Many blogs and newspapers, even travel magazines share about places to visit in Cameron Highlands of Malaysia but it seems the writers have never been there once, some of the information they write is not very accurate. This is my field trip to Cameron Highlands. So, is Cameron Highlands worth visiting, what is famous in Cameron Highlands, what to do in Cameron Highlands, how to go to Cameron Highlands, where to go, what to see and eat in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia? Let’s check out our Cameron Highlands travel blog (Cameron Highlands blog, cameron highland review blog, cameron highland trip blog) with the fullest Cameron Highlands travel guide (Cameron Highlands tourist guide) on how to get to Cameron Highlands, best time to come, where to stay, best places to visit and top things to do in Cameron Highlands to find out the answer!
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Cameron Highlands is a a cool highland plateau at an altitude of 1,448 meters of Malaysia, like Sapa or Dalat in Vietnam. So, before coming here, you should prepare warm clothes because it is quite cold. Especially, it is often rainy in the afternoon, so pay attention to go out.
On Wikipedia, there are statistics on the temperature in the Cameron Highlands, see here.
Cameron Highlands travel blog: How to get to Cameron Highlands?
Surely, you have to go to Kuala Lumpur first, so I will skip the step from Hanoi to KL by plane. (I flown with AirAsia, very cheap).
There is only one way to get to Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur, which is to go to KL Sentral bus station to buy tickets to Cameron Highlands. Ticket price: 35RM/person. There are a lot of trips a day, so don’t worry, but because the bus passing high pass, it’s best to go during the day.
Cameron Highlands travel guide: Where to stay?
In Cameron Highlands there are 2 towns to choose an accommodation:
Brinchang town is far away but closer to the tourist spots. This town is quiet and less bustling at night.
It’s also around 11pm, it’s all closed, there’s no bar or pub here, in the morning, there’s still no breakfast restaurants at 9am. So, staying here is suitable for those who like to relax and be quiet.
Some good hotels for you refer to:
- Hotel Flora Plus (Agoda.com, Booking.com)
- Wan Alyasa Hotel (Agoda.com, Booking.com)
- Hotel Double Stars Cameron Highlands (Agoda.com, Booking.com)
- MY SWEETHUB HOMESTAY (Agoda.com, Booking.com)
- Cameron Highlands Resort (Agoda.com, Booking.com)
- Little Rabbit Apartments (Agoda.com, Booking.com)
Tanah Rata is the town for you if you like crowds. Western tourists often stay in Tanah than others, because there is a small pub in town, the restaurants close around 11pm, but the food is more diverse.
I recommend staying in Tanah Rata for fun, renting a motorbike is also convenient (Brinchang doesn’t has motorbike rental service).
Suggested some good hotels for you:
- The Cave Guest House (Agoda.com, Booking.com)
- Hillview Inn Cameron Highlands (Agoda.com, Booking.com)
- Orchid Haven (Agoda.com, Booking.com)
- Eight Mentigi Guesthouse (Agoda.com, Booking.com)
- Avillion Cameron Highlands (Agoda.com, Booking.com)
- Heritage Hotel Cameron Highlands (Agoda.com, Booking.com)
- Century Pines Resort Cameron Highlands (Agoda.com, Booking.com)
Cameron Highland trip blog: Getting around Cameron Highlands
Taxis charge by hour and must be rented for a minimum of 3 hours (25RM/h). If you hire a taxi to travel back and forth of 2 towns, the price is very expensive and the drivers are quite “fancy”. In general, taking taxi here is a bit difficult to travel :))
Rent a motorbike
This is the best way I suggest you. Although there is a bit of traffic matter when they drive on the left lane, but having a motorbike will be extremely active, go wherever you like. It’s cheaper than rent a taxi. Motorcycles here are mostly small scooters.
Half day rental is 50RM. In my opinion, you should rent for the whole day (RM80), because you can even hang out at night if you want. If you stay in Bringchan, there’s no taxi from Tanah Rata at night.
This is a very prominent feature in Cameron Highlands. The people here are very kind, ready to give you a ride if they see a convenience. This way, it won’t cost you money, but you can hear they introduce about Cameron Highlands along the way.
But it’s not like standing in the road and wave your hand, everyone will give you a ride, it depends on luck. So, be patient, it takes a while to wait. A very good experience, you should try it too.
Cameron Highland review blog: When should you go to Cameron Highlands?
The best time is still from February to May. I think it’s the end of August and the beginning of September. Because at that time in Vietnam, it is hot, it will be cool here, very comfortable.
Currency exchange, money denominations in Malaysia
In Malaysia, people use Ringit currency (RM). Rates vary from time to time. In May 2022 the exchange rate is USD1 = RM4.40.
I usually exchange to USD first and then go to the airport to exchange at their country’s banks.
Cameron Highlands travel blog: Where to go and what to do in Cameron Highlands
You should spend 2 days to explore Cameron Highlands. Here are some fun places to explore in Cameron Highlands.
Gunung Brinchang (Mount Batu Brinchang)
Gunung Brinchang is a mountain, on which is Mossy forest. To get here, you can buy a tour to be picked up by the car or hike up if you like trekking, reach the top, you will see a path to visit the Mossy forest. In my opinion, you should buy a tour to go quickly, walking uphill was very tired. I tried to trek, but when I climbed halfway and couldn’t breathe and had to ask hitch hiking for a ride.
This spot takes half a day to go, until 1pm then get down for lunch. On the way here, you can visit the very beautiful BOH Tea plantation (tea rolling hills), and enjoy sipping tea here.
This is the oldest forest in Cameron Highlands, with large zigzag old trees, covered with layers of moss. All create an indescribable ghostly look. Note that although the forest has been bridged with a long wooden path, it is very convenient to go, but there are some sections of the dirt road that are very slippery and easy to slip, so avoid wearing high-heeled, slippery sandals or shoes to ensure safety. You also have to walking a lot, so remember to bring drink water.
Farms and strawberry gardens
At the foot of the mountain and on the way there will be farms:
Strawberry Farm: There are many strawberry gardens, you can go to the Red Strawberry farm.
Buttefly Farm: Entrance fee of 7RM per person, nothing special. If you curious let come in to know, but in my opinion, don’t go in, there are only a few butterflies, with other animals like a miniature zoo.
Cameron Lavender: Go through the entrance to Brinchang about 3km – very beautiful, should go – entrance ticket 10RM.
Other farms: Rose Center, Honey Farm, …
In general, the farms are just like each other, it’s strange for newcomers, but I see they have nothing beautiful.
BOH Tea Plantation
There are 3 BOH Tea plantations in Cameron Highlands (Tea hills). Some blogs say that you should go to BOH Tea because it’s very beautiful, but when I do search on Google, it shows up to 3 results of the same name, so I don’t know which blog they mentioned. I stayed in Cameron Highlands for few days, so I went to all 3 and found the one in Brinchang and the one on the way to Tanah Rata town to be the most beautiful, the other farthest one doesn’t need to go.
Other places you can go
There are a few hotels and resorts with beautiful designs to see and take pictures: Lake house, Smoke House.
Night market in Cameron Highland: This is a feature of the highland here. But it only opens on weekend nights, when I went during the week, I didn’t have the opportunity to experience shopping at the market.
Cameron Highland review blog: What to eat in Cameron Highlands
There are quite a lot of food here, mostly Indian and Chinese food, you can try as you like.
Unlike other spots in Malaysia, I suggest you try a few dishes: Tom Yum and Steamboat. Steamboat is like hot pot in Vietnam but you should try it, it’s delicious.
Beer in Malaysia is very expensive, so going to bar, pub here to drink beer is quite expensive, spent quite much.
In addition, because Cameron Highlands is in the highlands, food is also much more expensive. Average cost is about 8~20RM/person/serving.
Street food in Tanah Rata town is quite delectable, you should try it out. Just ask local people where to eat Malay food and they will tell you, it’s easy to find.
Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, to from Kuala Lumpur and Cameron Highlands you can refer to
- Cameron Highlands Day Tour
- Taman Negara Private Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur
- Sunrise Spectacular Mossy Forest Tour
- [Klook Exclusive] The Sheep Sanctuary Admission Ticket at Cameron Highland
- Cameron Highlands and Mossy Forest Half Day Tour
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