Amidst the lush hills and crisp mountain air of Cameron Highlands…
The Cameron Highlands is situated in the state of Pahang, West Malaysia. It is approximately 85 km from Ipoh or about 200 km from Kuala Lumpur. One of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations, Cameron Highlands covers an area of 712.5 sq km, about the size of Singapore; it comprises a series of little townships that include Ringlet, Tanah Rata, Brinchang, Tringkap, Kuala Terla and Kampung Raja. At 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above sea level it is also the highest point in Malaysia accessible by road. Cameron Highlands lies less than an hour off the main North-South Highway, and is a pleasant, easy 3.5-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur.
For a short weekend getaway, relax and soak in the fresh crisp air with plenty to do and see.
There are many things to see and do in Cameron Highlands, you can walk through lovely little villages, visits to the butterfly, strawberry, honey bee farms and sprawling tea plantations or dine at the delightful Tudor-styled country inns. Bird-watching and trekking are also popular activities here.
Read more on where you can visit for a nature’s getaway to the various farms and plantations in Cameron Highlands.
For shopaholics out there, shopping at this hill resort is all about fresh flowers, vegetables, tea and fruits. The best place to pick up local produce is the Multicrops Central Market, where you can find teas, fruits, strawberry jam, honey and potted plants. First time visitor can buy unique souvenirs that reflect the natural heritage of Cameron Highlands, such as insect specimens, wooden handicrafts and rattan baskets. The tea plantations also have centers which retail tea products and souvenirs.
There are numerous places for food in Cameron Highlands. At night, especially during weekends & school holidays, restaurants are packed since there’s very little to do after the sun goes down. Whilst there isn’t a particular dish unique to Cameron Highlands, dining out here can be a great experience especially with the cool weather.
We’ve shared some of our favourites here.
The weather in Cameron Highlands is cool all year round. The temperature here ranges from a minimum of 14ºC to a maximum of 28ºC. Rain is common throughout the year although the monsoon season is from Nov to Feb. The dry season is from late Feb to April. In the recent years, the temperature has been rising and it can get really hot in the day. The coldest time of the year is between December—February where the temperature can drop to 10ºC at some areas.
It will be easier to get around Cameron Highlands if you have your own transportation. Travelling by Taxi is the next best option if you don’t have a car. You can easily hire a taxi to the other towns and tourist destinations during the day. Alternately you can also get on one of the many tours organized by the local tour companies in Cameron Highlands. Some guesthouses provide motorbike rental; bicycles are not popular here because of the terrain and high traffic on the winding roads.