Some 1000-2000 meters above sea level, is Cameron Highlands – a very different side of Malaysia. Here is a list of all the Cameron Highlands attractions that are worth doing!
Most of these are outdoor and why not?
With gorgeous scenery and crisp cool air, you should be out as much as possible!
Table of Contents:
- Tanah Rata
- Watercress Valley
- Hatiku Organic Farm
- Strawberry Farms
- Bee Farms
- Cactus Farms
- Butterfly Farm
- Agro Technology Park Mardi
- Tea Plantations
- Cafes For British Cream Tea
- Indian Food
- Mossy Forest
- Mah Meri Art Gallery
- Time Tunnel Museum
- Spa Village Cameron Highlands
- Orang Asli Village
Depending on which route you take up to Cameron Highlands from Ipoh, you will pass through these towns:
- Tanah Rata
Along with some other small kampung (villages in Malay).
The famous BOH tea plantation is in between Ringlet and Tanah Rata. These two townships are a 20 minutes’ drive apart.
But while there’s nothing much going on in Ringlet, Tanah Rata and Brinchang are more interesting to explore!
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For more accommodation and food though, most tourists will choose to stay in Tanah Rata:
Being the main town (or township) of Cameron Highlands, you can expect to find:
- Plenty of shops, hotels and restaurants
- The post office is here too.
- Medical clinic and hospital.
- Pharmacy and supermarket
- Tourist offices
- Hiking trails that start from the town.
However, most attractions are out of Tanah Rata which makes it highly convenient if you have your own car.
Further up north from Tanah Rata, is Brinchang:
Past the golf course and 10 minutes’ north from Tanah Rata, is the second largest town of Cameron Highlands.
Signs of development are more apparent here as resorts and budget hotels jostle for prime estate.
Like Tanah Rata, the town is easy to explore on foot!
The highlight in this town is the Brinchang Night Market.
Moving on to the other main industry in Cameron Highlands (besides tourism):
This farm also has its own steamboat restaurant so you can pop in for lunch if you like!
The RM1 entrance fee is waived off if you dine in.
At this organic vegetable farm, the friendly owner (Mr. Fung) will show you around for RM10 per person.
100 different plants grow at this farm and he will explain how crop rotation helps with the fertility of the soil and other aspects of an organic vegetable farm!
Buy organic vegetables straight from the farm!
Yes, plural because there are many!
The cooler environment in Cameron Highlands helps strawberries flourish! You will not see them in the lowlands!
Strawberries have a season and that is typically between May and August. Many farms let you pick your own (and charge by weight)!
Perhaps the most notable one:
5.1. Big Red Strawberry Farm
A hillside strawberry farm on the way to the mossy forest. And is close to Cactus Valley too.
They have a cafe on-site where you can taste their strawberry ice cream, strawberry juice and have cream tea with their strawberry jam!
5.2. Kok Lim Strawberry Farm
This is a hydroponic strawberry farm.
You can also sample ice cream and jam here!
Other strawberry farms you can visit:
- Strawberry Farm Kea
- Healthy Strawberry Farm
- Kok Lim Strawberry Farm
- Raju Hill Strawberry
Learn about the fascinating life cycles of bees and sample some honey at these farms!
Pick up some honey-related souvenirs too!
- Highlands Apiary Farm, Ringlet
- Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm, Brinchang
- Cameron Tringkap Bee Farm, Tringkap
There are two main cactus farms in Cameron Highlands but you can see cactus for sale in most gardens and markets.
7.1. Cactus Valley
Cactus Valley has giant cacti on display – some of which are over 60 years old!
They have other plants for sale too at their retail section:
Like bird of paradise, fuchsia, camellia and geranium, to name a few.
Small cacti and succulents are great to take back as souvenirs!
7.2. Cactus Point
If you have any intention to buy a cactus, they sell pretty cheap here!
Close to the Kea Farm in Brinchang, the Butterfly Farm houses many species of butterfly (like the Raja Brooke) in the butterfly enclosure.
The colorful butterflies are a marvel to behold! They have guided tours too and other animals like ducks and tortoises!
Note: Some of the animals are in a very sorry state. Unfortunately, these “mini zoos” seem to be a growing trend among attractions in Cameron Highlands.
A gift shop and restaurant are also on the premises.
Last farm on the list:
MARDI is the Malaysian Research and Development Institute – the oldest research center in Malaysia, actually!
Things to do here:
- Learn about local farming and agricultural practices here
- Wander through the 42 acres divided into many gardens
- Buy souvenirs, plants and seeds here
Other than strawberries, flowers thrive in the cooler climate too!
Lavender Garden has a very advantageous location. They have two levels to explore with 3 different lavender species on the ground level.
There is a mini strawberry section and gift shop. You can try lavender ice-cream here too!
You will undoubtedly pass a number of flower nurseries on your way up to Cameron Highlands.
Here are two you can stop at if you are fond of roses:
Both have excellent hill top views and many species of roses!
1. Rose Center
2. Rose Valley
3. Orchid And Rose Garden
Like the farms and gardens, there are so many tea plantations to choose from!
11.1. Boh Tea Estate
11.2. Bharat Tea Plantations Sdn. Bhd.
11.3. BOH Sungai Palas Tea Centre
12.1. Ye Olde Smokehouse
A hotel and a cafe combined into one! The English-style cottage look is completed by the enchanting garden.
Only paying patrons can access the garden!
It is a gorgeous venue to have high tea!
12.2. Jim Thompson Tea Room
For an “atas” (slang for high class or luxury in Malaysia) feel, you can try this posh cafe in an elegant colonial-style mansion.
The cafe is part of Cameron Highlands Resort.
Afternoon tea is served from 3-6pm. Food and ambiance will impress!
12.3. The Lord’s Cafe
The other cafe options on this list can come off as pricey. So, if you’re looking for something a bit kinder on your budget, consider this place:
Where homemade food and scones rule!
12.4. Cameron Valley Tea House 1
The highlight at this tea house is the Cameron Valley tea and views of the plantation! British food features on the menu.
And yes, there is a Tea House 2:
12.5. Cameron Valley Tea House 2
Tea is just as good as the first tea house. Mind that they only sell pastries and no mains) here. Try the chicken curry puff!
Some prefer the views of the plantation from this cafe rather than the first tea house!
You can get delicious Indian food everywhere in Malaysia, including Cameron Highlands!
13.1. Cameron AA Curry House
Try the plain and garlic naan. They have more than just Indian food here! Even pizza and macaroni!
Read more: 15 Best Food In Cameron Highlands
13.2. Restaurant Bunga Suria
For the roti and vegetarian dishes! Masala tea (less sweet) is worth having here!
Look out for their banana-leaf meal special.
Have their idli (savoury, soft fermented-rice-and-lentil cakes) for breakfast!
Opening hours: 7am to 11pm
13.3. Restoran Sri Brinchang
Wide variety of good Indian food at decent prices! The tea is good!
Great if you like nasi kandar!
13.4. Singh Chapati URBAN Restaurant
You’ll need to go early to avoid the dinner crowds for this one!
Recommended dishes include:
- mutton masala
- vegetable biryani
- butter paneer and smoky aubergine
Cameron Highlands attractions are usually best appreciated during the day but there are a few options if you want something to do at night!
During the weekends, pasar malam (night market) stalls open as evening draws:
Selling anything from winter wear, vegetables and fruit, tea, honey, plants, toys to other knick-knacks.
There are halal food stalls selling roasted venison, nuts and all sorts of fried stuff.
You may find this guilty pleasure for sale too – strawberries covered in melted chocolate!
14.2. Traveller’s Bistro & Pub
Have a beer or cocktail while making new friends over a soccer game at this pub:
14.3. Cameron Bar
For a quiet glass of Scotch by the fire, head over to The Lakehouse Cameron Highlands.
14.4. Jungle Bar
Play pool and have a cheap beer in front of a bonfire! A bar with a real rustic feel to it!
14.5. Cricket Lounge
This is another popular option if you want to enjoy sports and alcohol!
They have high-speed internet as a bonus!
There’s only one place to play golf in Cameron Highlands!
Cameron Highlands Sultan Ahmad Shah Golf Club or Cameron Highlands Golf Club
The 18-hole course provides enough challenge with undulating greens, some streams and sand bunkers!
With the cool weather, you can play a most delightful game of golf!
Birds definitely count as Cameron Highlands attractions over here!
Avid bird watchers should not miss the opportunity to spot some montane birds up in Cameron Highlands!
Trail 10 is a good start. Else, you can also join a tour!
For an ATV experience through a tea plantation, you can check out Cameron Adventurous ATV & Safari.
Choose either an ATV or 4WD jeep to ascend the hill.
The scenery is great with ample time to enjoy the view and snap photos once you are on top!
They have a photographer too but that’s extra charge.
Quick Review of ATV Activity:
Vehicles are not in amazing shape but good enough for the short 30-minutes ride.
Ours had to be manually jump-started but it did manage to get up and down the hill with two stalls. Not sure if that was our problem or the vehicle’s.
The guide showed us how to start and drive the ATV (there is no practice run). Safety seems to be taken too casually here. But you do get helmets!
A little bumpy but not uncomfortable. The speed doesn’t get higher than 50 km/h.
Hiking is a fantastic way to get a real feel of the environment in Cameron Highlands!
Seeing that there are a lot of hiking trails, we’ll just cover the ones that are a must-do!
Have solid hiking shoes and ample drinking water. A poncho or umbrella and a light sweater/jacket will come in handy!
The app, Maps.me (offline maps) can also be a lifesaver if you lose the trail!
18.1. Trail No. 1 – Mount Brinchang (Gunung Brinchang)
A very popular lookout point with its own observation tower!
Visit the mossy forest on your way back down!
Sometimes, it’s foggy and you won’t be able to see the tea plantation from the lookout!
18.2. Trail No. 10
This trail is steep and starts near a construction site! Use the pink strings tied around the trees as a guide!
You will known when you’re almost at the top of Mount Jasar when you see the high voltage electrical tower!
Try to spot some flora and birds along the way!
At the top of Gunung Brinchang is one of the most acclaimed Cameron Highlands attractions of all time:
The mysterious mossy forest has an entrance fee now!
We have a dedicated post on this must-see attraction of Cameron Highlands if you want to know more about getting here!
A prominent part of Cameron Highlands’ beautiful lush mountains are the waterfalls!
There is one on the way to Cameron Highlands through the old winding road:
20.1. Lata Iskandar waterfall
Visible from the main road, it’s a scenic picnic spot and chance for everyone to stretch their legs after a long drive!
20.2. Parit Fall
Easy 10 minutes’ trek if you happen to be staying at The Century Pine Resort:
This small waterfall (more of a cascade) can be reached via Trail No. 4 and there aren’t as many people here!
Don’t do this hike if it’s been raining heavily recently!
20.3. Robinson Falls
Use Trail No. 9 (Starting point: MARDI) to get to this waterfall just outside of Tanah Rata.
You can drive in the direction of the Cameron Highlands Hospital.
About 500m before reaching the hospital, take the road on the right with a huge billboard and a small sign for Robinson Waterfall.
Turn into this road for about 100m:
There should second billboard and a concrete bridge made with colorful tyres!
Follow the bridge in and you will presently see the waterfall in less than 1 km.
If you’ve never seen Pulau Carey’s (Carey Island) indigenous Mah Meri people of their crafts before:
You can stop by this gallery with a brilliant collection of masks and statues created by the impeccable woodcarving skills of the Mah Meri people and mangrove hardwood!
Guided tours are available.
In the basement space of Kok Lim Strawberry Farm is this curious museum of 8 galleries with a 1000+ items that were common in Malaysia years ago.
They are actually the private collection of a local of Cameron Highlands, Mr See Kok Shan. It’s not a bad place to explore the history of Cameron Highlands and have some fun taking photos too!
Other than the night markets:
23.1. Kea Farm
Pasar pagi (Morning market) are also a thing! The one in Kea farm starts at 8am every day.
Stalls sell vegetables and fruit, spices, household stuff, streetfood, souvenirs like handicrafts, tea and honey, clothes and accessories!
23.2. Cameron Square
If there is anything resembling a mall in Cameron Highlands, it would be this place! Inside, there are many retail stores and eateries.
Take a closer look at the religious harmony in Cameron Highlands!
You can find a Hindu temple, Buddhist temple and mosque practically side by side in Brinchang!
24.1. Sri Thendayuthapani Swami Temple
Hindu devotees frequent this Nadu-style double story temple as it’s the only one in this area and the largest Hindu temple in Cameron Highlands!
Many Hindu deities and epics detail the temple walls. Come and admire the architecture and seek some peace here!
24.2. Sam Poh Temple
This yellow and red Buddhist temple is home to a large Buddhist statue – one of the largest in Malaysia!
Built in 1972 to honor the memory of the famous Chinese eunuch admiral, Zheng Ho:
Many Buddhists come to pray here all throughout the year.
Surprise, surprise! Steamboat pairs well with the cooler weather!
Locals even bring their own steamboat kit up getting their ingredients from the local markets in Cameron Highlands.
Cameron Highlands has many restaurants specializing in steamboat too:
25.1. Highland Steamboat Cheese & Grill
Halal steamboat free-flow style in an open-air setting:
Pick what you want for RM35 per head! Packed on weekends.
25.2. Watercress Valley
Better to enjoy this particular steamboat during the day when you can see the beautiful valley below you!
25.3. Cameron Organic Produce Steamboat Restaurant
The owner is an organic vegetable farmer. The soup base that they use is “qing” (Chinese for clear, wholesome and simple) with homemade rice noodles.
No MSG unless you count the processed food (crabsticks, tofu cubes and some of the fishballs).
For some 5-star treatment:
Stop by Cameron Highlands Resort for some pampering! The tea bath is their specialty!
Be prepared to splurge though as the exquisite treatments come with a heft price tag!
The couple rate can reach RM800 while the individual rates are around RM400.
If you want a massage, it will be around RM300.
Rafflesia can be found in Cameron Highlands in Blue Valley, a 40-minute drive away from Tanah Rata.
Arrange with a tour company (like Eco Cameron) and they can let you know if there has been any recent sightings!
Pay a visit to the indigenous people (orang asli in Malay) that live in Malaysia! There are some villages on the way up to Cameron Highlands while others are in the jungle.
They have shops by the roadside selling their wares – herbs, rattan crafts, petai etc.
A tour is necessary to visit them in the villages. Guides will take you in to learn about their culture.
If you don’t feel confident going on your own, you can always go with a tour!
Read also: Cameron Highlands Itinerary: Cameron Highlands One Day Trip, 2D1N & 3D2N Itinerary
Here are your options:
- Drive – Use the old road from Kuala Lumpur or stop by Ipoh first to take advantage of the newer (and straighter) road!
- Public Transport – Buses from Kuala Lumpur cost about RM30-35 and take ~3.5 hours to reach Cameron Highlands. Daily services until 5pm (usually).
- Tours – One-day tours from Kuala Lumpur cost about RM600-900 and will take you directly up to Cameron Highlands.
Our recommended option?
Why you should book a private tour from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands with RayTheTour:
- Trustworthy drivers who know the route well
- Easy communication (in English or Mandarin)
- Comfortable cars
- Customize your pick-up time and location.
- Direct journey straight to your hotel in Cameron Highlands
- Skip the inconveniences of taking the bus
With so many Cameron Highlands attractions, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and know what you want to do before you go!
Consult this list first!