At about 1,500 metres above sea level, Cameron Highlands – located only four hours away from Kuala Lumpur – is set along a mountain plateau high above the river valley. Temperatures on this hillside fluctuate between 22° and 25° Celsius during the day and between 15° and 22° Celsius at night, making it easier than in the lowlands to jungle trek, camp and picnic.
Named after William Cameron – a British government surveyor who ‘discovered’ the area in 1885 whilst on a mapping expedition – Cameron Highlands’ fame grew during the colonial occupation era as the British were attracted to this cool hill station due to its climate. As a direct result of their stay here, nostalgic reconstructions of English cottages and narrow village lanes are sprinkled across its landscape.
These days the Highlands are home to a plethora of agricultural farms and there’s no place better in Malaysia to get fresher-than-fresh produce. These farms and plantations make good sightseeing spots when you’re here – to best enjoy Cameron Highlands’ offerings, visit a sweet-smelling strawberry plantation, a sprawling tea estate or a prickly cactus farm.
Set in the hills north of Brinchang, this tea plantation is a sprawling scenic domain with a tea factory, a teashop and a visitors’ centre. When you’re here you can watch an educational video on the history of the estate as well as purchase tea products from the on-site souvenir store. Also don’t miss out on the chance to sip some tea and take in the sights of the plantation from the pleasant tearoom.
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 16:30 Tuesday – Sunday
Location: Gunung Brinchang Road
Price Range: Free
Cameron Highlands is home to a few cactus gardens that are found within the Tanah Rata and Tringkap area. Cactus Valley is home to tiered terraces laden with various local flowers, fruits, vegetables as well as cacti. Stroll through the green space and observe the many varieties of cacti as well as purchase these potted plants as souvenirs.
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
Location: Pekan Lama, Brinchang
Tel: +605 491 5640
Price Range: Adult – RM4; Kids – RM2
The Highlands are home to two butterfly farms – the Butterfly Garden and the Butterfly Farm. Both play host to a fluttering collection of tropical butterflies, including the well-known and majestic Raja Brooke as well as numerous other insect species.
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00 Daily
Location: Kea Farm, Brinchang
Tel: +605 496 1364
Price Range: Adult – RM8; Kids – RM5
There are a handful of things that Cameron Highlands is best known for – tea plantations, jungle trails and… strawberry farms! The highlands play host to more than a few hydroponics strawberry cultivation sites that merit a visit for anyone with a keen interest. Plus you really shouldn’t miss out on a chance to sample the (slightly-costly) strawberry jam and ice cream.
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:15
Location: UT/MR/F-255, Jalan Sg. Menson, 39100 Brinchang
Tel: +605 491 4481
This working apiary is the best-known honeybee farm in Cameron Highlands and is home to a pleasant flower-filled garden. Various honey-based products are available for purchase including wholesome and tasty honey itself!
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 19:00
Location: Kea Farm, Brinchang
Tel: +605 496 1951
There are a number of flower nurseries along the main road from Ringlet all the way to Kampung Raja. The Robertson Rose Garden specializes in the eponymous flower and is worth a detour due to its excellent hilltop views. Make it a sure stop along your itinerary to admire the Scarlet, Pink Queen Victoria and Maid of my Hearts roses that are markedly larger than their downhill counterparts due to the cooler climate.
Location: Sungai Palas (along the way to Gunung Brinchang)
Home to a few unique and interesting orang asli villages, Cameron Highlands’ refreshing climate makes a trip to observe the daily life of these Malaysian natives a truly pleasurable experience. The villages are oftentimes located along the road going up to the Highlands but there are also a few tucked away deep in the jungle; the best way to visit them is via organised day trips and tours.
Location: Tanah Rata & Brinchang
The large and ornate Buddhist temple – dedicated to Chinese medieval eunuch admiral Zheng Ho – is built high on a hill overlooking Brinchang Town. Located just one kilometre off the main road, this inspired pastiche of grand Chinese regalia – built in 1972 – is purportedly the fourth-largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia.
Location: 4th Mile, Brinchang, 39100 Tanah Rata
How to get there: First left out of Brinchang towards Tanah Rata; drive slowly for one kilometre along the narrow back road.
Festooned with multihued Tamil Nadu-style sculptures created by Indian artists, the Sri Thandayuthapani Swamy Temple is a colourful and vivid Hindu temple frequented by the tea-picking community of the Cameron Highlands.
Opening Hours: 06:00 – 22:30
Address: 126, Jalan Lahat, Brinchang
Tel: +605 253 9540
One of the latest attractions in the Cameron Highlands, this fun and educational local museum is the first memorabilia museum in Malaysia. Depicting significant milestones of the Highlands’ history, it exhibits more than 1,000 artefacts, ranging from photographs to traditional motorcycles.
Location: Jalan Sungai Burung, 39100 Brinchang
Tel: +6016 328 8438 or +6013 524 7120