Cameron Highlands is an area in the center-north of Malaysia, where you can enjoy movie landscapes, visiting tea plantations, rural towns, waterfalls, strawberry plantations, honey farms...
It is the high area of Malaysia and is considered the winter area, even though its temperature does not drop below 15 degrees.
The Cameron Highlands are an area that was not discovered until the 19th century. At that time Malaysia had been declared under British protection and it was a government person who, exploring the area, discovered the Cameron Highlands.
The low temperatures (taking into account that Malaysia is a hot country), the location at 1500 meters above sea level and the fertile lands in the area mean that the Cameron Highlands can grow very good quality tea, various types of fruit…
In this post I tell you the different ways to visit the Cameron Highlands, how to get there, what to see and where to stay.
WHAT TO SEE IN THE CAMERON HIGHLANDS, MALAYSIA
There are several tea plantations, of enormous dimensions. From what they told us in our accommodation, all of them have free admission. Between the plants there are paths that you can walk, go trekking and enjoy this environment.
The most famous are those of the Boh tea company – Sungei Palas Tea State Boh.
In the plantations you will be able to walk the paths, meet the farmers and even if you book a tour, you will be able to collaborate with the pruning and cultivation.
The entire Cameron Highlands area lies between 1,100 and 1,600 meters above sea level. Here the climate is not humid like in the rest of Malaysia and you will not get hot. Walking through this area is very pleasant and you have a feeling of peace and tranquility from the moment you arrive.
Being an agricultural area, there are not only tea plantations. There are various fruit and vegetable plantations. We walk through a huge strawberry plantation. They were just green about to be red, and although we couldn't try any, we found a little jam shop in town, made with local strawberries and it was delicious.
Waterfalls and jungle
In this area, you can do an infinity of treks. There are about 12 marked routes of about 10 km maximum each and as soon as you arrive in town you can ask for the map of the routes in your accommodation. These routes usually have a bit of everything, you walk through the jungle, find plantations, there are rivers and waterfalls.
Find the Rafflesia flower, the largest flower in the world
Among the countless things to do in the Cameron Highlands, one of the most popular is seeing the world's largest flower. Such an opportunity does not present itself every day, it can be seen near plantations in more wooded areas or on trekking routes.
There are organized tours to enter the jungle with a guide in search of these strange and giant flowers.
The rafflesia is actually a mixture of a flower and a fungus, but what is certain is that it is immense. They tend to smell terrible and are always surrounded by bees.
WHERE TO STAY IN THE CAMERON HIGHLANDS
It is best to stay in the town of Tanah Rata, which is the main "city" to base yourself and tour the surroundings and tea plantations. It also has some services such as restaurants, small shops...
BRICKS Cameron Highlands, This 4-star hostel is great. And you can sleep for about 7.50 euros per person per night, in a double room with a shared bathroom. The hostel itself offers many tour options to tour the tea plantations…
ZEN Rooms Hotel Rose Crest Hill, This 3-star hotel is very simple, but very cheap, it has prices for about 8 euros per person per day in a double room with a private bathroom in the room.
The Quintet, Tower Ethel, these apartments are great. They are huge and perfect if you go as a family. The apartments for 6 people cost around 80 euros per night. They have a kitchen, they are new and clean… In addition, they are in the center. It was our choice of accommodation and we really liked this apartment.
HOW TO GET TO THE CAMERON HIGHLANDS FROM KUALA LUMPUR
From Kuala Lumpur you can take a bus to Tanah Rata for 35 ringits per person, which leaves from the city's north station. Duration of the trip 4 hours for a little more than 200 kilometers. It was our transportation option and the journey was not heavy for us.
You can also hire a private transfer. It is more expensive, but you have the advantage of stopping whenever you want. And that you arrive in less time. Many hotels usually offer this service.
Another option is to rent a car. We honestly regret not renting a car. Then in the Cameron Highlands there are long distances and you must be hiring transport... if you have the option of renting a car, it is a good option.
If you have little time and do not want to sleep in the Cameron Highlands, you can take a day trip from Kuala Lumpur. It is an excursion of about 12 hours, very complete.
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