Exploring Cameron Highlands – A peaceful place in the heart of Malaysia
Located in the northeast and far away from the capital Kuala Lumpur approximately 300km, Cameron Highlands is likened as a woman dreaming in lush forests and vast tea plantations in Malaysia.
When people think of Malaysia, they think of Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Melaka… However, there are other additional sites in Malaysia that have yet to be discovered. Cameron Highlands is the ideal destination for anyone searching for peace and quiet while immersed in nature.
Cameron Highlands is a district in the province of Pahang, is located at an altitude of 1,500 meters and away from Kuala Lumpur over 4 hours by bus.
It is likened as Dalat in Vietnam with a cool climate all year round, mild weather, suitable for a wide variety of temperate flowers.
Cameron Highlands is one of the largest hills of Malaysia, and also a long-life tourist destination. Cameron is well known for the trails leading you through the vast forests, to waterfalls and other tranquil destinations.
The fresh air and the fertile land make tea in Cameron Highlands thrives and quickly popular.
Coming to the tea plantation in Cameron Highlands, visitors will feel lost in a countryside in England. The houses with a beautiful English-style architecture are the base for travelers to visit and take a vacation here.
Another exciting thing in Cameron Highlands is that visitors also have a chance to saw strawberry gardens cared carefully with laden strawberry beams.
As one of the rare areas in Malaysia that have weather conditions to plant strawberries, the farms here are sources which provide strawberries to the provinces and cities in Malaysia.
Another activity that you should not ignore is enjoying tea and scones – this is regarded as a traditional English culture preserved in this highlands.
Besides the tea plantations and strawberry farms, the colorful Lavender Garden is a no less attractive attraction of Cameron.
No need to travel to western countries, you can admire the lavender fields within the Southeast Asia region. This is wonderful, isn’t it?.
Best time to visit Cameron Highlands
The climate in Cameron Highlands is cool and refreshing all year round, but an ideal time for you to come here is from December to February when the temperature can be lower to 10 degrees C.
How to get to the Cameron Highlands
Cameron Highlands is approximately 300 km from Kuala Lumpur. Visitors can get there by bus, minivan, taxi, …
From Kuala Lumpur, the bus departs from Pudu Sentral to Tanah Rata. Bus fares range from 35-37RM. The buses depart daily and the earliest bus is at 8:30 am. Depending on the vehicle, it will take 3-5 hours.
By Minibus (minivan of the tourist company)
The tourist company has small-sized tourist vehicles to take visitors to Cameron Highlands.
The minivan from Kuala Lumpur will pick visitors up at Swiss Inn, Jl. Sultan, Chinatown. Departing at 12 am daily, it takes 4.5 hours.
The minivan from Penang picks visitors up at Georgetown. Departing at 8 am daily.
There are no direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron. You have to fly from Kuala Lumpur to the iPod, and from the iPod, you take a bus to Cameron (1 hour). However, this way requires a lot of time, and the price is not cheap.
Where to stay in Cameron Highlands
Cameron has a large number of hotels and residences in both of the city’s cores, Tanah Rata and Bring Chang. While the Bringchang area has a lot of flats, Tanah Rata has a lot of guesthouses. If you are traveling in a large party, you should stay in an apartment since the pricing is reasonable and the flats are clean and comfy.