CAMERON Highlands Malaysia
Chill Out with Nature!
Best time to visit the majestic mountain
Well, to begin with, you have to know that the hotel rates are different based on seasons – low season, peak season and super peak season. It is advisable to visit the rolling hills during low season (weekdays) to avoid paying extra for accommodation. During super peak season (weekends, public holidays and school holidays), the rates are much higher (sometimes triple the normal rates). On top of that, the congestion is really bad and sometimes, you might get stuck in the traffic for a few hours especially if you are driving from Brinchang to Kea Farm. Please be reminded that toilets might not be available in some part of the winding road, hence, drink less water during your journey. In addition, the farms and nurseries are crowded with tourists from all over Malaysia and Singapore.
RELAX & UNWIND
Playing mah-jong in the apartments with your friends and families would be ideal within the cooling weather or enjoy a meal of warm steamboat. All the different types and styles of steamboats are described in detail here while you can find out where to savour the best steamboat dishes around Cameron Highlands
One of the main reasons that draw locals and foreigners to the highlands is its cool climate all-year round thus suitable for all kinds of activities including jungle trekking without breaking into sweat. Generally, the highlands can be pretty cold when the darkness falls. Hence, remember to bring extra clothing (sweater or wind breaker) along especially if you are taking a leisurely walk to the famous Brinchang nightmarket.
HOTEL & ACCOMMODATIONS GUIDE
For travellers without transportation, the best option available is to book accommodations around Brinchang and Tanah Rata. This is due to the fact that Brinchang and Tanah Rata are the biggest towns in Cameron. Hence, shops, restaurants and other facilities are within walking distance. On top of that, if you want to travel to attractions, you can simply hire a cab or take a bus at the terminal nearby.
PRE-BOOK FOR PEAK SEASONS
If you are travelling to Cameron Highlands during peak season, it is best to book your accommodation before you travel to the destination. Rooms are usually fully booked during holidays. It is best to book at least a month prior to your vacation. Booking a five-star hotel is an easy task for all you have to do is to book online.
ONLINE BOOKING SITES MAY LOOK CHEAPER
Online prices at those renown hotel booking websites like Asiarooms.com, Agoda and Booking.com may initially look cheaper but that does not include tax and commissions. The final price is normally ten percent more expensive than booking directly with hotels. For Booking.com and Asiarooms.com, provide your credit card details to allow them to confirm your reservation. And if you want to cancel the bookings, call them in advance because they’ll refund you (although the hotels may charge a specific amount for the cancellation fee).
COMPREHENSIVE FOOD GUIDE
EXPLORE CAMERON BEST FOOD!
Cameron Highlands is a beautiful and diverse province of Malaysia, perfect for a relaxing getaway, where you will have the chance to see rural rolling hills, but also visit some of the popular tourist sites such as the butterfly farm, as well as trying new and exotic food.
Malaysia is home to fragrant and ethnic food. One dish which the Cameron Highlands is known for is the Charcoal Steamboat or Hot Pot. A gas fire boils a pot of chicken soup or chilli broth for more of a kick. You will notice this type of pot has very tall chimneys as they are designed to avoid the ash from dropping onto the soup surrounding it and disseminate heat evenly. Unlike gas pots, this the intensity of the fire cannot be adjusted which means you might have to dine faster.
FARMS & MARKETS
STRAWBERRY, VEGETABLES, SOUVENIRS, ETC
Reputed as a paradise for nature lovers, Cameron Highlands offer more than just flower gardens and dense mossy forest. Due to its cool weather, Cameron Highlands is a suitable hub to grow a wide variety of plants.
Botanists can expect the unique venus fly traps and pitcher plants in the nurseries grown throughout Cameron Highlands. It is a good idea for local visitors to purchase potted plants that come in all sorts of sizes and shapes as souvenirs (it is a bad idea for international visitors because after all, you have to travel by plane back to your country).
You can get the plants at reasonable prices from Fragrance Nursery located just before you reach Kea Farm, 2 km after Brinchang town. Besides the sweet and juicy strawberries in Cameron Highlands, look out for high quality honey and bee pollen at some of the famous honey bee farms such as Ee Feng Gu Honey Bee Farm and Tringkap Bee Farm.
Brinchang is the main tourist town in Cameron Highlands. You’ll find abundant of budget accommodations, eateries and the famous night market here. However, those with vehicles will face difficulties in finding a parking spot because the hotels are located in the shop lots. Traffic can also be a problem because of the night market. Since the distance between Brinchang and Kea Farm are only around 10 minutes, this small township is highly recommended for those who would like to shop. Police station, post office and the two petrol stations (Shell and Petronas) arejust around the corner.
On the other hand, Tanah Rata is less crowded thus, suitable for backpackers and those who wish to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Guesthouses, inns and lodges are within the main road of Tanah Rata. The new bus and taxi terminals are right in front of the beautifully designed park. The one and only Starbucks Coffee is located along the stretch of Tanah Rata main road. There are a couple of banks within the vicinity such as HSBC, Maybank, Hong Leong, BSN and Agrobank.
One can easily travel to Cameron Highlands by public transport or just drive. The best way to travel and visit all the attractions such as farms, nurseries, apiary and plantations is by driving to Cameron Highlands. Bear in mind that it can be hard to find a parking space around Brinchang during peak season. However, for those without transportation, fret not because you can always hire a cab to get from one destination to another. But then again, it is best to join a tour to cover all the attractions in Cameron Highlands rather than hiring a cab because the taxis here do not use meter.
Traffic in Cameron Highlands
Those who travel to Cameron Highlands have always wanted to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and that includes congestion. However, tourists often complained about the traffic situation during peak seasons in Tanah Rata, Brinchang and Kea Farm because some were trapped in the traffic for hours without moving an inch. If you really want to avoid the traffic, spend your vacation during weekdays. But then again, if you happen to visit the majestic mountains during public holidays and weekends, try not to drive along the road to Kea Farm during lunch hours. And when the night comes, take a leisurely walk to the famous Brinchang night market instead of driving.
You can find a handful of travel and tour companies around Cameron Highlands such as C.S.Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd and Cameron Travel & Tours. Feel free to join any of the tours offered – countryside tour, adventure tour, amazing Rafflesia tour, agro tour, rainforest tour and sunshine tour.
There are plenty of stalls and shop selling a variety of the usual keep sake Cameron items, rare and quirky handicrafts. Among some of the must visit shops and stalls are CT Craft Centre in Brinchang, Yung Seng Souvenir Shop in Tanah Rata, Multicrops Central Market and Kea Farm. Prices of souvenirs and local products are reasonable. Some of the more popular souvenirs are tea products, pearl corn, strawberry items such as fridge magnet, balloons and key chains.