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Cameron Highlands Travel Guide

  
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The Cameron Highlands is situated in Pahang, West Malaysia and is one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations. It's known for the tea plantations and cool highlands. It is approximately 85 km from Ipoh or about 200 km from Kuala Lumpur.

The retreat covers an area of 712² km, about the size of Singapore. At 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above sea level it is also the highest point in Malaysia accessible by road. During the day, the temperature seldom rises above 25 °C; at night, it can drop to as low as 12 °C.

The resort is made up of eight neighbourhoods. The three townships are Ringlet, Tanah Rata and Brinchang. The five settlements are the Bertam Valley, Kea Farm, Tringkap, Kuala Terla and Kampung Raja. All are separated from one another by a considerable distance. The most popular towns of the retreat are Tanah Rata and Brinchang. They are about 4 km apart.

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5 top must see & do 

Several tour operators have offices on or near the main road in Tanah Rata. The packages (jungle trekking, farm adventure, go to Ipoh to see Kellie's Castle etc.) and prices are all very similar, but ask about extra charges like admission to the museums and to see the Rafflesia. Morning and afternoon tours are very popular. Night tours are listed by most operators but are not popular so don't expect them to be available unless you're in a group of 4 people (or 3 at some).

  1. Boh Tea Centre and Sg Palas Plantation - (follow the main road from Brinchang towards Kg Raja. After the Equatorial Hotel, look for signs and then turn left into the narrow hill road. The junction faces a row of stalls selling fruits and vegetables from the Kea Farm and can be easily missed.). Operated by Malaysia's largest tea company. Tours available of tea factory. Interactive educational studio, a retail outlet, and a nice cafe. Stunning vistas of rolling hills amidst a carefully tendered tea plantation. The drive up the hill can be very narrow at stages, so caution should be shown when driving up. The view from the top of nearby hill at the plantation is well worth the effort of climbing up. Free tours. 
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    Rainforest Adventure (Rafflesia) Tour - For those who prefer to do jungle trekking with a guided tour and travel by 4WD Land Rover. See the largest flower in the world, Rafflesia is the flower of an endangered species of parasitic plant, often nicknamed the corpse flower due to it's rather pungent odor. Itinerary includes visiting an aboriginal village to try out a blow-pipe. Please book in advance and check for Rafflesia availability as the flower is seasonal). RM98.  
  3. Gunung Brinchang - Trek to Gunung Brinchang, (Finding the path can be a bit confusing as the sign is located about 10 m from the main road. Ask for directions to the army base and follow the road to the end. From there you will find clear signs for the path). A peak at 2,000 m, which can be reached by walking 'Trail 1' from Brinchang. The walk to the top takes about 2-2,5 hr. It is an easy path to follow and it is perfectly possible to do this trek without a guide. The trek is not very steep but you need to be in decent shape. After reaching the top, follow the road for another 6 km down to reach the main road, where you will find the 'boh' tea plantation. From there you can take the hourly bus back to Brinchang.  
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     Big Red Strawberry Farm - one of the largest Agro-Tourism Farms in Malaysia, Brichang. It is a lot different from the other places of interest. Here you can pluck your own strawberries and tomatoes. The sheltered farm covers an area of approximately 5 hectares. There are no charges for photography at the farm.
  5. Cameron Highlands Butterfly Garden - a wide variety of butterflies and insects can be found here. It is open daily from 9AM-6PM. The entrance fee is RM3 for adults and RM1.50 for children. Ample parking is available at the complex.






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