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Cameron Highlands Attractions, Pahang, Malaysia

Cameron Highlands a cool getaway

Cameron Highlands is the other cool getaway in Malaysia, beside Genting Highlands. Its about 1,500 metres above sea level within the Titiwangsa Range. It is known for its strawberries and lately you can find strawberry farms everywhere up here. The name Cameron came from the person who discovered it. It was discovered by an English Surveyor named William Cameron. It soon became a place where the British Expatriates went to escape the heat of the lowlands.

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Recently there are numerous routes built to reach Cameron Highlands. My favourite is by the comfortable road via Simpang Pulai. This route is less winding and on some parts there are two lanes for slow moving lorry. But don’t get too comfortable when driving down as at some parts of the way there are sharp turnings. I have seen a number of drivers landing in the ditch because they were too fast and don’t have time to slow down when the turning comes. Otherwise it’s a very comfortable road. One more thing to watch is the turning up to Cameron Highlands. There is a T junction, if you go straight you will go to Gua Musang. You have to the turn right towards Kampung Raja. The landmark is a tea plantation called the Blue Valley.

Where to go in Cameron Highlands

Strawberry Farms

Upon reaching Cameron you will find numerous Strawberry Farms littered around. This is due to its cold climate that is suitable for this little fruits. They are easy to spot because there are huge signboards with directions all along the way. You can even have the experience of picking your own strawberries. Some of the popular ones are Raju’s Hill (his strawberries are popular, that you have to go early because they are normally sold out 4.00pm) and The Big Red Strawberry in Brinchang Town. But just note to get to the Big Red Strawberry, there is a steep climb up the hill.

Nowadays it looks like strawberry is the icon of Cameron Highlands, cause you will find lots of shops selling merchandise that is strawberry based like fridge magnets, key chains, pillow and so on.

Tea Plantation

William Cameron saw potential in this valley, its cooling climate, rich soil and moderate sunshine for growing tea. There are many tea plantations with teashops where you can sip a cup of tea with a couple of scones. My favourite is the Sungai Palas tea shop. It is sort of hanging over the tea plantations, so you can have a cup of BOH tea and a couple of scones while enjoying the breathtaking view of the greenery below. There is also a factory where they produce the tea leaves that you can walk through with one of their guides. Some of the machinery here are really old but in good working order. The factory is a good place to bring your kids, to show them how tea is made. You have to park below and walk up. There are two ways up, one through the tea plants but this way is a bit tough for the elderly. The other way is by a paved road but not too scenic as the first. There is also a souvenir shop selling BOH’s tea products and souvenirs. Don’t forget to bring your camera because the view is excellent. Avoid weekends and public holidays if you don’t like crowd cause this place gets really crowded. FYI the teashop and factory is closed on Mondays.

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Time Tunnel

The Time Tunnel in Cameron Highlands is also known as the Local Museum. You won’t find the usual historical items on display like other museum. What you will find here is artefacts that will bring a sense of nostalgia to you. You will find antiques that you might have used before or toys that you might have played. There is even the tin aerosol spray that we had to refill it and spray around the house. The Time Tunnel is located between Brinchang and Kea Farm at a place called Kok Lim Strawberry Farm.


Flower Gardens in Cameron Highlands

The cooling weather makes it an ideal place for growing flowers too. You will see flowers growing beautifully everywhere. There are large farms planting flowers to be exported overseas. There are places where you can see hibiscus as big as your face.
So naturally you will find flower gardens everywhere. One of them is the Rose Garden in Kea Farm. It used to be my wife’s favourite place to bring her friends or family where they come up here. There is a variety of roses and also other flowers. Now she prefers the Taman Agroteknologi Mardi.

Taman Agroteknologi Mardi

This Flower Garden is located 1km away from the town of Tanah Rata. Taman Agroteknologi is actually a research centre for Mardi. Now they have made it into a park. As the Cameron weather is cooling you can actually take a slow walk from the Tanah Rata bus station to this park. The entrance fee is RM3.00 per person. When we go there we spent almost two hours walking around. Reason is the flowers are planted spaciously not clustered like some of the flower garden around here. Among the major attractions are the English Garden, strawberry garden, vegetable and flower gardens and the sale centre. If you need a drink and don’t want to leave there is also a cafeteria there. I liked it because the gardens are grown beautifully and not clustered, so even there is a large crowd inside it doesn’t seem to be crowded.

Where to stay in Cameron Highlands

As with most tourist destinations in Malaysia, there are alot of different accommodation to choose from. Having stayed in a few places in Cameron Highlands. I have given some review on the various accommodation. There’s a boutique hotel set up from an old English school to 4 star hotels in the main towns of Cameron Highlands. Visit my page here to know more. Where to Stay In Cameron Highlands

When you need to escape the heat in lowlands, come up to Cameron Highlands to enjoy its fresh air, strawberries, flowers and coolnest. In my next post I have posted my reviews on some of the hotels in Cameron Highlands. So bookmark this site for more of my Travels at Malaysia.

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Taman Agroteknologi Mardi, Cameron Highlands

Taman Agroteknologi Mardi

 

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This Flower Garden is located 1km away from the town of Tanah Rata. Taman Agroteknologi is actually a research centre for Mardi. Now they have made it into a park. Below is some pictures of Flowers that can be found in this flwoer garden.


Flowers at Taman Agroteknolgi Mardi


Taman Agrotek Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia





Fruit and Vegetable at Taman Agroteknolgi Mardi

As its a research centre you will find some fruits and vegetable grown here.

I prefer the Taman Agroteknologi Mardi compared with the rest of the Flower Garden. Reason being its really spacious and you can take your time walking around and not bumping into people. There are lots places to visit in Cameron Highlands.

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Sungai Palas BOH Tea Plantation

Sungai Palas BOH Teahouse

After a long narrow winding drive you come to the Sungai Palas BOH teahouse which looks like its hanging from the hill. The view from it is awesome.

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From the teahouse this looks like one of those castle in the Fairy Tale Stories

Sungai Palas BOH Tea Factory

At the Sungai Palas Tea Plantation you can also visit the factory to see how tea is made. They are still using some of the old machinery. There are some of the machinery on display near the factory


An old Furnace door

Visiting the BOH tea plantation is truly an educational experience. You can see upclose how the is grown, harvested and made. But take note that the plantation closes at 4pm and is closed on Mondays. So on your visit to Cameron Highlands, Sungai Palas BOH Plantation is not to be missed.

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Where to Stay In Cameron Highlands

Accomodations in Cameron Highlands




I am presently based in Cameron Highlands but we sometimes like to stay at some of the hotels. Sort of our romantic getaway. We do it on special occasion like birthdays and anniversary. Below are some of the places we have stayed. As mentioned in my previous review on hotels in Port Dickson, these are my comments, how I felt when I stayed there. They might have done some renovations or upgrading. I hope this will be some help to you.

Hotels in Cameron Highlands

Bala Chalets
This is a Boutique Hotel that is made to resemble a charming English style inn. It is located on a hill overlooking lush greenery, so you won’t be able to hear the traffic below. This inn was actually a boarding school in 1934 for European expatriate children with teachers recruited from England. They started with 150 pupils and 22 teachers. It’s a very charming place and is very peaceful. Especially at night. I feel that it’s the cheaper version of the Smokehouse. The rooms are also decorated to match their English Inn theme but there is no phone so room service is out of the question. Their scones is a must try. I personally feel it’s much better than the ones sold in the Ye Olde Smokehouse.



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Heritage Hotel
We stayed there during the November school holidays. I normally avoid staying at hotels during school holidays, because I like some peace and quiet. But it was our anniversary. We had dinner outside and later check in into Heritage. The hotel is located in Tanah Rata town just behind the Convent School. It is located on a hill so it’s quite a distance for those people who don’t like walking to town. But with cool Cameron fresh air, taking a slow stroll to town will be wonderful. The room we got was large and overlooking some hills. It was beautiful. If you are looking for a hotel near to town this is the best place.


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Natasya Resort Cameron Highlands
Natasya Resort Cameron Highlands offers cosy apartment style accommodation in the Kea Farm area. They are located within the same premises of Equatorial Hotel Cameron Highlands. Reason being is that Perwanza which owns Natasya Cosmetic bought over some of the apartment units from the Hotel Equatorial. The apartments were refurbished, so they look brand new. The reception is located in a building called the entertainment complex on the left at the road entry to Equatorial Hotel. The hotel doesn`t have any food outlets. But you don’t have to worry about food as Brinchang is just 4km away. And on every Fridays and Saturdays there is the night market there.

Equatorial Cameron Highlands (now Copthorne Cameron Highlands)
Equatorial Cameron Highlands is easy to locate as it is the biggest hotel in Cameron Highlands. It is situated at the top of the mountain about 1,628 meters above sea level and is easily accessible from Simpang Pulai and also Tapah. The resort offers two options for accommodation which is the apartment or a hotel rooms. Just note that the apartment doesn’t have cooking facilities. There are two restaurants and two lounges in the hotel. It’s located just walking distance from Kea Farm so you are able to walk to Kea Farm and also Raju Strawberry Farm. Now its called Copthorne Cameron HIghlands


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Holiday Homes in Cameron Highlands

Apart from hotels, there are numerous idivually rented apartments. These are apartments bought and renovated by certain individuals and rented on daily basis like hotel rooms. You can choose from three bedroom to even studio apartments depending on your requirements. Most apartments have hot water showers, cable tv with numerous channels and kitchen where you can cook. For the muslim people coming up, I would suggest you look for apartments rented out for muslim people in partcular. Reason being is |I have noticed some people bringing dogs to some of these apartments and the cooking facilities might be used to cook a non halal meat.

In Cameron Highlands there are a lot of accomodation, but my suggestion is to book a room before you come up. I have seen people sleeping in cars are there are no more rooms available especially on peak holidays like Chinese New Year, Labour Day and so on. See you next time on more of my Travels at Malaysia.

 

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Millennium & Copthorne takes over Equatorial Cameron Highlands

Millennium & Copthorne has taken over the management of a hotel in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands.




Just in Case you were wondering where is Equatorial Cameron Highlands

From 1 January 2013, the Equatorial Cameron Highlands will be rebranded as the Copthorne Hotel Cameron Highlands, offering 268 rooms and suites plus 141 low-rise apartments set across more than five hectares of land, 1,628 metres above sea level.

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