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.
No trip to Cameron Highlands is complete without a tour around the tea plantations. Check out 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.