Westwood Highland Hostel is the perfect getaway for independent, nature-loving backpackers and travelers. While Tanah Rata as Cameron Highlands‘ central town and tourist hotspot is dominated by gigantic hotels and apartment buildings, the slightly out-of-town guesthouse is located in a quiet neighborhood on a peaceful flower farm. The guesthouse is flawlessly clean, designed and decorated in a modern way and has all the facilities you‘d need (fully equipped kitchen, fridge to use, washing machine, small snack bar including cold beverages (also beer), comfy beds,...). And of course, it has Troji.
Troji is the most friendly and helpful host you can imagine. As a young globetrotter himself, he knows exactly how to offer his guests the most enjoyable stay. As a self-taught barista he treated my gf and me to some amazing Cappuccini - something hard to find in tea-focused Malaysia. He invited us over for a family dinner, which was nothing short of the best authentic Malay food that we have had throughout our journey. He even took me out on a fantastic 3h forest-, jungle- and tea-plantation-hike. Born and raised in Cameron Highlands, he obviously knows the best trails in the backcountry, but also has great advice for the more popular walks like Mossy Forest.
Staying with Troji was a great experience filled with heart-warming hospitality. If you are seeking a warm-welcoming guesthouse with a truly wonderful host, Westwood Highland Hostel is your place to be.
PS: While you might think that the guesthouse is a bit out of town, you need to know that even if you are staying in the centre of Tanah Rata, you still need to get to the starting points of the various hikes, tea plantations et cetera. You‘d need to get a taxi, book a tour or hitchhike no matter where you stay. For us, it was always the latter - hitchhiking is ridiculously easy in the highlands. Locals and tourists rely on it, people are super happy to pick you up and we never waited for more than 10 minutes to catch a ride. Go. On The Road ;).