Located 20 kilometers from Ipoh and around 150 kilometers from the capital Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands is elevated 5000 feet above sea level and experiences cool and breezy climate, one of the few in Peninsular Malaysia. It is accessible by road through the North South Expressway. Named after a British colonial government surveyor William Cameron who found the plateau during a mapping expedition, it is hugely popular for its tea plantations and is home to most of the tea produce in the country.
Malaysia’s Coolest Destination
Various attractions await the visitor including Butterfly Farms, Strawberry plantation and farms, some Cactus points, rose and flower gardens, a common export from the highlands. Major accommodation here include Cameron Highlands hotels & homestay facilities.
Escape to a discrete and romantic getaway in Cameron Highlands. Highly recommended in travel guides for vacationers to rejuvenate and unwind, it offers remarkable sights of green rolling hills, beautiful tea plantations, flowers blooming marvellous in the nurseries and succulent strawberries growing splendidly in a farm.
Perfect for relaxation
Beautifully located at over 1,500 metres above sea level, this is an ideal premier destination for one to kick back and relax in the cool climate. The excellent cool climate here makes it a perfect highland for tea growing industry. The tranquil and serene Cameron Highlands is popular among locals and foreign travelers all-year round.
Temperature below 25°C
Where is the best place to enjoy cool climate and learn a little about tea making process in Malaysia? Cameron Highlands is the place for you to immerge in cool temperatures less than 25 °C while getting information on tea making process from three major tea plantations in the country – Boh Tea Plantation, Sungai Palas Tea Plantation and Cameron Valley Tea Plantation.
Beautiful Tea Plantation Scenery
Your trip to Cameron Highlands is not complete without a visit around the tea plantation to see for yourself the processing of fresh tea leaves from the plantations.
The leading tea grower in Malaysia – Boh Plantations Sdn Bhd with four gardens namely Boh, Sungei Palas and Fairlie situated in Cameron Highlands (while another in Selangor). Boh produces about 4 million kilograms of tea annually which accounts up to 70 percent of all tea produced in the country.
Visitors can also check out Cameron Valley Tea Plantation which is situated along the main road from Ringlet to Tanah Rata. This is an ideal and great spot to snap some pictures as the plantation offers scenic view.
Flower and Strawberry Farms
If you plan to stay a few days in Cameron Highlands, you can visit other attractions such as Strawberry Farms, Vegetable Farms, Time Tunnel Gallery, Flower Nurseries, Butterfly Centres and Honeybee Farms. Cameron is not only renowned for its beautiful tea plantation but other featured attractions such as flowers blooming stunningly in Rose Garden and vegetable farms are also popular among tourists.
Take a guided tour around Strawberry Farm as visitors are allowed to pluck the fruits and charge according to the weight. Unlike any other places in Malaysia, you can purchase home made strawberry jam at a relatively low price. Some of the popular farms in Cameron Highlands include Big Red Strawberry Farm, Kasimani’s Strawberry Farm, KHM Strawberry Farm and Raju’s Hill Strawberry Farm.
Facts about Cameron Highlands
Before you plan your trip itinerary to Cameron Highlands, here are some facts you need to know about the place. The smallest district in Pahang, Cameron Highlands is the second most famous tourist destinations in Malaysia after Genting Highlands. But as the largest and most famous hill resort in the country, it is surrounded by lush greenery hills and vegetables and fruits farms. The town managed to preserve much of the appeal as an English village.
Major Hotels in Cameron Highlands
Cameron Highlands comprises four main townships namely Brinchang, Ringlet, Tanah Rata and Kampung Raja. Holiday makers can choose from a wide range of inexpensive as well as luxury hotels and resorts in Cameron Highlands. Most of the hotels are located in Tanah Rata town – Hotel De’ La Ferns, Casa De’ La Rosa, Century Pines Resort and The Lakehouse. For backpackers who would like to stay in chalets and guest houses, check out Fathers Guest House, Bala’s Chalet, Jurina Lodge and Twin Pines.
Time Tunnel Gallery
Meanwhile, you may talk a walk down the memory lane and get first-hand information of Cameron Highlands’ history from Time Tunnel Gallery. Visitors can take a peek at the photographs from the past since pre-war times.
You will experience something rare in butterfly centres as visitors get an opportunity to see the butterflies in the open around the plant-filled garden. There are two famous butterfly farms in Cameron Highlands which are located in Kea Farm area. Lastly on your trip itinerary, remember to visit any of the three famous honeybee farms – Ee Feng Gu Honey Bee Farm, Highland Honey Bee Farm or Cameron Tringkap Bee Farm.
And why not take a long walk around Cameron to catch a glimpse of the architecture of old colonial buildings particularly the Old Smokehouse? From here, you can saunter around the dense forests and take the challenging trails that will eventually lead to several small villages inhabited by the aboriginal Orang Asli.
Enjoy Golf and outdoor activities in Cameron Highlands
On another note, high-powered businessmen and avid golfers can spend some quality time at a nearby panoramic golf course. Vacationers are advised to spend more than two days in Cameron because you need to allocate time to check out other townships such as Brinchang, Tanah Rata and Ringlet. The enthralling highlands is easily accessible by road via Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh Highway or buses. To sum it up, here are a series of leisure activities await you in Cameron Highlands – trekking along some challenging and rocky trails in the dense forest, bird watching, paying a visit to honey bee farm, tea plantation, rose and vegetable farms, stopping over at aboriginal villages and cycling to the top of the scenic Gunung Brinchang. With so much to do, how can you resist the temptation to visit one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malaysia?