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Mossy Forest | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

The Top 10 Things To Do & See In Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

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Kelly Iverson
Updated: 9 February 2017
Rolling mountains covered in a rug of green welcome visitors to Cameron Highlands. From tea plantations to strawberry farms, this hidden gem of Malaysia is certainly worth the winding bus ride up the mountains. Here are the top things to see and do in Cameron Highlands.

Stay In Tanah Rata

Cameron Highlands has a few different towns where visitors can reside during their stay that are all fairly close to one another. Tanah Rata is certainly the liveliest, however, and it is also home to the main bus station. It is here you will find a fresh fruit, vegetable, and secondhand clothing market on the weekends. It is also within walking distance of all of the hiking trails that make the highlands one of the most famous trekking destinations in Malaysia. There is also a traveler’s bar here serving up beer towers and a wide variety of both cocktails and mocktails, should you be looking for some type of nightlife. Otherwise, expect to be in bed early and early to rise to enjoy all of the top attractions and sights in Cameron Highlands

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Market in Tanah Rata | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Visit A Tea Plantation

Rolling, emerald green tea plantations greet you as you make your way to Cameron Highlands. Parts of this area sit some 1,600 meters above sea level, making it much easier to grow tea here. There are an abundance of tea shops and plantations visitors can make their way to and enjoy a mug of this locally grown drink in addition to some incredible views.

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Boh Tea Plantations in Cameron Highlands | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

The Cameron Valley Tea House sits over a beautiful plantation, with a dirt path meandering down from its quaint café into the emerald green fields. A kettle containing about four cups of Cameron Highlands tea with milk and sugar will cost you 14.90 RM. The tea house also sells an abundance of fruit infused and flavored teas, such as mint lemongrass and honey peach tea. There is also an adjacent gift and souvenir shop, selling fruit, wind chimes, t-shirts, and more. Other tea plantations in the area include the Factory and Tea Shop, Cameron Bharat Tea Plantation, and the Boh Tea Plantations. 

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The Cameron Valley Tea House | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Hike One Of The Trails

Cameron Highlands is home to many different hiking trails, all within walking distance of Tanah Rata. One of the best paths to venture down is Path 10. It is found behind the Oly Apartments off the main road, and it leads to the top of Gunung Jasar mountain. As you start your climb at the bottom of the mountain, you are met with clay-ridden paths with little shade. About 10 minutes into the climb, trees shade the entirety of the path, making the trip both cool and enjoyable. The trail is covered with stair-like branches, which make it easy for hikers to find footholds and journey up to the top. There are 13 different paths to choose from in the area, each one with differing levels of difficulty and sights along the way.

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Trail 10 in Cameron Highlands | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

You will find a number of different mountains along these trails. These include Ganging Jasar, Gunung Purdah, and Gunung Berembun. Be aware, however, that many of these trails are fairly steep and require reliable hiking shoes as well as an immense amount of caution as you go on your journey. It is also recommended that those wanting to hike do so with a group as opposed to taking on the trails solo. 

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Trail 10 in Cameron Highlands | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Take A Cooking Class

Cooking classes around town offer both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. Participants will learn to cook traditional Malaysian and Indian dishes. These classes are certainly less structured than the ones you might find in other Southeast Asian countries. For the most part, you are given different ingredients, told what to cut, and stir when needed. That being said, the food is delicious, and for about 10 RM you might as well cook your own meal, a unique delight for those travelers who have been away from a kitchen for awhile. 

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Cooking class at Orchid Haven hostel | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Trek Through The Mossy Forest

The Mossy Forest found high in the mountains of Cameron Highlands is a must-see destination. The trail is oftentimes engulfed in a thick fog, and cold temperatures make hikers feel as though they are no longer in Southeast Asia. This forest is home to a wide array of strange and interesting flora, including the pitcher plant, a brightly colored carnivorous plant. The trail is both slippery and steep, and visitors are encouraged to explore this area on a guided tour as opposed to taking on the trail themselves. 

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Pitcher plant in the Mossy Forest | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Most of the tours take visitors up to this forest in a Land Rover or 4×4 Jeep. In addition to seeing the Mossy Forest, many of these tours include packages with a range of different activities included in the prices. Some packages include a visit to an aborigine village, a tea plantation and factory, Market Square, a rose garden, bee farms, or a Buddhist temple. There are also tours which include blow pipe hunting (mostly demonstrations) as well as jungle trekking for up to three hours. Half-day tours start at 25 RM, and they usually start early in the morning and finish at about 1p.m. The full-day tours usually start at about 8:45 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. Full-day tours are usually around 100 RM. Discover Camerons is one such group that takes travelers up into the forest. Their tours are both informative and entertaining. 

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Mossy Forest | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Go To A Strawberry Farm

Cameron Highlands is teeming with strawberry farms. Many of the strawberry seeds in Cameron Highlands are imported from Holland. The strawberries are delicious, and they grow in this area all year round. The taste of the local strawberry is both sweet and sour. You will not find strawberries growing anywhere else in Malaysia, as the weather in Cameron Highlands makes it possible for them to grow as opposed to other parts of the country.

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Strawberry farm | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Visitors flock to these farms in hopes of devouring the juicy, delicious strawberries that are grown. Some of the strawberry fields in Cameron Highlands include Healthy Strawberry Farm, Big Red Strawberry Farm, and Raaju Hill Strawberry Farm. Many of these strawberry farms give out free samples as well as serving up some delicious strawberry juices and milkshakes. 

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Mossy Forest | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Chow Down On The Cuisine

Malaysia is a melting pot for a number of different cultures and ethnicities, and this is certainly reflected in the food here, especially in Cameron Highlands. The cuisine here is both plentiful and affordable, with a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. Some of the best restaurants in the area include Ferm Nyonya Restaurant, where you will find Malay, Chinese, and Western dishes. There are also some great Indian restaurants in Cameron Highlands, including Highlander and Kumar, which is home to some of the best naan in the area. Curries are served on large banana leaves, and the naan is almost too big to devour. The average price for a meal is 4-10 RM.

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Market in Cameron Highlands | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

How To Get There 

Cameron Highlands is about a four-hour bus ride from Kuala Lumpur. A bus to Cameron Highlands is 35 RM.

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Market in Cameron Highlands | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson