A Quick Guide to the Cameron Highlands ~ Malaysia

by Tsvete Popp
The Tea Plantations, Cameron Highlands

Welcome to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Plan your perfect getaway to the enchanting Cameron Highlands in Malaysia with our comprehensive travel guide. Discover the breathtaking beauty of this highland region, known for its rolling tea plantations, vibrant floral gardens, and lush green landscapes. Explore the charming towns, indulge in fresh produce at the bustling markets, and embark on invigorating jungle treks to discover hidden waterfalls and mossy forests. Immerse yourself in the cool climate and serene atmosphere, and experience the unique cultural heritage of the local communities. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure filled with nature, tranquillity, and breathtaking vistas in the Cameron Highlands.

The BOH Tea Plantations, Cameron Highlands

Where to Stay in Cameron Highlands

As you would expect from a major travel destination in Southeast Asia, Malaysia has no shortage of options when it comes to accommodation. As always, I’d suggest you stay somewhere central, to make accessing all the attractions as easy as possible.

Best Luxury Hotels in Cameroon Highlands

The Lakehouse Cameron Highlands: Indulge in the colonial charm of this boutique hotel nestled amidst lush greenery. Enjoy the elegant rooms, impeccable service, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains and tea plantations.

Cameron Highlands Resort: Experience luxury and comfort at this award-winning hotel. Unwind in spacious rooms, savor delicious cuisine, and pamper yourself with rejuvenating spa treatments while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the highlands.

Strawberry Park Resort: Retreat to this mountain resort featuring well-appointed rooms, extensive facilities, and breathtaking views. Relax in the outdoor pool, stroll through the picturesque gardens, and enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding forests.

Best Mid-Range Hotels in Cameroon Highlands

Heritage Hotel Cameron Highlands: Stay in this cozy hotel offering comfortable rooms, modern amenities, and a convenient location near the popular attractions. Enjoy the beautiful mountain views and warm hospitality during your stay.

Copthorne Cameron Highlands: Experience a comfortable stay at this hotel, known for its spacious rooms, scenic surroundings, and recreational facilities. Relax in the indoor pool, dine at the on-site restaurant, and explore the nearby attractions.

Iris House Hotel: Discover the charm of this boutique hotel with well-designed rooms, friendly staff, and a central location. Enjoy the cozy ambiance, complimentary breakfast, and easy access to the attractions and restaurants in the area.

Best Hostels in Cameroon Highlands

Cameronian Inn: Experience budget-friendly accommodation with a friendly atmosphere at this cozy hostel. Stay in clean and comfortable dormitories or private rooms, and enjoy the communal lounge and kitchen facilities.

CH Travellers Inn: Stay in this affordable hostel offering basic yet comfortable accommodation options. Meet fellow travelers in the common areas, access Wi-Fi, and enjoy the convenient location close to the main attractions.

The Tea Plantations, Cameron Highlands

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We spent the first days of our trip to Malaysia in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur! Four days were enough to get (partially) used to the tropical climate and the time difference of 7 hours between Innsbruck and South-East Asia. For the next weeks, we were heading to the north of Malaysia. Our first stop was the mountain region of Cameron Highlands – the largest hill resort in the country. This countryside is most famous for its unrivalled nature, tea plantations and pleasant climate, which also ensures a welcomed relief from the tropical heat!

How to get to Cameron Highlands?

We chose to travel by bus! This is a good option having in mind the well-developed infrastructure in Malaysia. We booked our tickets online (link below) and it is definitely the better option. A friend of mine told me that buying tickets at the bus station should be much more appropriate, but by doing so we had to wait in a queue for hours! Getting tickets online was really unproblematic and easy! You only have to pick them up at the bus terminal “Bersepadu Selatan”.

The official and expected travel time from KL to Cameron Highlands was 3.5 h by bus or car but thanks to the upcoming weekend we travelled about 5 hours. I can totally recommend this travel route as you’ll see so many beautiful places, as well as some of the last indigenous people of Malaysia who live in the rainforest region. After 5 hours of travelling and 10 different weather conditions. we finally arrived at Tanah Rata and our lovely family-run hotel “Arundina”.

Our Hotel Arundina, Cameron Highlands

Garden Arundina, Cameron Highlands

Garden Arundina, Cameron Highlands

Garden Arundina

A Short History of Cameron Highlands

In the year of 1885, the mountain region of Cameron Highlands was founded by the British colonial government bounder and explorer – William Cameron (the reason why this area sounds rather European than Malaysian). During his mapping expedition of the Titiwangsa Range, Sir Cameron stood on the summit of Mount Pondok Challi as he saw a beautiful plateau at an altitude of 1.800m above the sea-level. But not only the unique nature the reason why Cameron fell in love with this place, but also the fact that the average temperature ranges between 8° and 25°!

Unfortunately, without “Starred Places” and “Favourites” in Google Maps, Sir Cameron’s maps and its discoveries went lost for the next 40 years! George Maxwell, another British explorer and traveller, rediscover the highlands in the year 1920. Five years later, Sir Maxwell suggested the highlands as a hill resort due to its calm climate. Additionally, the Highlands was a perfect place for the growing tee, having in mind the sunny and fertile slopes which are located close to the rainforest. In the year 1929 another Brit, John Russell, invested in a tea plantation which is still the most famous tea plantation and factory in Malaysia – the Boh Tea!

During the 20th century, Cameron Highlands was the favourite place for British diplomatic agents and officers in Malaysia. Nowadays, the mountain region has become a must-visit destination as well as a major supplier of tea, legumes and vegetables to Malaysia and Singapore

We had 2 nights and 1,5 days in the Cameron Highlands but the time was enough to explore the must-see places of this mountain region. Due to the restricted time, it was easier for us to book a private tour, as we did. If we had much more time to spend here, I would have definitely chosen a hiking tour on our own. But I try to make the best of any situation…!

Our Safari Jeep

Our Safari Jeep

The must-see places in Cameron Highlands lie within the major townships of Brinchang and Tanah Rata. We started the day at the Sam Poh Chinese Temple in Brinchang, then we headed to the “Time Tunnel” (a heritage museum showcasing the colonial history of Cameron Highlands). The next stop was the BOH Tea plantation, mount Gunung Brinchang and the Mossy Forest. Later in the afternoon, we visited the “BOH Tea” factory, the local market and the butterfly farm. Our last stop was one of the many strawberry farms in this region and of course, we enjoyed some self-picked strawberries.

Top Places to Visit in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Sam Poh Temple

The Sam Poh Tempel of Brinchang is a well-groomed Chinese temple complex with formidable golden warrior statues within. It was built 3km away from the town of Brinchang in the year of 1970 and since then it is the most important Chinese temple in Cameron Highlands. This temple cannot compare to the temples in Penang e.g., but it is a nice place to visit in the mountain region anyway!

Lucky Rituals, Cameron Highlands

Lucky Rituals, Cameron Highlands

Sam Poh Temple, Cameron Highlands


Sam Poh Temple, Cameron Highlands

Time Tunnel Gallery

If you want to learn more about the history of Cameron Highlands I would recommend you to visit the Time Tunnel Gallery which is located in Brinchang. This place is something like a museum but definitely has nothing to do with all the museums I have visited in Europe. All in all, here you’ll find tons of items from the period between the ‘40s and the ‘80s, many artefacts and historical photographs from the colonial era, rare things with sentimental value, etc. Time Tunnel Gallery is open from 9 am to 6 pm and the tickets are priced at MYR 5.00 (adult) and MYR 3.00 (child).

Time Tunnel Gallery

Time Tunnel Gallery

The Tea Plantations

The stunning view over the tea plantations in Cameron Highlands was the reason to put this destination on my Malaysia Bucket List. But the “life” breath-taking view over the mountain slopes cannot compare even to the most beautiful photo of the tea plantations ever taken.

The Tea Plantations, Cameron Highlands


The Tea Plantations, Cameron Highlands

The BOH Tea plantations are probably the most visited place in the countryside and I can totally understand why! The scenic view of the tea hills is more than jaw-dropping… Diving into the “5000 Shades of Green” is the lush feeling I had while watching the sunlight playing with the fluffy tea bushes right in front of me …

The Tea Plantations, Cameron Highlands

The Tea Plantations, Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highland is the largest tea-producing region in Malaysia and South-East Asia. Nowadays, you can find several plantations which dominate the valley, but the “BOH Tea” company is still the most prominent tea plantation and factory in the mountain region. This place looks like an HD animated scenery, as the colours remain something that cannot really exist in this reality … You don’t really want to miss this view when travelling to Malaysia, right? Just try to escape the “rush hour” between 09:30 am and 11:00 am. We came here at 11:30 and as you can see we were the only guests to enjoy this stunning and refreshing nature!

The Tea Plantations, Cameron Highlands

The BOH Tea Plantations, Cameron Highlands

The “BOH Tea” Factories

We headed to the “BOH Tea” factories (entry free) where we learned a bit more about tea production during the (free) educational tour. In spite of all visitors in the factory, the BOH tea was refreshing and my very first green-tea tiramisu delicious! Afterwards, we spent another 30 minutes in the “BOH Tea Shop” where we checked enough small-tea presents for our homies.


Gunung Brinchang

With its 2.031 m, the Gunung Brinchang is only 159 m lower than the highest peak (Gunung Tahan) in Peninsular Malaysia. The best hiking time is in the early morning and provides a stunning view of the sunrise. Unfortunately, we visited the forest in the afternoon, so it was pretty foggy and the view was not the best. The visit was interesting anyway! Gunung Brinchang is a very popular viewpoint that provides a scenic view over the rainforest. It was so unbelievably quiet – the only thing that you’ll actually hear is the wild animals.


Gunung Brinchang,

Mossy Forest

My second favourite part of our stay in Cameron Highland is the Mossy Forest! This surreal forest is 200.000 years old and nurtures ancient trees and rare flowers. As the name says, pretty everything is hugged by thick layers of moss, lichen and a drape of ferns. The humidity in the forest was nothing I have ever experienced in my life as my clothes got wet after 30 minutes of walking!


Mossy Forest, Cameron Highlands

Mossy Forest, Cameron Highlands

The Mossy Forest of Gunung is a very unique ecosystem and biotope that looks like a magical world from the fairy tales! Here you can spot some of the most exotic floras like carnivorous plants, pitcher plants, other insect-eating plants, rafflesia flowers, epiphytes, wild orchids, numerous primitive ferns, spices and medical plants. The mossy nature is also a perfect place for numerous creatures like insects, frogs, snakes, birds, butterflies, etc. The forest is very muddy, slippery and mysterious! Additionally, everything looks like a snake … and this was my “chief” problem! I asked our guide, if we are going to see some snakes today and his answer was pretty legendary: “No. But they will see You.” 😀

Pitcher Plant, Cameron Highlands

Pitcher Plant

Wild Orchids, Cameron Highlands

Wild Orchids

Wild Orchids, Cameron Highlands

Wild Orchids

The Butterfly Farm

Another touristy attraction in Brinchang is the “Butterfly Farm” where you can comb through thousands of live butterflies, insects, reptiles and other small animals from this region. Regardless of the name, this place has nothing to do with “farming” butterflies but is rather a small zoo. There is a garden section with all different kinds of butterflies and flowers, and a reptile section with lizards, snakes, insects and different mammals.

The “Butterfly Farm” is open daily from 8 pm to 5.30 pm and the tickets are between MYR 5.00 (adult) and MYR 2.00 (child).

The Butterfly Farm, Cameron Highlands

The Butterfly Farm

The Local Market

The local market in Cameron Highland is a good and very cheap place for shopping! For example, I found several T-shirts of great quality (3.00 € each), magnets (5 magnets for 2.00 €) and other bargains. Here you can also try a lot of tropical fruits which look like nothing that I have ever eaten before and interesting variations of Cameron Highland’s local cuisine.

Strawberry Farms

There are soooo many strawberry farms in Cameron Highlands! But why? The strawberries are not typical fruits for South-East Asia, but the English men brought them to Malaysia in the 20th century. The conductive climate environment in this region allows the growing of strawberries all year round (and not only in June like in Europe…). The most famous strawberry farms are Blueberry Earthouse, KL Strawberry Farm, Big Red Strawberry, Raaju’s Hill Café and S’Corner Market. Make sure you ask about the price before picking your own strawberries as it might be expensive – an entry fee, strawberry box, the rate for picking, etc.

Raajus's Strawberry Farm, Cameron Highlands

Raajus’s Strawberry Farm


Must-Try Dish: Steamboat

The most complicated cuisine we had during our stay in Malaysia, was the Steamboat, also known as Hot Pot and Shabu Shabu – a very traditional dish of Cameron Highland. Steamboat is a fondue-like experience and it “can” be a ton of fun (if you know how it works…). The steamboats were introduced by the Chinese during the colonial era of Malaysia.

What is it all about?

The steamboats often come in spat pots with two sections for two different kinds of broths e.g. normal and spicy. You can choose different kinds of meat, vegetables, noodles, eggs, and seafood which you have to put into the soup for several minutes or even seconds.


First Time Steamboat-ing, Cameron Highlands

First Time Steamboat-ing

To be honest, I was pretty overstrained with the information about how long should I cook this or that… and I didn’t even know what kind of stuff lies on the plate in front of me … The summary looks like this: pea shoots, watercress, shiitake mushrooms, chopped chicken and pork, fish balls (I didn’t like those!), random meatballs, tofu cakes, fish cakes, eggs, squid pieces (thanks, but no thanks), fresh ocean shrimp (which I exchanged for chopped chicken) and one thing that tasted like nothing. The last one was actually jellyfish.

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The Tea Plantations, Cameron Highlands

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