Cameron Highlands ~ Places to Visit from Kuala Lumpur
KL Visitors Guide


Cameron Highlands is the country’s premier hill resort, offering low temperatures all year round, flower gardens, strawberry farms, terraced tea plantations, orchards, vegetable farms, rest houses, and colonial cottages amongst its jungle-clad hills.

Visitors to Cameron Highlands can expect a peaceful community with
a laid back outlook of life.

First developed by the British in the 1920s, Cameron Highlands got its name from William Cameron, a British surveyor who was commissioned by the then colonial government to map out the area in 1885.

When a road was constructed in 1931 from Tapah to the highlands, the British and the locals moved in to settle on the slopes of the mountain. They were soon followed by tea planters and vegetable growers who found the fertile soil and cool climate to be especially suitable for the growing of their crops.

The highlands are now the major producer of vegetables for the nation that have earned it the title "Green Bowl of Malaysia".

Located about 4 hours drive or 200 kilometres (120 miles) North from Kuala Lumpur, the journey will take you along the North – South highway; Turning off at Tapah and upwards on the main highland road that hugs the hill slopes, the road curves in and out following the contours of the highlands.

As you proceed uphill you will come across Cameron Highlands three townships; namely Ringlet, Tanah Rata and Brinchang.

Far from rural, the main townships of Tanah Rata and Brinchang are highly developed with a wide range of facilities and services with Hotels, resorts, apartments and shopping blocks, providing accommodation and leisure activities for its many visitors.

The first township you will come to is Ringlet town. This is more of a trading area for commercial activities, usually bypassed by most visitors. Passing Ringlet the scenic road takes you to Tanah Rata, which means "Even Land' in Malay.

This charming little town of 7,000 or so residents with its many shops, eateries, banks, and government buildings is considered as the hub of Cameron Highlands.

About 3km from Tanah Rata is is the main town of Brinchang. The township which is surrounded by hills and terraced by vegetable farms, flower gardens and tea plantations, is the centre of the highlands.

As Cameron Highlands is a popular tourist spot, most of the infrastructure is modern, so you can find all the conveniences you need. Walking around is mostly safe at day or night.

Cameron Highlands supports a local population close to 60,000 people (mostly Chinese). Much of the Cameron Highlands is under cultivation. Most of its attractions are found near or within Tanah Rata and Brinchang towns.

There are some 3,642 hectares (9,000 acres) of forest with jungle trails leading to scenic spots, waterfalls and aboriginal villages. Most of the tracks here begin at Tanah Rata. There are more than 14 paths to pick and choose from. Depending on its distance, some routes can take as long as five hours to cover

From September onwards the climate of Cameron Highland ranges between 20°C - 25°C during the day on average but does get a little hotter during periods of low rainfall. Actually, one can visit the Cameron Highlands anytime of the year; it's a simple matter of whether you enjoy more rainfall or less. At night, it usually falls between 15°C - 18°C but dips even lower after heavy rain.

Basket Weaving
Before ascending to Cameron Highlands, visit a cottage industry of basket weaving at Tapah, which is a centre for making the large bamboo baskets that are used to collect the tea grown in the Highlands as well as to transport vegetables from Cameron Highland.
An expert worker can complete 1 basket in 12-15minutes. Bamboo harvested by the Orang Asli (aborigines) is the main raw material for the manufacturing of disposable baskets, thus generate income to not only the basket craftsmen in Tapah but also the Orang Asli.

Such a “use and throw” eco friendly bamboo baskets are gradually being replaced by plastic baskets, that could be used many times. The subsequent decline in market demand is affecting their livelihood. In way of assisting them the tourism sector is bring in tourists to visit and purchase some of the items.

Iskandar Waterfalls
One of the first sights you will come across on the way up will be the Iskandar Waterfalls. It is a popular stopover point.

The waterfall cascades over several tiers of granite slopes, with the last drop at 25 meters high flowing into a small pool below, before resuming its journey as a narrow stream. Its surrounding jungle is home to a large variety of exotic insect and plant life.

On weekends, the waterfall is overrun by tourists and local visitors, who congregate tightly under the cold shower of the falls.
Also here are restrooms, food stalls and a colourful handicraft bazaar that sells ethnic souvenirs, tribal handicrafts, strange herbs and tropical fruits

Aborigines - Orang Asli
The Orang Asli are Malaysia's indigenous people, the aborigines and natives of the land. They are a diverse collection of tribes; each with a unique language, subtle nuances in physical appearance and occupying different localities across Peninsular Malaysia.

What all share in common is a culture intrinsically tied to the rainforest environment - Their livelihoods are sustained by its harvests; in hunting, fishing, collecting and farming.

In the Cameron Highlands, most of the Orang Asli come from the Temiah tribe. These people live mostly in villages and settlement areas stretching from the foothills of Tapah all the way up to Brinchang.

Try the Blowpipe and get to know their weapons, tools, musical instruments etc. Observe the traditional bamboo huts built only with bamboos, wood and palm leaves. A short walk around the village with our guide will reveal some of the medicinal plants used by the Orang Asli’s.

Strawberry Farms
There are a number of strawberry farms in Cameron Highlands and these are immensely popular attraction, as visitors are fascinated with the idea of dainty fruits of temperate origin growing on local soil. The cold climate makes it suitable for cultivating strawberries all-year-round.

Highlands strawberries tend to be slightly smaller than those grown in Europe, probably due to a lack of long sunshine hours to promote growth, although they can be just as sweet and delicious. Initially the crop was grown in the ground in the traditional way, today many are grown hydroponically, a method of growing without soil on raised trays fed by water containing the essential nutrients for healthy growth.

Raju Hill, is one of the well known strawberry farms in the area. Entrance is for free and everyone who visits can get a free tour of the strawberry field and the actual processing plan.

You will not only have the opportunity to see how strawberries are cultivated but also offer opportunity to purchase freshly picked strawberries with thick delicious fresh cream at affordable prices. A basket is given to place their pickings, and weighted and charged accordingly at the exit. The price usually hovers around MYR20-25 for half a kg, which is significantly higher than buying them from markets; you are in essence paying for the farm visit and plucking experience.

Most strawberries are sold to visitors as fresh fruit or jam. Always worth a visit for their novelty value and the chance to taste strawberries and cream!

Tea Plantation
One of the best ways to relax in Cameron Highland is sipping tea, having some scones to go with it. What better place to go about doing it at the tea plantation itself!

The view of green rolling hills, with the neat regular rows of tea plants, it’s such a relaxing feeling. Today, the many tea plantations that dominate the valley are instrumental in drawing the multitudes of visitors Cameron Highlands receives each year.

The various estates are mostly owned by Boh, the larger group established since 1929 by colonial owners; and Bharat, a slightly more recent local company that only began full-scale operations in the 1950s.

Boh has the largest tea estates and is a popular tourist attraction with a functioning factory that's open to public, shopping gallery, English cafe, viewpoints along the tea fields and even a small lodge for overnight accommodation.

Take a tour around the factory to learn a little about tea-processing. It takes you through the various stages that involve withering, rolling, fermenting, drying, sorting, tasting and storing. Some of the machinery dates back to 1935 and is still in superb working order!

Some of the original tea trees are still harvested and can live for 100years or so before they are replaced.

After the factory tour, visitors can walk the grounds or head off to the tea shop for that relaxing cuppa tea.

The Boh Tea Garden is open daily from 9am to 4.30pm, but closes on Mondays.

Ladies Shoe - One of the exotic plants at the Rose CenterRose Centre
For rose enthusiasts, the Rose Centre Kea Farm, spread over 10 levels of terrace, with over 100 varieties in every imaginable colour, is a ‘must visit’.

Walking up the steps, visitors will pass through gardens perched along the slopes of the small hill.
The rose blooms are a spectacular sight.

The blooms here include the "black" and "green" roses. Other than roses it also flower nurseries producing beautiful blooms such as chrysanthemums, carnations, dahlia, geraniums and others.

Market Square
You can find profusion various items such a vegetables, plants, flowers, cactus plants, flowers, pots, strawberry products, tea, souvenirs and much more.

Another interesting thing that you must visit if you are spending the weekend in Cameron is their Brinchang weekend night market. This popular attraction among visitors occurs every Friday and Saturday in town, starting from 4pm and ending late night.

The bazaar occupies two tarmac clearings opposite each other across the main road; one faces Star Regency Hotel, while the other lies along the police station. Better to walk as parking will be a pain.

Note - It's best to visit not on weekends and during peak seasons; check the local calendar for a list of national and school holidays. You don't want to be around on such periods as the vehicle and human traffic is immensely heavy.

Best Way to Visit
Cameron Highlands Day Tour

The private tour that takes you an a day trip  from KL to Cameron Highlands with visits to all the places of interest mentioned above.

Overland Tour to Cameron Highlands
4 - 6 Days Overland Tour to Cameron Highlands that includes Taman Negara, Penang Island or Pangkor Island



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