An Invite to Cameron Highlands Malaysia

The interesting thing about travelling is that once you visit a place, even though you never heard of it before, it becomes a part of you. And, if it is very picturesque like Cameron Highlands was to me, you will always be wondering why you never heard of it before. Before I travelled to Malaysia, all I knew of it was Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur. I had heard of Genting Highlands here and there. That's about it. Spending two weeks in Malaysia taught me so much more. If you are like me who is always craving for cool weather, Cameron Highlands is a must when you travel to Malaysia. Tea Plantations, warm scones, that mountain view, and hill station - ah life's good.

Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands, Malaysia is part of a mountain range and is located in the Malaysian state of Pahang.

The history of the Cameron Highlands began 1885 when the British surveyor Sir William Cameron was sent by the Colonial Government to map the border to the next federal state Perak. Although the Cameron Highlands obviously got named after him, it was Sir George Maxwell that realized just 40 years later that this area would be suitable as a resort and hill-station.

Due to the cooler climate, this region was way more pleasant for the British than the heat that dominates most of the peninsula of Malaysia. It’s a place to get in touch with nature, visit farms and plantations and delve your teeth into fresh strawberries, cherry tomatoes and other fruits.

What to see in Cameron Highlands

  • Boh Tea Plantation

For those who have been following my blog for a while, you must have realized tea plantations somehow keep making a comeback on my blog again and again. What can I do when they look so beautiful, and the weather is just everything I love? The Boh Tea Plantation has the most beautiful café that overlooks the tea plantation, with full length windowpanes all in glass. An image of the café will often don the front page of many tourist brochures.

  • The night market

We happened to be in the area on the weekend and got to witness the night market. Though it rained all evening while we were here, we still made sure to experience it well. The night market takes place every Friday and Saturday in Tanah Rata.(In front of the Hotel Casa dela Rosa)

Here, you can buy a lot of cool stuff, like souvenirs, fresh fruits, and honey. You even get locals making all sort of local dishes, and also roasted vegetables made fresh in front of you. All those Kdrama street vendor scenes that made this experience look enjoyable, it truly was.

  • Cameron Valley Tea Plantation

The Cameron Valley Tea House sits over a beautiful plantation, with a dirt path meandering down from its quaint café into the emerald green fields. We cannot miss tea plantations, can we!

Cameron Valley is open from 8:30 AM to 6 PM on weekdays and 8:30 AM to 7 PM on weekends. It costs 2 MYR to enter the plantation and walk independently. (They do also offer 20 minute golf cart tours for 10 MYR). Go in the afternoon just before closing for the best light for photo-snapping and to avoid earlier crowds.

  • Mossy Forest

The Mossy Forest found high in the mountains of Cameron Highlands is a must-see destination. The trail is oftentimes engulfed in a thick fog, and cold temperatures make hikers feel as though they are no longer in Southeast Asia. This forest is home to a wide array of strange and interesting flora, including the pitcher plant, a brightly colored carnivorous plant. The trail is both slippery and steep, and visitors are encouraged to explore this area on a guided tour as opposed to taking on the trail themselves. Set up in the clouds, this mysterious forest is teeming with exotic flora, primitive ferns, and medicinal plants. It’s also such a damp forest that all of the trees are strung with massive amounts of moss. There is literally moss everywhere – hence the name Mossy Forest. There is a boardwalk that takes you relatively deep into the forest and is the perfect path for viewing this bizarre place! Bring a raincoat or a light sweater. The Mossy Forest is on a mountaintop and is quite chilly and often rainy.

  • Lata Iskandar Waterfalls

Waterfalls are always a splendid sight to see. This was our first stop at Cameron Highlands. We didn't spend a lot of time there although it was still a beautiful place to see and be at.

  • Jungle Walk

There are jungle trails to hike in Cameron Highlands. The place we stopped at had a multi crop farm, a cactus valley, and a jungle to hike through. I think we spend a good 2 hours there just admiring all of the flowers, and the views.

  • Gunung Brinchang Sunrise View Point

This peak is the highest point in Malaysia, and with an observation tower at the summit, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Titiwangsa Mountains. There is a paved road leading to the summit, so it’s easiest reached by car, but if you’re keen to hike, it will take you about 3 hours. You can hike on the main road, although not all that scenic, or there is a nature hike you can start from Brinchang town.

  • Rafflesia ( The world's largest flower) tour

There’s just something about the term ‘the world’s largest’ which screams ‘you NEED to see this! The rafflesia flower itself can grow over 1 meter in diameter and weigh up to 10 kilograms, it is a parasitic plant that has no roots or leaves and some say it has a slightly pungent odour.