Like many people, my knowledge of Cameron Highlands was mostly limited to the locale of which Jim Thompson, a former CIA member and Thai silk king, mysteriously disappeared. I also heard that this Malaysian hill station produces good tea and a lot of strawberries. But I had no idea how good and/or how much.
After a 2.5-3 hr drive over a distance of 300km (with the last 40km being on a very windy trunk road that cuts through a lush mountain range), I was rewarded with delightful surprises. Here are the…
Because it was discovered and developed by a former British government, Cameron Highlands has long exemplified much of its colonial heritage that remained unchanged till present-day. Dubbed as the ‘little corner of England in Asia’, the misty hills are dotted with quaint English Tudor-styled cottages and coffee houses. I was fortunate enough to have spent 2 nights at the Cameron Highlands Resort – the region’s most luxurious boutique hideaway that best resonates the region’s nostalgic colonial charm.
Apart from the charm, various English traditions from the British colonial era prevail from golf and refreshing hikes through the countryside to afternoon tea. Immerse yourself in tradition by ordering an English-style high tea set at the Cameron Highlands Resort. Think freshly baked scones with locally produced strawberry jam and fluffy cream.
No trip to Cameron Highlands is complete without visiting a local tea plantation. We’re talking about Malaysia’s largest tea-growing region that produces black, Oolong and green teas. I visited two, Bharat and BOH, each with its own charm but both with unforgettable panorama of tea terraces that twirl along the rolling hills.
A 2 hour jungle walk in Tanah Rata on a misty morning is a great way to kick start one’s day in the highlands. The invigorating trek along the trail we chose took us past the Robinson’s Falls deep into the lush rainforest.
You can’t leave Cameron Highlands without sampling the locally grown strawberries and its jam. The region’s cool climate makes it suitable for cultivating this sweet delight all year round. Here’s a tip. Visit one of the many farms after a vigorous jungle walk for a plate of fresh strawberries & cream as a well-deserved indulgence.
For any of you looking to escape Kuala Lumpur’s frenzy, Cameron Highlands makes a great quick getaway. Remember to pack a light cardigan even in the peak of summer as the nights and early mornings can get chilly – especially by South East Asian’s standard .