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The refreshingly cool climate of the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia’s most expansive hill station, comes as a blessed relief from the sweltering tropical fug of lower altitudes on the peninsula. This hilly, lush upland area is famous for its tea plantations, the first of which was established in 1929. You can visit the Boh Sungai Palas Tea Estate to find out about the history of the plant’s cultivation in the visitors center, then sip and buy some of the flavorsome product. There are lovely views of the countryside from the Robertson Rose Garden and various attractive buildings such as the Chinese Sam Poh Temple and the Indian Sri ...

The refreshingly cool climate of the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia’s most expansive hill station, comes as a blessed relief from the sweltering tropical fug of lower altitudes on the peninsula. This hilly, lush upland area is famous for its tea plantations, the first of which was established in 1929. You can visit the Boh Sungai Palas Tea Estate to find out about the history of the plant’s cultivation in the visitors center, then sip and buy some of the flavorsome product. There are lovely views of the countryside from the Robertson Rose Garden and various attractive buildings such as the Chinese Sam Poh Temple and the Indian Sri Tehndayuthapany Swamy Temple, both in the settlement of Brinchang, which has a good night market on Saturdays. The Highland’s main town, however, is Tanah Rata, which has a decent range of accommodations and information services to help you sort out treks and tours. There are 13 hiking trails to follow and for some of them you’ll need a guide. More agriculture-tourism opportunities exist with bee, butterfly and strawberry farms all open to visitors, or you can make a round of the 18-hole golf course at the luxury Cameron Highlands Resort. On the way up to the Highlands pause at the pretty waterfall Lata Iskandar.

Simon Richmond
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Simon Richmond has written Rough Guides to Malaysia and Japan; Lonely Planet guides to India and Russia; and adventure travel guides for Frommer's on Australia, India, South America, and Southeast Asia.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: 121 km east of Ipoh or 214 km north of Kuala Lumpur, the Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations. The size of Singapore, it occupies an area of 712 square kilometres (275 sq mi) in the Titiwangsa Mountains.
  • Language: Malay
  • Currency: Malaysian Ringgit
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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    At any time of year the temperature rarely rises above 70 degrees (21 C) and there's always plenty of rain — come prepared.