Malaysia’s most popular hill station retreat is situated at an elevation of 1,500m above sea level. Amidst the greenery and serene farms and nurseries are the three main townships of Brinchang, Ringlet and Tanah Rata. At 1,200m, Ringlet the first town you will arrive in using the old Tapah route is best known for its commercial and trading activities. The town is small and sleepy but with a lively market and shops that serve the needs of local farmers. Tanah Rata and Brinchang are most vibrant and where tourists will find lots of restaurants, cafés and souvenir shops. A local dining favourite is steamboat served in several restaurants. This is popular with families and groups and involves communal cooking at the table where various meats and vegetables are boiled in a spicy broth.
The cool temperature and undulating hills provide perfect conditions for growing strawberries and tea. Many hill slopes are covered with iconic tea plantations with their distinctive pattern. The beautifully manicured tea plantations look like a carpet that stretches from miles and miles into the distance. Much of Malaysia’s fresh temperate vegetables and flowers are grown in the highlands and trucked down every morning to the cities. In the 19th century the Cameron Highland was a popular spot for the British colonialists to retreat to from the heat and humidity of the lowlands. Much of the colonial character remains in the architecture of the highlands and resembles the English countryside more than tropical Malaysia. The highlands are made more famous by the mysterious disappearance of the legendary Jim Thompson after he went for a walk into the forests. Also known as the Thai Silk King, Jim Thompson revitalised a cottage industry of hand-woven silk, which had for centuries been a household craft in Thailand but was dying out. The Jim Thompson silk label is famous all over the world today.
To complete your English experience, drop into the Lakehouse Cameron Highland for their popular English high tea with scones, cream and local strawberry jam.
- Visit Malaysia’s most sacred Hindu cave temple (open all year round except during religious festivals such as Thaipusam).
- Discover basket weaving, one of Malaysia’s cottage industries.
- Explore a native village.
- Photograph the Lata Iskandar Waterfall.
- Ascend to Mount Brinchang; the highest mountain in the Cameron Highland.
- Walk through mossy forests.
- Visit Malaysia’s largest tea plantation and the largest black tea manufacturer in Malaysia.
- Go jungle trekking.
- Shop in local markets to experience how the locals shop.
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Some comments from our Guest Book :
Love the highlands and the simple local lifestyle.
We found all of our tour memorable in particular the tea plantation visit it was very interesting to see the India, 2009
We love Malaysia. We enjoyed the trip and love the highland and tea plantation. Our guide was excellent.
The tea fields is very pretty. We enjoy the English tea in the rose garden.
We bought many fruits in the market, they are so cheap and the sellers are so nice people.
People are so friendly and we enjoyed the local food, raw food which we cook in a central pot with boiling water.
Very relaxing and we bought many local tea as gifts for friends and family.
United Kingdom, 2009
We took many walks on our own in the nice cool air and we love the open air vegetable and flower markets.
Our group was very lucky because when we visited the orang asli settlement, the local men just got back from hunting and they had caught and killed a big wild board. Everyone was taking picture.