Do not use TJ travel tours. We hire a moped from here, it turned out to be very dangerous. We broke down in the middle if the hills when the chain snapped. On closer examination, the chain and sprocket were really worn. With sheer drops off the road this could have been very serious. It took us all our time to contact the company, and then we had to hitch a ride half way back from a stranger. The company then tried to blame us, and decided to argue with us in the middle of a street. This somewhat ruined our experience, but please be warned about TJ tours.
Fun Alternatives: Use a different tour agency in Cameron Highlands, there are plenty about.
Not worth the time as there is nothing more than closed boxes of bee hives and a trip down the thicket. Better option is to visit the Bee farm in Tanah Rata, just before Lakehouse hotel (as you come from Brinchang going towards Ipoh. Here there is better variety of farm honey and a demo of how honey is made.....an excitement for kids.
You find more people than butterflies there :-) also I could only notice maximum two species. If you have enough time on hand, then there is no harm in visiting the place only to see a wide variety of flowers, as the entrance fee is nominal.
Well, Butterfly Garden has been included in our tour, but trust me I wouldn't go there by myself. If you are into butterflies and insects, please go ahead, otherwise, give it a miss. Butterfly Garden is home to 300 different species of butterflies and to some beetles, scorpions and other insects.
Unique Suggestions: Make sure that you use the opportunity to see these animals up close and even to touch them.
Fun Alternatives: Again, if this visit is already included in a tour, go ahead. It just takes about 30 minutes. Alternatives? Spend more time at the tea plantations.
Don't even think of trying this! They call it apple, but it looks more like pear. They say it's juicy and sweet. Juicy it is, but it's tasteless. Like plain water... Not worth wasting your money on this!
Unique Suggestions: If you can't resist trying, just buy a fruit to munch on. Don't get a bunch!
Fun Alternatives: Why not try Cameron strawberry? Tastes much better.
Avoid this place at all cost, if not it will cost you a lot. I and my family went up Cameron Highland on a wonderful Friday and expect a good dinner.
There wasn't any menu and/or price. There's only a notice saying price is up 20% during the Chinese New Year season. They'll charge you crazy for pathetic food. Fish ball soup which is basically 10 pcs of flour balls goes around RM 18. A dish of very normal vege cost about RM 17. A dish of chicken with a few slices of chicken and which doesnt taste good goes for around RM 28. Everything added in, it cost us RM 170 for 5 person simple dinner which is exorbitantly high even compared to KL standards. This restaurant is definitely a trap for tourist. They like one-time business.
Address: Brinchang town
Directions: If you come up from Tanah Rata towards Brinchang town, the restaurant is on the left hand side shop rows. The first restaurant on the left. See picture to see its vicinity restaurant.
Unique Suggestions: Be careful of others restaurant around that have a same signage design.
Or to be safe, remember to first check whether the restaurants have menu with price listed clearly before deciding to eat there.
Be wary of restaurant where there are people inviting you in.
Fun Alternatives: Many other restaurants around Brinchang town. Try to spot the restaurants where the locals eat at.
The kids may ask for money. This is probably because they received candies or money from other visitors before. How do i know? Because the moment we stopped our bikes, they voluntarily walking towards us.
Unique Suggestions: Just smile at them. The older ones will normally asking the young one to stop asking for $$$ if your camera is aiming at them.
we signed up the tour package with one of the travel agency in brinchang when we reached there in the morning. thinking that the nature tour package was interesting because it consist of the place we would like to visit, one of them would be the waterfall, we wasn't told which waterfall we were going, (only knowing that there's 2 waterfalls around but they are pretty far to travel to without our own vehical)
when we reached the waterfall, i am quite disappointing because it don't really look like a waterfall to me, more like a canal. with quite a lot of rubbish in the water, like plastic bags etc... it's definitely not those type of waterfall that is breath taking. it's a big disappointment.
Unique Suggestions: it's ok to just take a look and not have too much hope that it's gonna be a spectacular view.
Fun Alternatives: if you are taking up with tour packages, it would be nice to ask the guide which water fall they are taking you to, i am not sure if it will work, but you could try asking them to take you to robinson fall instead.
or just op out of it if you dont want to see such view. :-\
We were brought even before our hotel to a tour agency called Tittiwangsa in Brinchang. This lady boarded our bus and started talking about the day tours they provide.
In our bleary just-woken state we signed up fro the country tour. Then we realised we have actually already signed up with our agency back in Singapore for a country tour too. Which was to be arranged by our hotel. Arghhh!!
The tours were quite similar, bringing you to the usual flower gardens and tea plantations.
Having said that, I did enjoy having Tittiwangsa's tour guide bring us around. Maybe coz the group was smaller than the hotel aranged tour group.
Anyway, do check out the tours properly before signing up so that you don't end up on similar tours.
Unique Suggestions: Ask the tour guide if you can change some places. Like we were scheduled to go to Cactus Garden both in Tittiwangsa tour and the hotel tour. So we asked the hotel tour guide to bring us to Rose Garden instead.
Fun Alternatives: We wanted to demand money back for the Tittiwangsa tour when we realised the hotel tour that we've already signed up for was similar. But they've cunningly proclaimed no refunds on the receipt they issued. =(
Charges RM4 per person and calls itself Butterfly Farm but only a few inside. Some nice flowers though. Saw a plant with green coloured blooms labelled as "green roses" though they didn't resemble any rose I know of.
Unique Suggestions: Enjoy the flowers, take some pixs and at least they don't charge anything for taking in a camera!
Fun Alternatives: The Butterfuly Farm at Penang is much better.