What You Don’t Know About Cameron Highlands

“Hello” and “apa khabar? “- or “How are you?” in Malay. Are you excited to visit Cameron Highlands? I’m sure you’ll be a bit cold when you arrive So I would suggest that you have brought a sweater. Running shoes or jogging sneakers could be beneficial if you plan to stroll along the popular jungle trails.

Before we begin we should get acquainted with the region.

Cameron Highlands is in the highland region located 121 kilometers to the east of Ipoh and 214 km to the north from Kuala Lumpur. It is located in Malaysia’s biggest peninsula statewhich is that of Pahang. At 5,000 feet, or 1,500 meters above sea level, it is the highest point in the entire mainland. Cameron Highlands enjoys a rather cooler climate than Kuala Lumpur, with temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius, but never dropping below 12 degrees Celsius. Although it may not seem that cold for some however, in humid and hot Malaysia the temperature is quite cold.

What’s the story behind Cameron Highlands?

It is said that the French author Henri Fauconnier wonderfully described the tropical climate of Malaya in his most popular novel, “The Soul hyderabad news covid of Malaya.” In fact, Malaya is the original name for Malaysia. The author wrote, “In Malaya, the seasons are hardly distinct. You do not die a little every year, as in Europe at the end of autumn. You cease to think of date or time.”

However, those British who were living in Malaya at the time , found it boring and decided to look at regions where they could escape the scorching heat. In search of ways to escape and escape, they decided to head towards the cool mountain ranges up there. It was a wonderful getaway, far from the hustle and hustle of urban life and free of diseases like dysentery and malaria.

What is the reason Cameron Highlands get its name? It was due to a government surveyor called William Cameron who stumbled upon this the mountain range in all its mossy splendor in 1885. Cameron described the newly discovered region as a ‘fine flat plateau with gently slopes, enclosed by high mountains’. If you think that this is an over-the-top description You’ll soon realize it’s an understatement however I’ll leave it to you to find out.

In the end, William Cameron was the one who discovered this location- there was a tiny issue. William Cameron forgot where it was. The British administrator of the time, Sir Hugh Low, made a couple of expeditions following that, and eventually placed Cameron Highlands on the map.

Cameron Highlands became a hit for those who were bored from Fraser’s Hill, a less well-known highland region in Malaya in the early days. Fraser’s Hill was considered too small, cramped and had poor conditions to grow produce. This is a good thing for Cameron Highlands. The time was when the government quickly began to shift on this area of interest. After clearing the forest and tea planters flocked in large numbers to claim the area around the Cameron Highlands for their plantations. Chinese farmers also came to plant their vegetable gardens and other crops. The first shops began to pop up to meet the demands of the new and expanding community.

Alright. This is the brief background of Cameron Highlands.


Before we get to the attractions in and surrounding Cameron Highlands, you should be aware that there are handful of distinct towns within the region. In the end, we’re talking about a huge region in this area. If you’ve been to Singapore you will find it to be about 2 and a quarter times larger than Singapore.

Here is where the cities are:

First, we have Brinchang (spell the word out) Brinchang is the largest town in the Cameron Highlands. There are night markets, hotels as well as a military camp, commercial areas and banks. In addition, there is Tringkap (spell the word out) the main business center in the Cameron Highlands, which is famous for its stalls and shops. There, you can purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers that are delivered daily and are fresh out of the farm. Indeed, some traders are from Kuala Lumpur actually travel all the way to here every day to deliver some back in Kuala Lumpur, as the wholesale prices here are incredibly affordable! Check out shops that sell roses at as low as three Ringgit per stalk, and an entire bag of vegetables for just 2 Ringgit. It’s definitely a bargain for these rates. The next stop is Ringlet (spell the word out) The first stop to make if coming from Tapah as well as known for its farms of vegetables. It also has a farm for flowers too. Another major town in the region is Tanah Rata (spell it out). Similar to Brinchang Tanah Rata has grown to become one of the main towns of the Cameron Highlands where it hosts numerous parks, hotels and a commercial center. If you enjoy coffee and the familiar logos from the brand, there’s an Starbucks in the area! The next stop are Bertam Valley (spell it out) which is home to another well-known local vegetable farm as well as an international flower farm that has flowers like flowers like chrysanthemums and roses. Then there’s it is the Blue Valley, and it must be on high on your list in which you will find the BOH Tea Plantation as well as the Blue Valley Plantation are.

You’re probably getting the idea right now: there are many flower and vegetable farms in the Cameron Highlands. Of course, there are tea plantations.

Okay, now that you’re familiar with the names of the main cities here, let’s go towards some of the significant and fascinating attractions in Cameron Highlands. Before you do, make yourself familiar with a boy by his name: John Archibald ‘Archie’ Russell. Russell was born in Malaya in 1890 at the age of seven along with his father. He arrived in Malaya at a time at a time when Kuala Lumpur was just beginning to develop into the nation’s largest administrative center. Russell was raised in an ethnic group of English planters and tin miners. As a child Russell found his niche in the field of business, which led to his acquiring at least one-third in Ipoh town.

But it was 1927 that he discovered his passion to cultivate and market premium quality tea. When he went to Cameron Highlands, he found the valleys and hills with their abundant rainfall suitable for tea cultivation. Then, Boh was the very first Boh plantation was set up and it continues to supply more than 60% of Malaysian markets for tea. Boh is the largest local tea producer in Malaysia, with an area of 8,000 acres of land spread across Palas, Farlie, Bukit Cheeding, and Ringlet. Boh is derived from Bohlia which is the source of the tea which originates directly from Szechuan province in China.

It is possible to reach the estate’s Sungai Palas estate, which is located to the north of Brinchang. There are signs on the road, so it’s not hard to locate it. You can relax and enjoy a tea, strawberries and scones, as you gaze out at the stunning tea plantation. It’s a truly wonderful experience. Just ask for the Sungai Palas Plantation. The majority of people be able to pinpoint the location.

When you visit take a look at the tour for free that takes you around the tea factory. Guides will guide you through the different steps in the production of tea. You will be able to see several machines that remain in perfect working order even though they date back to the 1930s. Some of the original tea bushes of the 1930s remain in existence as they are harvested up to a hundred years before being cut off.

Following the visit, you are free to wander around the plantation, or go to the tea shop of the plantation. There you can purchase the best Malaysian teas. The Boh business is kept by the Boh family.

This is all about the tea plantation. I hope you have a wonderful time drinking tea as those of the British did.

The next stop on the tour is the former Lakehouse in Ringlet which was built by Colonel Stanley Jack Forster. The Colonel was a member of in the British Army when he was just a young man with a passion for adventures in The Far East. Although most soldiers quit the tropical region after during their service in Malaya The Colonel stayed there following the war. Maybe it was his way to say that he was looking for to experience adventure until the final day of his life.

The Colonel carried whips or a cane which he would chase the locals away whenever they entered his land. Of course, this didn’t apply to the partners he chose as, according to local reports, were exactly the same people he would get rid of! A strange man. Although a bit eccentric, he’s known for his work on the Lakehouse that he, proudly, constructed his dream breakfast and bed. The plans for building the model motel led the builder into Kuala Lumpur where he would take roof tiles from an old, deteriorating hospital. He even went so the extent of designing certain woodwork pieces that would be used in his dream motel. This includes a couple of chairs, as well as the foyer chandelier.

Another thing that was odd about the Colonel of the past. He would scrutinize his guests to determine if he liked the person or not. If they were deemed suitable to be guests, every request, no matter how ridiculous could be accommodated. If they were deemed unsuitable no amount of money could convince the Colonel to release the room!

The Colonel passed away in 1984. He was buried in 1984. HPL Hotels and Resorts now has his dream hotel, so don’t be concerned if you can pass the Colonel’s test. The majority of the hotel is kept as the Colonel wanted the hotel to look. It is still situated on a hill that looks similar to the cottage that was on the mind of the Colonel. The Lakehouse is a significant aspect of Cameron Highland’s past since it is one of the few colonial homes in Malaysia that actually serve the general public. The moment you enter the foyer, you will be greeted with the feel that Old England. I would like to see you get the chance to stay in this hotel. But, I have to be aware that it will have a pretty substantial cost.

Another historical building can be found at Bala’s Holiday Chalet. The Bala’s Holiday Chalet used to be an educational facility for children of expats. The tales of Bala’s Chalet include one constant and significant character, Miss Anne Laugharne Phillips Griffith- Jones. The actress, Miss Griff or Miss Griff as she became affectionately called, visited her father in Singapore. She loved Singapore so that she chose to stay in Singapore following the conclusion of her initial trip of three months. She started helping her brother O.P’s sister-in-law manage a school for the expatriate population in Singapore and then later, she opened the school of her private Tanglin Day School. Although she was not educated in the field she decided to make it her mission not just to instruct, but also to assume the responsibility of giving the best education to girls living within colonial Malaya as well as Singapore. At some point, on her brother’s suggestion, she started another branch within Cameron Highlands. At that time, Cameron Highlands was just getting started and quickly gained a reputation as the best place for high-end drinking and female companionship.