes about 1 hr to reach the first town, Kampung Raja. Condition of this route is significantly better than Route 59 from Tapah.

By Bus

  • From Ipoh, take an air-conditioned PerakTransit bus service (Stall D2, RM20, 2-3hr, 8:30AM, 10AM 11:30AM, 12:30 PM 3PM, 5PM, 7PM) to Tanah Rata from Ipoh's Amanajaya bus terminal (10 km from the city center). You can get there from Medan Kidd bus terminal near the train station, by taking either the T30a, T30b or 116 bus (1.80 RM every 30min). The buses to the highlands travel via Simpang Pulai and stop at towns such as Kampong Raja and Brinchang. Be sure to let the driver know if you need one of these towns.
  • From Kuala Lumpur, buses to Tanah Rata leave from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (RM30-RM39, 4½ hr, 8:30AM–3:30PM though mainly in the morning). Some buses can be booked online.
  • From Penang, Unititi Express bus picks up passengers from Prangin Mall in Georgetown to Tanah Rata for RM35 (7:15AM and 1:30PM). However, the bus from Tanah Rata to Penang (RM32, 8AM and 2:30PM) will stop at Sungai Nibong and you might need to take a local bus or a taxi to Georgetown.
  • From Singapore, overnight VIP buses operated by Grassland and Fivestar leave from the Golden Mile tower/complex (SG$55-SG$65, 10 hr). Buses stop at Ringlet, Lakehouse, Brinchang Hotel, Equatorial Hotel, Heritage Hotel and Tanah Rata.
  • From Taman Negara: It is actually possible to go to Cameron Highlands from Taman Negara using only local buses. The best option is to leave the National Park with the first bus going to Jerantut and ask the driver/ticket seller the way to Cameron Highland. But the journey is pretty much : Kuala Tahn to Jerantut RM7; 10AM. Jerantut to Benta RM7; Benta to Raub RM5.25. Raub to Tanah Rata RM12 (Cameron Highlands). You will be in Cameron Highlands by the end of day. This is, indeed a long journey with several connections but could suit some travellers as the total price of the journey is around RM30, compared to the RM90 asked by private mini-van companies.

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Getting Around

The area is made up of eight neighbourhoods. The three townships are Ringlet, Tanah Rata and Brinchang. The five settlements are the Bertam Valley, Kea Farm, Tringkap, Kuala Terla and Kampung Raja. All are separated from one another by a considerable distance. The most popular towns of the retreat are Tanah Rata and Brinchang. They are about 4 km apart.

By Car

The area has a good network of roads. If you are planning to get off the beaten track, renting a car may be a good option.

By Public Transport

The bus station is at Tanah Rata. Local buses in the highlands have stopped but have been replaced by company-owned tourist buses running every two hours between Tanah Rata and Kampung Raja. It stops in Brinchang, Kea Farm, Tringkap and Kuala Terla but you can ask the driver to drop you where you want along the main road. From Tanah Rata, departures are from 6:30AM to 6:30PM. Returns from Kampung Raja are scheduled from 7:30AM to 7:30PM. The fare is about RM2-5 depending on the distance.

By Foot

One of the best ways to see the area is to walk. Do bring along an umbrella just in case it rains.

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Eat

Food is not a problem at the Cameron Highlands. There are many Malay, Western, Indian and Chinese restaurants to pick and choose from. While you are here, do try the steamboat, a pot of boiling soup where you can cook your own meat and vegetables.

  • Gerai Opah, No.9, Gerai Makan Laluan Besar, Tanah Rata, ☎ +60 17-287 3912. If you're looking for a good filling breakfast, try the kampung nasi lemak. Only open for breakfast and until it runs out so hurry up.
  • Restoran Kumar, No.26 , Main Rd, Tanah Rata (next to Sri Brinchang), ☎ +60 5 4912624. Very popular place for authentic south Indian meals such as banana leaf rice RM7. Tandoori chicken RM7.
  • Singh Chapati, No 1, Brij Court, Tanah Rata. 1PM - 9:30PM. Good Indian food.
  • Sri Brinchang, 25 Main Rd, Tanah Rata (Next to Kumar), ☎ +60 5 491 5982, +60 12 452 4392. Cheap and very good Indian food. Tandoori Chicken: RM7.50.
  • Yong Teng Cafe, Tanah Rata. 7AM-5PM. Delicious and affordable food, best choice for breakfast (RM6-10) or lunch in town. Must try the pancakes and nasi lemak (RM7). Run by the nicest old couple. There are deaf so all communications are by signs. RM2-10.
  • Restoran Zainab Sam, 10 main road, Tanah Rata, ☎ +60 5-491 1917. Local cuisine.
  • Restoran Ferm Nyonya, Tanah Rata (same street as MayBank). 11:00AM - 10:30PM. Only Nyonya restaurant of the town.
  • Jasmine's Cafe, Tanah Rata. Closes 9:30PM~late. Big on Dutch soccer clubs, there's only one color that characterises this place, Oranje. Superb ambience, good chicken chops and some vegetarian options. RM33-55 per pax.
  • Restoran Mayflower, Tanah Rata, ☎ +60 5-4911793. 9AM - 3PM and 5PM - 10:30PM. Good place for steamboat and Chinese food.

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Drink

  • Bala's Holiday Chalet (9AM-6PM). Famous for its tea and scones.
  • Lord's cafe (T Cafe) (at a corner you can't miss the menu on the wall, climb the stairs). 10AM-7PM. Popular place for local tea (RM2) and scones (RM2.8). Classic hideout for British people.
  • Time Tunnel Cafe, UT/MR/F-255, Jl. Sungai Burung, Brinchang (within the Kok Lim Strawberry Farm), ☎ +60 16 3288 438, +60 13-5247 120. 9AM-6PM. Rustic setting. Wide food choice. Service with a smile. Nice place to take photographs.
  • Jungle Bar (Daniel's Lodge Jungle Travellers Bar), No.9, Lorong Perdah. Tanah Rata (Located behind Daniel's/Kang Travellers Lodge), ☎ +60 5 491 5828. 7:30PM-2AM. A bar with a jungle theme and nightly bonfire. Live football match telecasts. Pool table is available, dart board and music. Beer is RM8 a bottle and the clientele are mainly international travellers. Plenty of places to sit and talk and the atmosphere is relaxed.
  • Travellers Bistro & Pub. noon-1AM. The only pub in Tanah Rata. A decent place to meet other travellers. Beer RM10.

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Sleep

  • Brinchang Hotel, 36, Brinchang Main Rd, ☎ +60 5 4911755, fax: +60 5 4913452. Located in the centre of Brinchang. Cheap and good.
  • Cameronian Inn, No.16 Jalan Mentigi, ☎ +60 12 559 5017. Cottage with a nice garden, afternoon tea and strawberry scones. Mix of dorms and private rooms. TV room with AstroTV. 4-bed dorm: RM15, private double room w/shared bathroom: RM50.
  • Kang Traveller's Lodge (Daniel's Lodge), Tanah Rata, ☎ +60 5 491 5823, e-mail: travel@kangholiday.com. Very basic but pleasant dorm accommodation. Free hot showers, free 24 hr wifi , pool table and nightly bonfires. Movie room with DVDs available. Spacious common area and garden terrace cafe. Can make tour and transport arrangements. Do not mistake with Kang Traveller's Hotel - same owner but slightly more pricey. Dorm: RM12-15, rooms: RM20-120.
  • Eighy Mentigi, 8A Jla Mentigi Tanah Rata, ☎ +60 5-4915988. single/double with own bathroom. free wifi RM50/70.
  • Father's Guest House, Lot 25 Tanah Rata (5-min walk from Tanah Rata. A Garmin GPS will put you on the back road and in the bush. The house is up the hill, and you will need to go back to the main road and turn left and then take the first left of Jl. Gereja.), ☎ +60 549 12484, fax: +60 549 15484, e-mail: fathersonline@hotmail.com. A popular holiday retreat surrounded by forest and gardens. In-house cafe serves local and western cuisines. Big wifi lounge area. Tour and transport bookings available at reception counter. Dorm: RM30, double from: RM74.20.
  • Kang Travellers Hotel, No.38, Jalan Besar. Tanah Rata (On the main road 200 m from the bus terminal), ☎ +60 5 491 5828. Check-in: 1PM, check-out: noon. An easy going budget hotel for travellers but don't expect too much. Free 24 hr wifi, spacious rooms some with attached and common bathroom. On the main street of Tanah Rata. Tours and transport arrangements are also available. RM40-120.
  • Number 8 Guest House, Tanah Rata (Fairly new guesthouse, just behind Twin Pines down a small road but only 3 minutes walk from town). 4 rooms of simple but clean accommodation with modern beds and furniture. Free wifi and an internet terminal which costs RM3. RM50-80 double with shower.
  • Sg Pauh Campsite (near Taman Sedia, 5 min drive to Tanah Rata or Brinchang), ☎ +60 5 4911384. The campsite has got all the basic amenities like washrooms, BBQ and cold showers. There are electrical sockets spread around the site. RM3 per tent, If you want the electric power the price raises to RM10.
  • Tudor Home Inn, 10A, Jalan Angsana 3, Bandar Baru Brinchang, Brinchang., ☎ +60 5 490 1353, e-mail: ronny@tudorhomeinn.com.my. Kopitiam serving local favorite food. Car parking available. Local information counter. Sightseeing tour arrangement. Close to the night market and a mosque's loudspeaker. doubles RM80.
  • Twin Pines (Located just behind the (inactive) construction area). Friendly Indian owners and clean rooms, hot shared showers. 24-hr TV room, internet for nominal charge, food for 3 meals, small garden, laundry service RM6 for the first 4 kg. Can arrange tours in the Cameron highlands. Single attic rooms with mattress on the floor: RM15, rooms: RM25-RM75.
  • Westwood Highland, 4B Jalan Batu 51 (Between Kampung Raja and Kuala Terla), ☎ +60 135238077, e-mail: westwoodhighland@gmail.com. The owner of this hostel, Troji, is an experienced traveller who decided to found his own hostel in his hometown after living around Malaysia and in London. He's running the hostel with the help of his lovely family. The location is not that good but Troji offers free pick-ups from Kualka Terla or Kampung Raja in the main road, just call him in advance. Extra clean hostel with a western spirit (free Wifi, home cinema in the living room and a coffeeshop with one of the best expresso in the highlands) in the middle of a flower farm runned by Troji's family. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Westwood-Highland/152967308220749 Dorm: RM60, single private room w/ shared bathroom: RM90, double private room w/ shared bathroom: RM180, family rooms (3 or 4 persons) w/ private bathroom: RM290 (all with breakfast included).
  • Bala's Holiday Chalet, Batu 39, Jalan Besar, Tanah Rata, ☎ +60 549 11660, fax: +60 5 491 4500, e-mail: bala.reservations@gmail.com. The hotel is one of the oldest colonial buildings in Cameron Highlands, converted from previous use as a school for the children of expatriate families. Within walking distance of Tanah Rata. English colonial decor and manicured gardens, TV room, reading room and library with a fireplace. Laundry, safe deposit facilities. Internet and a free shuttle service to/from Tanah Rata town. Cottage style rooms RM120, from RM380 for suites.
  • Hillview Inn, No.17, Jl. Mentigi, Tanah Rata (5 min walk from bus station), ☎ +60 5 4912915, e-mail: hillview_inn@hotmail.com. The rooms are clean, carpeted and spacious. Free pick up from the Tanah Rata bus station. Free wifi and Internet service. TV room on every floor. Arrange tour and transport bookings. A café serves hot snacks, tea and scones, drinks and beers. RM70-240.
  • Cameron Highlands Resort, ☎ +60 32 783 1000. Tanah Rata. The Cameron Highlands Resort (formerly Merlin Inn) Boutique resort with 56 well-appointed rooms and suites. Fronts the Cameron Highlands' 18-hole golf course. It also houses the third wellness centre of the award-winning Spa Village, which offers exotic treatments focusing on the healing and restorative properties of tea. Room rates start from US$200 for the deluxe rooms.
  • Century Pines Resort, ☎ +603 6201 1055. Tanah Rata. A cosy hotel located at the north-end of Tanah Rata. It houses a spa which offers spa and massage packages. There are 111 rooms in various sizes; superior, deluxe, suite. Rates start from RM160 for the superior rooms.
  • Crown Imperial Court, Crown Imperial Court Brinchang (Behind Petronas Brinchang), ☎ +60 122266260. This apartment was built in 2009 and is at the top of Brinchang town in Cameron Highlands. All apartments here are with 3 bedrooms and a private parking space. RM250-450.
  • Equatorial Cameron Highlands, ☎ +60 5 496 1777, fax: +60 5 496 1333. Kea Farm, Brinchang. The highest resort in the Camerons and also its biggest. There are 240 self-contained low-rise apartments and 270 rooms and suites in the hotel tower. Rates are from RM380 for the rooms and RM680 for apartments.
  • Heritage Hotel, ☎ +60 5 491 3888, fax: +60 5 491 5666. Tanah Rata. 165-room hotel at 1,500 m above sea level. Surrounded by lush tropical forest with panoramic views of the town. Eye-catching tudor styled architecture and elegantly sculpture garden provide an ambience of an old English countryside. Rates start from RM350 for the superior rooms. Inclusive of steamboat dinner and breakfast. Watch out for promotion on their web page.
  • Hotel De' La Ferns, ☎ +60 5 491 4888, fax: +60 5 491 6198. Batu 39, Jalan Besar, Tanah Rata. It is the latest boutique hotel at the Cameron Highlands. The hotel is approximately 2 km from Tanah Rata. It is close to the golf course.
  • Strawberry Park Resort, ☎ +60 5 491 1166, fax: +60 5 491 1949. Tanah Rata. Neo Tudor-style resort contains 230 modern styled fully-furnished rooms and apartments that blend in with their natural surroundings. Rates start from RM350 for the smallest studio apartments to RM1,050 for a 3-bedroom penthouse. edit
  • The Lakehouse, ☎ +60 5 495 6152, fax: +60 5 495 6213. Ringlet. Tudor style hotel siting atop a hill and overlooking the Sultan Abu Bakar Lake near the town of Ringlet. Short drive from Tanah Rata. 11 deluxe rooms, 3 junior suites, 3 family suites and 1 honeymoon suite. Rates start from RM465.
  • The Smokehouse Hotel, ☎ +60 5 491 1215, fax: +60 5 491 1214, e-mail: cameron@thesmokehouse.com.my. Tanah Rata. English Tudor style hotel with a colonial ambience, built in 1939. Traditional English breakfasts, tea in the lush gardens with scones, cream and strawberry jam. Dine in probably the finest restaurant in the Highlands and take pleasure in a drink by the fireplace. Well-appointed suites. Room rates range from RM400 to RM600. RM480-600 + 10% service charge.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are available in cities and major towns. Wi-Fi hotspots can be found in shopping malls, restaurants, food courts and cafés. Many of these hotspots are provided free-of-charge. Internet cafés can also be found in cities and towns.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Malaysia is on the GSM 900/1800 and UMTS (3G) mobile network. If you have an "unlocked" GSM band mobile phone, you can buy a prepaid SIM card and use it with your phone here for cheaper rates instead of roaming here. Prepaid mobile SIM cards are available cheaply at mobile phone shops and 24-hour convenience stores.

Below are the area codes in Malaysia:

01Mobile Phones (nationwide)
02Singapore (special access code to call Singapore)
03Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor
04Penang, Perlis, Kedah
05Perak
06Negeri Sembilan, Malacca
07Johor
080Brunei (special access code for use in Sabah and Sarawak only)
08xSabah, Sarawak (x determines the region)
09Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan
1-300Non-geographical numbers (local call rate)
1-800Non-geographical numbers (free call from landline, local call rate from mobile phone)

Area code is not required when calling a number of the same area code. However, it is mandatory when calling from a mobile phone.

There is no charge for receiving calls on any Malaysian phones. Only the caller is charged for the call made. However, if you're on mobile phone roaming service, you will also be charged for any calls received, by your operator.

To dial out of Malaysia, use the international access code 00 (zero zero), followed by the country code, followed by the area code (remove the preceding 0, if any), and finally the telephone number.
e.g. To call London, United Kingdom, dial 00-44-20-xxxx xxxx; or to call Dallas, Texas, United States, dial 00-1-214-xxx xxxx.
For mobile phones, the plus sign "+" can be used as the international access code.
e.g. Using the previous scenario, type +44-20-xxxx xxxx or +1-214-xxx xxxx and press the call button.

The country code for Malaysia is 60. To receive calls from overseas, that person will have to dial the country's international access code, followed by 60 for Malaysia, followed by the area code (remove the preceding 0), followed by the phone number.
e.g. If your prepaid mobile number is 012-1234567, and someone in the United Kingdom were to call you, the number to dial is 00-60-12-1234567. Those calling you from the United States and Canada will have to dial 011-60-12-1234567.

The emergency number is 999 and can be dialled from any phone, free of charge. The worldwide standard emergency number for GSM mobile phones, 112, can also be used on a mobile phone, even without a SIM card. Calls to 112 will be routed to 999 centres.

Post

Pos Malaysia is the national postal service of Malaysia. Rates for sending a standard letter locally is 30 sen (20 gram) to 40 sen (up to 50 gram). International airmail has minimum rates ranging from RM1.00 to RM2.00, depending on destination. It costs 20 sen to send a postcard or aerogramme locally, or 50 sen to send a postcard or aerogramme to anywhere in the world.

Expedited Mail Service (EMS), branded locally as Poslaju, is available for both domestic and international destinations. Domestic EMS has a next day delivery guarantee. International EMS guarantees mails and parcels to be delivered out of the country by the following day. The time required to arrive at its destination will depend on clearance by authorities and the postal service of the destination country. For most countries, delivery of documents can be done in 3 to 5 days.

If you need to receive mails or packages from home, there is Poste Restante service available at all General Post Offices (GPO) in the country. There is one GPO in almost every capital city of every state, and in all federal territories. Mails sent from Singapore and Brunei will be retained for one month while mails from all other places will be kept for two months, after which if unclaimed, will be sent to the Dead Letter Office.

Generally, post offices are open from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Saturday, except the first Saturday of the month. They are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Electricity

Electricity voltage in Malaysia is 240V AC 50Hz. The UK 3-pin plug is the standard used in Malaysia. European 2-pin plug can also be used on the 3-pin socket by inserting a screwdriver (or any hard object that fits) into the earth pin hole to open the live and neutral shutters. However, this practice can be hazardous.

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