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Cameron Highlands

Practical information on Cameron Highlands

  • Encounters with locals
  • Romantic
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Countryside
  • Mountain
  • Culture (paddy field, coffee, tea ...)
  • Handicraft
  • Essential
4 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
6hrs by bus from Kuala Lumpur
When to go
From October to June
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Cameron Highlands

Leslie Romiti Seasoned Traveller
20 written opinions

Trek and hiking fans will love Cameron Highlands' blend of sport and nature. The smell of tea impregnates the countryside and the forests are full of surprises.

My suggestion:
A complete change of scenery from Kuala Lumpur - here fresh air and nature rule. You can go on a guided tour where you'll learn a lot but also follow a trail of tourist coaches...
My review

I met a Malaysian traveller in Laos and he suggested I head to Cameron Highlands, so as to see another side of Malaysia than its big towns and major tourist attractions. The bus journey gave me a taste of what was to come: forest and jungle in the mountains, the smell of tea and fresh air... something I missed since arriving in Kuala Lumpur.

I wanted to tour Cameron Highlands' tea plantations that stretch across the horizon and listen to tea gatherers' tales as they huddled in little huts. I wanted to lose myself in a butterfly sanctuary and enjoy some calm.

The plus side: the fresh air and unusual setting.

The downside: Guided tours - nothing to write home about and you're obliged to follow others.

Paul Engel Seasoned Traveller
36 written opinions

Over the years, the mountains of the Cameron Highlands, the biggest health resort in the country, have become an indispensable stop for backpackers to Southeast Asia.

My suggestion:
Before leaving for the Cameron Highlands, check the weather forecast as it can be quite capricious. The temperature can be very cool here and the mist, sometimes omnipresent, can prevent you from seeing some pretty panoramas.
My review

When the temperature in the plain becomes intolerable, nothing will recharge your batteries better than a stay in the Cameron Highlands . On arrival after a chaotic journey by bus, I was surprised by the towns of Tanah Rata and Bringchang which both look a bit like the ski resorts that were built in the 1960s. Very quickly though, I was able to escape from the bustle of town to go walking in the environs towards Robinson Falls. Some paths are technically easy and can be negotiated on your own. For those of you who enjoy longer walks , it is best to get in touch with a local guide.

Beyond Sultan Abu Bakar lake, I went to visit the BOH tea plantation, the one that you drink in all the hotels in the country. The journey by taxi is incredible even when it is misty. Once there you can visit the factory, savour a cup of tea or simply walk amidst the tea plants.

Ines Sancelot Seasoned Traveller
24 written opinions

Cameron Highlands is a region to the north of Malaysia's capital. It's known for its cool mountain climate and tea plantations.

My suggestion:
I suggest you spend three days in Cameron Highlands, which is enough to clear the lungs and enjoy some cool air before heading back to the stifling capital.
My review

I spent two nights in Cameron Highlands and it was the ideal place to unwind in a natural setting. On the first day I visited the Boh Sungei Palas tea plantation, the biggest in the region. The view overlooking the tea plantations was grandiose and the colour a near fluorescent green.

You can go on a guided tour of the plantation. Before leaving, make sure you have a cup of tea whilst admiring the view of the plantation - a magic moment.

On the second day I headed to the ethnic village of Orang Asli, where I was greeted with open arms. It was a superb welcome in a village where you can take music lessons and learn traditional dances. To end the day, the village chief asked if I wanted to take part in a quick blowpipe competition.
I came away with some unforgettable memories of this beautiful region and I highly recommend any nature lover pays it a visit.

Even though the area attracts tourists, the welcome you'll get is spontaneous and natural; the local residents seem to take pride in giving visitors a taste of their daily life. Something you really should do during a trip to Malaysia.

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