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CAMERON HIGHLANDS


Tanah Rata, main town in Cameron HighlandsCameron Highlands hill resort, a tourist destination situated in the state of Pahang is over 5000 feet above sea level. It is famed for its large scale tea plantation, flower nurseries and vegetable farming. The climate is cool at night, around 25C. Recent rapid development has made the resort lose its tranquility. It can be reached via the town of Tapah in Perak by long winding roads and takes about 2 hours. A new road is now being build near Ipoh which will shorten travelling time from the present 3 and a half hours to just 45 minutes from Ipoh. The road is now completed and is officially open. Could prove to be a good collecting ground (updated May 04)

Scenery around Cameron HIghlandsAlthough many highlands species of beetles can be found here, the hill folks know its value and none of them can be found under street lamps as it used to be many years ago. Tanah Rata is the main administration town. Other main towns are: Ringlet and Brianchang, both farming area. Accomodation of all classes down to backpackers haven are available.

For collecting, purchase a Jungle Trails Map from shops in Tanah Rata. One can get lost in the jungle easily, so stay on the trail. Trails to Gunong Jasar and Parit Waterfall are good for collecting phasmids at night. Robinson Falls is good for highland butterflies such as Delias and Lycanids. Besides butterflies and small highland Phasmids, beetle collecting is almost impossible. The hills being in a valley make light traps useless. The higest point accessible by road is the TV station (6666 feet) and is good for light traps. However, this place is zoned as security area and might land you in trouble.


Man made lake near RingletMoth collecting is good on certain days. Most beetles for sale come from Tapah Hills or Genting Highlands. Farmers on their farms collect beetles on their nursery lights. Aborigines collecting in the state of Kelantan and Pahang brought their catches here for sale to dealers. Dealers are stationed in Tanah Rata. All other insects cannot be found here as vegetation is different from those in the lowlands. A good place to purchase specimens. Expect stiffer prices though.UPDATE:Sept.2005. Gunong Jasar which is a very good point for collecting highland sp.of butterfly have been destroyed.They have cut down the top and erected a electrical pylon.

 

OTHER HIGHLAND STATIONS

Collecting on the trail to Gunong Jasar

Genting Highlands
Another hill resort, it boasts of a casino and is fully developed on a hill top. There is no township except for resort complexes. Beetle specimens come from vegetable farmers on hill slopes(not accessable). It might be good for light traps as it is situated on top of a mountain. I have never tried it though. No dealers here.

Fraser Hill
Scenic hill resort. No collecting is allowed here as it is a Nature Sanctuary.

Maxwell Hill (Larut Hill)
Near the town of Taiping. The oldest hill station in Malaysia. Accessable by land rover, run by government. Old colonial bungalows are available for rent. Unless you have a booking to stay overnight, no one can use the land rover service. Light trapping good.

 

PHOTO CREDIT
Photo: Tanah Rata: main town in Cameron Highlands
Photo: Collecting on the trail to Gunong Jasar

Both photos were taken by unknown photographers whose names I have forgotten     



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