Situated in West Malaysia, Cameron Highlands is about the same size as Singapore, it is also the highest point in Malaysia accessible by road. Day temperature is about 25C and night time can fall to below 12 C. Due to the colonial history in Malaysia, there are also some old English style resorts located up on the hill. Due to the cooler weather and much English influence from the past, it is also called “Little England” of Asia sometimes.
How we get around in Cameron Highland without driving?
Since we didn’t drive in Cameron Highlands, we rented a taxi from hotel concierge with an hourly rate of RM30 per hour (S$10 per hour). We rented the car for 4 hours and took our sweet time to visit 3 places. (Of course, if you just want to touch-and-go, you can always include cactus farm, lavender farm, strawberry farm in your list as well in that 4 hours)
Top things to do in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
- Boh Tea Plantation
- Rose Valley
- Honey Farm
- Brinchang Night Market
- Afternoon tea at Smokehouse Hotel
- Jungle trail at Mossy forest
- Visit San Poh Buddhist Temple
- Hotpot dinner in the cool weather
Places we visited in Cameron Highlands
1. Boh Tea Plantation
Location: BOH Sungai Palas Tea Centre, Brinchang, 39000 Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia
Entrance fee: Free
Distance from Brinchang: 8.9km (about 25 minutes drive from our hotel in Cameron Highlands Resort)
Opening hour: 9am-4.30pm (Close on Monday)
Time spent there: 1-2 hours
We spent almost 1.5 hours there as we almost forgotten about our taxi driver was waiting for us. There was a lot of information about the history BOH Tea in Cameron Highlands, we visited the tea factory which can be in and out in 5 minutes where it shows the working tea factory, you can have a cup of tea at the cafe overlooking the tea plantations or do some shopping at the tea shops. We had a good time there. The best time to visit probably early in the morning (especially during the weekend) as the road up to the tea centre gets busier after 10 am.
2. Rose Valley
We went to Rose Valley which was just down the road from Boh Tea Plantation. Entrance fee of RM5/ adult, RM3 / child.
This place was quite disappointing. I can see it must be quite popular back in the 90s when people didn’t have many options to travel out of the country to see roses. But today in 2017, it just looked a bit dated, and the rose bushes were barely trimmed back. It’s more like a messy garden – sad. If you never been to a rose garden before, you might want to check this place out. Otherwise, just save your time and money. Honestly!
3. Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm
Located within close proximity to Boh Tea and Rose Valley, located beside the main road with an old Ferris wheel, you can’t miss that. You can buy some local honey there. 1kg of farmed honey for RM55, 625g of wild honey for RM110. Not much to look around except a few old bee sculptures laying sadly in the park since the 1980s.
4. Brinchang night market
Opening hours: Friday and Saturday (early evening to 11 pm)
A local night market that sells good selections of delicious local street food, local fresh fruits and vegetables and souvenirs.
I think it’s a must visit for first-time visitors to experience local food and cultures.
5. Afternoon tea at Smokehouse Hotel Cameron Highlands
There are plenty of nice hotels and afternoon tea options in Cameron Highlands but why Smokehouse? I’ve read many reviews about this lovely old English style hotel and its garden, so we took a short walk from Cameron Highlands Resort (About 5-8minutes) to Smokehouse Hotel just to have their afternoon tea there. It didn’t disappoint!
This lovely English Tudor style Hotel that built in 1939 makes us feel like back in time to the colonial period. Beautiful garden with so many happy birds flying around.
We ordered “Smokehouse Cream Tea” RM45 (SGD15) per person, served with a slice of fruit cake, smoked salmon sandwiches, 1 scones with homemade strawberry jam and cream. And a “Devonshire Cream Tea” RM30 (SGD 10) per person, comes with 2 scones with strawberry jam and cream.
It wasn’t a lot of food but I think the portion was just right compared to a huge tier of afternoon tea served at other big hotels. I like the fact that tea served there was brewed from the proper tea leaves instead of tea bag (if you are a true drinker you’ll tell the difference). The ambience at the garden was absolutely lovely, imagine having afternoon tea at Cinderella’s fairytale garden with happy birdies flying and singing around.
What would we do if we come back to Cameron Highlands again?
This trip was short and sweet. We spent some time relaxing in the hotel, had one of the best spas at Cameron Highlands Resort and visited just a few places. Next time if we come back to Cameron Highlands, we would hope to
- visit Sam Poh Temple (A Buddhist temple located at Brinchang)
- Jungle trekking to Mossy Forest, or the other forest
- visit another local tea farm like Bharat Tea Estate ( less crowded than BOH Tea)
Definitely will skip all the rose farm, cactus farm, honey farm as I think it’s just not worth the time and effort to go there.
Just enjoy the cooler weather, nice hotels and spa, skip the touristy places and go see the untouched nature while it’s still there.
Did you visit Cameron Highlands lately?
Any other interesting places that you would recommend?
Read my other Cameron Highlands related blog posts:
- Our stay at Cameron Highlands Resort (A YTL hotel)
- Bus ride from Singapore to Cameron Highlands
- Afternoon Tea at Smokehouse Hotel