The Cameron Highlands are my kind of place, filled with beautiful rolling hills, juicy strawberries, fresh tea and fascinating trails through the jungle. Right away you will notice the difference in the temperature as the air is much chillier in this high altitude mountain micro climate. This is not a bad thing at all, because after the sweltering heat in the rest of Malaysia the cool and misty Cameron Highlands are a refreshing treat. There are so many things to do in the Cameron Highlands, making this historical hill station a great place to relax and explore for a few days.
Our Top Five Things to Do in the Cameron Highlands
The Cameron Highlands are filled with lots of great hiking trails and the cooler climate means that you will be able to go for an afternoon stroll without the heat sapping your energy. Trekking through the jungle was one of our favourite things to do in the Cameron Highlands and while we were there, we hiked up Gunung Brinchang.
It’s a bit of a challenge and you have to climb up steep parts while clinging onto roots and tree branches, but once you reach the top you can take in the view from the observation tower. At the top of Gunung Brinchang is also the Mossy Forest, which is a thick forest absolutely dripping with moss which has been untouched for hundreds of years. You will feel like you have walked into an enchanted forest in a fairy tale.
2. Boh Tea Plantation
When you have bought tea at the supermarket and looked at the beautiful landscapes pictured on the tea packets, have you ever wondered what it would be like to be there? In the Cameron Highlands you can sit in a cafe over looking the most gorgeous vista of rolling emerald hills while drinking a cup of tea made from leaves that were handpicked from that very plantation.
You can also take a look at how the tea is produced in the factory and learn a bit more about the history of tea growing in Malaysia. We visited the Boh Tea Plantation as part of a guided tour but you could also go there on your own if you wanted to spend more time.
3. Strawberry Farms
One of the first things that we did in the Cameron Highlands was to head straight to a strawberry farm. There are plenty of them in the area so you won’t struggle to find one. We picked a huge bucket of strawberries so that we could keep them in our hotel room for snacks and breakfast.
The farm also served lots of different strawberry treats including strawberries and yogurt, strawberry muffins, strawberry sundaes and strawberry smoothies. If you love strawberries as much as I do this will be high on your list of things to do in the Cameron Highlands.
The Rafflesia is a completely strange and bizarre sight. It clings to the side of a hill deep in the forest and as soon as you approach it you hear the buzzing of flies. It is a blood-red meaty flower/fungus as big around as a truck tire with alien-like spikes on the inside.
The closed flowers look like giant cabbages but the open ones appear like enormous juicy insect mouths that could swallow your entire arm. The only way to see the Rafflesia is by taking a guided tour, as it is located in the Blue Valley which is approximately 1 hour drive from the villages of the Cameron Highlands.
5. Insect Farms
While you are in the Cameron Highlands you can also visit the Butterfly Garden or the Butterfly Farm, which are both located about 3km north of Brinchang on the main road. The butterflies will amaze you with their huge wingspan, but there are also much more than butterflies.
There are little frilled lizards, insects that look exactly like leaves, frogs that pretend to be rocks, giant horned beetles, bright green snakes and so much more. We saw the Butterfly Farm as part of our guided tour and we spent about 30 minutes there, which was enough time to look through all of the different creatures.
There are so many things to do in the Cameron Highlands and these are our top five recommendations. You can easily book a day tour through one of the travel agencies in Tanah Rata which will take around to most of these attractions in one day. Or, if you have a little longer you can explore them all at your own pace. Be sure to sip a cup of locally picked tea, breathe the fresh cool mountain air and enjoy the Cameron Highlands.