With a cool climate more reminiscent of England than Malaysia, the Cameron Highlands provide a welcome break from the humidity of Kuala Lumpur. Located 124 miles (200 kilometers) from the capital, the lush landscape offers tea plantations, strawberry farms, flower-filled gardens, and highlights such as the eerie Mossy Forest and afternoon tea in the hill station.
Options for visiting the Cameron Highlands are plentiful, due to the region’s status as one of Malaysia’s most popular getaway destinations. Multi-day tours, which range from two to four days, allow you to soak up the region’s beauty at a relaxed pace and typically combine the highlands with a visit to Taman Negara, the biggest national park in the country. If you’re pushed for time, you can tick off the Cameron Highlands and Batu Caves in just one day.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Cameron Highlands are a must-visit for nature lovers and those looking to escape the city.
- Farms and tea plantations have varying admission charges.
- Wear comfortable shoes as lots of walking is involved in a trip to the highlands.
- Take a jacket and a raincoat as temperatures are much cooler than in the rest of Malaysia and rain is common.
How to Get There
Several bus companies transport passengers from the main bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur (Tanah Rata Bus Terminal) to the Cameron Highlands from early morning until late afternoon. Tours eliminate the hassle of taking public transport by providing round-trip transfers.
When to Get There
The elevated location of the Cameron Highlands means that rain is common throughout the year. The highlands are at their coldest during December and February, while the monsoon season occurs between November and February.
The Culture of the Cameron Highlands
As well as offering a plethora of natural beauty, the Cameron Highlands also boast a rich cultural heritage. There’s no better place to delve into this history than the Time Tunnel, which re-creates bygone eras with vintage products. Sam Poh Temple, one of the area’s main Buddhist temples, reflects the cultural diversity of the hill station, while Mah Meri Art Gallery pays homage to Malaysia’s indigenous communities.