Cold climate and countryside view, nature and a peaceful atmosphere is everywhere at the Cameron Highlands.
Cameron Highlands is a highland resort surrounded by tea plantations, strawberry farms, bee farms, and flower centres that thrive in the cold climate. The beautiful scenery of Cameron Highlands showcases the green nature in Malaysia. Plus, it’s a cheap place to buy corns, teas, strawberries, sweet potatoes, and flowers compared to any supermarket in the cities.
Located in Pahang, Tanah Rata is accessible from three entryways: Simpang Pulai and Tapah routes going through the North-South Highway, and Gua Musang route through the East- West Highway. It takes a 2-hour drive from Ipoh (the capital city of Perak) going through the Simpang Pulai exit, which is the most preferred road as it is comfortable and also great for sightseeing. Cameron Highlands is also accessible by roads from the city centre of Kuala Lumpur with a 3-hour drive.
Opening Days and Hours
Cameron Highlands is open to visitors all year round. However, access to the tea plantation is limited to Tuesday to Sunday, 09:00 to 16:30, while most of the other farms open at 08:30 and close at 18:00 daily.
Entry Fee and Bookings
There is no entrance fee to the tea plantations. However, most places charge an entrance fee of RM 5 (USD 1.22) for adults and RM 3 (USD 0.73) for children. Online bookings are available for purchasing produce at most of the farms.
How to Get There
Most visitors get there by cars since the parking is free. You can book a tour with an agency to reach most of the attractions at Cameron Highlands. Taxis are available at Brinchang to Tanah Rata and costs RM 10 (USD 2.43).
Cameron Highlands is suitable for people who are interested in nature and are looking for peaceful vacations. It might not be suitable for young adults who are looking for entertainment like shopping or partying.
Time to Spend
Spend at least a full day to visit the tea plantations, farms, and the market to purchase souvenirs and goods. You can stay at the resort for a few days to get some fresh air and some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
It is best to go early in the morning to avoid the crowd. It is most crowded during late afternoons.
Rainforest Adventure 2 (Rafflesia) Tour provides jungle trekking. Most people do independent trekking or explorations on their own.
There are fine-dining options available such as Smokehouse, Jim Thompson Tea Room, and German Swiss Restaurant. For mid-range restaurants, Chinese steamboats, Indian and Malay cuisines are also available.
Rafflesia Tour and Flower Nurseries.
Resorts, hotels, guest houses, and homestays are available here. Cameron Highlands Resort is the main luxury resort at Tanah Rata.
Good to Know
The weather in Cameron Highlands can be unpredictable at times and it will rain without warning. For visitors who prefer to explore the highland grounds on foot, it is best to bring an umbrella or carry a wind-breaker as it might be windy as well.