Located in western Malaysia’s Pahang, Cameron Highlands is a fresh and verdant destination filled with myriad things to do and see. From rolling tea plantations and vibrant flower fields, to cool museums and religious sites, Cameron Highlands is one cool (in both senses of the word!) place to add to your Malaysian bucket list.
Planned as a side trip, I’d heard that Cameron Highlands was a pretty place. I wasn’t, however, prepared to be so impressed by the awesome views and variety of experiences. Many places of interest are located alongside one major road, so getting from place to place is easy.
Local buses run the length of the mountain road, or you can book several day trips around the area if you don’t have your own transportation. Accommodation is available to suit most budgets, and there are plenty of places to eat and drink.
Here’s the ultimate list of things to do in Cameron Highlands:
1. Be dazzled by green at a tea plantation
If stunning verdant vistas and undulating hills and mountains covered with a blanket of lush leaves are your cup of tea, don’t miss visiting one of the Cameron Highlands’ tea plantations. As well as being able to marvel at the views, most offer tea tasting opportunities and the chance to learn more about the local tea-growing industry.
BOH Tea Plantation is one of the most famous in the area, and the plantation that I chose to visit, but others include Boh Sungai Palas Tea Centre and Bharat Tea Plantation.
2. Pick your own fruit at a strawberry farm
The higher elevations and cooler temperatures of Cameron Highlands make it relatively easy for farmers to grow strawberries. Indeed, it’s the only place around Malaysia where strawberries are grown. There are many strawberry farms around the area, most of which allow visitors to look around and pick their own fruit.
Many also sell a wide variety of strawberry-flavoured and -themed items too, including milkshakes, jam, ice cream, and ornaments. Local strawberry farms to visit include Big Red Strawberry, Strawberry Farm Kea, Healthy Strawberry Farm, Kok Lim Strawberry Farm, and Raaju Hill Strawberry.
3. Taste the sweet life at a honey farm
If you’ve ever wondered how bees produce sweet and sticky honey, Cameron Highlands provides the chance to find out. There are several honey farms in the area, including Cameron Tringkap Bee Farm, Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm, and Highlands Apiary Farm.
Each provides interesting details about the life cycle of the bee and the production and purpose of honey; you may end your visit with a greater appreciation for the small striped creature and a sense of sorrow for the life of hard work that most bees live. Taste locally produced honey, meet the beekeepers, and buy a range of goodies made from honey. On top of the obvious jars of honey and honey-flavoured treats, you’ll also find things like honey soaps and hair products.
4. See prickly plants at a cactus centre
5. Feast your eyes on floral beauty at the lavender garden
6. Visit the fragrant Rose Centre
7. Be enchanted at the Butterfly Farm
8. Learn more about agriculture at Mardi’s Agro Technology Park
9. Travel back to the past at Time Tunnel
10. Admire indigenous creations at Mah Meri Art Gallery
11. Tour Sam Poh Temple
12. Soak up spirituality at Sri Tehndayuthapany Swamy
13. Walk through the Mossy Forest
14. Explore the hiking trails
15. Gaze upon lovely waterfalls
16. Play a round of golf
17. Shop in local markets
18. Enjoy a British cream tea
The Malaysian hill station was a popular retreat during the times of British colonization, favoured for its beautiful landscapes and cooler temperatures. Look closely and you’ll spot several reminders from the colonial era, including black and white architecture that is reminiscent of the Tudor times in England. Another enduring legacy is the cream tea. Indulge in a British scone, complete with jam and cream, while sipping a warm cup of local tea.
There really are so many terrific things to see and do in Malaysia’s picturesque Cameron Highlands – start with this list!