Cameron Highlands, Malaysia: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Cameron Highlands is one of the most extensive hill stations of Malaysia situated at the northwestern tip of Pahang along with the Taman Negara. Although located at the state in the Eastern Region of the country, the main gateway to the highland is Ipoh, the capital city of Perak on the Northern Region. Named after William Cameron, a British government surveyor who had discovered the area in 1885, Cameron Highlands became a famous destination during the British colonial era up to date. It is a paradise of green forests and culture with a cool temperature between 22° to 25° Celsius during the day and between 15° to 22° Celsius at night. The climate makes it easier for tourists to trek, camp, and enjoy the attractions.The highland is now a home to several farms, gardens, plantations, museums, cultural villages, and temples.
Farms & Gardens
Cameron Highlands is best known for its farms, gardens, and plantations that are mostly located in Brinchang. The Kok Lim Strawberry Farm along the Jalan Sg. Menson has the freshest strawberries and delicacies such as strawberry jam and ice cream. The strawberry farm is open for tourists between 8 am until 6 pm. For honey and honey-based products, the Ee Feng Gu Honey Bee Farm is the best known honeybee farm in Cameron Highlands. Also located in Brinchang within Kea Farm, it is open from 8 am to 7 pm.
The highlands is a home to two butterfly farms. These are housing a collection of tropical butterflies including the Raja Brooke. Open daily from 8 am to 6 pm, visitors can enjoy the beautiful sight of the majestic butterflies.
Along the way to Mount Brinchang is Mrs. Robertson’s Rose Garden. Several rose species such as Scarlet, Pink Queen Victoria, and Maid of my Hearts housed in the garden are relatively larger than the ones at the downhill. It seems that the cool temperature is a good factor that contributes to the roses' growth. Another garden in Brinchang is the Cactus Valley along Pekan Lama. It is a home to several local flowers, fruits, and vegetables including cacti. A wide array of cacti can be seen throughout the valley including the potted plants for sale that are great as a souvenir. The Cactus Valley is open from 8 am until 6 pm.
Set at the hills north of Brinchang is the Boh Sungai Palas Tea Estate. This tea plantation that has areas including a tea factory, a teashop, and a visitors' center is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm. There are educational videos played portraying the history of the estate and some souvenir stores to purchase tea products. A scenic view of the plantation can be viewed from the tearoom.
Temples & Cultural Attractions
There are several temples located in the Cameron Highlands. The Sam Poh Wan Futt Chi Temple is a large and ornate Buddhist temple on a hill that overlooks Brinchang. Known as the fourth largest temple in Malaysia, it was built in 1972 in dedication to Zheng Ho, a Chinese admiral.
An Indian-inspired temple in Brinchang is the Sri Thandayuthapani Swamy Temple. Its a Hindu temple with Tamil Nadu-style sculptures created by Indian artists. With its colorful architecture, the temple is mostly visited by the tea-picking community in Cameron Highlands.
The highland is also rich in culture. The Orang Asli Villages are unique and interesting. Visiting these villages in Tanah Rata and Brinchang is a popular daytrip arranged by tour companies. Learn and observe the interesting lifestyle of the Malay natives to learn about their culture, traditions, and beliefs.
An addition to the attractions is the Time Tunnel Museum in Jalan Sungai Burung. As the first memorabilia museum in Malaysia, a visit in the museum is educational and fun. Exhibits showing the history of the Cameron Highlands range from more than 1,000 photographs and traditional motorcycles.
Cameron Highlands is also popular for its jungle trails. The mountainside is a popular spot for jungle treks. Hiking is a main drag to tourists to visit the highlands with its interesting jungle trails. There are different trails from just a gentle stroll to requiring a level of physical fitness. Each trail head are marked with large yellow and black signboards. The Path Four leads to the Parit Waterfalls. After a strenuous hike, camping is a recommended activity to enjoy Cameron Highland's natural beauty and the cool mountain air.
Although not known as a shopping hub, there are areas in Cameron Highlands, except for the plantations, that are perfect for buying fresh vegetables and souvenirs. The Brinchang Night Market in the central square every Saturday is a good place to shop some souvenirs and snacks at a very low rate. Bargaining for prices is recommended. There are stalls that have the same item, so find the best deal and haggle for the lowest rate that is usually half the quoted price. There are permanent food stalls and several Chinese restaurants along the main strip.
For more souvenirs and mementos, head to the Yung Seng Souvenir Shop in Tanah Rata. Some of the most notable items are the orang asli wood carvings. A collection of Asian art pieces at reasonable prices can also be found in the shop.
If planning to buy for vegetables and fruits, the Multicrops Central Market in Brinchang is where to shop. This is a perfect place for a one-stop shop before heading back home selling teas, fruits, strawberry jam, honey, potted plants, and other items that the Cameron Highlands is known for.