Wednesday, January 11, 2006

CAMERON HIGHLANDS


LOCATION

. Situated at 1829m above sea level on the Titiwangsa range, at Pahang’s north western corner.
. A 4 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur

FACTS

. The largest hill resort in the country
. It is Malaysia's “green bowl” supplying vegetables to the major cities of the country and to Singapore.
. The cool climate makes it an excellent tea growing area and indeed the Cameron tea is highly prized in the world market. With temperatures ranging between 25 and 10 degrees Celsius, this place is popular all year round with tourists.
· It is Malaysia leading producer & exporter of fresh flower as well.

History :

- The Cameron Highlands were discovered by William Cameron in 1885 during a survey expedition.
- In those days the British planters realized that those mountains were very fertile. Because tea was prized commodity among the colonies, they decided to grow tea on the slopes of the Cameron Highlands.
- Cameron Highlands grew rapidly during the colonial area and in 1920 (initiated by J. A Russell & Tea Planter from Ceylon). Then, it was developed as a ‘ hill station” for the British administrators and servicemen in the then, Malaya
- British families who were stationed in Malaysia at the time also took to hills in a respite from the hot, humid tin mines and rubber plantations.
- Some of the old bungalows, chalets, government rest house, which they left behind are still being preserved for viewing by tourist, with a few facilities added for the conveniences of visitors. So, much of the character of the Cameron Highlands has remained unchanged since colonial times.

Today


- verdant green hillsides planted with young tea plants spreads along the road to 3 main townships of Ringlet, Brinchang & Tanah Rata, the principal town and administrative center in the district of Cameron Highlands which covers an area of 712 square kilometers


PLACES OF INTREREST & ACTIVITIES

- The primary activities in the Cameron Highlands are all emphatically relaxing: touring, dining, shopping, and golfing.

Tea Plantation

· Tea plantations are one of the “must see” features of Cameron Highlands. Among the famous Tea Plantations is BOH (“Best of Highlands”).
· Tea is grown on the terraced slopes of the Cameron Highlands
· Tea from the Highlands has established a reputation for quality comparable to the best varieties around the world.
· One can visit the tea factories to see the process of tea production and some have shops where you can drink and buy tea.
· Tea cultivation is the main economic activity in Cameron Highlands. A visit to the tea plantation in the early morning will able to have a glimpse of young women walking between rows of tea bushes, picking the tender young tea leaves and throwing them into baskets strapped to their backs. A further visit to the tea factories will enhance your knowledge on the finer aspects of tea grading, blending tea, and the processing of tea.
· Tea Estates : BOH, Bharat Tea Estate, Sungai Palas Tea Estate.

Strawberry Farm

· A visit to the strawberry park will entail visitors not only the opportunity to see how these highland strawberries are cultivated but also offers the opportunity purchase of self pick freshly strawberries with thick delicious cream at affordable prices.

Fruits & Vegetables Farm

· Most farms allow visitors in and one can also buy them fresh on site. Fruits and vegetables like tomato, cauliflower, cabbage, cauliflowers etc are sold with reasonable price.

Flower & Plant Nurseries

· Rose Valley – The biggest rose centre in Cameron Highlands, located in Brinchang
· It has over 100 varieties of roses growing on terraced grounds that also incorporate sculptures, fountains, walkways and pergolas to make it a pleasant photo spot.
· Cactus Valley – one can find variety of cactus plants some as old as 60 years
· The other various blooms include carnations, dahlias, geraniums, orchids etc

Agro Technology Park

· Established in 1925, formerly known as Federal Research Station ( FES), at 1400m above sea level, houses the oldest tea bushes in Malaysia dating back to 1926
· One can witness greenhouse displays flowers, strawberries & vegetables & learn about research & development activities on subtropical flora in the highlands.

Aboriginal (Orang Asli) Village

One can witness a few aboriginal settlement along the road from Tapah to Cameron Highlands. They have stall, where they try to make some money by selling honey and durians to the people. Main group: Senoi. A lot of the Orang Asli people are working at the tea plantations.

Trekking & Nature Hikes

· Nature lovers will able to find the unspoiled natural beauty of this hill station with variety of attractive flora and fauna.
· Jungle Walk will lead to Robinson Waterfall, Parit Waterfall for water activities as well
· More than 14 jungle walks available in Cameron Highland
· The montane forest of Cameron Highlands is also ideal for bird watching as it hots a few hundred species of wild birds
· The good sightings, the longer trails leading up to the quiet Gunung Beremban (1812m) & Gunung Jasar (1551m) are the best spot for sunrise & evening view.
· Gunung Brinchang – 2032m above sea level, the highest peak in Cameron Highlands provides a breathtaking view overlooking rows of vegetable plots & tea plants

Golfing

· Golfers can tee off at the 18 hole golf course between Tanah Rata & Brinchang town
· Golfing & Vacation Package available all year round at the mountainous golf courses

Others Attractions :

. Butterfly Farm, Honey Bee Farm, Chinese Temple – Sam Poh, Morning & Night Market

Major Accomodations

a) Equatorial Hill Resort - Superior first class resort in the favorite Malaysian Highland getaway of Cameron Highlands.The hotel is situated on a hilltop overlooking terraced vegetable gardens with Gunung Brinchang (Mount Brinchang) in the background. Perched at 1628m above sea level and set in 13 acres of grounds, the resort offers commanding views of the majestic mountains and gently undulating valleys.
b) Heritage Hotel - located on a hilltop next to the convent school at Tanah Rata, town of Cameron Highlands.
c) Strawberry Park Resort –A wonderful location on a hilltop with some breathtaking panoramic views of the country around, mountains and nature. Rooms, apartments or penthouses are available.

ACCESIBILITY

· Tapah , a town in Perak, is the main entry point to the highlands

· By Road : Cameron Highlands is about 60 kilometers from Tapah, a town off the Kuala Lumpur - Ipoh . Highway accessible by road and rail. From Tapah, the two winds up through fascinating jungle scenery. The drive up will take about one and the half hours to Tanah Rata. Latest Highway is through from Simpang Pulai exit will only take about 45 minutes drive.

· By Coach : Coach travel is one of the most convenient and economical ways to come to Cameron Highlands. A number of companies provide regular, efficient express and tourist coach services to and from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore with a choice of day or night departures on some routes.

· By Taxi : Taxi services is available from Kuala Lumpur (Pudu Raya) direct to Tanah Rata. There are also taxis from Tapah town and Tapah station (for those arriving by train).

· By Train : The rall stop is at Tapah. From here take the taxi or bus to Tanah Rata.

*OVIA*

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