Mossy Forest, Cameron Highlands
The Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands is set on the second highest peak, 2000 meters above sea level, in Cameron Highlands. The cloud forest is constantly blanketed in mist and moisture, making it ideal for moss, lichens, ferns, and orchids to grow! The boardwalks are in place to protect and preserve them! Just in case, y’know, someone decides to step on them.
Despite the majestic and awe-inspiring view at the top, road conditions to Mossy Forest are bad, bad, BAD! Getting to Mossy Forest with your own transportation can be a pain in the arse (pun intended). Potholes are so huge and deep that lower cars struggle to get through the stretch to the top. Even if you manage to do it, your car will still squeak or rattle when you get to the top. You have to have a 4WD.
With that being said, it is important to plan ahead and book your transportation before you go!
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Highlights In Mossy Forest
Before we get to the transportation part, let’s look at some of the highlights in Mossy Forest! Unfortunately, half of the track was closed for renovation when we went, so we could only see half of the entire track.
1. The Tea Farm On The Way There
3. Viewing Tower
4. Resting Huts
Mossy Forest Entrance fee
As of 1st of March 2019, Pahang State of Forestry Department will charge an entrance fee to Mossy Forest at the following rates:
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- Adult (13-59 years old): RM10
- Children (12 years old and below): RM5
- Senior Citizen (60 years old and above): RM5
- Disabled: Free of charge
- Adult (13-59 years old): RM30
- Children (12 years old and below): RM15
- Senior Citizen (60 years old and above): RM30
- Disabled: Free of charge
With that being said, remember to bring your MyKad, folks!
Note: You can go to Mount Irau through Mossy Forest and that’s a whole different route and pricing and requires a guide.
Mossy Forest Transportation
As we drove a Nissan Serena, we got stuck at the potholes at the very beginning itself. We ended up blocking the entire path and several jeeps were already lining up behind us. Fortunately, someone came over and helped us out or this would have turned out to be a terrible tragedy.
Not only us, other SUVs did not travel far and were also doubling back just a few feet further away from the point we made it to. Keep in mind that the road is so narrow that it is almost impossible to make a three-point turn.
With that being said, it is important that you book your transportation before you go up. Alternatively, you can drive the first stretch and park at the side of the road (like we did) and watch out for jeeps passing by and ask them if they can take you.
We were lucky as we met a guy who stopped and offered to take us as he was coming down with an empty vehicle. He charged us RM100 for 5 pax to and fro, which we thought was better than to have our car destroyed.