Kelantan is absolutely beautiful. From the Titiwangsa mountain range in the West to the beaches on the coast of Kelantan it's absolutely beautiful. In the South-eastern part of Kelantan, at the foot of the Central Titiwangsa Range, the Lojing Highlands are the continuation of the Cameron Highlands laying 12km up north. It has an altitude from 610-1,500m above sea level.
The logging trails were the first access roads into Lojing. The early settlers were started by the Temiars beside Sungai (River) Belatop and Sungai Brooke. It was also believed that the head of an Asli family, called Ajing was the first pioneer at Sungai Belatop. The area was named after him,
and Ajing then became Lojing.
From Simpang Pulai (Ipoh) there's a East-West Highway up the fantastic mountain road to the Blue Valley to Kampong Raja in the Cameron Highlands. From there it is about 45 minutes downhill to Gua Musang. The downhill road is super fast. In the Lojing Highlands you can see the clouds are below the road level. You drive above the clouds. In the December monsoon the weather is particularly foggy and cloudy.
A lot of changes are taking place in this area which has significant impact on agribusiness and economic growth. 10 years ago these vegetable and flower farms were not all there. Cameron Highlands is located in Pahang. Lojing is the continuation of the Camerons into Kelantan. Lojing Highlands was opened up under the KESEDAR scheme. The area was first logged out (with its usual amount of controversy involving the PAS government as well). After that, the vegetable farmers from nearby "land starved" Cameron Highlands moved in. The place is now flourishing with huge areas of vegetable, flower and bee farms. The Camerons farmers needed more land and Kelantan has made space for them in Lojing.
Until today non Kelantanese are not allowed to own land in Kelantan. This is the main reason for Kelantan's economic backwardness. These new farms on Lojing are possible leased lands. And the
government is generating huge amounts of economic activity.
After Lojing, you reach Gua Musang. Gua Musang is not exactly a sleepy hollow. It is a really nice town. Here is the new District Police HQ. It is still quite new. Almost ALL new construction in Kelantan is under taken by the Federal Government.