to get there I Boh
Tea Estate I Sungai
Palas Estate I Bharat
Tea Estate I Robinson
Waterfall I Flower
Nurseries I Strawberry
Farms I Sam
Poh Temple I Golf
Course I Vegetable
Farms I Gunung
Brinchang I Cactus
Valley I Butterfly
Cameron Highlands is Malaysia's lagest and best-known hill resort.
Discovered by, and named after William Cameron, a goverment surveyor
who, in 1885 explored the area by hacking a path up through dense
jungle and came across, "A fine plateau shut in by mountains".
At 1524m above sea level the area enjoys a cool climate, with temperatures
no higher than 20°C and rarely falling below 10°C, a welcome
change to the generally oppressive heat and humisity at sea level.
Without doubt the most interesting aspect of a visit to the resort
is its tea plantations, the first of which were established in 1929
by John Archibald Russell and belong to the most famous Malaysian
tea producer, Boh Tea. The estates are wonderfully manicured and
visitors are welcome to view the factory production process and
enjoy a cuppa' at the tea shop. Other interesting places to visit
include the numerous vegetable farms dotted all around the area.
There are also strawberry farms, flower nurseries, butterfly farms,
a challenging 18 hole golf course and for the more adventurious
various jungle treks. The three main highlands towns are Ringlet,
Tanah Rata and Brinchang with most visitors staying in and around
the latter two. Accommodation varies from small inexpensive hotels
and guest houses, to self-catering apartments and first class hotels.
Any time of year is suitable for a visit, but try to avoid the main
public and school holiday periods as the area can become very busy.
It is also best to be prepared for the 2 hour journey from the entry
point at Tapah to Tanah Rata, the drive is not steep and is extremely
interesting, but the road is quite narrow and very winding, so drive
carefully and try to stop occasionally to enjoy the various sights
along the way. These include the impressive Lata Iskandar waterfall,
amazing tropical vegetation and various Orang Asli (indigenous people)
dwellings. Without doubt Cameron Highlands is the place to visit
on Peninsular Malaysia.