After several days of exploring Kuala Lumpur (KL), the capital of Malaysia, we wished for a short escape from the ultra-urban environment and very humid weather, so we thought that Cameron Highlands would be a perfect getaway destination to celebrate this year’s Christmas.
Cameron Highlands is one of the wonders of Malaysia, the largest and famous highlands resort in the country. It is situated about 200 kilometers North of Kuala Lumpur. I have learned that the highlands are named after a British expedition leader, William Cameron who discovered the place in 1885. The British became interested in Cameron Highlands because of the perfect climate and many English colonists decided to settle there as it somewhat resembled the English climate. This is why you would notice that some hotels and other buildings have colonial characteristics when you go around the place.
Since it is about 1500 meters above sea level, Cameron Highlands enjoy a colder temperature when compared to Kuala Lumpur. The temperature there is blissfully nice, about 25oC but sometimes below 20oC. The highlands are quite popular among tourists and locals alike to escape the heat and enjoy walking for hours in the cool climate.
While the English were in the area, they found out that the soil was very suitable for cultivating tea. Hence, tea plantations have dominated the scenery through the years and Cameron Highlands has become the biggest tea region in Malaysia. Once you are in the area, your tour won’t be complete without a visit at the spectacular and breathtaking hilly scenery of Cameron valley tea plantations.
Apart from the tea plantations, we also visited the tea plantations factory, Mossy Forest, Strawberry Farm, Butterfly Farm, had a snack at the tea shop overlooking the valley, and we reached the peak point of the highlands that is 2,032 meters above sea level. There are also other attractions such as Rafflesia tour, rose gardens, lavender gardens, a cactus and vegetable valley, a Chinese temple, and night market in the evenings at weekends.
We tried their famous Malaysian steamboat paired with a bottle of red wine for our Christmas Eve dinner. It was fun and delicious! 🙂
Cameron Highlands is truly a photogenic spot and truly a feast for the eyes! It was an awesome and very unforgettable experience. Certainly, we had a great Christmas time there.
Little Lilly travel tip:
- If you wish to visit Cameron Highlands, be aware that it is a popular destination for both tourists and locals. So, it is better to go there during the normal days (not local holidays) otherwise you’ll be trapped in a 15 km long traffic jam.
Have you been to Cameron Highlands? What’s your best experience there?