After reading the reviews on tripadvisor and more specific JacquiHop's review) we took a bus to Brinchang from Tanah Rata. the bus was scheduled to depart from Freesia Bus Terminal at 08:30 and left at 08:45 (I have to say I get used to it). Five minutes later the bus dropped us off at a road on our left hand side which led to the start of jungle trail number 1.
It's a pleasant walk from Brinchang (1,450 meter) to Mount Brinchang (2,032 meter). We were very lucky as it was a sunny and warm day, temperatures reaching 32 Celcius. This is not very common for Cameron Highlands. As it has only rained about two times in the last month, the trail was not muddy at all. Lucky us!
It took us 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach the 'summit' (measured from the bus drop off point). We took quite some breaks to take a look around and take pictures. I think you can easily make it in 1 hour and 30 minutes if you are fit.
After walking around the fence at the summit, you will see a tower on your right hand side (just past the police station). You can climb this tower and enjoy the views. Bring your camera!
If you continue walking, you will find the 'Mossy Forest' on your left hand side at the parking lot (can't be missed!). We only walked for about one hour in the 'Mossy Forest'. It is quite touristy, but after the boardwalk ends it gets less crowded.
Walking further downhill towards Brinchang you will pass a strawberry farm on your left hand side (very expensive strawberries, don't even think of buying them! - 40RM per kilo). After the strawberry farm the views of the tea fields will be great!
After about 5/6 kilometers you will reach 'BOH Tea Plantation'. 'BOH' itself was OK not great, but I imagine that we were spoilt at the Makaibari Tea Estate in Northern India a few years ago. 'BOH' is very, very touristy and overcrowded. Maybe because of all the local tourists on Sunday. If you are into green teas, nothing special here.
The best thing about being a tourist hot spot is that there are many friendly Malaysians. We were offered a ride back to Tanah Rata, so we didn't have to walk the 7 kilometers back to Brinchang and take a bus from there. It would have been possible on the same day, however. So even when you don't get a ride or manage to find a taxi, you won't get stranded.
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