Cameron Highlands Travel Guide

Cameron Highland Travel Guide

The best time to visit Cameron Highlands is the off-peak season, which is a normal weekday. Cameron Highlands is very crowded during the peak season, especially during public holidays and school holidays. I suggest you visit Cameron Highlands on the weekend, but sometimes on weekends also traffic jams from Kea Farm to Tanah Rata.
The weather in Cameron Highlands is cool throughout the year, the temperature ranges from 13 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius. Raining always happens for the whole year, the dry season is between February and April. If you enjoy the coldness in Cameron Highlands, you can visit between December to February. The temperature can drop to 10 degrees Celsius at certain places like the peak of Sungai Palas Boh Tea Plantation.
temperatures in Cameron Highlands

Average minimum and maximum temperature over the year. The monthly mean minimum and maximum daily temperature.

Average monthly rainy days over the year

Average monthly rainy days over the year. This is the number of days each month with rain.

cool temperature on Cameron Highlands

21′ C on 12.45pm

The best time to travel to Cameron Highlands? Here are some facts:

– On average, the warmest month is May.
– On average, the coolest month is January.
– October is the wettest month.
– July is the driest month.

Road Travel

We are strongly recommended you drive carefully & use low gear when you’re driving your own transport to Cameron Highlands. There are many trucks and buses on the roads along the way on the road to Cameron Highlands from Tapah. Normally the trucks and buses will give you a signal to overtake when it is safe enough.

Another way you can drive from Ipoh Simpang Pulai to Cameron Highlands is your first stop is Kampung Raja. I advise you can come from Ipoh Simpang Pulai and then go back to follow Tapah because Ipoh’s new road is more suitable for driving, Tapah road like a snake you must drive slowly.

Avoid traveling alone at night because sometimes the mist is terrible until you cannot see clearly. Please take note that there is no street light for a certain area and there is very limited mobile phone coverage. Try to drive within your skill limitation, always in low gear because that will help you to negotiate corners better.

Petrol Stations

Before you start your journey to Cameron Highlands please make sure a full tank of fuel. Because petrol stations in Cameron Highlands are only available in the following towns:

1. Ringlet (First town from Tapah) – Shell & Petronas
2. Brinchang (Middle of Cameron Highlands) – Shell & Petronas
3. Blue Valley (First town from Ipoh Simpang Pulai) – BHP

The Township

This highland paradise is made up of a series of little townships which include Ringlet, Tanah Rata, Brinchang, Tringkap, Kuala Terla, Kampung Raja, and Blue Valley. Ringlet is the first town you reach (if you take the Tapah route), which is one of the main agricultural hubs in the highlands. Tanah Rata is the administrative hub of Cameron Highlands where most of the government offices and most the chalets, lodges, and backpackers’ accommodations are located.
Another must-visit town in Cameron Highlands is Brinchang, which is about 10 minutes drive from Tanah Rata, where you can find most of the smaller hotels and food outlets. Many tourist attractions are located within walking distance of the town and the famous Night Market. This town can be very crowded during the peak holiday season.
Besides that, Kea Farm and Tringkap got many stalls to sell local vegetables, fruits, and flowers. Since the new road from Cameron Highlands to Ipoh was open, the more new shop was opened along the road.
What to Wear
I advise you to wear a jacket because of the cool temperature in Cameron Highlands. The wind will let you feel cool even can see the hot sun. The temperature can drop in the late evenings and raining time, you should wear a jacket. Normally nighttime on Cameron Highlands is around 20-23’C, and you will feel cool by opening the window. You prepare a jacket which is better than finding a new jacket on Cameron Highlands.
The weather can change fast in Cameron Highlands, morning hot sun then suddenly raining. Please bring an umbrella when you come. Please prepare sports shoes because some attraction location is going downhill and wet. If a lady wears high heels, it will be hard to walk to some location.
Price of goods
Most of the food (Malay, Chinese, Indian Food, Western food) is available in Cameron Highlands. Due to the higher transportation cost, food price is slightly higher compared to the foods in major city like Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Ipoh. Especially during peak season most of the restaurants which cater to tourists are located. I strongly recommend you ask the price before you order the food. I suggest you order the local vegetables more than meat because local vegetables are fresh.
Mobile Phone Coverage
Coverage for mobile phones is available around the major towns, but the signal will be weak. The 4G network is supported by Tanah Rata and Brinchang but not the whole of Cameron Highlands. During the peak season, too many tourists use the phone line. Sometimes the phone signal will be interrupted.
Credit Card
Credit cards are accepted in most big hotels. You may not be able to use credit cards at almost all of the restaurants and attraction points. Most tourists are paying by cash, not many people know use e-wallets like boost, touch and go and grab pay here.
Banks & Money Changers
Banks are only open on weekdays and generally only between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.30 pm. Especially the money changer counter until 5.30 pm. All banks above have ATM machines to cater to after-hours transactions.
The following banks in Cameron Highlands:
Ringlet:
-CIMB Bank
Tanah Rata:
– Maybank (This bank money changer is open 7days a week)
– Hong Leong Bank
– CIMB ATM
– Am Bank
– Argo Bank
– Bank Rakyat
– Bank Simpanan Nasional
Brinchang:
-Public Bank

Kampung Raja, Taman Corina:

– Maybank
– CIMB
– Argo Bank

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金马伦高原的16个景点

金马伦高原的16个景点你们都去过了吗?(附地图)

金马伦高原是一个美丽高原的旅游目的地,在马来西亚半岛金马伦高原可以发现茶园, 花园, 菜园和草莓。 马来西亚半岛在5,000 ft (1,500 m)在海水平之上,并且享受凉快的气候, 以温度没有更加高于25摄氏度和罕见下落在12摄氏度年以下圆。整个金马伦高原区的大小是新加坡的四分之一。

金马伦高原在亚洲可作为’小英国’, 因金马伦高原保留了英国人在马来西亚时代的建筑物。 凉快的气候在美丽如画的高原和周围的小山森林做成适合放松, 探险和打高尔夫球的地方。 金马伦高原已成为了马来西亚人和国外游人旅游和假日目的地。

金马伦高原景点如:

1)东南亚最大的茶园
金马伦高原在东南亚洲著名最大茶园BOH茶园 & Cameron Valley。 只要用眼睛看,俯视一个惊人的风景。

Boh Teh

2)世界上最大的花
Rafflesia在地球是最大的花, 它巨大和有臭味的, 更可能衡量超过10公斤。 在金马伦高原都能看到Rafflesia。

Rafflesia

3)原始人的生活方式&文化
在金马伦高原都能看到原始人种族 Negrito 和 Senoi。 去到原始人种族他们会教你吹管寻找食物和表演sewang舞蹈。 他们以吹管寻找食物例如鸟和小的猴子, 现在都会在金马伦高原路边买一些森林中的吃物如臭豆, 榴莲等等。

Negrito

4)生苔森林
金马伦高原高山的湿气森林被指‘云彩森林’或‘生苔森林’。 林木的一般出现这里倾向于被变矮小关于10m高。这些森林经常出现在电影里像Harry Potter 和 Lord of the Rings的森林。

Jungle

5)仙人掌园
仙人掌园也可以在金马伦高原看到。 在仙人掌园也展示包括草莓、玫瑰、苹果计算机公司&桃树、兰花,蕃茄等。

Cactus Point

6)草莓园
在金马伦高原有7-8间的草莓农场开放给旅游客参观。在草莓园可以买和吃到草莓的冰淇淋, 草莓甜品和草莓酱! 一些草莓农场会让你DIY自己采你自己的草莓。

Strawberry Farm

7)博物馆(Time Tunnel Museum)
如果您想要知道关于金马伦高原的历史可以到此博物馆一游。进场是要收费的!

Time Tunnel Museum

8)瀑布
在Tapah路去金马伦高原途中有个瀑布(Lata Iskandar)。多数游客会停在这里休息和游泳。

waterfall

9)浪漫英国式的建筑物
浪漫英国式的建筑物(lakehouse 和 smokehouse)让你感受到英国文化,英国历史和英国烹调。英国式的建筑物现在也是一间Hotel.

smoke house

10)日出(Gunung Brinchang/ Sungai Palas)
这座山高超过2,000米,吸引许多游客看日出。 在峰顶你会看得到一个宏伟的风景视图。山上还可以看到许多美丽的花和奇怪的植物。

Sun Rise

11)蜜蜂园
参观蜂房可以相当是教育经验,你可能发现更多关于蜜蜂的生长周期,并且怎么把蜂蜜从蜂箱被提取。蜜蜂园更会提供蜂蜜的试食&各种蜂蜜产品出售。

Bee Farm

12)三宝佛寺庙
到了高原都可以到寺庙拜拜,为家人朋友祈福。庙里一个一个的大佛雕像,相当宏伟。

Sam Poh Temple

13)蝴蝶公园
金马伦的蝴蝶公园不是很大,但蝴蝶公园里主要观察翠叶红颈凤蝶 (Trogonoptera brookiana albescens),各种类的蝴蝶,甲虫和蛇类。 蝴蝶公园是要入场费的。

Butterfly Garden

14)玫瑰园
玫瑰园有超出100个花品种,五颜六色的花和石雕塑使环境更美化,玫瑰园也是热门的旅游景点。进场是要收费的!

Rose Centre

15)有机&水耕的菜园
金马伦高原是马来西亚主要生产菜的供应地方,全金马伦高原四周围都是菜园。

Vegetables Farm

16)薰衣草花园
喜欢薰衣草的人一定很喜欢。

Lavender Garden

最后当然是附上地图咯~

Cameron Highlands Map

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Pasar Malam Cameron Highlands Was Move

Pasar Malam at Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands

Pasar Malam Cameron Highlands was moved, no more located at Brinchang. It was moved to Tanah Rata, that location name is Perkampungan Sungai Ruil in between Tanah Rata and Brinchang. It is 3.6km from Tanah Rata town and 2.3km away from Brinchang town.

When you come from Tanah Rata Cameron Highlands, you will pass by Hotel Rossa De La Rossa then you will see this signboard on left.

Signboard Go Into Pasar Malam Cameron Highlands

Turn left at this junction and go straight 0.8km, go to the Golden Hills (Perkampungan Sungai Ruil).

On The Way to Pasar Malam Cameron Highlands

If you come from Brinchang, you will see the golf club on your left and Cameron Highlands Resort on your right. Please pay attention to the signboard on your right to turn.

Pasar Malam Cameron Highland

Pasar Malam Cameron Highlands

The new Pasar Malam Cameron Highlands cannot see from the main road. It is bigger than the previous Pasar Malam Brinchang. The majority of sellers is the foreigner, many Malay like to go.

Pasar Malam Cameron Highlands Location

GPS code for Pasar Malam Cameron Highlands

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Sungai Palas Boh Tea Plantation

Sungai Palas was known as Gunung Brinchang

Sungai Palas is a tea plantation located about 5 km north of town Brinchang or 2km away from Kea Farm Market. Owned and managed by Boh Tea, it complements their main estate at Habu in Ringlet, featuring its very own tea center, visitor gallery, and show factory. Likewise, the Sungai Palas tea garden is also shut up within its own isolated valley away from the main road, with access to a narrow route past bungalow, forests, and farms. The road in begins at the left after the Butterfly Garden, with a large signboard that clearly indicates the way. The road opposite is the Bee Farm. After the short but windy stretch, the view breaks into a magnificent panorama of vast tea fields stretched across the valley and slopes.

Sungai Palas Entrance

Sungai Palas Entrance

Sungai Palas Road

Follow the road right from the signboard until the end; the Sungai Palas Boh Tea Centre is perched on top of a small hill.

Way to Sungai Palas

Visitors can park their car and then walk up by paved road, or trail through a tea garden that climbs across the slope.

Sungai Palas Tea Centre

Sungai Palas Balcony

Food

Boh Tea

Facing the tea center is a garden area planted with lilies, cannas, and flowering shrubs; visitors often relax here under the shade of small oak trees. The tea center itself is a spacious complex with fancy bits of modern architecture and design.

Sungai Palas Boh Tea Centre

Welcome to Boh Tea Sungai PalasA

From the entrance, a cafe sits left with an overhanging platform for viewing the scenery, while the right leads through an exhibition gallery, past the Boh’Ria tea shop, next to a video room, and finally ending at a small museum and garden area. An old factory for tea production still functions at the back; it’s open to visitors just like the main Boh tea estate. Sungai Palas Tea Centre is free to visit and open daily from 9 am to 4.30 pm but closes on Mondays.

Sungai Palas Boh Tea

Sungai Palas Boh Tea

Sungai Palas Boh Tea

Sungai Palas View

You can drive to the top of the Gunung Brinchang to see the sunrise and the whole view in Cameron Highlands. Top of Gunung Brinchang is the coolest place in Cameron Highlands, normally about 10’C in the early morning.

Sun Rise at Tea Plantation, Sungai Palas, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

SUNGEI PALAS GARDEN

39100 Brinchang

Cameron Highlands

Tel: 605 496 2096

GPS: 4.521016, 101.401327

Sungai Palas Map

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Things To Do In Cameron Highlands

Top 10 things to do in Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands is popular with the fresh and cool weather, which is full of vegetables and flowers farm. Cameron Highlands is surrounded by natural farms and forests, you can enjoy the nature of the beautiful landscape.

Here are the Top 10 activities you can experience or indulge in when you’re in Cameron Highlands:

  1. Boh Tea plantation

Boh tea plantation is a must-visit attraction at Cameron Highlands. The tea company was founded in 1929 and covers three plantations or tea gardens as they are known.  These are Fairlie Tea Garden, Habu Tea Garden (which was the first garden), and the Sungai Palas Tea Garden.   The travel across these plantations offers views that are breathtaking, as visitors make their way through rolling hills on narrow hillside roads.

The Sungai Palas Tea Centre offers visitors a chance to learn about how tea is processed and packaged in a guided factory tour, finishing off with a nice pit stop at their cafe to enjoy a variety of teas and cakes.

To enter the Sungai Palas plantation, visitors have to take the lane near the Ee Feng Gu Honey Bee Farm in Brinchang, which is the same route visitors use towards Gunung Brinchang.   The tea center operates from 9 am to 4 pm and is closed on Mondays.

Boh Tea Plantation Cameron Highlands

  1. Jungle walks

Nature lovers and walking enthusiasts can take advantage of the hilly terrain and tracks to enjoy Cameron Highland’s natural beauty.  This hill station offers walks of varying difficulties, with some being a casual stroll while others are more strenuous.  Some of these tracks take you into the jungle and offer views of the misty mountains.  The tracks are marked 1 to 10, with a range of difficulties, from climbing Gunung Brinchang or crossing Gunung Beremban.

An easy one is Track 5 or Path 5 where you can walk through the Malaysian Agriculture Research and Development Institution and head on the road towards Tanah Rata.  Visitors are advised to speak to a local guide on the current situation of walking tracks before embarking on a walk alone, as some trails may be closed due to bad weather.

Those keen on doing strenuous hikes are also told to bring sufficient equipment like torchlights, warm clothing, and water, and to not leave without informing a guide or hotel staff as the tracks may be more difficult to tackle than expected.  Locals often talk about the mysterious disappearance of American entrepreneur Jim Thompson during a hike in 1967.  Even local guides and Orang Asli trackers – who know the terrain like the back of their hands – failed to find him.

Jungle

  1. Visit Farms

Cameron Highland’s cool temperatures are conducive to planting a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.  Farms are located in the Highlands’ main towns, starting from Ringlet right up to Brinchang. Visitors are encouraged to head to Tringkap or Kuala Terla to have a look at the larger vegetable farms which grow crops like cabbage, cauliflower, and spinach.  Cameron Highlands also boasts large strawberry farms, so be sure to stop by the Big Red Strawberry Farm, also known as Taman Agro Tourism Cameron Highlands to hand-pick strawberries or enjoy some freshly made strawberry ice cream.

This beautiful hill station also offers travelers a chance to explore flower farms, located in the Bertam Valley, Kampung Raja, the Blue Valley, and the Habu area.  Many varieties of daisies, roses, and chrysanthemums thrive in this environment.

Blueberry Earthouse Strawberry Farm

  1. Steamboat cuisine

Although not originally from Cameron Highlands, the Chinese Steamboat has caught on at the hill station and visitors can choose from the dozens of restaurants that offer this cuisine, loosely based on the fondue concept.  Patrons get meat, vegetables and noodles to be dipped into a boiling pot filled with stock or spicy Tom Yam soup.

Food to Eat In Cameron Highlands

5. Lavender Gardens

The newest attraction is the Lavender Garden just before Tringkap town, a theme park with rows of lavender plants. Perfect place for a photoshoot.

Apart from Lavender, there were many other types of flowers like daisies, peonies, roses, etc.

There is a small gift shop near the exit where you can buy gifts, lavender products like potted lavender plants, soft toys, towel hangers, perfumes, and artificial lavender plants. It also has a cafe offering cakes, brownies, strawberry milkshakes, and ice creams.

The center opens daily and charges RM15 per adult and RM10 for children.

Lavender Garden Cameron Highlands

Lavender Garden

  1. Stall around Markets

The market in Cameron Highlands consists of two types, the Pasar Pagi (Morning Market) and the Pasar Malam (Night Market).   The morning market is everywhere in Cameron Highlands, mostly operating during the weekend from 8 am-6 pm. On a normal weekday, not many stalls will be open. The night market is situated in Brinchang and set up from about 3 pm until 10 pm.  Visitors can buy just about anything in these markets, from vegetables, flowers, and fruits to gifts and souvenirs.

Sweet Corn Specialist at Rose Valley

  1. Butterfly farm

Families and nature lovers can enjoy the butterfly farm where several species of this colorful insect live.  It is essentially a garden built on a hill slope and is known to be one of the older tourist attractions in the area.  The Butterfly Farm is located close to the famous Kea Farm, about 3km from Brinchang.  Among the highlights of this farm are free-flying butterflies, a tortoise pen, and a mini insectarium. Open daily, tickets are between RM2 and RM5, with a free guided tour when available.

  1. Bee Farm

A not-too-distant cousin of the butterfly attraction is the bee farm.  There are several farms of this sort in the area, in Ringlet, Tringkap, and Kea Farm.  Watch how local honey is cultivated and learn to appreciate the role of bees in balancing the ecosystem from the exhibitions at the farms. Don’t forget to sample the various types of honey available.

Bee Farm

  1. Waterfalls

Beautiful waterfalls are often part and parcel of lush hilly terrains and mountainous regions.  There are several waterfalls in the area, one of which is on the way to the highlands, if visitors are traveling from Tapah.  This is the Lata Iskandar waterfall, a popular picnic spot and a pit stop for drivers and passengers to stretch their legs and enjoy the cool fresh air.  Two other famous waterfalls are the Parit Falls, located off Trail 4, and Robinson Waterfalls which hikers can get to from Trail 9.

waterfall

  1. Cactus Valley

Cactus Valley boasts a large variety of cactuses, some as old as 60 years.  Patrons who are curious about the cactus can explore the colorful spiky plants, which come in all shapes and sizes. Located on a hillside area close to Brinchang, the farm also cultivates a range of flowers, apple trees, and passion fruit plants.

Cactus Point

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Famous Strawberry Farm at Cameron Highlands

Strawberry Farm at Cameron Highlands

Strawberry farm is one of the must-visit locations when tourists travel to Cameron Highlands. Cameron Highlands is the center of strawberry production in Malaysia. The cold climate makes it suitable for cultivating strawberries all year round throughout the highlands, with most farms concentrated at Tanah Rata, Brinchang, and Kea Farm. When in the season, many of these farms offer strawberry picking by hand to attract visitors.

Since the strawberry farm is very popular, more and more strawberry farm is open. Here are the most famous: Big Red Strawberry, Kok Lim Strawberry, Raaju’s Hill Strawberry, S’Corner Central Market, and Blueberry Earthouse.

Big Red Strawberry Farm, Brinchang

Big Red Strawberry Farm, also known as Taman Agro Tourism, is an agricultural center growing strawberries and organic salad-based vegetables on a steep hill slope overlooking Brinchang town center. Accessible by a backdoor route from Star Regency Hotel (signboards along the main road, the same direction as Cactus Valley), the farm is one of Brinchang’s most popular tourist attractions, featuring a large cafe, product shop, vegetable market, and strawberry picking. Open daily from morning till evening, entrance is free but visitors driving personal vehicles need to beware the steep road incline both when entering and exiting back to Brinchang.

Kok Lim Strawberry Farm, Brinchang

Kok Lim Strawberry Farm is a popular tourist attraction located along the main road shortly after leaving Brinchang town towards Kea Farm. One of the largest strawberry farms in Cameron Highlands, Kok Lim also houses a vegetable market, shopping gallery, vintage cafe, and pastry corner within the complex. Besides fresh strawberries available for sale daily, visitors can also pick their own load by weight at the farm, nestled on hill slopes behind. Parking lots along the main road provide ample space for most vehicles even on weekends. Time Tunnel, a museum dedicated to colonial-era antiques and heritage, occupies a section of the building at Kok Lim Strawberry Farm.

Raaju’s Hill Strawberry Farm, Kea Farm

Raaju’s Hill is a strawberry farm and cafe perched on a ridgetop at Kea Farm, situated along the main road opposite the entrance of Equatorial Resort which is about 3km north of Brinchang town. A popular tourist attraction on weekends, the farm offers strawberry picking by weight or fresh strawberries sold at a counter daily. The cafe has an extended dining deck suitable for large groups, with a selection of pastries, cakes, shakes, waffles, and ice cream from the menu. Nestled on top of the building is also a small roof terrace that overlooks the rainforest emanating from Gunung Brinchang – visitors can bring their tea and snacks here to enjoy the view around picnic tables.

S’Corner Central Market Kea Farm, Brinchang

S’Corner Central Market is a strawberry farm at Brinchang, located 2km north of town along the main road a short distance before reaching Kea Farm. Besides strawberries, the farm also features a large shopping complex that houses vegetable markets, souvenir shops, and cafes in the style of traditional coffee shops called ‘Kopitiam’. Nestled on a hill slope with adjoining parking lots that provide lots of space for vehicles, S’Corner is a popular stopover for tea and shopping while in transit to Brinchang or Kea Farm. Open daily from morning till evening, visitors can also purchase ready-packed strawberries from the market.

Blueberry Earthouse Strawberry Farm

Blueberry Earthouse is a farm at Brinchang growing strawberries, blueberries, and a limited selection of vegetables. Located off the main road at Kea Farm (along with the access route to Sungai Palas Tea Plantation and Mossy Forest), it can be reached from a left junction shortly after passing Butterfly Garden towards Tringkap. While blueberries are a novel attraction at the farm, its most shrinking feature is a large mud house that houses a cafe serving Penang Peranakan cuisine, with striking views of the valley from an adjoining balcony deck. The mud house also has a ‘living’ roof draped with grass and small flowering shrubs. Open daily, strawberry picking is also available for visitors.

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Lavender Garden Cameron Highlands

Lavender Garden Cameron Highlands

Lavender Garden is the Cameron Highland’s newest attraction which starts open in 2013. It is located before the Tringkap town when traveling from Simpang Pulai, super big banner beside the main road that you must able to see. The entire garden literally colors galore! Purple haze lavender farm is not very large but the beautiful landscaped lavender garden is enough for the visitor to take a photo.

Lavender Garden Cameron Highlands

Lavender Garden Cameron Highland

It had a floral theme park with cemented terraced hill slopes where ascending row upon row of flowers are grown, offering a dazzle of colors for visitors to admire and photograph.

Lavender Garden

Lavender Garden

The establishment offers a variety of things to do in Lavender. Visitors can just take a leisure walk through the wonderful colors on the show.

Lavender Garden

Lavender Garden

Lavender Garden

Lavender Garden

Lavender Garden

Lavender Garden

Lavender Garden

Visitors can even spend some time handpicking the flowers that they want to buy for their special someone. For those who are getting married, you can even take your wedding photos. Walking towards the strawberry farm, you will pass by some very unique decorations, as well as the “love locks”, where you supposedly can have your love messages stored and locked in them.  This garden also has facilities like the cafe, souvenir shop, games center & mini bee history section.

Lavender Garden

Lavender Garden

Lavender Garden

OPENING HOURS:
9 am – 6 pm (Monday-Thursday)
9 am – 7 pm (Friday-Sunday)

Admission: RM20.00 (Adults), RM10.00 (Children)

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History Of Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands History

Cameron Highlands was founded in 1885 by William Cameron which was eventually having the area named in his honor. William Cameron, a British colonial government surveyor, accompanied by his companion, Kulop Riau, went on a mapping expedition of the Titiwangsa Range. In the expedition, they used elephants to carry them for months on a journey to explore the Titiwangsa Range. They started their adventurous tour from Tanjung Rambutan and started to trace the Kinta River to its origin. They then went through the Titiwangsa Range in the southeasterly direction.

History Of Cameron Highlands

Not long after that, they stood on the summit of Mount Pondok Challi. Cameron reported that he saw a plateau, of an elevation of 4,400 to 4,500ft, at an altitude of ~6000ft (1,800m) above sea level and the temperature falls between 8C and 25C. But Cameron failed to mark his find on the map. In the 1920s, the location of the plateau was finally confirmed by a consensus of reports from subsequent expeditions. That’s how Cameron Highlands was discovered. It was not fully developed until 1925 when it was then proposed by Sir George Maxwell as a hill resort.

The fame of Cameron Highlands then grew during the colonial era when British planters realized the potential of its fertile mountain slopes for growing tea, then a prized commodity. In 1929, John Archibald Russell, who was the son of a British administrative officer started a tea plantation which is now the famous Boh Tea Plantation. The Cameron Highlands is still home to many tea plantations, being Malaysia’s largest tea-producing region. The area is also known as a major supplier of legumes and vegetables to both Malaysia and Singapore with its many farms and is one of Malaysia’s prime tourist destinations.

History Of Cameron Highlands

During the colonial era, Cameron Highlands mountain resort was a haven for the British who were stationed in Malaya. It provided relief from the hot and humid tropical climate. With its temperate climate, a number of them decided to make it their retirement home, setting up bungalows and mansions.

Days are spent pruning roses, tending to strawberries, sipping English tea, and of course, for a little more social mingling, they would head over to Mr. Foster¡¯s Tudor-styled Smokehouse.

Cameron Highlands History

The British military had a large presence in Tanah Rata. There was, of course, the Emergency period during the 1960s when the ragtag communist army tried to destabilize and take over the country. By 1971, the British Army former military hospital has now become a Roman Catholic convent. It still stands on the hill overlooking the main street.

If you think the present 60km of the twisting road leading from Tapah is difficult to negotiate, imagine how the pioneers of yesteryears carve up the road by using only oxcarts in the 1930s!

Cameron Highlands History

From the historical point of view, here are some of the many events that had taken place from its humble beginnings in Cameron Highlands.

From 1896-to 1902, the narrow path to the Highlands was widened and improved. Meanwhile, further surveys were carried out to identify the actual plateau of this area. In 1925, Sir George Maxwell visited the highlands and decided the present Tanah Rata and Brinchang area would be developed into a Hill Station. Between 1926-and 1931, areas were zoned accordingly reserving them for their various functions such as Agriculture Department, Township, and Residential Sites, Areas of Service, National Park, General Administration, and Recreational Areas.

After the Japanese occupation, there was further interest to develop Cameron Highlands, but progress was hindered in the 1960s due to the communist insurgency, a period known as the Emergency. When the fierce fighting was declared over, the Hill Station was carefully developed into a popular resort. Even now, much development is still in progress, though nowadays the development seems rather haphazard resulting in various environmental damage.

Still, without a doubt, Cameron Highlands is still the most refreshing compared to the other highlands around Malaysia.

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Grape Farm Cameron Highlands

Grape Farm Cameron

The grape farms are located in Blue Valley, Cameron Highlands.  If you are coming from Simpang Pulai, before turning right on the T-junction going into Kampung Raja, go straight and follow the “Blue Valley” sign.  If you are coming from Tapah, go through Kampung Raja, turn right at the T-junction (turn left will take you to Simpang Pulai) and follow the “Blue Valley” sign.  You will see the “Grapes & Tomatoes Farm” signboard after a few minutes’ drive.

cameron highland grape farm

The grapes farms are owned by KC Kwang & Sons that is really worth the visit because the fruits are compost grown, meaning they are organic and can be eaten without washing.

The grapes are indeed a pedigree breed, the Kyoho that originated from Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan. The Kyoho grapes are a cross-breed between American and European grape varieties. “Kyoho” (巨峰) meaning “Giant Mountain” is also metaphorical for the grape size because Kyoho grapes are one of the largest in size they are also dubbed “The King of Grapes”.  The grapes are only grown in certain parts of the world like Japan, Taiwan, Korea, the USA, and Chile.  Now I’ve found one more place where it is cultivated in Cameron Highlands!

Grapes Farm Cameron Highlands

The grapes are typically harvested twice a year, which is January and August.  The owner told us that with the weather in Cameron Highlands, it is possible to manipulate so you get the grapes all year round.  How awesome is that? Perhaps that’s why we see the grapes in different stages – some are still green, some are light purple and some have matured into blackish purple.

Grape farm Cameron

Grape farm Cameron

To be able to eat Kyoho grapes locally grown in Cameron Highlands is a luxury because the grapes need an initial 3 years period for the first harvest – quite a long time to wait for some good stuff! Furthermore, eating locally grown fruits minimizes the carbon footprint so that’s environmental-friendly too!  The stretch of grapes farm is netted with a small portion of it open to visitors.

 Farm Cameron Highlands

Opening Hours: Daily 8 am – 6 pm

Address: No. 33 Main Road, Kg Raja, 39010 Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia.

Tel:+ 605 – 498 1300 / 498 1190
Fax:+ 605 – 498 1287

Grapes farm Cameron Highland

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Boh Tea Plantation Cameron Highlands

Boh Tea Estate Ringlet, Cameron Highlands

Boh Tea is the largest producer of tea in Malaysia, based primarily in Cameron Highlands with three large plantations across Ringlet and Brinchang. The main estate sits at Habu in Ringlet next to its immediate neighbor Fairlie Garden, while Sungai Palas is a sister plantation about 20km away in Brinchang. One of Cameron’s favorite tourist attractions, Boh Tea features a colonial-era tea processing factory open to the public, a shopping gallery, bush walks, and an open-air cafe that serves light snacks and signature tea. Open daily from 9 am to 4.30 pm except for Mondays (closed), the 7km access route to Boh lies about 3km after Ringlet town or 6km before Tanah Rata along the main road.

History of the BOH Tea Plantation at Cameron Highlands

BOH Plantations was founded in 1929 by J.A. Russell, a British businessman during the British colonial era in Malaya. He was optimistic about the tea plantation business due to huge demands despite the worldwide Great Depression at that time. As a result of the potential, he applied for and was granted a concession of land for his first tea garden in Habu, Cameron Highlands.

Noting the mineral-rich soil, high rainfall, and cooling climate of Cameron Highlands, Russell saw the potential for growing tea – high in demand at that time despite an economic depression. He purchased a tract of land in Habu and set out to produce a robust tea with a distinct flavor straight from the ground up. Today, Boh is a successful corporate franchise that is active in local nature conservation efforts, working closely with the Malaysia Nature Society and World Wildlife Fund. At the edge of the valley, a dirt track leads to the wilds of Pos Mensun, a lush rainforest region with occasional Orang Asli (Aborigine) villages that connect to either Bertam Valley or Kuala Terla.

Today, BOH Plantations owns three tea gardens – the first garden in Habu, Fairlie Tea Garden, and Sungai Palas Tea Garden. To ensure the freshness of its tea products, BOH Plantations also set up a packaging factory near its main garden. BOH tea products are distributed both in domestic and international markets.” A source from Wiki.

Boh Tea Factory Cameron Highlands

Boh Tea Factory at Ringlet, Cameron Highlands

Boh Tea Cameron Highlands

A mix of old and modern machinery is used inside the factory complex for tea production. Visitors are not allowed to venture past the cordoned area, marked by yellow lines on the floor and thin rope railings.

Boh Tea Cameron Highlands

The massive boiler, fired by rubberwood, is responsible for drying the tea leaves for further processing.

Boh Tea Cameron Highlands

After going through grinding and drying, the tea leaves are now dark and powdery. At this section of the factory, they are sorted into bags, ready for final packing.

Boh Tea Cameron Highlands

The tea is packed into bags and then runs off the assembly line into the arms of workers, who stack them into corners.

Boh Tea

Boh Tea ready

Boh Tea Plantation Cameron Highlands

Boh Tea Plantation Cameron Highlands

Boh Tea Plantation Cameron Highlands

Boh Tea Plantation Cameron Highlands

Boh Tea-Shop

Boh Tea shop

Boh Tea Cafe

Boh Tea Cafe

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