Camping In Cameron Highlands

Interested in camping in Cameron Highlands? You will if you love nature, enjoy rustic cooking, and sleeping under the stars!

This hilly landscape is ripe for happy campers to discover. The is a cool climate, lush forests, and streams of clear water.

Get ready to pitch your tents at these best 5 camping sites in Cameron Highlands.

5 Great Camping And Glamping Spots In Cameron Highlands

1. Kem Sg Pauh

Since it’s at the lush forest reserve of Sungai Pauh:

Kem Sg Pauh is one of the most popular camping grounds in Cameron Highlands.

Beautiful Campsite Kem Sg Pauh At Cameron Highlands
Beautiful Campsite Kem Sg Pauh At Cameron Highlands – Photo credits to Akmal B

Tall pine trees surround this camping ground. There are scenic streams and river rock pools close by too.

This fully-equipped campsite has an electricity supply, tap water, and bathrooms. There is even a surau (prayer room) too.

And while the parking lots are far, there are trolleys to lighten your load and footwork.

Above all, there is decent phone coverage. But the lack of Wi-Fi connectivity means a foolproof digital detox. Ideal for detaching the kids (and parents) from their gadgets!

At night, temperatures drop to a chilly 15°C. So snuggling up in your sleeping bag is cozy!

Furthermore, given its affordability, expect to make a booking months ahead. Patience is a virtue at Kem Sg Pauh for it usually has a long waiting list.

What you’ll like:

  • Well-maintained and clean camping spot with looming pine trees
  • Facilities include a BBQ area, tap water, surau, phone coverage, bathroom, and electricity
  • Onsite cleaners to keep the property spic and span
  • Trolleys make transporting your camping equipment to the campsite easier
  • The perimeter of the campsite has fencing for added security with a good safety track record to boot.
  • Affordable entry and camping price

Good to know:

  • There are interruptions to the water supply to the toilet due to low water pressure
  • After securing your booking, re-validate it as you approach the date. This is to prevent potential mixed-ups
  • Location: Tanah Rata, 39000 Tanah Rata, Pahang
  • Contact: +6054911384
  • Price Per Entry: Adults (RM3); Children (RM1.50)
  • Price For An Overnight Stay: RM10 (for adults and children each)
  • Parking Fee: RM5 per entry

2. The Backyard Glamping Cameron Highlands

For novice campers, The Backyard Glamping Cameron Highlands offers a unique experience. And introduction to living in rugged terrain.

Main Signage For The Backyard Glamping, Cameron Highlands
Main Signage For The Backyard Glamping, Cameron Highlands – Photo by Travelswithsun

To get here, start off from the main road. Depending on which site you book, there may be a hilly uphill climb up some stairs.

The higher campsites are popular for their woodsy atmosphere. So if you may want to make bookings as early as possible.

But if you get the lower campsites, the walk-up is not as steep or long. Facilities are newer and the tents are closer to the toilets.

One Of The Family Sized Tents At The Backyard Glamping In Cameron Highlands
One Of The Family Sized Tents At The Backyard Glamping In Cameron Highlands – Photo by Travelswithsun

All campsites (there are low, middle, and higher levels) feature spacious A-tents. They have well-lit entrances, well-maintained landscaping, shared toilets, and a common kitchen.

Note: The tents can be warm in the afternoon but the night air is chilly.

Highlights Of The Backyard Glamping Cameron Highlands
Highlights Of The Backyard Glamping Cameron Highlands – Photo credits to thebackyardglamping

If you can’t completely go without the internet, do not worry as there is decent Wi-Fi connectivity.

For those who love the cold weather, go ahead and experience bathing in the outdoor bathrooms. Or enjoy a relaxing soak in the bathtub (only available at 1 of the bathrooms at the higher campsite).

One Of The Family Tents At The Backyard Glamping In Cameron Highlands
One Of The Family Tents At The Backyard Glamping In Cameron Highlands – Photo by Travelswithsun

Tip: Bring along mozzie repellent and a mosquito coil to ward off these pesky insects.

What you’ll like:

  • Steamboat and BBQ grill food are available upon request. And with an extra fee of ~RM50 to RM60 per pax.
  • Guests can use the fully-equipped kitchen with cutlery, a stove, gas, and a rice cooker
  • There is Netflix access and Wi-Fi connectivity. Plus washrooms, a prayer room, and plug points
  • Facilities and landscaping are well-maintained

Good to know:

  • The elevation to get to the camping site is quite steep. Getting tp the higher sites is a no-no for senior citizens. As well as pregnant women, and anyone with severe arthritis
  • This is a Muslim-friendly glamping site
  • The family who runs this camping site stay on the ground below the campsites
  • Bookings are via WhatsApp
  • The campsite is right below the main road. The noise of passing cars and trucks at night is a nuisance to light sleepers

3. MPGV Hikers Paradise

Simplistic, fuss-free, and away from the maddening crowd:

MPGV Hikers Paradise goes back to basics to deliver the essence of camping life.

Surroundings And Facilities At MPGV Hikers Paradise, Cameron Highlands
Surroundings And Facilities At MPGV Hikers Paradise, Cameron Highlands – jurimahmohdariffin (Instagram)

The entire campsite accommodates between 6 and 8 tents only.

And is in a quiet spot along the Simpang Pulai-Lojing street. Thus expect a peaceful and quiet environment here.

There’s a river fronting the campsite with refreshing clear water from the mountain. Amenities are very bare, but there are toilets and a barbecue pit.

Pitched Tents At MPGV Hikers Paradise, Cameron Highlands
Pitched Tents At MPGV Hikers Paradise, Cameron Highlands – Photo credits to Hisham Panjang

While you’re here, take the opportunity to explore hiking tracks with the site owners. (e.g. mossy forest trail, Gunung Suku and Gunung Siki)

What you’ll like:

  • Rustic and natural camping environment
  • Facilities include outdoor and indoor toilets and a barbecue pit
  • Knee-high stream fronting the campsite with mountain spring water
  • Friendly and accommodating owner

Good to know:

  • Separate charges for tents and occupants

4. Hola Campsite, Cameron Highlands

At the peak of Golden Hills,

Hola Campsite comprises 2 camping grounds and the temperatures here vary between 13°C and 26°C.

Lit Tents At Hola Campsite At Cameron Highlands
Lit Tents At Hola Campsite At Cameron Highlands – Photo credits to Aus Fir (Facebook)

Often in thick mist, Hola Campsite gives you a great opportunity to bask in nature and enjoy good company!

Being the newer campsite, Hola 2.0 is an upgrade from its sibling. It has 12 camping lots (measuring 8m X 7m each), 3 bathrooms, 2 fire pits, and 2 washing basins.

This campsite has gates for security and is very clean so it’s an ideal environment for germophobes.

What you’ll like:

  • Perfect place for stargazing on a non-rainy day
  • Facilities include bathrooms, BBQ fire pits, and washing basins
  • Private and clean campsite

Good to know:

  • Campsite 1.0 is approximately 80m away from 2.0

5. A’moss Farmstay

Go glamping in style at A’moss camping in Cameron Highlands. Whimsical and spacious geodesic tents dot this picturesque farming landscape.

Unique Tents At A'Moss Farmstay, Cameron Highlands
Unique Tents At A’Moss Farmstay, Cameron Highlands – Photo credits to faizulryzal (Instagram)

Set on an organic farm, A’moss provides a holistic camping experience. Here, novice campers can enjoy the outdoors.

Leading up to the farm is a narrow gravel path that can be tricky to maneuver. But there are 4X4 pick-up services at a minimal fee for guests who need transportation help.

Besides this, there’s a fabulous pantry for you to cook up a feast with drinks and cakes sold too.

While you’re here, don’t forget to go on a farm tour and learn the methods of organic farming. Or, work up a sweat and go on the mossy forest tour next to the campsite.

What you’ll like

  • Gorgeous view of the farm from your bed
  • Amenities include free Wi-Fi, a bathroom, and bedding. There are towels and a water heater. As well as cooking utilities, a shared pantry with a refrigerator, and an area to buy snacks.

Good to know:

  • For added security, request a padlock to lock your tent
  • At 14°C at night, the air is cold, especially on a rainy day. So bring along a thicker blanket as the one provided may be insufficient
  • UV rays during the day can be intense. Slather up sunblock to protect your skin.
  • The road to the glamping site is bumpy and narrow. Drive slowly or arrange for a pick-up.
  • Many flies are here due to the organic farming methods

Conclusion

Cameron Highlands offers a variety of camping sites. There are some for seasoned campers. And glamping spots that will appeal to first-time campers.

Military meals or pre-cooked food need not always be staple camping food. Some campsite operators offer marinated meat for delish grills. Or steamboat sets on cool nights!

Because the best campsites are few, start planning your getaway and book your slot in advance!

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