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Cameron Highlands is the perfect, cool mountain hideaway distant from all the frantic rush of city life. Blessed with perpetual springtime, it abounds with lush and colorful flora, providing an excellent and serene atmosphere for both business and pleasure.

It was in 1885, William Cameron, a government surveyor on an expedition into the main range reported finding a plateau with gentle slopes shut in byloftier mountain's. A Hill Station was developed in 1931 and has since become a very popular resort not only for residents of this country but for overseas tourists as well.

There are so many interesting places which you can visit. Sungai Palas Tea Estate, one of the four tea estates on the Highlands,  also produces the world famous Boh Tea. You may travel 1 km into this estate where the factory is located. Resident guides will introduce you to the complex processes involved in the production of fragrant tea. These include the picking of tea leaves and the intricate art of brewing a good cup of tea. If you like, you could even purchase some tea, the main produce of the highland, as a souvenir.

Apiary-Honeybee Farm -  a small cottage industry for the production of honey, is is a garden where some 25 varieties of flowers have been cultivated not for sale, but as a food supply for honey bees in search of nectar and pollen. Honey, believed to be a natural replacement for man-made sugar, is delicious, nutritious and even therapeutic. Researchers believe it contain amazing ingredients for treating ailments such as insomnia, lethargy, skin diseases and even impotence!

Starwberry Farm -  strawberries are another unique and proud product of the Highlands, seen as a trademark of the hill resort. The variety is known as 'Fresno'. One should not leave the farm without a jar of strawberry jam.

If you are a flower lover, there is an abundant variety of roses, 200 to be precise, may be found. They range from Abraham Lincoln, Kiss of Fire, Alpine Sunset, Princess De Monaco to Lovely Lady. Be amazed with the Green Rose, a rare variety-distinctively different from the rest in its colour, characteristic and form. Some of these roses are made into jam and perfume whilst others are valued for their medical properties. With those flowers discover the most fascinating, beautiful species of butterfly and insects indigenous to Malaysia. These specimens include scorpions, chameleons and insects such as 'Moving Leaves' Rhinocerous and Stag beets, and of course the 'Rajah Brooke',   Malaysia's national butterfly.

Sam Poh Temple built in 1972, is is the 4th largest Buddhist temple in the country. Amongst others, it houses a large statue of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

Market Square, this is a place where you can get all types of vegetables, fruits and flowers from all over Cameron Highlands. You may also purchase souvenir items in the form of T-shirts, teas, blowpipes and other memorabilia.

If you're feeling adventurous, there are 14 trails to explore. Discover fascinating and unique plants which may not be found in other parts of the world, such as the 'Pitcher Plant' (commonly known as 'Monkey Cup') or 'Golden Chicken' (a rare variety of ferns with gold-colored futon it). For the less energetic, a leisure walk to the waterfalls will be most rewarding.

PLACES OF INTEREST

FLOWER NURSERIES
Ringlet to Kampung Raja

Very many flower nurseries can be found alongside the main road from Ringlet all the way to Kampung Raja. Most nurseries allow visitors to view their vvarious varieties.

YE OLDE SMOKEHOUSE
Golf Course, Brinchang
Beautifully presented Mock- Tudor hotel and restaurant with an amazing lounge area filled with wonderful objects from the British past. Afternoon tea and scones and an original red British phone box Standing opposite the hotel completes the picture.
BOH TEA ESTATE
Boh Road Habu, Ringlet
Beautiful tea estate located 6km along a winding road past vegetable farms. Visitors can view the factory and relax with a cup of Boh tea at the tea shop.
VEGETABLE FARMS
From Ringlet to Kampung Raja
There are very many vegetable farms located throughout Cameron Highalnds. The most interesting ones to view can be found along the Boh Tea Estate road at Habu and in the area surrounding the Equatorial Hotel after Brinchang.
CACTUS VALLEY
Brinchang
Newly built tourist attraction with numerous types of cactus on show. Its hillside location makes for interesting viewing of the cactus and other placnts which include Strawberries, Roses, Apple & Peach trees, Orchids, Cherry Tomatoes ets.....
SUNGAI PALAS ESTATE
Gunung Brincchang Road
Wonderfully scenic tea estate open for vistors to view the factory, tea shop and audio visual center.
Located along the Gunung Brinchang road. Turn left after the Butterfly Farm near the Equatorial Hill Resort.
SAM POH BUDDHIST TEMPLE
Brinchang
Large, ornately designed Buddhist temple built high on a hill overlooking Brichang town. Can be found byturning first left out of Brichang towards Tanah Rata, and driving slowly for 1km along a narrow back road.
GUNUNG BRINCHANG
Sungai Palas Estate Road
Panormic views form the road leading to the top of Gunung Brinchang, the highest road in Peninsular Malaysia at 6666 ft. Turn left at the guard house on the Sungai Palas Estate road, then left again and drive carefully as the road is narrow and quite steep.
BHARAT TEA ESTATE
Ringlet / Tanah Rata Road

Great views of the estate from the tea and souvenir shop located around 5km up from Ringlet on the main Tanah Rata road.
 

GOLF COURSE
Brinchang
Cameron Highlands 18 hole Golf course allows visitors to play in comfort away from the heat and humidity at sea level.
The sourse is quite challenging with trichy greens and undulating terrain. Best to play from early in the morning as heavy afternoon rains are quite common.
JUNGLE WALKS
Tanah Rata and Brinchang
There are many interesting jungle walks in Cameron Highlands. Some are just a short gentle stroll and others a half-day stiff treck for the very fit. All are enjoyable and worth venturing on. If you need help to choose the walks best suited to your needs, most hotels and guest houses are very knowledgeable and helpful on the subject.
ROBINSON WATERFALL
Walk Path 9/9A Tanah Rata
Start from the gerdens on Persiaran Dayang Endah and continue to the end of the road. Cross a small bridge on your left to start the walk.
STRAWBERRY FARMS
Tanah Rata to Brinchang
There are a number of strawberry farms in Cameron Highlands, the best known are probably Kasimanis and Strawberry farm.
Always worth a visit for their noveity value and the chance to taste strawberries and cream!
BUTTERFLY FARMS
Kea Farm, Brinchang
The two Butterfly farms are Butterfly Farm and Butterfly Garden both have numerous butterflies and other insects including the well-known Raja Brooke butterfly.
EE FENG GU FARM & TRADING
Kea Farm, Brinchang
Bee Farm, Honey , Cool Weather

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Jungle Walk Tanah Rata
Brinchang Kea Farm

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Introduction

Cameron Highlands is Malaysia's premier hill resort. Located in the state of Pahang, on the Main Range of Peninsular Malaysia, at 1524m above sea level, it is the largest of the Malaysian hill resorts. Much of its appeal lies in the neat sprawling tea plantations which date back to 1929, as well as terraced flower gardens, strawberry farms, orchads and vegetable gardens.
Being a popular hill resort, Cameron Highlands is well-developed with visitor amenities, tourist attractions, activities and a range of accommodation for a comfortable, leisurely holiday in cool invigorating climate.

History
Centuries ago, the dense jungle-clad mountainous terrain of the Main Range of Peninsular Malaysia was home to the indigenous aboriginal people called the orang asli, living on nature's sustenance found within the rich jungle preserve. In 1885, William Cameron, a British surveyor in the government service, went on an exploratory expedition of the mountain range for map-making of the Perak/Pahang Border. He reported a 'fine plateau shut in bylofty mountains'. However, it was only inearly 1920s, when the bridle path up the mountain was improved that led to the development of a hill station.
The cool climate which never ranged more than 20?c, along with its fertile soil also attracted a young British resident, John Archibald Russell, who saw the potential of tea as an important cash crop in Malaya. Large tracts of the highlands were acquired, and the virgin jungle cleared for cultivation of tea bushes. Thus began Boh Estate, the first highland tea plantation in the country. Subsequently, other tea estates were opened, among them, the Blue Valley and Bharat plantations.
The highland was also found to be conducive for the commercial cultivation of vegetables, flowers and fruits such as oranges and strawberries.
The increasing popularity of the Cameron Highlands in recent years has attracted the development of more tourism facilities and spots to cater to the growing number of visitors.

 What To See and Do
Visitors are attracted to the Cameron Highlands largely for a change of climate and pace. As such, activities are nature-based and relaxing with a variety of activities and attractions to suit one's mood and level of fitness.
The Cameron Highlands consists of a series of little townships which include Ringlet, Tanah Rata, Brinchang, Trinkap, Kuala Terla and Kampung Raja. The total population is approximately 25,000, the majority of whom are employed in agriculture and the leisure industry. The best tourist amenities are sited in or around Tanah Rata but Brinchang is fast catching up with a number of new apartments and restaurants.

Ringlet
Ringlet is the first township that one approaches on the route up the highlands. It has often been bypassed byvisitors in their hurry to get to the summit.
Just after the township, about a kilometer away and perched atop the hill on the left is The Lakehouse Hotel. Overlooking the Sultan Abu Bakar Lake, the Tudor-style country house is an ideal place to savour English tea and scones, or strawberry and cream. Built in 1972, the 25-room hotel is exquisitely furnished with antique décor, poster-beds in the suites and has a cosy fireplace for relaxation. The hotel is also well-known for its Continental fare.
Habu, just after Ringlet, is more a locality for the Habu Power Station and the Sultan Abu Bakar Lake. Of interest to visitors passing through this locality is the flower nursery, some fruit and vegetable stalls, and the permission orchads that are an attraction during the fruiting season from August to September. Shortly after Habu, on the right is a narrow but scenic road that takes you to the Boh Tea Plantation, one of the major tea plantations in Cameron Highlands. Northwards, a narrow steep uphill path leads to the Robinson Power Station and the Robinson Waterfalls.

Tanah Rata
Approximately 13km away from Ringlet is Tanah Rata, the main town of Cameron Highlands. It has a population of about 7,000, mostly those involved in the hospitality, food and service sectors.
The heart of the beguiling little town centers on Jalan Besar, the main street. Flanked bya row of quaint shop houses on one side, the town has a sense of warm communal atmosphere normally found in mountain hamlets. The residents here exude friendly charm and courtesy and are generally helpful to tourists. English is widely spoken, given the area's early colonial history. It is very easy to feel comfortable and at peace with oneself in this tranquil environment.
As the main town in the highlands, Tanah Rata is well-served bya range of hotel accommodation, restaurants, shops, a post office, a hospital, clinics, travel agencies, a tourist information center, a scenic public garden, golf course, a bus station and a taxi stand.
All of these are within walking distance but taxis are available for hire at RM18 per hour, for venturing beyond the town. For sight seeing, you can book a half-day tour for approximately RM15 to RM30, depending on your itinerary

Jungle Trekking
The town center is a good base to begin your jungle trekking. There are 14 different trails of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty.

Birdwatching
The montane forest of Cameron Highlands is ideal for birdwatching as it hosts species such as Long-tailed Broadbill, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Grey-chinned Minivet, and Silver-breasted Broadbill. For good sightings, the longer trails which lead up to quiet peaks such as Gunung Beremban and Gunung Jasar are best bets. Evenings and sunrise are ideal times to see birds at their most active period.

 

Brinchang
About 3km north of Tanah Rata is Brinchang, the center of the highlands 'green produce'. Though it began its early days as a vegetable gardeners' settlement, it has developed into another delightful destination for tourists. It is situated on a slightly higher altitude than Tanah Rata, and its surroundings are hills terraced byvegetable farms, flower gardens and tea plantations. Here, a wide range of holiday accommodation is available to visitors, ranging from hotels to apartments and colonial bungalows.

Golfing
Brinchang boasts the only golf course in the highlands. The18-hole' par-71 Cameron Highlands Golf Course is quite challenging with tricky greens, undulating fairways, thick rough, meandering streams and fine sand bunkers. As rains are quite common in the afternoon, it is advisable to play early in the morning. The Golf Course is open to the public. Green Fees are RM40 on weekdays and RM60 on weekends or public holidays. Caddy Fee is RM18.

The Smokehouse Hotel
Adjacent to the Cameron Highlands Golf Course is The Smokehouse Hotel, an enchanting Tudor-style building built in 1937. The pretty boutique hotel with latticed windows, wooden beams and furnished with interesting antique artifacts has 13 lovely suites. English cuisines, including cream teas are served. Its English country garden is especially a treat to its guests.

 Strawberry Farms
Across the road, on the hills overlooking the Cameron Highlands Golf Course are two strawberry farms where fresh luscious strawberries, homemade jam and marmalade are on sale.


Sam Poh Buddhist Temple

Serving the large Chinese population that live in Brinchang is the Sam Poh Buddhist Temple. The ornate Buddhist temple is built on a hill overlooking Brinchang.

Hindu Temple
A new elaborate temple serving the large Indian population, it is easily located in Brinchang along the main road.

 Cactus Valley
Located at Brinchang, this center is built on terraced grounds and covered overhead with skylight roof. There is a variety of cactus plants, some as old as 60 years. ON ground level are strawberry plants, while on the upper levels are a profusion of blooms, cacti and even apple trees. Tomatoes, cucumber, honey pears and strawberries are on sale.

 

 

Rose Center
The biggest rose center in Cameron Highlands, Rose Center Kea Farm, is located at Rose Valley Village in Brinchang. It has over 100 varieties of roses growing on terraced ground. Sculptures, fountains, walkways and pergolas are incorporated within the grounds making it a pleasant experience for visitors. At the peak, one can get a panoramic view of the surroundings. Souvenirs, fresh roses, pressed flowers and plants are on sale.

Flower Nurseries
Fresh flowers are cultivated in the highlands and are a leading export. Most of the flowers are grown in Brinchang. Flower nurseries can be found located on the hilly inclines bordering the main road in Brinchang. Bloom like roses, chrysanthemum, carnations, dalia, geranium and 'everlasting flowers' are grown at the nurseries. No visit to the highlands is complete without purchasing some of these colorful cuts to take back home.

Butterfly Farms
There are several butterfly farms located conveniently near the main road in Brinchang, Butterflies flit in a natural, simulated environment of a tropical garden.
Look out for the black and shimmering green Raja Brooke butterflies.

Vegetable Farms
Cameron Highlands is the nation's prime producer of fresh vegetables, with some of the produce exported to neighbouring countries. Most of the vegetable farms can be spotted from the road along Brinchang to Tringkap. Cabbages, cauliflower, tomatoes, carrots, leeks, parsley and peper are grown here. Purchases can be made at the vegetable stalls.

Vegetable Stalls
Vegetable stalls are a common sight along the roadside but for a wide choice and freshness visit the Brinchang Market early in the morning. Many visitors staying at bungalows and short-let apartments, in fact, buy back an assortment of fresh vegetables for their next meal.

Honey Bee Farm
Beekeeping is a recent activity in the highlands and the only bee farm is located at Brinchang, just after the Butterfly Farm. Honeycombs and bottled honey are available for sale.

Sungai Palas Boh Tea Estate
One of the bigger tea plantations, guided tours are offered around the factory to enable visitors an sight into the processing of tea. After tour, visitors can sit out at the tea shop, overlooking the hills, and enjoy tea and shortbread. A variety of tea, from Pekoe to Cinnamon-flavoured ones is on sale.
Trinkap, Kuala Terla and Kampung Raja are little settlements populated bythe local population who work various sectors in the highlands. They, however, offer a glimpse into the daily lifestyle of the highland village folk as they go about their activities.

The tea Story
Tea is influenced byits character, flavour and bouquet which is in turn greatly influenced bythe environmental conditions under which it is grown.
The tea story in Cameron Highlands began in 1929 when a young British resident, John Archibald Russell, saw the potential of the Highlands as an ideal 'tea country' and sowed the seeds of a thriving tea industry. Major tea plantations are Boh Tea Plantation, Sungai Palas Boh Tea Estate, Bharat Tea Estate and Blue Valley Tea Estate.
Tea pickers begin their work on the hills well before sunrise, plucking only the tender leaves of the tea bushes. The leaves are then weighed at the hills before being transported to the factory for processing.
At the factory, moisture is reduced through a process which is known as withering, thus stimulating the natural chemical reactions within are vital for the tea's flavour.
The leaves are then rolled bymachines called rotovans, setting free the juices necessary for fermentation, a critical stage which develops the flavour, aroma and characteristics of tea. Fermentation is halted when the leaves are fed through hot-air machines. The drying process takes about 10 minutes during which the leaves are turned into the crisp black forms we are familiar with. The tea leaves are then graded according to their particle size.
In recent years, the highland tea has been exotically flavoured with oils, flowers, herbs and essences, of which the Songket brand has a variety to choose from. They include flavours of vanilla, mint, orange, lemon, passionfruit, cinnamon and cardamom. In all more than 3000 tea varieties are available in the world of tea.

Cameron Highlands Flower Festival
Every year, in August/September, the popular highland resort celebrates a Flower Fest that extols the colorful blooms and agricultural produce of the highlands. Events include flower exhibitions, parades, demonstrations, competitions, traditional cultural shows and cuisine.

Eating Out
Eating out is an enjoyable experience with a variety of food available at Tanah Rata and Brinchang. Fine English food is offered at The Lakehouse and Ye Old Smokehouse but many of the local restaurants do serve up a decent English meal, breakfast or afternoon tea at competitive prices.
Chinese restaurants are favoured bylocals for steamboat, a 'do-it-yourself' cook-in where a variety of raw meat, seafood and vegetables are cooked in steaming hot soup. Indian restaurants are plentiful, given the large Indian population. They serve a spicy, hearty fare of rice and curries. There is also a number of Malay restaurants, Moghul restaurants and a few vegetarian restaurants.

After Dusk
Nigh activities are limited to those offered bythe hotel lounges. However, most visitors to Cameron Highlands are quite contented to take a stroll around the towns and soak in the relaxed atmosphere at the night stalls.


Accommodation

Cameron Highlands offers a range of hotels, chalets and colonial bungalows to suit one's preferences and budget.

How To Get There byroad:
Cameron Highlands, though located in the state of Pahang, is only accessible via Tapah in the state of Perak. Access is from the North-South Highway and the turning-off point is at the Tapah Interchange No.132 where Route 59 leads to the resort in an ascending series of twists and bends. The 60km route from Tapah to the resort is interesting, passing aboriginal dwellings, scenic mountain views, and a changing montane forest as one climbs up. At the 22km point is the majestic Lata Iskandar Watrefall, a popular stop-over for motorists. There are foodstalls and an orang asli handicraft center here. The journey byroad to Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur takes about 4-5 hours.

bybus:
There are 4 bus services, operated byKurnia Bistari, departing from Pudu Raya, Kuala Lumpur for Tanah Rata. The service starts at 9am and the fare is RM10.10 one way.
From Tapah, the local bus leaves at hourly intervals for Tanah Rata and the fare is RM3.70 one way.

Taxi:
Taxis do ply directly to Tanah Rata from Kuala Lumpur's Pudu Raya Station. The fare is RM150 per taxi. From Tapah to Tanah Rata, the taxi fare is RM40-60 per person.

Rail:
The rail stop is at Tapah. From here, take the taxi or bus to Tanah Rata.

 

3d2n Cameron Leisure Package (min 2 paxs travelling)

Type of Resort Category Malaysia & Singapore Foreigner Surcharge
Price Per Person
Rosa Passadena *** RM 298-00 RM 585-00 RM 40 per room night for check in on Fri, Sat & School Holidays Period)

Package includes:

  • Return Domestic coach transfer to and from Puduraya, Kuala Lumpur.

  • Return Land transfer to & from Tanah Rata bus station to hotel.

  • 2 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis.

  • Breakfast for each night stay

  • 1 Steamboat dinner

  • 1 Set Dinner

  • 1 Cameron Sightseeing guided tour - approx 2hrs*Excludes entrance fee if applicable.

  • Remark

  • Rates are in Malaysian Ringgit per person.

  • Rates are subject to change without prior notice

  • Subject to 10% service charge and 4.5% ecommerce charge for credit card payments

  • Children below 12 years-pay 70% of adult rate

  • Children below 4 years-free of charge only on ground arrangement

  • Above package rates not valid during eve of & Public Holidays Period.

  • Suggested itinerary:
    Day 01
    Depart bydomestic coach at stated schedule (approx 4½hrs driving distance). All refreshments en route on own expenses. Arrive and check-in. Free at leisure.

    Day 02
    Morning depart for a half day tour. Places of interest includes Tea Plantation (close on Mondays/Public Holidays), Rose Garden, vegetables terraces, Butterfly Farm, Market Square, Bee Farm, Sam Poh Buddhist Temple and Strawberry Farm. (excludes entrance fees)

    Day 03
    Morning breakfast, free at leisure until your departure transfer back to Kuala Lumpur.

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