Cameron Highlands

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About Cameron Highlands
Famous for its lush green and splendid tea plantations and home to numerous cultivation sites, Cameron Highlands is one of the most beautiful places in tropical Malaysia. Offering a retreat of natural trove, this beautiful district is home to numerous entertainment options. Located at an elevation, the weather in Cameron Highlands is cool through most part of the year.

The place also sees a vast amount of rain during the monsoon season, which has led to the growth of an exciting tropical fauna. Cameron Highlands is the perfect place to go trekking, hiking or sightseeing if you are a fan of nature and adventure. The dense jungles, the undulating terrain and the many lakes and rivers offer the opportunity to explore the countryside in unique ways.

Cameron Highlands is known for its unique local produce such as strawberries, locally sourced honey, its range of succulents and tea. Sprawling strawberry estates, tea plantations and honey farms are a major part of Cameron Highlands’ attraction. You can book a holiday to these beautiful valleys for a memorable vacation with your loved ones.
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What are the best places to visit in Cameron Highlands?

1. Gunung Brinchang: Gunung Brinchang is the tallest and most breathtaking peak in the region that is surrounded with lush green forests, parks and valleys.

It is home to strawberry farms and viewpoints from where you can catch an incredible view of the surrounding natural countryside. It is also the only peak in the region which can be accessed via road, so even if you are not used to climbing, you can take a car up to the summit. It is an important part of Cameron Highlands Tourism and is a site you must not miss.

Location: Perak-Pahang border in Malaysia.

2. Mossy Forest: 
The tropical climate of Cameron Highlands has led to the formation of many mossy forests and parks, that is home to a number of unique mosses, ferns, shrubs, plants and trees. One such forest can be found in Gunung Brinchang, known as the mossy forest.

The forest is home to trees that are as tall as 10m in height, and are surrounded with unique species of shrubs and ferns and flowers. It is a wonderful place to go exploring and hiking when you are in the Cameron Highlands.

Location: Sungai, Palas Estate Road, 39000 Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia.
Entry Fee: RM 30 (INR 530) for adults and RM 15 (INR 265 for children).

3. Butterfly Farm: 
Cameron Highlands Tourism is incomplete without a stop at its famous Butterfly Farm. The farm is home to over 200 species of unique, colourful and rare butterflies that have been carefully cultivated and allowed to thrive in a controlled environment.

You can also check out a collection of exotic beetles at the farm. The farm is located close to other tourist attractions which makes it accessible and easy to reach. You can also learn more about these exotic insects and get yourself a gift from the souvenir shop on the property.

Location: 43rd Miles Kea Farm, 39100, Pahang, Malaysia.
Entry Fee: RM 5 (INR 88).
Timings: Monday to Friday (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and Saturday to Sunday (8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.).

4. Boh Sungai Palas Tea Estate: 
Cameron Highlands City is known for its world-famous tea and even more charming tea estates that are spread over several acres. One of the most famous tea estates in the area is the Boh Sungai Palas Tea Estate that exports tea to all over the world.

You can also sample some of their freshly brewed tea on the estate itself. The estate also has an excellent viewpoint from where you can survey the entire property, which looks especially magical during the misty monsoon months.

Location: Tringkap, 39100 Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia.
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m).

5. Thompson Falls: 
Thompson Falls is one of the most beautiful places in the Cameron Highlands, where you can spend some time away from the noise and pollution of the city.

The thriving wildlife, the lush green forests that surround the falls and the gentle sounds of the river make for an idyllic retreat that is perfect for a short hike or a romantic picnic. The peaceful nature of the place is one of the prime attractions of the waterfall. You can even check out the many souvenir shops and handicraft shops that are located nearby.

Location: Near Tanah rata.

6. Raju’s Hill Strawberry Farm: 
One of the specialities of Cameron Highlands City is the many strawberry fields that surround it. The weather of Cameron Highlands region is perfect for the cultivation of strawberries and one of the most popular farms is Raju’s Hill Strawberry Farm.

You can watch the process of cultivating strawberries, pick fresh strawberries yourself, purchase these very same strawberries and even eat them right off the trees in the large café that is one the property. The café serves up a host of delicious meals including ice cream made with fresh strawberries and is definitely a treat to visit.

Location: 129 59, Jalan Tapah, Brinchang, 39000 Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia.
Timings: Monday to Sunday (8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.).

7. Cactus Valley: 
The Cactus Valley is one of the most iconic places in Cameron Highlands and is a must-visit with your loved ones when you are in the area. The name of the place does justice to what it actually is. It is a valley that is home to a number of unique and exotic cactus plants that have been grown and cultivated to create a mesmerising effect.

Location: Pekan lama, 39100, Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia.
Entry Fee: RM 4 (INR 70) for adults and RM 2 (INR 35) for children.
Timings: Monday to Sunday (8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.).

8. Orang Asli Village: 
These small villages in Cameron Highlands are home to the native tribal population of Malaysia known as Orang Asli.

This is a small surviving group of natives who have villages dedicated to their culture in the area. These villages are completely removed from modernity and modern civilization, which makes it an immensely peaceful retreat when you are exploring the Highlands.

Location: Tanah Rata and Brinchang.

What are the best things to do in Cameron Highlands?

1. Pick strawberries at a local farm: Strawberries are a popular produce in Cameron Highlands and if you are looking for things to do, you cannot miss the experience of picking (and even eating) these fresh strawberries.

The climate is perfect for the growth of these delicious berries, and you can learn all about the process of growth and cultivation from the locals while enjoying a bowl of fresh strawberry ice cream!

Location: 129 59, Jalan Tapah, Brinchang, 39000 Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia.
Timings: Monday to Sunday (8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.).

2. Hike in the Mossy Forest: 
Cameron Highlands is the perfect place to hike, trek and explore on foot. If you are looking for a truly eye-opening experience, then trekking or hiking through the famous Mossy Forest is an exciting adventure that you cannot miss. It is home to unique ferns, plants, mosses and trees that make this place a tropical paradise for nature-lovers. Because of its popularity, it also has well-constructed hiking trails within the forest for ease of use.

Location: Sungai, Palas Estate Road, 39000 Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia.
Entry Fee: RM 30 (INR 530) for adults and RM 15 (INR 265 for children).

3. Tea tasting in Cameron highlands: 
Cameron Highlands is home to some of the world’s most sought-after tea estates. You can explore these tea estates, and sampling some of the freshly brewed tea that has a unique local flavour is definitely a memorable aspect of Cameron Highlands Tourism that you can experience with your loved ones.

Some of the famous tea estates in the area include the Boh Tea Estate in Pahang, Bharat Tea Plantation, Cameron Valley Tea House, and much more.

Location: Jalan Besar, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, 39000 Tanah Rata, Malaysia.
Entry fee: RM 5 (INR 88).
Timings: Monday to Sunday (8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.).

4. Go hiking: 
If you are an adventure enthusiast and you like exploring nature in all its glory, then Cameron Highlands is the ideal place for you to go hiking in. It is a conglomeration of deep valleys and gentle hills that are filled with jungles, forests and parks that are perfect for a quick hike or a long trek.

Places like Gunung Brinchang which is the highest peak in the area and Gunung Berembun are ideal for treks as they offer stunning views of the natural surroundings. These places are also easily accessible which makes them perfect for a beginner as well as experts.

Location: Cameron Highlands.

5. Explore the honeybee farms: 
Cameron Highlands also has an extensive honeybee population that is carefully cultivated in order to yield the famous local honey that is found here. The good news is, you can walk into one of these farms and learn all about beekeeping, harvesting honey and the purification process.

Some of the famous honeybee farms are Highlands Apiary Farm, Cameron Tringkap Bee Farm and Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm. You can also collect a jar of fresh honey from these farms for yourself as a souvenir.

Location: Lot F121, Jalan Besar Bee Farm, Tringkap, 39010, Pahang, Malaysia.
Timings: Monday to Friday (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), Saturday to Sunday (9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.).

6. Go shopping: 
Shopping is an exciting activity to indulge in when you are in the Cameron Highlands and here you can usually find two types of markets. One is the morning market where you can buy fresh local produce such as fruits, vegetables, honey, strawberries, etc.

The night market is more exciting for those shopping for souvenirs, as you can find almost everything under a single roof including local handicraft items, clothes, accessories, jewellery, shoes, art material, crafts, spices and much more.

Location: Kea Farm town and Brinchang town.

7. Visit the temples of Cameron Highlands: 
Cameron Highland City is home to a number of stunning Oriental-style temples that are dedicated to Buddha and several Hindu gods. Some of the temples that you absolutely must visit on your tour include the Sam Poh Temple, Sri Subramaniar Alayam, Sungai Palas Hindu Temple and Sri Thendayuthapani Swami Temple. These temples are intricately built and decorated in detail.

Location: Jalan Pecah Batu, Brinchang, 39000 Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia.
Timings: Monday to Sunday (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).

8. Explore the unique Cactus Valley: 
For one-of-a-kind experiences in Cameron Highlands, you should definitely pay a visit to the Cactus Valley. It is literally a valley that is filled with various kinds of succulents. Some come with flowers, some come without.

You can even check out a range of cactuses that are harvested in pots that you can carry home with you. Apart from cactus, you can also walk through the many flowering trees and plants that yield fresh fruits and vegetables in the Cactus Valley.

Location: Pekan lama, 39100, Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia.
Entry Fee: RM 4 (INR 70) for adults and RM 2 (INR 35) for children.
Timings: Monday to Sunday (8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.).

What are the best adventure things to do in Cameron Highlands?

1. Trekking: Cameron Highlands is literally the perfect place to go trekking because of the terrain and the incredible natural beauty. You can climb atop some of the tallest peaks in the region on foot and even via a car.

The view from the top is an incredible reward after an exciting adventure. You can book treks through forests, valleys, parks and from the base of a hill to the peak, depending on your choice and budget.

2. Hiking: 
You can choose from several gorgeous hiking trails that take you through valleys full of mosses and ferns to the face of hills from where you can catch a view of the entire Cameron Highlands. You can even book special hikes that explore some temples and other exciting places. Hiking is one of the best ways to explore the natural beauty of this region.

3. Camping: 
Another exciting outdoor adventure you can enjoy in Cameron Highlands is camping. You can check out campsites such as A Moss Farmstay, Kem Sg Pauh and Neriton Lutheran Lakeview Chalets which are some of the more popular places to go camping.

4. ATV Bike rides: 
The landscape and terrain of Cameron Highlands is perfect for a thrilling ride on an ATV Bike. These double-seater bikes can make your adrenaline pump as you rush through the thickets of the forest, as well as through dense valleys and even mountains. There are several adventure centres in the Cameroon Highlands from where you can book ATV Bike rides that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

What kind of nightlife can I experience in the Cameron Highlands?

1. Night shopping: One of the best things to do at night in Cameron Highlands is to explore their famous night markets where you can get a host of interesting local items. The most popular night market can be found in Cameron Highlands City of Brinchang. Here, you can buy everything from handicraft items to art, jewellery to clothes and even spices, local food and drink.

2. Cameron Bar: I
f you want to spend the night sampling some exciting local cocktails and international alcoholic beverages, then you can head to the Cameron Bar which is open till the late hours of the night. They also have a pleasant and welcoming ambience, if peace and quiet are what you are looking for.

3. Cricket Lounge: 
This is a popular sports bar that is located at an accessible point in the Cameron highlands. This bar is especially sought-after on game-nights when people want to enjoy a game with a hearty drink in-hand. It is also one of the more affordable places that are open at night in the Cameron Highlands.

4. The Traveller’s Bistro and Pub: 
This posh bar can be found in the locality of Tanah Rata. The club is frequented by international travellers because of its fun ambience and an impressive selection of food and drinks. You can also catch a game on their HD TVs, or dance the night away on the dance floor.

How to reach Cameron Highlands?

- By flight: There are no airports in Cameron Highlands. The closest airport is at Ipoh (32.6 km), but you can also access the place from Kuala Lumpur Airport (194.5 km). Frequent buses ply from both these airports to take you to Cameron Highlands.

- By train: There are no direct trains that travel to Cameron Highlands. You can take a train from Kuala Lumpur or Penang to Ipoh, which is quite close to Cameron Highlands. From Ipoh, you can take a bus or a shuttle to your desired location.

- By road: The easiest way to access Cameron Highland City is by road. A broad network of highways and roads connect Cameron Highlands to Ipoh and you can hail buses, taxis or shuttles to take you around the locality.

What is the best time to visit Cameron Highlands?

The best time to visit Cameron Highlands in Malaysia is November. This is the time when the monsoons are receding, so you can still see the lush greenery and pleasant weather that the rains leave behind. The area tends to get a little dry and arid from February to April, although the place is still a beautiful retreat for its cool and pleasant weather.

Why is Cameron Highlands famous?

Cameron Highland is especially known for its stunning natural beauty. It is a place where you can witness lush greenery and rolling hills and valleys for as far as the eye can see. However, the place is also known for its fresh and local produce such as tea, honey and strawberries.

Is it safe to visit Cameron Highlands?

Yes, it is absolutely safe to visit Cameron Highlands, whether you are travelling with family, as a couple, or solo. Because of its immense natural beauty and many exciting activities, it has become a tourist town with all the adequate measures to protect and safeguard tourists during their vacation.

How many days do you need in Cameron Highlands?

A 2-day trip is enough to experience the best of Cameron Highlands Tourism. You can spend the first-day trekking and hiking and enjoying the several adventure activities that this place has to offer including going on ATV Bike rides and climbing the many hills. The second day can be reserved for the farms and plantations that Cameron Highland is known for, that cultivate local specialities such as strawberry and honey.

Do I need a visa for Cameron Highlands?

No, if you are travelling from India, you don’t need a visa to visit Cameron Highlands in Malaysia. You can spend up to 15 days without a visa if you are an Indian passport-holder. However, if you are a Malaysian citizen, you don’t need a visa to visit Cameron Highlands.

How to reach Cameron Highlands from India?

There are several flights that take off from important cities in India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata, that take you directly to Kuala Lumpur, which is the capital of Malaysia. From Kuala Lumpur, you can easily book a shuttle or a bus that will take you directly to the beautiful Cameron Highlands.

What should I buy from Cameron Highlands?

There are a number of local items you can purchase from Cameron Highlands including:
- Honey
- Cactus and succulents
- Local handicraft items
- Local textile with tribal motifs
- Strawberries
- Spices and pickles
- Jewellery and accessories
- Strawberries.

Which is the best area to stay in Cameron Highlands?

1. Tanah Rata: Tana Rata is one of the best areas in Cameron Highlands City where you can find a good selection of budget hotels as well as luxury accommodations.

Some of the best hotels you can choose from when you are in Tanah Rata include Century Pines Resort Cameron Highlands, Golden Hills Apartment, Strawberry Park Resort, The Cool Point Hotel, etc. All these hotels are located close to strawberry fields, trekking trails, valleys and viewpoints.

2. Brinchang: 
Brinchang is the younger part of town where you can find a great selection of high-end hotels such as Kea Garden Guest House, Copthorne Hotel Cameron Highlands and The Smokehouse Hotel and Resort. These hotels come with a number of modern amenities that are on par with some of the best hotels in the world.

3. Ringlet: 
Ringlet is located in the midst of nature in Cameron Highlands so if you are looking for a quiet and peaceful retreat, this is the area to seek out on your vacation. Some of the best hotels that are surrounded by nature in this area include Cameronia Hotel, Gerard’s Place and The Lakehouse.

4. Bertam Valley: 
Bertam Valley is even further removed from civilization but is the perfect vantage point from where you can observe the natural beauty of Cameron Highlands from your hotel room. You can check out hotels like the Heritage Hotel, Dear Dino House and Farm Guest House for a unique experience that is close to nature.

Which are the best areas to shop in Cameron Highlands?

1. Kea Farm: While there are a number of open-air markets and pop-up shops in Cameron Highlands, you must check out Kea Farms if you want a taste of their special local produce. The farm sells snacks, food, beverages, fresh fruits and vegetables, pickles and spices and every single other locally sourced edible imaginable.

2. Brinchang Night Market: 
Cameron Highlands Tourism is incomplete without a trip to the Brinchang Night Market. This is the place where you can find local jewellery, handicraft items, hand-woven textiles, food and drinks, nightclubs, vegetable markets and much more.

3. BOH Tea Plantation: 
Tea is an important commodity that is grown and exported from Cameron Highlands, so when you are in the area it is essential that you take some tea home with you. The best place to source some local tea from is BOH Tea plantation, which is one of the biggest tea plantations in the area.

4. Yung Seng Souvenir Shop: 
If you want to take home some local handicraft items that are made by the natives of Malaysia and the tribal groups of the Cameron Highlands, then you can also head to Yung Seng Souvenir Shop. Almost all the things here are handmade and authentic to local culture, which makes the items even more special.

What are the essential items one must pack while travelling to Cameron Highlands?

Sturdy, waterproof boots for trekking, hiking and walking through forests and valleys:
- Light, breathable clothes
- Binoculars
- A translation guide for the local language
- Personal identity cards issued by the government
- A camera
- Sunscreen and sunblock
- Mosquito repellent agents
- Extra money to buy the local produce and souvenirs.

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