An Escapade to Cameron Highlands

Tea Plantation in Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands is the smallest district in the state of Pahang but its reputation far exceeds its geographical boundaries. Cameron Highlands is the largest and most famous hill resort in the whole country. The place is so popular and is often called one of the wonders of Malaysia. The visitors who yearly make a point of visiting are so ensorcelled by its beauty that they can't stop coming back for more. One of the exotic flair of his highland paradise is its that it has much of the charm of a typical English village.

Cameron Highlands is located on the Titiwangsa Range at about 1500 metres above sea-level. One of the so called features of this area are the sudden changes in temperature which can go from hot and steamy to a chilly 16°C or lower at certain times (certainly not freezing, but quite cold for the country standard.) The whole zone is primarily an agricultural domain and you can find an abundance of vegetables and fruits farms in the area. But vegetables and fruits are not the only thing that is farmed in Cameron Highlands, as this place is the leading producer of flowers and tea in Malaysia. These flowers are exotic commodities and some are not found at any other place in Malaysia.

Cameron Highlands is made up of 4 main townships followed by smaller settlements at different elevations.

Because of its popularity, over development of the highlands has lead to some environmental concerns, organizations like WWF Malaysia does try to make people aware and hopefully help to protect the pristine Cameron Highlands.

Get Ready to Spend Some Time on the Hotels in Ringlet

Hotels in Ringlet

Ringlet is one of the main agricultural hub for the highlands and is the first town you can reach If you're driving via the old road from Tapah. We previously mentioned that Cameron Highlands was the leading producer of flowers in Malaysia and here we can find Bertam Valley, one of the main flower and vegetable producers in Cameron highlands. The valley is located about 5km away and is one of the main destinations for curious tourists coming to Ringlet. Although Technically there are no hotels in Ringlet (you can find accommodation close by on Expedia) the LakeHouse is less than 10 minutes away. The LakeHouse might not be among the best hotels in Singapore (you can find a list of the top ones here) but it is a very nice lodging and also the place to fill up on fuel if you're low on supply.

Cruising Through Tanah Rata

Getting to Tanah Rata is a breeze if you are already in the Cameron Highlands area. The place is about 12 km (20 minutes drive) from Ringlet and the beautiful scenery will make those go by in a snap. Tanah Rata is the administrative capital of Cameron Highlands where the government offices, hospital and the district police station is located. You can find the main bus station here which can solve your transportation needs within and out of the highlands in case you don't want to take your own car. If you're trekking your way to the highlands Tahan Rata is very popular since almost all the jungle trekking and waterfall trails starts from here. The town also has great backpacker hostels and lodging in and around the area. Beautiful chalets are also rented to tourists who are willing to pay a little extra.

Shopping Spree in Brinchang

Brinchang is a city with a booming tourist industry, here you will find most of the hotels and restaurants. For the same reason it can get really crowded during the weekends and holiday season. Traffic jams and parking problems are particularly bothersome at these times so bear this in mind when making reservation and travel plans. If you're in town, you should make a point of visiting the night market, a classic of this city. The market is open every Saturday night and on holidays, features all kinds of vegetables, flowers, fruits and other products of the highlands.

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