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Hi there, it’s Maiii again.
What a shame as I stayed in Malaysia for nearly 2 years but hadn’t visited Cameron Highlands yet. Coincidently, I saw a TikTok video about Cameron Flora Park – a new dreamy blossom garden in Cameron Highlands which looked stunning, so I made up my mind just a few days before the trip and spent 2 days in this beautiful highland.
The first thing that makes me so excited when arrived at Cameron Highlands was…that chilly cold cold weather. OMG, it was the first time in 2 years, I had experienced the so-called winter again. I was touched awwww.
In this travel blog, I’m gonna share with you everything you need to know before your trip to Cameron Highlands including how to get there, where to stay, where to eat, places to visit, itinerary & cost, etc.
Table of Contents
- 1. About Cameron Highlands
- 2. How to get to Cameron Highlands?
- 3. How to get around Cameron Highlands?
- 4. Where to stay in Cameron Highlands?
- 5. Where to eat in Cameron Highlands?
- 6. Things to do for 2 days in Cameron Highlands
- 7. My itinerary for 2D1N in Cameron Highlands
- 8. How much did I spend on a 2D1N trip to Cameron Highlands?
- 9. How long should you stay in Cameron Highlands?
- 10. Things to bear in mind
1. About Cameron Highlands
- Cameron Highlands is the greatest tea-producing region in South-East Asia and Malaysia. Although there are many plantations in the valley now, “BOH Tea” is still the most well-known tea plantation and factory in Cameron Highlands.
- The highland is named after William Cameron – a British colonial government geologist and explorer who discovered this mountainous region in 1885. However, the discovery went lost for 40 years and was only known by the public until 1920 when George Maxwell – another British explorer – rediscovered it.
2. How to get to Cameron Highlands?
If you don’t drive a car, then the only way to travel to Cameron Highlands is by bus. Tanah Rata is the bus terminal in Cameron Highlands. Here are some common routes to Tanah Rata bus terminal:
From Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands
Bus terminal in KL: Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) – the main long-distance bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 3.5 hours.
Ticket: around RM40
Website to book ticket: CLICK HERE
From Penang to Cameron Highlands
Bus terminal in Penang: Sugai Nibong Bus Terminal
Duration: about 4 hours
Website to book ticket: CLICK HERE
From Ipoh to Cameron Highlands
Bus terminal in Ipoh: AmanJaya Bus Terminal
Duration: 2.5 hours
Website to book ticket: CLICK HERE
Note: The AmanJaya Bus Terminal is pretty far from Ipoh old town (where most of the tourist attractions are located in). To get to the bus terminal, you need to take a grab/taxi or catch a bus at Meden Kidd Bus Station straight to AmanJaya Bus Terminal at RM2.
3. How to get around Cameron Highlands?
Here are the most common ways to get around Cameron Highlands:
By car: Driving a car in Cameron Highlands is challenging with many blind turns and narrow roads. If you are confident with your driving skill, go ahead!
By motorbike: Motorbike rental costs around RM30/ 5 hours, 50RM/ 8 hours, RM80/24 hours. You can rent right at your hotel/guesthouse. Amazingly, you won’t need to top up so much petrol. I drove around for less than 5 hours and need to top up only RM1. That’s greattt!!
By tour: a common misunderstanding is that tours are expensive, however, taking a group tour would actually save you time and money as you can share the cost with other tourists as well. In Cameron Highlands, as there are limited ways to get around, joining a tour is also a good option.
You can consider this tour: Cameron Highland half-day tour which includes round trip transfer and transportation to Mossy Forest, Tea plantation, Butterfly & Insect Farm, and Strawberry Farm (Entrance tickets are not inclusive).
By taxi/grab car: If you don’t want to drive a car, it’s fine, you can take a taxi/grab. If you catch a random taxi, they normally will provide you with a fixed rate to popular attractions such as tea plantations, strawberry farms, etc. For example, a 3-hour drive to 3 places of interest of your choice costs around RM75.
- The traffic is super jam during weekends/holidays, thus, consider to drive around by motorbike to skip the long line. In addition, it’s very hard to find car parking on those days.
- For motorbike drivers: Firstly, bring a thick jacket because it’s gonna be freezing. Secondly, a driving license is required if you want to rent a motorbike. And remember to bring the license with you all the way because the police may stop you anywhere.
4. Where to stay in Cameron Highlands?
There are 2 main areas to stay in Cameron Highlands: Tanah Rata and Bringchang.
- Tanah Rata: this is the largest town in Cameron Highlands where you can see a variety of restaurants, accommodations, and banks. The main bus station in Cameron Highlands is also located in this area.
- Brinchang: It is situated next to Tanah Rata and where most of the tourist attractions are located. However, there are not so many choices of accommodation here.
Here are some hotel options for you in Cameron Highlands:
Regarding my experience, I stayed in Father’s Guesthouse – a homestay located in Tanah Rata. Overall, the experience was good, the staffs were very friendly, and the room was clean. There is only one thing to complain about is that toothpaste and toothbrushes are not provided. Besides, you can also rent a motorbike here at a reasonable price (as in the picture below).
5. Where to eat in Cameron Highlands?
Below are several highly rated restaurants (both halal & non-halal) in Cameron Highlands that you can try.
Best halal restaurants in Cameron Highlands
This is a Halal Nyonya restaurant nested in Tanah Rata which serves amazingly good food. I ordered 3 dishes (fried egg, steamed fish, tofu) and all were tasty. Highly recommend the steamed fish with sweet and sour sauce!!!
Address: 78A-D, Persiaran Camelia 4, Tanah Rata, 39000 Tanah Rata, Pahang
Opening hours: every day, 11:00–15:30, 17:30–21:30
Highland Steamboat Cheese & Grill
Steamboat & BBQ is probably the best thing to eat to warm up our bodies in the chilly weather of Cameron Highlands. Highland Steamboat Cheese & Grill is where you can enjoy a variety of bbq selections, fresh veggies, seafood, drinks, and fruit cuts, including ice creams with an affordable price of RM35/head & free for kids under 6. If you want a bowl of cheese, you need to pay only RM10 additional.
Besides, there is also an area for kids to play with arcade toys and toy cars. Parents would love this restaurant so much, yah?
However, nothing is too good to be true. Some negative feedback is long waiting time, hard finding parking and the restaurant, and sometimes dirty utensils.
Address: Persiaran Dayang Endah, Tanah Rata, 39000 Tanah Rata, Pahang
Opening hours: every day except Tuesday, 17:00–00:00
Best non-halal restaurants in Cameron Highlands
Delicious & Happiness Cameron Highlands Restaurant
This is a Chinese restaurant that received many 5-star reviews from customers. According to some customers’ reviews, the food is amazingly yummy, the food portion is large, and the service is fast despite the full house.
Some highly recommended dishes: Assam fish, pork belly fried with dried chili, sweet and sour pork, crispy Marmite chicken, The herbal pig stomach & ribs, salt egg prawn eggs.
Address: : no.16, Bawah Jalan Angsana 1, Brinchang point Cameron Higlands, 39100 Brinchang, Pahang
Opening hours: every day, 12:00–14:30, 18:00–21:30
If you are into Indian food, don’t miss this restaurant. It serves delicious authentic North Indian home-cooked food. The portion served is also big and the staffs are very humble and kind. However, do expect long waiting times during peak hours.
Best foods to try here: vegetarian biryani, chicken butter masala, garlic paratha, paneer makhani, and sweet lassi.
Address: No 1, Brij Court, Tanah Rata, 39000 Tanah Rata, Pahang
Opening hours: every day, 13:30–14:30, 18:30–21:30
Restaurant Tuan Yuan
In this restaurant, you can order charcoal steamboat – a Chinese traditional hotpot that is very well-known in Cameron Highlands. It is said that the food here was fresh and delicious at a reasonable price. Specifically, the charcoal steamboat costs only RM25/set which includes veggies, noodles, egg, meat, prawn, la la, etc.
Some other dishes to try: salted egg mantis prawn, buttered squid with oats, herbal soup, gui hua mee hoon.
Address: 6, Jalan Besar, Brinchang, 39100 Brinchang, Pahang
Opening hours: every day, 12:00 – 21:30
6. Things to do for 2 days in Cameron Highlands
There are way more places to visit in Cameron Highlands, however, in this Cameron travel blog, I’m just gonna share my reviews about places I visited during 2 days.
Cameron Flora Park
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This is a new place to visit in Cameron Highlands that you must visit because it’s just so beautifullll. It’s a huge blossom garden with many kinds of flowers displayed. Girls, this is your heaven, prepare your phone storage and battery well before coming here.
Address: lot 191, 39010 Brinchang, Pahang
Opening hours: 09:30–19:00
Entrance ticket: RM50/adult, RM25/child
I like this farm because it is a hybrid of a bee farm and a strawberry farm, therefore, I can save my time to experience 2 things in one place.
Here you can see the big bee hive through glass, very vivid and interesting.
The strawberry garden is also quite big, enough for you to experience and take pictures.
Besides, there are a cactus area and a souvenir shop as well.
Address: Jalan BOH, Tanah Rata, 39000 Ringlet, Pahang
Opening hours: 09:00–18:00
Entrance ticket: free
Ee Feng Gu Bee
It is a renowned bee farm in Cameron Highlands. A plus point is that they painted and decorate the bee farm colorfully which is great to snap photos. However, talking about the experience, I don’t feel like it’s a good place to go as most of the premise is a shophouse and the bee hive display is not as vivid and accessible as the ones in Apiary farm.
Address: Green Cow, No 75, Batu 43, 39100, Pahang
Opening hours: 08:00–19:00
Entrance ticket: free
This is another instagrammable floral garden to visit in Cameron Highlands. It’s not that huge compared to Cameron Flora Park but it has different kinds of flowers, especially lavender.
Besides flowers, you can also take pictures with a beautiful castle, and small colorful houses displaying several countries’ flags, and try some ice cream. Their signature ice cream is lavender ice cream, but trust me, its taste is weird, you better try the strawberry flavor.
Regarding the price, I was told that it was free in the past, then don’t know since when, they started to charge tourists and have increased the price tremendously. The entrance price for Lavender garden as of 2022 is RM20/adult and RM10/child – quite pricey.
Address: 59, Brinchang, 39100 Brinchang, Pahang
Opening hours: 9:00 – 19:00
Entrance ticket: RM20/adult, RM10/child
Kuala Terla Tea Plantation
This is one of the major tea plantations in Cameron Highlands where you can enjoy the breathtaking view from the hilltop.
To get to the top, you need to use the transportation service of Cameron Adventurous ATV & Safari. You can either choose ATV or Jeep to get around the tea plantation. The price for ATV is RM80/person and for a jeep ride is RM18/person.
Besides, there is a stop where you can experience an air swing at an additional charge of RM5/person and visit the tea plantation. And the last stop is an in-house safari (which is small and has nothing much to see).
Regarding my experience, I chose the Jeep ride and paid an extra RM5 to take pictures with the air swing. To be fair, the air swing was one of the best experiences that I had in Cameron Highlands. However, the jeep ride is totally not worth it, especially if you travel with the elderly and kids.
Thus if you want to have fun, choose ATV instead.
Address: Cameron Adventurous 49th miles kuala terla, 39010 Tanah Rata, Pahang
Opening hours: 09:00–18:00
Pasar Malam – Night market
Cameron Highlands is pretty boring at night as there is nothing much to do. Thus, Pasar Malam is, of course, a must-visit attraction that you should visit.
There are many small stalls that sell everything from delicious foods, clothes, souvenirs, etc. And don’t forget to try some Chocolate Strawberry, it’s over my expectation.
Note: Do expect heavy traffic on the way to Pasar Malam. If you want to skip the line, drive a motorbike. Otherwise, it might take you an hour to get there and it’s pretty hard to find car parking as well. Too scary… I remember…
Address: 12, Jalan Golden Hills 1, Brinchang, 39000 Brinchang, Pahang
Opening hours: Friday & Saturday: 17:00–23:00
Entrance ticket: free
Time tunnel museum
This museum is way more interesting than I expected. It provides information about Malaysia during the war, the history of Cameron Highlands, etc, and displays all the antiques which are the childhood memories of many Malaysian. If you are a local Malaysian, you will find it so familiar with all the toys, old TV, old barbershop displays, etc.
Behind this museum is a garden where you can pick strawberries, feed rabbits, etc.
Address: Cameron Highland, 39000 Brinchang, Pahang
Opening hours: 09:00–18:00
Entrance ticket: RM8/adult, RM6/child
You wanna feed sheep and take pictures with them? Let’s go to the Sheep sanctuary. Personally, I’m super excited about this attraction because that was the first time I saw sheep haha.
You will be provided with a small box of food to feed the sheep after purchasing entrance tickets. If you still want to feed them, you can buy more at the vending machine, price is RM4/box and RM10/3 boxes.
Address: Pasar Malam Kea Farm, Brinchang, 39100 Brinchang, Pahang
Opening hours: 09:00–17:30
Entrance ticket: RM8/adult, RM5/child
Website to book tickets: CLICK HERE
7. My itinerary for 2D1N in Cameron Highlands
- We arrived at Cameron Highlands at 1 pm.
- We visited Apiary Farm where I could see a bee farm and strawberry farm at the same time
- Had lunch at Ferm Nyonya restaurant.
- Check-in hotel: Father’s guesthouse and took rest.
- 4 pm, we rented a motorbike from our hotel to get around
- We headed to Time Tunnel Museum and spent about 40 minutes there.
- After that, we dropped by another bee farm called Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm. There is nothing much to see here.
- We had dinner at Cameron Organic Produce Steamboat restaurant. The steamboat was bland and the meat is not fresh, veggie is claimed to be organic. Overall, not recommended!
- Then we drove to Pasar Malam – a night market. It was full of people here. There were many foods to buy as well, highly recommend the chocolate strawberry.
- Back to the hotel and rest.
- We had breakfast in the food court nearby Sheep Sanctuary.
- Visited Sheep sanctuary. This one was quite fun and interesting.
- Then we went to Flora Park Parking and waited for the truck to take us to Cameron Flora Park. The total visiting time was about 1 hour.
- We headed to Kuala Terla Tea Plantation to experience a Jeep ride and air swing.
- After that, we just drove back to Kuala Lumpur directly.
8. How much did I spend on a 2D1N trip to Cameron Highlands?
Below is the cost breakdown of my 2D1N trip to Cameron Highlands:
I stayed at Father’s guesthouse and it cost RM130/night/double room. This is a kind of medium-budget accommodation. For a 4-5 star hotel, the price for a double room is from RM190/night/ double room
Food for 2 people
- Lunch at Ferm Nyonya restaurant: RM88.50
- Steamboat at Cameron Organic Product steamboat restaurant: RM60 (it’s not nice at all, so I didn’t recommend it above)
- Chocolate Strawberry at night market: around RM6/cup
- Icecream at Lavender garden: RM8/cone
- Drink and cake at Cameron Flora Park: 41RM
- Cameron Flora Park: RM50/head
- Lavender garden: RM20/head
- Time tunnel museum: RM8/head
- ATV adventurous & Safari: Jeep ride- RM18/head, air swing: RM5/head
- Sheep sanctuary: RM8/head
9. How long should you stay in Cameron Highlands?
As mentioned above, I went to Cameron Highlands for only 2 days 1 night, and surely it was not enough to fully explore it. There are much more places to visit such as Mossy forest, Strawberry farm, Cactus garden, etc. However, I skipped it all and tried to find places where I can do several experiences at once. And to be honest, we were so rushing during our trip, it was like a marathon, trying to visit as quickly as possible.
Therefore, I would suggest visiting Cameron Highlands for at least 3 days or even 4 days.
4 days is way enough already, you won’t want to stay there until the 5th day unless you want to explore really deep into the culture.
10. Things to bear in mind
- There are many attractions in Cameron Highlands, but some of them offer the same thing to another.
For example, the most famous thing to do in Cameron Highlands is to pick strawberries. To be honest, most of the attractions in Cameron Highlands offer this experience (such as Time tunnel, Lavender garden, Apiary farm, etc.).
Thus, you don’t need to go to the strawberry farm to pick strawberries, but can do it anywhere else, combine with other activities to save time.
Here are some attractions that provide multiple activities:
Apiary Farm: bee farm, strawberry garden cactus garden.
Time tunnel museum: museum, strawberry farm (behind it).
Lavender garden: flower garden, strawberry garden.
- If you drive a car, bear in mind that there are many blind turns and it will be quite dizzy while driving.
- As the weather in Cameron Highlands is pretty cold all year round, especially after sunset, you should always bring a jacket with you.
Above is my Cameron Highland travel blog which has every information about Cameron Highlands such as how to get there, where to stay, where to eat, places to visit, itinerary & cost etc. Hope you find this post useful and share your experience below.