Bala's Chalet and Hotel Cameron Highlands

Bala's Chalet Hotel Cameron Highlands

Bala's Chalet, Hotel and Restaurant in Cameron Highlands is one of the must visit places on your trip to the highlands. This cosy little English Tudor styled guesthouse or hotel is located 5 minutes after Tanah Rata town and along the way to Brinchang town near Ye Olde Smokehouse.

*Update 2015: Bala's Chalet is now known as Planters Country Hotel since 2013.

The location is pretty central if you plan to stay at Cameron Highlands for a few days. A road to the left which goes uphill leads to Bala's Holiday Chalet and you can see signs to this.

Bala's Chalet Cameron HighlandsBala's Chalet - Main Entrance

Bala's Chalet and Hotel was built during the pre-war era and still maintains the original structure which makes this a great place to visit or even stay. Owner K.Balakrishnan bought over the property and turned it into a highland resort guesthouse with 30 cottage styled rooms offering a fantastic stay to travelers and holiday makers.

Bala's Chalet - British India Restaurant

Bala's Holiday Chalet also serves one of the finest tea and scones found in Cameron Highlands and this has been a talk of the travelers for many years. For those who wish to have some proper English tea and scones or even a meal, Bala's Chalet offers two places for this. The Jim Thompson Tea Room which is beautifully decorated as English as it can and also the British India Restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu consists of a fusion between English and Indian for full meals and for breakfast, they serve home baked tea, scones, pies and sandwiches.

Bala's Chalet PhotoBala's Chalet - Sign post

Photo of Bala's ChaletBala's Chalet - Beautiful landscape

The gardens outside Bala's Chalet are well taken care of by a loyal gardener who has worked there for the last 47 years. A trip to the gardens will tell you why as you see the lawns well manicured with flowers and plants growing from every corner possible.


One can just drop by at Bala's Chalet to have a look around if you are in the area. I chanced upon this lovely classic cast iron swing. They do not make these anymore and I wish I could have one for my garden.

Rooms Bala's Chalet Bala's Chalet - Room pictures

Do check out the room rates as on weekends and school holidays as the rates are much higher than normal weekdays. The cheapest room starts at about RM120.00 (US$34.00) for 2 people. Also, there are many foreigners who stay here due to the fact that Bala's Chalet is listed in some of the travel guidebooks.

Again I would recommend you try the place for their food if you are not staying as very few people know how to cook a good English meal these days.

For more general info or room rates, visit Bala's Holiday Chalet in Cameron Highlands. For your added information, the chalet is now re-branded as Planters Country Hotel.


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