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Ten Reasons To Visit Cameron Highlands this 2024

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Discover the beautiful area of Cameron Highlands in Malaysia in this article, whether you are making it a day trip from Kuala Lumpur or you plan to spend a few days there. This guide will help you plan your trip as well as help with the basic of informations before you travel to Cameron Highlands which include things such as the best time to travel there, how to get there and what type of visa you may need.

Cameron Highlands is a beautiful hill station located in the state of Pahang, Malaysia. It is known for its cool climate, lush greenery, and picturesque landscapes. The Cameron Highlands is a popular tourist destination due to its natural beauty and unique attractions. The region is famous for its tea plantations, which produce some of the best tea in the World. It is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers planning to travel to South East Asia. The region offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur, making it an ideal place to relax and rejuvenate.

Cameron Highlands boasts an array of lush green landscapes, cool temperatures, and fertile soil, making it perfect for tea plantations and agricultural farm stays. If you plan a trip to Cameron Highlands, read on to discover some amazing things to do in the region.

The Lakehouse Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands

Things to know before you go to Cameron Highlands

Visa for Malaysia

Check that you do not require a visa for Malaysia. The visa website is a quick and easy way to check whether your passport requires a permit.

Travel insurance for Malaysia

SafetyWing is the World’s first International Travel Medical Insurance developed to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and remote workers travelling or living abroad. However, if you do not fall under this category, do not worry; SafetyWing also suits all vacation types.

The best time to travel to Camerons Highlands

The best time to travel to Cameron Highlands is November because with average temperature is around 15°C to 23°C. November is the best month because you can escape the heat of Kuala Lumpur during the drier seasons. 

Cameron Highlands Tea Plantation

How to get to Cameron Highlands

You can fly to Kuala Lumpur directly from Singapore in approximately one hour with many airlines to choose from, including Singapore Airlines,  Scoot, Malinda Air, Malaysian Airlines and Jetstar Asia, to name a few. 

Transport: The drive time from Kuala Lumpur is under 3.5 hours. 

Hiring a car: is your best option if you plan to spend a few days here and want to do it at your own pace. 

Tour: You can always hire a guide from Kuala Lumpur and spend the day visiting the highlighted areas.

Bus: You can also catch a bus from Kuala Lumpur, the most affordable way to get to Cameron Highlands. 

Cameron Highlands is a stunning hill station in Malaysia that is well-known for its scenic beauty and cool climate. Located in Pahang, this hill station is a favourite getaway for visitors looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Things to do in Cameron Highlands

1. Visit the Tea Plantations

Cameron Highlands tea plantations are a sight to behold. These tea estates are known for producing some of the best tea varieties in the World.

One of the most extensive tea plantations in Cameron Highlands is the Boh Tea Plantation. Founded in 1929, the plantation covers an area of about 1200 hectares and produces high-quality tea, which is exported all over the World. Visitors to the plantation can take a tour of the tea factory, including a demonstration of how tea is processed and a sample of some of the tea blends at the tea shop. So, remember to visit the tea plantations and take a guided tour of The Boh Tea Estate to learn about the tea-making process. 

Another popular plantation in Cameron Highlands is the Cameron Bharat Tea Estate. Here visitors can enjoy a scenic drive up winding roads to the plantation and take part in a guided tour of the tea factory. The estate also offers a tea room where visitors can indulge in freshly brewed tea while enjoying the stunning views of the surrounding hills.

Boh Tea plantation

2. Explore the Mossy Forest

The Mossy Forest covers an area of about 2796 hectares and is situated on the western side of the Cameron Highlands. It is called the Mossy Forest because of the thick carpet of moss that covers the ground, boulders, and trees, creating a surreal atmosphere. The Mossy Forest is a cloud forest covered in mist and fog for most of the year. This misty and cool environment is perfect for the growth of mosses, lichens, ferns, and other epiphytes.

The Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands is an ecological treasure. This enchanting forest is home to various species of flora and fauna. You’ll see some unique plants found only in this habitat by walking the 2km boardwalk to Gunung Brinchang.

Cameron Highland hikes
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3. Hiking 

Cameron Highlands is a popular destination for hiking enthusiasts with a range of trails and terrain to suit all abilities; hikers are in for a treat when visiting this stunning region.

One of the most popular hikes in Cameron Highlands is the trek to Gunung Brinchang, the highest peak in the area. This challenging hike can take up to 6 hours to complete, but the reward is breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. For those looking for a less strenuous walk, there are plenty of shorter trails to choose from here. 

Another popular hike is the trail to the Mossy Forest, an enchanting moss-covered forest that feels straight out of a fairytale. The trail is well-maintained and takes around 2 hours to complete, but the ethereal beauty of the forest makes it all worthwhile.

The trek to Robinson Falls is an excellent option for those seeking a more adventurous hike. This 1.5-hour trail takes hikers through the lush Cameron Highlands countryside, ending with a stunning waterfall.

Hiking Cameron Highlands

4 Exploring the town

Besides its natural beauty, Tanah Rata is also home to several colonial-era buildings, including the St. Michael’s Church and the Tudor-style Hillview Resort. These buildings offer a glimpse into the town’s rich history and are a must-visit for history buffs.

Overall, Tanah Rata is a charming town that offers something for everyone. Whether you are interested in nature, history, or food, this town will leave a lasting impression on you.

5 Visit the Strawberry Farm

Cameron Highlands is famous for its beautiful strawberry farms. These farms provide visitors with a unique opportunity to experience the joy of picking fresh strawberries right off the plant.

One of the most popular strawberry farms in Cameron Highlands is Big Red Strawberry Farm. This farm features several varieties of strawberries, including the popular Sweet Charlie and Camarosa varieties. Big Red Strawberry Farm also offers a variety of other farm activities, such as a mini animal park, vegetable farms, flower gardens, bee farms, and a cafe serving strawberry-themed delicacies.

Another popular strawberry farm is Raju Hill Strawberry Farm. This farm is located on the hills of Brinchang and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. At Raju Hill Strawberry Farm, visitors can enjoy picking strawberries and purchasing other fresh produce, such as mushrooms and vegetables.

Strawberry farm Cameron Highlands

6. Check out the Night Market

Cameron Highlands night market is a vibrant event every Friday and Saturday night in Brinchang. The market offers visitors an exciting assortment of local goods, ranging from souvenirs and handicrafts to delicious food and fresh produce.

 You can also find various items that make great souvenirs or gifts besides food. These may include local handicrafts, traditional clothing, fresh flowers, etc. You can even find locally grown fresh produce such as strawberries, sweet corn, and vegetables.

Cameron Highlands night market
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7. Explore the Butterfly Farm

The Butterfly Farm in Cameron Highlands is a fantastic place to learn about these beautiful creatures. The farm has a vast collection of butterflies that visitors can observe up close. Open 8 am to 6 pm daily and can be found at MDCH 3, Batu 43, Green Cow, 39100 Kea Farm.

The butterfly farm is a natural habitat for various butterflies. It features several landscaped trails designed to simulate their natural environments, including a butterfly garden, a butterfly hatchery, and a butterfly museum. The farm also houses a few other animals. Some of the popular ones are rabbits, reptiles, and insects. You can also take part in feeding the rabbits and snapping a memorable photos with them.

Butterly Hill

8 Taste the Lavender flavours

The Lavender Garden offers visitors a chance to experience a slice of France’s floral delights in the heart of Malaysia. The farm’s picturesque grounds feature sprawling lavender fields and an array of other blooms, such as geraniums, wildflowers, and roses.

Visitors can walk through the garden’s fields or take a guided tour to learn more about the different varieties of lavender and their uses. The Lavender Garden also features a gift shop where visitors can purchase handmade soaps, essential oils, and other lavender-based products.

In addition to its lavender fields, the Lavender Garden has a European-inspired cafe, serving a range of savoury and sweet dishes made from locally sourced ingredients and a playground for children.

Cameron Lavender

9 Purchase honey from Highlands Apiary Farm

Honey is one of the top products offered by Cameron Highlands, particularly in Kea Farm. Known for its natural sweetness, health benefits, and medicinal properties, honey has become a popular souvenir choice for tourists visiting the highlands.

The Apis Mellifera bees produce local honey in Cameron Highlands in the region’s hilly terrain. The honey is collected from beehives located at high altitudes, which are believed to have a higher quality of honey due to the abundance of floral sources.

Honey is known for its numerous health benefits. It contains high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help boost immunity and alleviate symptoms of allergies and colds.

Bee farm Cameron Highlands

10 Enjoy an afternoon of High Tea at the Lakehouse Hotel

Enjoy an afternoon at the Lakehouse Hotel relaxing with fresh produce, including local; strawberries, honey and tea. Expect high tea to be different from what you would get in Kuala Lumpur; think local, relaxed and affordable. 

There are other options to choose from. However, the scones and local desserts are perfect for the cooler weather you will find at the Cameron Highlands. If you decide to stay at another location, I am sure your hotel will offer High Tea too, but because the Lakehouse Hotel is where we stayed, we chose to spend the afternoon relaxing there. 

High Tea Cameron Highlands

Hotel Recommendation

The Lakehouse Cameron Highlands

The Lakehouse Cameron Highlands makes me feel like I am in a lakehouse in the English countryside, not a hotel in Malaysia. The English inspired decore includes wooden ceiling beams and four-poster beds. 

With amazing views of Sultan Abu Bakar Lake, The Lakehouse Cameron Highlands Resort is 1,000 m above sea level, with rooms full of antique furniture and a cosy interior. The hotel includes a Buffet breakfast, and an English-style bar and restaurant, so you don’t have to leave the premises.

Cameron Highlands Resort  

Cameron Highlands Resort has all the amenities you would expect from a resort. Located 1500 metres above sea level, this hotel has free wifi, complimentary parking, a fitness centre and a spa to indulge your senses over the weekend. The hotel exterior has that English Tudor house feel but with a bit of luxury. 

It is less intimate than the previous hotel’s recommendation but feels newer and more luxurious. There are a couple of places to eat, including aptly named Jim Thompson’s Tea Room. 

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