Cameron Highland, one of the most visited highland in Peninsular Malaysia, well-known for thousand upon thousand acres of lush green tea plantations and vegetable farms. Agro-tourism is one of the prime source of economy here, with cold highland temperature and plenty of nature based attraction, this highland hosts a plethora of international and local tourists every day.
This highland is only accessible by land transport with 2 main routes which are from Tapah or Simpang Pulai with the former route is more winding than the other but offers a more scenic view of Lata Iskandar Waterfall and Orang Asli (Aborigine people) settlement along the way.
- By bus,
It took approximately 4 hours journey from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS), Pudu Terminal or KL Sentral to Tanah Rata Bus Terminal and there are only 3 bus operator operates this route i.e KL-Cameron Highland at a rate of RM35/way.
There’s also bus available from Penang, Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal or Penang Komtar at a rate of RM45/way.
For booking kindly refer https://www.busonlineticket.com/bus-from-cameron-highlands-to-kl
- By car,
More convenient and flexible way to commute to and around Cameron Highland as there’s not many option of public transportation available at the highland. The journey took approximately 3 hours from KL depending on the traffic.
- Best time to visit is during the weekdays as this place will be swarmed with local tourist on every weekends, public holidays and school holidays and the traffic can be literally super crazy, on those days.
- Cameron highland received plenty of rainfall throughout the year and it’s good to plan the visit at the earlier part of the day, unless you really don’t mind dancing in the rain later in the evening.
If you don’t have your own ride, moving around the town could be a bit challenging, as mentioned earlier, there’s not much public transportation available there. But worry not, there’s plenty of private/ small group tour service to choose from and they will gladly take you around the town and to visit the attraction in Cameron Highland.
It’s not unusual to see some tourist commute by walking and sometimes cycling around town to enjoy a better dose of the highland fresh and cold air.
Editor’s Pick : Things to do
- Tea Plantation visit
This is my personal favorite for I really fancy the lush green view of carpets of tea trees covering the hills and Cameron Highland housed a few tea factories from various tea producer and amongst the famous one are BOH and Bharat Group, Cameron Valley.
- BOH Tea Plantation, Sungai Palas
My top pick for a nice cuppa tea overlooking an outstanding view of the tea plantation from the BOH Cafe’s deck. It took around 30 minutes drive along a winding narrow road to reach the main parking area but the view along the route is definitely worth the bumpy ride.
There’s a few sightseeing post along the route and depending on the traffic, you may stop by the roadside to take a snap or two photos in between the tea trees with a magnificent view of the tea plantation as the background.
You can also visit the tea factory and walk through the tea production process with a free guided tour round the factory at a stipulated schedule.
The Sg Palas Tea Centre is open everyday (except Monday) from 9:00am to 4:30pm and factory tours are provided approximately every 30 minutes.
- The Cameron Bharat Tea Plantation, producer of Cameron Valley Tea
There were 3 main stations housing tea shops and cafes under this brand-name scattered from Tanah Rata to Kuala Terla.
Cameron Valley Tea House 1
Located approximately 8 km (15 minutes drive) from Ringlet towards Tanah Rata, this is the pioneer tea house and probably the most scenic view amongst Cameron Valley’s Tea Houses with free admission to the plantation and factory. The Tea House is located on the roadside with limited parking space and only about 15 tables in the cafe.
Cameron Valley Tea House 2
Located about 2 km away from the Tea House 1, was set up to cater to overwhelming visitors at the earlier station. This station offers a larger parking space and spacious cafe area overlooking the Bharat Tea Estate.
There’s a RM2 entrance fees charged should visitor wish to enter the tea plantation.
Cameron Valley Tea House 3, Kuala Terla Station.
Located about 20km away from Tanah Rata Town, this station is the least crowded as compared to the other 2 stations and offers a slightly more adventurous activities other than factory visit and tea with a view.
The Cameron Adventure Park ATV and Safari is located at this station offering an adventurous sightseeing tour around the tea plantation via safari jeep ride at RM10/person which can fit 10 pax per jeep. ATV could also be rented at RM50 for a single person ride and RM65 with passenger and the station opens daily from 9am to 6pm.
- Afternoon Tea Party
Enjoy an English-style afternoon tea with delightful scones and homemade strawberry jam in the lovely garden of colonial little cottage. Cameron highland house a few wonderful spots for a lovely afternoon tea and the followings are my personal favorite voted for both their charming private garden and scrumptious cakes and pastries.
- The Smokehouse Hotel and Restaurant
Located adjacent to the Cameron Highland Sultan Ahmad Shah Golf Club, the English Tudor architecture boutique hotel offers a perfect afternoon tea party spot in a lovely private garden.
- Bala’s Chalet
Located on a hill near Tanah Rata, this English style cottage with a quiet garden on the hill is also one of a favorite spot for an afternoon private tea party.
- Local Market visit
Three most prominent local market in Cameron Highland is Pasar Malam Tanah Rata, Kea Farm and Brinchang Morning Market.
- Pasar Malam Tanah Rata
The most happening Pasar Malam (“Night Market”) site in Cameron Highland offering various local agricultural produce, street food and souveniers.
Opens from Friday to Sunday from early evening till late night.
- Kea Farm
Also one of the most visited Market in Cameron Highland with stalls and small shops along the whole stretch of the road offering a wide variety of native product of Cameron Highland. This market opens daily from early morning until 6pm.
- Brinchang Morning Market
Is open every weekend morning until afternoon offering wide selection of freshly picked local agricultural produce and a few local breakfast stall.
The top 2 markets received overwhelming visits especially during public and school holidays. The traffic would be super heavy in these areas with cars dropping off passenger by the road slowing down the traffic and creating a bottle neck in these area. Parking would be super challenging too as there are very limited parking area at these two spots.
Best time to visit:
- The night market : from 10 pm onwards as the traffic will be less heavy and parking is easier to find. Alternatively, you may choose amongst plenty of hotels and airbnb at the Golden Hill and Barrington Square area as the market is really located at the heart of this area.
- Kea Farm : to beat the traffic and minimize the stress of finding a parking spots be there before 10 am as vehicle will start congesting that area after hotel check out time i.e. 12 noon.
- Trekking at Mossy Forest
The Mossy Forest is one of the treck which leads to the peak of Mount Irau. The Mossy Forest have a mystical fairyland feels, with cold wind, misty clouds and constant moisture, moss and ferns grew and covered the forest in abundance.
“This moist tropical evergreen forest is also a rich repository for a varied set of montane creatures, encompassing insects, snakes, frogs, birds and mammals unique to this chilly atmosphere. Visitors can explore the mossy forest through a boardwalk 2km before the peak of Gunung Brinchang, beginning from a clearing along the main road”
The following are few tour agents which offers a guided tour at the Mossy Forest;
- Rejuvenate at Lata Iskandar Waterfall
If you are driving via the Tapah route to Cameron Highland, you’ll never miss this majestic waterfall by the roadside. Take a short break and immerse in the fresh cold water cascading from the highland.
- Cameron Lavender Garden
A short pit stop at this garden for a home-made lavender ice cream and a photo stop in a garden painted with purple lavender plant and other colourful flowers. Continue reading