Cameron Highlands

Tucked away serenely amidst the clouds 1,829 metres above sea level is Cameron Highlands, Pahang state's premier hilltop holiday spot.

The cool, fresh air on the highlands offers an attractive retreat for city dwellers who want to retreat temporarily from the noise and pollution in the city.

The cool, frost free climate is also an ideal and excellent condition for the cultivation of tea. Tea cultivated on Cameron Highlands is among some of the best tea found in the country. Verdant green hillsides planted with young tea plant greet you as you drive slowly up the meandering road to the three townships of Ring let, Tanah Rata and Brinchang. The fresh mountain air will reveal just how prestige this mountain top gateway is, especially for those who want to unwind and relax amongst the cool serenity of the highlands.

First discovered in 1885 by a British surveyor William Cameron, the fame of Cameron Highlands grew during the colonial era when British Planters realised the potential of its fertile mountain slopes for growing tea, then a prized commodity among the colonies.

Families of these Britishers stationed in Malaya at the time also took to hills in a respite from the hot, humid tin mines and rubber plantations. Some of the bungalows left behind are still being preserved for viewing by tourist, with a few facilities added for the conveniences of visitors.

Since then, Cameron Highlands, with its cool temperate surroundings has developed into a favoured getaway among honeymooning couples as the beauty and tranquility of this captivating plateau has cast its spell of enchantment over locals and visitors alike.

How to get to Cameron Highlands

BY CAR
Cameron Highlands is about 60 kilometres form Tapah, a town on the Kuala Lumpur - Ipoh Highway accessible by road and rail.
From Tapah, the two way road winds its way up through fascinating jungle scenery. The ascent is gradual with only the drop in temperature to indicate how high you are. The flora of the tropics undergo a subtle and pleasant change with tumbling waterfalls, gurgling mountain streams, giant tropical trees rising majestically towards the sky, bamboo forest and hillside villages belonging to the Semai, members of the Semoi group of "Orang Asli".
The drive up will take about one and the half hours to Tanah Rata.

TRAIN SCHEDULE (Service To / From TAPAH ROAD STATION)
Please check with local agent for schedule of daily Express train (North and Southbound.)

BY COACH
Coach travel is one of the most convenient and economical way to come to Cameron Highlands. A number of companies provide regular, efficient express and tourist coach service to and from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore with a choice of day or night departures on some routes. All coaches are air-conditioned and most have adjustable seats and audio and video systems for on-board entertainment.
Stops are made during the journey for passengers to have their meals or light refreshments.

BY TAXI / BUS TRANSFER FROM TAPAH
Taxi/Bus service are available from both Tapah town and Tapah Road Station (for those arriving by train) at reasonable rates.

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Last updated : 06/03/01 2023hrs