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Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands Mossy Forest
The Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands is one of the very interesting places to visit when you are on holiday up in the cool highlands here in Pahang.

I have personally been to Cameron Highlands more than 20 times from 2005 to 2009, but strangely I have only visited the Mossy Forest once. Read on about my experience at this unique destination.

Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands

This unique and amazing moss covered forest is located in the Batu Gangan Forest Reserve of Cameron Highlands, which is 2031 meters (6,700 feet) above sea level.

Sometimes this 200,000 year old Mossy Forest is called the Lord Of the Rings Forest or Fantasy Forest by the local tour guides there, and you will not be disappointed when you set foot inside here.

4WD Cameron Highlands4WD at the Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands

Getting to the Mossy Forest was pretty simple but you need to get a guided service for this. Well, for the backpackers, you could take a long hike there which would not cost a cent. Just your time involved.

So for my journey here, I had engaged a personal guide named Bala from Tanah Rata town. Bala was also a purebred Cameron Highlands guy, so he knew everything there is to know and that was my bonus - plus he had the baddest 4WD truck too.

The entrance to the Mossy Forest is located just outside the Equatorial Hotel on the highest point of Cameron Highlands. Update 2015 - The hotel is now called Copthorne Hotel.

Cameron Highlands Moss JungleEntrance by the road

We started our journey from Tanah Rata town in his custom Land Rover and we drove through the Sungai Palas Boh Tea Plantations through some very narrow and curvy roads.

The drive to the entrance of the Mossy Forest would take about 10 to 15 minutes only. But if you plan to self drive there, please be warned that these roads are brutal so a 4WD is suitable for the journey there.

I have heard some people driving their cars up but if you have a small engine capacity car, it is not advised.

Cameron Highlands Moss ForestMoss growing by the road

On arrival at the Mossy Forest entrance, I was already surprised that the moss grew out on to the side of the road.

This was really something not what you see normally so it was going to be great. Camera armed and ready, we started to make our way in.

Walking into the forest was like going into another world as the moss covered almost everything in sight.

All the trees and branches were literally covered n moss. It really looked like a set from Lord of the Rings in there and I was absolutely amazed with the entire experience.

The only thing that was missing were the orcs and hobbits, and if there were there, I would have fainted!

Cameron Highlands MossMoss growing on a tree stump

I was also told by Bala, my personal guide, that we should follow the path inside the Mossy Forest and not to venture off as it can be dangerous at certain points.

The ground was damp, soft and spongy while there were no leeches or mosquitoes there due to the weather. This was most excellent for my partner Lilian. So ladies, no worries here.

Moss Forest Photo
The Cameron's Mossy Forest
Trees which have fallen over are covered in moss and plant life is abundant here. Apparently some species of orchids are also found in the Mossy Forest if you are an orchid lover.

But the star plant here is the Pitcher Plant, and it is easily spotted all over the place. One needs to have a sharp eye to spot them up here.

Cameron Highlands Pitcher Plant
A Pitcher Plant in Cameron Highlands
On my exploration here, I must have seen at least ten wild pitcher plants. They are found hanging from trees and please do not touch them.

Some of the pitcher plants are about 10 inches long. Besides pitcher plants, there are many ferns and other flora found here.

Malaysia Mossy ForestMossy Forest path

Bird Watching At Mossy Forest Cameron Highlands

Bird watching is apparently popular too as there are about 70 species of montane rainforest birds that dwell in this forest.

The best time to do this is also in the mornings or evenings, but overall, the climate is quite cool up here hence even if you come in the afternoon, you may still be able to spot some birds.

There have also been sightings of small wild creatures by some of the guides. None of them man-eating though.

Snakes and lizards are common so be a look out for them. Usually if you have a guide, they will point it out to you.

Mossy Forest Photo
Monkey Cups at the Mossy Forest
Certain parts of the trek may take you vertical so you are advised to hold on to the tree barks, roots or branches along the way for support.

Note that these branches may be covered in moss too. Apart from this, the trek will be a muddy one so do not expect a clean trek here.

Photo Mossy Forest Cameron Highlands
Moss everywhere you walk
Apparently, a series of wooden platform and walkways have been built last year to make it easier to move around the area here.

However, my last trip to the forest was back in 2007. So I probably need to go explore it again to update my posting. Any takers?

Lookout Tower Cameron HighlandsCameron Highlands telecommunication look out tower

Brinchang Lookout Tower

On completing our Mossy Forest exploration we headed to the Brinchang Lookout Tower. This telecommunication tower is located a couple of minutes from the Mossy Forest and is the tallest point of Cameron highlands.

The tower is 50 feet high and has the best views of the mountain range, and on a good day you can see all the way to the neighbouring state of Perak.

But usually the tower is covered by mist so check when you are there. The only way up the lookout tower is via the tower staircase and you can see 360 degrees around.

How to get to the Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands?
  • If you engage a guide, they will drive you there
  • If you self explore, the entrance is just outside the entrance of the Equatorial Hotel
  • Please check the road leading here as sometimes it may be rough and not suitable for your car
  • There is a huge sign in brown that says 'Mossy Forest' on the left side of the road
  • Average time spent there is about 2 to 4 hours
Tips for the Mossy Forrest
  • Best to engage a local guide as they know the forest well
  • You can self explore this place but go in a group
  • The forest is huge so stay close together
  • There are no toilets or shops nearby
  • Bring your own snacks and drinks
  • Bring a tripod for excellent photography
  • Wear proper trekking shoes and clothing
  • Go early in the morning for the best effect
For more detailed information, visit this site - Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands

Tour Guide Services for Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands
  • Contact: Mr.Balan
  • Tel: +6017 594 1192
  • Office: Tanah Rata Town, next to Starbucks Coffee
Map to the Mossy Forest


Overall, this is a pure nature lovers trek and if you love this kind of thing, the area is wide and full of flora and possibly fauna.

It is also suitable for all ages and walks of life, just that you need a nature guide to go along with you. Make sure that you engage a local Cameron guide to see the Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands.

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Julie Lim said…
I passed Mossy Forest while climbing Mount Brinchang in 2007. I followed the trail that began near the police station in Brinchang town. Didn't know there's a trail outside Equatorial Hotel. Must check it out the next time I'm there.

In Mossy Forest did you see the tree that looked like an Ent (LOTR) walking? I thought it was fabulous!
Nicholas Leong said…
I didn't get to go to the Mossy Forest the last time I was there. Must make a visit on my return trip.
Kennee said…
Nice post jrhogan... Been some time since u posted though~~~ XD I love the pics...
Btw nanged ya post on innit and also clicked on ya ads... XD
Malaysia Asia said…
Hello Julie, yes, now they have a large signboard indicating the mossy forest, cant miss it too. Actually I didnt see that LotR tree. :( Next time around, I will explore in depth.

Nicholas, you must if you enjoy nature and off the beaten path stuff like this.

Kennee, yes, it has been some time I posted on nn. Thanks man.

Ken Wooi said…
really nice pics..
the last time i went to cameron was in 2006.. long time ago..
didnt explore any forest that time.. =P

Tony Wan said…
Wow. I feel that I was Frodo if i was there LOL
Anonymous said…
I must really make a trip to Cameron Highlands one of these days. The last time I visited was when I was about 8 or 9 years of age!
Malaysia Asia said…
Ken, actually there is more to do in Camerons. Wait for m other postings :)

Tony, I 'was' Frodo there.

Emo, thanks for dropping by.

Leo, thank you. Sadly no Gandalf that day. :)

Mei - Much has changed there. There are many new hotels and more to do now.

Normi said…
Love the pic of mossy forest...
Malaysia Asia said…
Hello I.Q, thanks for the nice words :)

yoon see said…
They are such cool shots David and I really enjoy your sharing.
Guess I need to go there and experience myself.
I want to witness the many beautiful species of rainforest birds. It's like a heaven to me.
I then can turh them into illustrations:)
Thanks David, you know how I love green,nature and animals!

Stanley said…
I'm back! HAhaha been so inactive lately. Lol I've never heard about this forest. When I go up to CH I just roam around the equatorial hotel area only. The quality of light is really good! Btw, thanks for the mention in the Blogger United interview =D
ColinJong said…
I have just added this mossy forest into my place-to-go list. :D
CathJ said…
I love the periuk kera photo.. Beautiful!!
Malaysia Asia said…
Yoon See, thank you and I think maybe I should organise a Nature trip for all the nature lovers here in Malaysia? It would be nice to go out with other bloggers and nature lovers, meet and exchange info.

Stanley, no worries. Next time you go there, just walk across the road lol.

Colin, yes, a must-visit for nature lovers!

Cath, haha I have not heard that Malay name in a long time. Even Malay people I know call it Monkey Cup. Thanks.

Balan {HillTop} said…
Balan the guide here. Thank you for good reference. Anyone interested not even in Mossy forest tour you can find the office in Tanah Rata next by Starbucks. I just have different phone number +60175941192.
Regards Balan
Malaysia Asia said…
Hello Balan, thanks for the update! I will see you one day when I visit Cameron Highlands. Probably in 2012. Take Care! David
Miz.Eshy said…
Thank you for an amazing blog. Contacting Mr.Balan. Lets hope he is still using the same number. Have a beautiful day...
Anonymous said…
hi,may i know how's the trek in mossy forest now ?
Malaysia Asia said…
Hi Anon, well, to be honest, it has been a while since I last visited Camerons, but with the rainy season now, it should be damn and wet. I think one of the best times to trek in Cameron Highlands is in February till June.

Anonymous said…
thanks for the reply.
i still have some questions.
does mossy forest includes mount irau n mount brinchang ?
is this jungle trekking suitable for children below 12?
Malaysia Asia said…
Hi again, the main mossy trek is suitable for kids but as at any trek, special attention needs to be put on the kids.

From my previous trek, I only did Mossy Forest as that was the beautiful on, but there are other treks to Riau, Brinchang and also the Orang Asli Village and you need to arrange this with the guide or the tour counters in Brinchang town. Contact Bala if his number is still the same too.
Anonymous said…