Cameron Highlands Holidays

This highland paradise, located in the north-western corner of Pahang province, is the largest and most famous hill resort in the country. Named after William Cameron, a British government surveyor who discovered it in 1885, the Cameron Highlands is a beautiful area of gentle slopes, lofty mountains, jungle trails, cascading waterfalls and tea plantations.

Comprising a series of little townships that include Ringlet, Tanah Rate, Brinchang, Tringkap, Kuala Terla and Kampung Raja, the region's fame grew during the colonial era as British expats frequented the Highlands to relax and escape the tropical heat of the lowlands. As nostalgic reconstructions of English cottages and rose gardens appeared amongst the narrow village lanes, British planters realised the potential of the fertile mountain slopes for growing tea.

Today, much of the Cameron Highlands character remains unchanged and it is still home to many tea plantations, as well as fruit and vegetable farms. Tours of strawberry farms and tea plantations are available with visitors welcome to sample the local produce or brew, and afternoon tea at one of the many tea rooms is a quintessential part of visiting this British corner of Malaysia.

Jungle trekking is a popular activity and the town of Tanah Rata has easy access to several trails, including the popular Parit Trail, which leads to the picturesque Parit Waterfall. Tours are also available of the Mossy Forest, which is located at the ridge of the Highlands' highest peak, Mount Brinchang. Stroll along the wooden walkway through this enthralling forest for an up close and personal view of the thick layer of spongy moss that drapes every tree. Other attractions include butterfly farms, a butterfly garden, a variety of nurseries and for avid golfers, there is also a public golf course.

The bustling township of Brinchang has a popular night market during weekends and public holidays where highland produce, souvenirs and local street food are available. The town also has numerous restaurants offering Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine, while Tanah Rata also has a variety of cafes and restaurants.

    Why visit Cameron Highlands?
  • Breathtaking scenery
  • Great for walkers
  • Temperate climate
  • Old English charm
  • Traditional afternoon tea


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Essential facts about Cameron Highlands
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GMT +8 hours

Currency

Malaysian Ringgit

Travel information

Cameron Highlands can only be reached by road. Journey time from Kuala Lumpur is approximately 3 hours while from Penang it will take approximately 3 hours 30 minutes.

Best time to go

The region enjoys a cool climate and fresh air, with temperatures fluctuating between 22-25ºC during the day and 15-22ºC at night. Rain is common throughout the year although the monsoon is from November to February and the dry season February to April.

Malaysia Tourist Tax

A tourism charge is payable locally at all hotels throughout Malaysia (in addition to the Penang heritage charge and Langkawi Tourism Promotion Fee) and is levied per room per night as follows:-

  • RM5.00 (approx £0.90) for stays in 3* hotels
  • RM10.00 (approx £1.80) for stays in 4* hotels
  • RM20.00 (approx £3.60) for stays in 5* hotels

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