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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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Top 20 Reasons Why You Should Visit Malaysia




A land of many colors and cultures, Malaysia is the ideal holiday destination. From bustling cities to beautiful beaches, verdant rainforests to warm waters rich with marine life, there are so many beautiful places in Malaysia to see, and so much to do.

There are countless reasons to visit Malaysia, but here are the top twenty:

1. Malaysia is the ideal blend of east and west. With all the comforts of the Western world at your fingertips, you are free to explore the rich Malaysian culture – from visiting major cities to exploring areas of natural beauty. And when you come home exhausted from sight-seeing, there are hot power showers, five-star standard accommodation and international cuisine according to preference.

2. Visiting Malaysia is great for the budget traveler, as everything – from hotels to food, transport to shopping – can be done cheaply if you do your research.

3. Malaysian society is geared towards tourism, so everywhere you go you will find accommodation to suit your pocket, people ready to help you find your way, and travel/transport facilities to give you access to all the important sites and attractions.

4. If you’re crazy for culinary delights, you’ll fall in love with Malaysian food. Local dishes reflect Malay, Indian and Chinese influences, and are famous for being a little spicy, a little eclectic, and whole lot delicious! Make sure you try the famed nasi lemak, Malaysia’s national dish – coconut rice served with a spicy chilli based paste called sambal along side with fried anchovies and peanuts, omelet and cucumber. Sell famously delicious items in most towns, and the seafood is also exceptional along the coast.

5. Whether you’re looking for big brand name goods or indigenous art pieces, Malaysia is the place to shop. Kuala Lumpur is the shopping capital, and the shops will put on grand sales at least twice a year to draw in tourist shoppers. The multitude of malls cater to every desire and taste, with products made in the Far East side by side with more recognizable brands. There are malls in Penang and Langkawi too, for those looking to combine a beach retreat with some holiday shopping.

6. Dreaming of palm-fringed beaches of white sand, and waves gently lapping at the shore? This dream is a reality at Malaysia’s many beach resorts. Sun sea and sand enthusiasts will be delighted at Malaysia’s kilometers of coastline and idyllic islands, with their pristine stretches of sand and clean waters.

7. A glance at the Malaysia map reveals much more than just beaches. Malaysia is also home to rainforests of untold natural beauty, a veritable treasure-trove of flora and fauna. Take an excursion or an adventure tour to get to grips with the rainforests in all their ecological beauty.


8. If the beach resorts and nature treks are not really your scene, Malaysia’s big cities will definitely keep you occupied. Shopping is not the only activity on offer. You can also check out the myriad of fantastic restaurants and cafes in Kuala Lumpur, or browse the night markets, sampling satay and collecting souvenirs as you go! Day or night, there’s always plenty to do.

9. Malaysia’s amusement parks are all-round great fun for families, and a must-visit while in the country. Take a ride up to Genting to see the sprawling multi-million ringgit theme park at 2,000 meters (there are hotels and casinos nearby too), or visit Sunway Lagoon, a giant complex on 80 acres that includes a full-size resort and a water park as well as countless rides, attractions and eateries.

10. Of course, one of Malaysia’s premier attractions is the countless places of historical and cultural interest to visit. A trip to Malacca, heart of Malaysian history, is imperative – the city abounds with beautiful buildings, including St Paul’s Church, the Sultanate Museum and the A’Famosa Fortress. Gerogetown in Penang is also a UNESCO heritage site steeped in rich history and culture, and sightseers are urged to explore both cities.

11. Beautiful places in Malaysia include natural wonders of immense beauty and man-made structures of exceptional grandeur, like the Batu Caves near KL or the giant caves in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak. Usually these spots are associated with beautiful temples that are decorated in amazing detail.

12. Visitors to Malaysia love the temperate weather – though there is a monsoon season, the weather is pleasant year-round, and even during rains there are often sunny spells in between.

13. Aside from traditional Malaysian dishes, one of the big attractions of eating in Malaysia is the variety of fresh fruit available. Mangoes, lychees and mangosteens are widely available, as well as the more unusual durian and rambutans.

14. Malaysia is now home to numerous sporting events, so if you’re a fan you’ll find this the ideal spot to catch up on your favorite. Watch the Petronas Grand Prix and the Tour de Langkawi, or check out some action on the water at the Langkawi International Regatta or the annual Surfing Competition in Pahang.

15. Aside from sports, other cultural events are being held which may also interest the discerning traveler. The World Kites Festival promises to be a colourful affair, as does National Craft Day and the Chinese New Years’ celebration. Throughout the year there are many fun and fascinating events to attend.

16. A country rich in traditional and culture, Malaysia produces a wide variety of handicraft items, including hand carved wooden panels, pewter decorations, rattan bags and baskets and batik textiles. Learn the skills, or simply pick up a few pieces as souvenirs.

17. Nature lovers will fall in love with Malaysia’s rainforests, but aside from plant life there are also many animal species to be found in their natural habitats, including monkeys, leopards, tigers bears and rhinos. If you prefer your animals a little more contained, the KLCC Aquaria is worth a visit, as are the Butterfly and Bird Parks. Taking a trip to Kuala Selangor to see the magical fireflies is also highly recommended.

18. Divers love to visit Malaysia because it is home to one of the best dive sites in the world, a tiny volcanic island called Sipadan. The reefs here are home to dozens of hawksbill and green turtles, as well as all kinds of fish. You may even encounter a shark or two!

19. For those looking for more quiet and seclusion than is available at the average beach resort, island getaways provide a great alternative. Malaysia’s many islands, some very developed and others totally unspoilt, form the perfect backdrop to an idyllic beach holiday.

20. Sporty types will love holidaying in Malaysia – sport tourism opportunities include golf, cycling, mountaineering, and even hiking, jungle trekking and caving. Watersports on offer range from parasailing to jetskiing and surfing – truly something for everyone!

Mohammed Zaki is an avid traveller to malaysia and loves what this country has to offer.

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Romantic Hotels in Malaysia

Romantic Hotels that I have Stayed



I am married to the most beautiful (in my eyes that is) and wonderful lady, therefore when we go for our holidays I sometimes look for Romantic hotels to pamper her. I normally look out for their honeymoon packages cause there’s a lot of romantic things that go with the rooms. Below are my review of some of the hotels that we have stayed.

AVILLION PORT DICKSON

Avillion Port DicksomAt Avillion Port Dickson we took their honeymoon package. It was my wife’s birthday and I wanted something unique for her. Avillion didn’t let us down. The room we had was a water chalet on the ocean that had an open air shower area as well as bath tub. The package comes with a bouquet of roses, candlelight dinner for two at the Crow’s Nest, a neck as well as face therapeutic massage also for two along with two nights stay with breakfast. This resort is actually surrounded with lots of greeneries so much so that my spouse commented she feels like we were in another country not close by to Kuala Lumpur. The meals were normal. We had our candle light on the outdoor patio which was pretty romantic cause| you are able to view the ocean. Services were good. Since there were very few people dining we had the terrace to ourselves. Breakfast was average however it’s alright as we are not big eaters.

SOMETHING ABOUT AVILLION

Avillion Port Dickson is situated on the 3rd mile of the 18km stretch of Port Dickson beachfront. It’s just near to the town however once you are within the resort, you will overlook that the town is actually close by. Spread over 17 acres of property, this resort offers 300 rooms comprising of the beachfront rooms, garden along with water chalets. The resort is designed was created with the concept of a traditional Malay fishing village with chalet upon stilts on the ocean. The landscape surroundings the resort is beautifully well kept. The dining places here are Crow’s Nest, their all-day dining restaurant offering a mixture of a combination of Local as well as International a-la-carte delicacies at any time of the day. The Village Court is an open-air restaurant as well as being in the vicinity of the swimming pool that a variety of light food and beverages. Coming from the lobby you will find the Gallery Lounge which is also open-air bar where you will be entertained by a live band during the night as well as a Karaoke which have several karaoke rooms that can sit up to 40. For activities there is cooking classes for children, a mini petting zoo. For adults you have your own adult’s pool and a space which is on the ocean. Avillion is my No. 1 suggestion for couples to come for the honeymoon. Even though you are married for a long time, you can still have another honeymoon like what we do.
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BALA’S CHALET CAMERON HIGHLANDS

Bala"s ChaletCameron Highlands is famous for their cool weather, roses and strawberries. With these settings it’s a really romantic place to be with. For a truly romantic feel with an English Charm, try out this hotel called the Bala Chalet. The hotel is converted from an old English Boarding School. The hotel is very charming, the rooms also gives you the feel of an English Inn. The hotel is also not too expensive as the Ye Olde Smokehouse. But the only setback with this place is its food outlet. It’s rather small and there’s not much variety. Other than that you just need enjoy the place and gardens. That’s what I did; just sit by the garden with my wife and just chit chat. The hotel is located on a hill with lush greenery around. So it’s really beautiful when the weather is colder and there’s a mist around. As it’s away from the main road it’s rather peaceful. For tea and scones go to this little quaint café above Marrybrown Fast Food in Tanah Rata.

SOMETHING ABOUT BALA’S CHALET

This charming English style inn is located on a hill overlooking lush greenery. Bala’s Chalet is located in between Tanah Rata and Brinchang. It was a boarding school in 1934 for the European expatriate’s kids as a branch from the much more well-known Tanglin school in Singapore, that started out with 150 pupils along with 22 qualified teachers all recruited from| England. It’s a very enchanting place and is very tranquil. Particularly through the night. The bedrooms are also decorated to complement their English Inn theme. Their scones are good however a little costly. Personally I feel the ones offered in the Lords Café (formerly T Cafe in Tanah Rata tends to be much cheaper as well as tastier. The resort features cozy rooms designed with an English Theme. With a Cafe| that serves home cooked curries, western dishes as well as traditional Malaysian dishes. But you can always go to Tanah Rata or Brinchang for some food since the hotel is situated in the middle.
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IMPIANA CHERATING

Impiana Resort CheratingImpiana Resort Cherating is definitely an ideal destination for a romantic escape by the beach. Impiana Resort is located among what I feel is the best spot of Cherating Beach. The resort is about 4 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur which is accessible by means of East Coast Expressway (Route E8), the rooms are designed with a traditional Malaysian, with a four poster beds. Almost all rooms have a view of the sea and the sound from the waves crashing on the seashore can be heard from your room. The Impiana is situated in East Coast’s finest sandy shorelines therefore the beach there is clean and captivating especially on full moon nights. As there are not many resorts around so the area is rather quite. What we did here was have a night picnic where we got a small electric lamp and some finger food. Layout a mat and sit and enjoy the cool breeze and the heavenly sound of the waves. We also enjoyed the long walks on the beach, it was really romantic. Actually it was where we both fell in love as we were working there. Occasionally we go back there to recreate those romantic moments.

SOMETHING ABOUT IMPIANA CHERATING

Impiana derives from Malay word “impian” which literary means dream. Resort was designed to resemble a traditional Malay lifestyle. All rooms are charmingly furnished with wooden flooring, traditional four-poster wooden beds giving the room a romantic feel. Every room allows you to be nearer to nature and wake up to the relaxing sound of the ocean since almost all rooms face the ocean and is 300 meter from the beach front. Amenities in most rooms includes a features long bathtub only available in Superior Deluxe and Suites, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, mini bar, room service, television as well as coffee and tea making facilities. The balcony is rather small, only standing room however there is a day bed by the window that opens out that you can enjoy the sea breeze. Kedai Kopi café is an airy restaurant hat offers a variety of Malaysian as well as Continental dishes. The design of the restaurant is a local Malaysian Kopitiam. They even have the green flower cups. Half and hour drive towards Kemaman town you will come across shops selling Keropok Lekor and Satar, an excellent option for mid-day tea. In addition in the direction of towards Kuantan, you will come find Kampung Cherating which is full of seafood restaurants.
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GRAND LEXIS PORT DICKSON

Grand Lexis Port DicksonGrand Lexis is a one of a kind resort n Malaysia. This unique resort offers 3 room types. There’s the Water Villas which is on stilts on the sea, Sky Pool Villas which is located in the hotel block as well as Garden Villas which is designed like residential houses. My spouse favors the Villas; she claims that it has that homely feeling. The unique aspect of this particular resort apart from its huge suites is that each every room features its very own swimming pool. It’s not a very large pool but big enough for a small family to have fun with. Whenever you feel like swimming, simply open the door and dive in your very own private pool. You can also watch your kids swimming from the comfort of your bedroom which overlooks the pool. Just a note the private swimming pool is actually 4ft deep, thus you need to pay careful attention to your kids. So imagine this resort has over 300 swimming pool, I’ve read its listed in the Malaysian Book of Records as the resort with the most swimming pool. Well if you would like a beach getaway then don’t choose this place cause there is absolutely no beach. The closest beach is actually next door at Glory Beach Resort however since the waterways are used by barges as well as ships, the beach can be dirty most of the time. It’s my suggested location that you can stay with your family likewise for newly married couples to have their honeymoon here…

SOMETHING ABOUT GRAND LEXIS PORT DICKSON

Grand Lexis Port Dickson can be found at the end of Tanjung Gemok beach. The landmark to look out for is Glory Beach Resort. Glory Beach Resort is easy to notice simply because it’s a three high rise building looking similar to an apartment complex. Grand Lexis is located just after Glory Beach Resort. As mentioned above there are three categories of rooms. There’s the Water Villas which is on stilts on the sea, Sky Pool Villas which is located in the hotel block as well as Garden Villas which is designed like residential houses. Apart from the room there are games as well as activities available around the resort to cater to the needs of most ages. You can purchase the Activity Passport which cost about RM68 per booklet. It is basically a booklet of vouchers that can be used anytime for the activities around the resort which includes segway, archery, table tennis, cycling, video games tokens, nintendo wii video games and many more. In addition there are discount vouchers for the F&B Outlets as well as free cake along with coffee. It’s really good value in the event that you intend to do several activities and you are staying for more than 3 days. As for the restaurants there is their all day dining restaurant, Duyung Restaurant that serves daily buffet breakfast, Genn Japanese Restaurant open for lunch and dinner and the Lanun Bar which have live band performance every night except Sundays. The Lanun Bar is designed to look a pirate’s bar. But for me I ordered room service and just stayed in the room with my wife.
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Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

A article from Travellerspoint.com on Tanah Rata in Cameron Highlands




Introduction
Tanah Rata is actually the centre of Cameron Highlands in Malaysia. This is only one town out of the many towns in Cameron Highlands. From the foothill, we will reach Ringlet before we reach Tanah Rata. After Tanah Rata, we can go to Brinchang and the highest town would be Kea Farm. Tanah Rata is the place where there are a community hospital, post office, government offices and shops. The sights and attractions are located around these towns.

Sights and Activities
Boh Tea Plantation – This is a family-owned plantation which produces excellent tea leaves for generations. We get to see the process of planting to the process of harvesting and the finished product. We can enjoy the drink at the cafe, which opens up to a terrific, panaromic view of tea trees. The cool breeze will transport you to an European country. There are scones and sandwiches to accompany your drink.
Cactus Valley – Wecan head over to the Cactus Valley to look and enjoy a variety of cactus. Please do not mistake it for a real valley. It is just a name given to the shop. Three small pots of cactus cost RM10 while a moderate-sized cactus will cost between RM 5- RM 10. There are other plants and souvenirs available for sale.

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