I had a 3 night, 4 day stay in Cameroon highlands and this was the best choice for me as far as hotel is concerned. The online booking via Agoda was smooth and easy and my special requests were accommodated for, eg. clean sheets, towel, large super king bed and high floor. The view of the jungle is better though although overlooking the car park allows you to check on your car and the number of guests as well as breakfast crowd which is an advantage. The patrons of this hotel are mainly foreigners and local malay's however it is a very clean and comfortable stay. The breakfast was of good variety, fried rice, kuoy teow, peanut sauce, ketupat, toasted bread, egg station, juice, cornflakes etc, porridge and condiments, coffee, tea, fruits, ham, sausages, baked beans and the crowd for breakfast is large so go early otherwise the food will finish. I didn't check out the hotel much except for the room which has large clean bed, timber flooring, no fan or aircond as the weather is super, TV and astro/cable with movie channel FOX movies, coffee and tea facilities, hairdryer, extra pillows, safe. No wifi except in the cafe and lobby which should be improved into the rooms. Towels can be cleaner. No room service (have to order and collect yourself) and closes around 9.30pm but food around there is walking distance away. Excellent location as three is a nice park and jungle tracking paths just next to the hotel. There is a small town area with shops, banks, etc Tanah Rata area.
If from KL use the Tanah Rata exit instead of Simpang Pulai which is more convenient for those from North but the roads are better in the Pulai road.
Shop in Kea market for cheap vege but bargain and also check the freshness as some are already old and shop on Sat as Sunday not so fresh but cheap cause Monday closed. Tanah Rata has pasar malam on fri and sat so it can be badly jammed then. Avoid Sunday jam by checking out early and heading back. The jam is very bad due to the parking on the road side at Kea market.
The strawberries at Rajuu strawberry farm is excellent and they are honest and advice to buy on the day of consumption. Also lots of imitation mix from china around the market but not here. See a person Selvaraju for assistance (the owner). Check out Sg. Palas tea plantation - best view and excellent genuine BOH tea. Tea is cheaper here so buy back and no bargaining. Get the premium tea which is best quality. No tour unfortunately as the guy was just reading his Maxis (telco) bill and asked us to tour on our own but signage's and information is everywhere so it is ok. Also a video presentation which is good by Jit Murad. Recommend earl gray tea, scones (ok only)-barathi tea hse has better scones near tanah rata, curry puff (check order cause they mix up cause of large crowd). View is excellent when having tea. Parking and getting to the place is a challage but any car can make it although only one car can pass at one time so tricky. Parking is free but not easy to get so may have to wait for someone to remove their car. Again visit off peak and not tea time to enjoy best and beat the queue esp at the cafe where you can queue for sometime more than 1 hour. Very inefficient and needs improvement here since as only one out of two counters is open.
Jungle track 4 to parit falls is moderate and nice view worth checking out.
Chinese food around Cameroon is not so good as KL and depends what you order. Steamboat is very popular but if you want Ala Carte then check out Brinchang You Hoo restaurant popular with locals but don't order the mushroom dish as it is bad. Its a bit overrated if you ask me. Check out Yeong Wah Restaurant which is much better. Beer is around RM14 for one big bottle and they carry Tiger, Carlsberg, etc but no foreign brands. For western or local food you have to check out Hill Station in Tanah Rata. The food is excellent, lots of variety and cheap. They are around 4 months old but have a large screen also for football matches (the only one around Tanah Rata I believe). The owner Kathir is friendly and can tell you a lot about Cameroon as he has stayed there for 19 years.
Most of the things in Cameroon are now overpriced even the massage and its cheaper in KL. This is cause of tourists. The peak time is from June to Dec when its summer holidays overseas so there are tons of tourists then. Best time to go is around MArch - April.
There is no real nightlife in Cameroon. Its more outdoor activities and peaceful time to read a book or be alone or with loved ones.
Smokehouse - Meet Bob at the bar who is friendly. The place is excellent but now overrated and they also have too many restrictions like entering the place unless you are a patron. Cheapest beer is RM14 per glass which is more than KL hotel prices. Food is expensive and I didn't eat there so no comment. The flowers and deco is to die for though. Nice English pub like setting for those with a wad (of cash) to blow. Worth checking out, once.
YTL hotel - RM699 per night per room is luxury. Nice cosy setting. Tea and scones are excellent. Anywhere else tea and scones will cost RM20 for two but here is more expensive obviously being YTL owned. Nothing much except the deco here. Similar to Smokehouse where they kinda harass you unless you are a patron. Not going there again.
Bala’s Holiday Chalet - no beer! unfriendly staff and mostly cater to foreigners only. The gardens and view is excellent though like most of Cameroon.
There is a church near HSBC bank property which is very weird as it is the only place where non-Christians are shun away! Went there twice in two years and same treatment. The Chinese people who run the place should be changed.
Cameroon worth a trip definitely and will go back there again for sure!
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