If you have spent considerable time in peninsular Malaysia, then you should be quite familiar with sticky back sweat, multiple showers per day and a scorching sun. Whether you are a local or a tourist staying in Kuala Lumpur or another un-elevated region of the country, make it a bit easier on yourself and seek refuge in a cool, visually stunning hill station. Located approximately 3 hours from Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands is an excellent weekend trip from the city. Sure there may be a few windy corners along the way, but it will be worthwhile when you bite into a freshly picked strawberry at 1,600 meters above sea level. Here are 5 reasons to visit Cameron Highlands:
5. Capture Beautiful Panoramic Views
If the ascent up to Cameron Highlands doesn’t provide enough striking vantage points for you to check out, then you are sure to get many more once you reach this scenic hill station. The tea plantations in the area offer photographers plenty to capture. A short walk through the town of Brinchang is a great idea way to check out the rolling landscape of the Cameron Highlands. Tiered gardens appear to flow seamlessly with the natural countryside of Brinchang.
4. Check out a Wide Variety of Butterflies and Snakes at the Cameron Highlands Butterfly Farm.
Just a few minutes northeast of Brinchang, you can find the Cameron Highlands Butterfly Farm. Inside the complex, there is an enclosed butterfly aviary and an attached room containing exotic snakes and insects. It may not compare with other large scale zoos around the globe, but it is a worthwhile and affordable stop especially for families with small children.
Cameron Highlands Butterfly Farm Admission Costs: Adults: RM 5 and Children RM 3
3. Sample Freshly Picked Fruits and Vegetables
Strawberries, strawberries and even more strawberries can be found almost anywhere in Cameron Highlands – and for a good bargain. But they aren’t the only thing that you can find at one of the local markets there. Fresh corn and potatoes are also available. Consider purchasing some of the honey and other bottled products up for grabs. If you want to burn a few more calories as you shop, why not pick your own fruit at one of the farms? You will thank yourself after the trip when you compare the prices in Cameron Highlands to those at your local grocery store. Take advantage of one of the most agriculturally fertile regions in South East Asia.
2. Visit a Tea Plantation
Arguably the biggest tourist magnets in Cameron Highlands are the stunning tea plantations that you can visit. The great thing about visiting a tea plantation is that they cater to range of tourist preferences. The BOH Sungei Tea Plantation (Sungei Palas) for instance, arranges tours of the plantations and it encompasses a shopping outlet, a café and an exhibit which summarizes some of the historical achievements of BOH Plantations Sdn Bhd. Photographers are sure to be satisfied with the undulating landscape filled with vibrant rows of green tea leaves.
1. Enjoy the Fresh, Breezy Cool Air
Let’s face it – most tourists don’t head to Cameron Highlands to get a tan. Instead, they enjoy trekking, sampling local market food and picking strawberries in very comfortable weather. When you see locals wearing sweatshirts and coats, you begin to appreciate the climate change. Word of caution however; if you plan to walk around at night bring a few extra layers because it can get quite chilly!
How to find the cheapest rooms in Cameron Highlands?
If you’re visiting Cameron Highlands then you will have a pretty wide range of rooms to choose from. Since it’s one of the ‘coldest’ places in Malaysia in terms of temperature, you will find many resorts and apartments that offer balconies to capture the comfortable climate and scenic views. During our trip there we stayed in Brinchang and we thought it was a pleasant area to stay with a nice local market nearby.
We used www.agoda.com to book our room but there are a few additional sites you might want to consider as well:
1.Agoda: This is arguably the largest room provider in Malaysia. Therefore, it’s a great site to look for rooms in Cameron Highlands with over 150 different properties listed at the time of writing. Here is a link to their rooms:
2. Booking.com: Great if you are planning well in advance, with superb cancellation policies and competitive prices. It’s very popular with our European and North American readers. Here is a summary of their properties:
3. Hotelscombined.com: This is the best price comparison site we have found. Within seconds you can find the cheapest prices from the world’s top accommodation sites. Here is a link to their comparison search feature: