The Cameron Highlands is 712 km of beautiful rolling hills and green lush vegetation about 1500 meters above sea level in the Titiwangsa Range. We spent a relaxing day visiting the many agricultural attractions of this peaceful hill station.
You can’t go far in the Highlands without seeing strawberries. The climate and hydroponic growing method allow the strawberries to be harvested year-round. They grow the berries above ground, hanging from little packs of coconut shells and nutrients. There are countless farms for you to explore, pick your own strawberries, and enjoy some fresh treats. We particularly enjoyed the fresh strawberries with cream, strawberry shakes, and dried strawberries.
Butterflies and insects abound in the tropical climate and vegetation of the highlands. We visited a little butterfly farm that also boasted a collection of extremely large beetles, snakes, spiders, scorpions, and other huge, frightening insects that I wouldn’t want to come across in the jungle. The butterflies were very nice though!
The most striking sight in the highlands are the never-ending bright green rows of tea that grow up and down the hills. We visited Malaysia’s leading tea grower, BOH Plantations. The company produces 4 million kilograms of tea each year (that’s about 6 cups a day). We watched the workers in the fields collect the leaves, toured the factory, and enjoyed a cup of tea and scone overlooking the expansive farmland from a great vantage point.
Our next stop found us wandering through rows and rows of roses, carnations, chrysanthemum, dalia, geranium, orchid, and other tropical flowers. The nurseries in the Cameron Highlands are Malaysia’s largest fresh flower producers.
We ended our day at the fifth largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, Sam Poh. It was the perfect tranquil ending to a lazy, tea-tasting, food-eating day.
The Cameron Highlands has a lot to offer, especially if you are in need of relaxation. There are some great local food stalls with friendly people, and loads of farms, plantations, jungle treks, produce markets, hostels, guesthouses, and hotels to make this a great backpacker destination!
Posted from: George Town, Penang, Malaysia