No trip to Cameron Highlands is ever complete without making a visit to a Cameron Highlands tea plantation!
And the one that frequently comes to mind is BOH Tea Cameron Highlands! Which is why it’s usually chock full of tourists trying to get in (and out) of the one-way road into the plantation!
In this guide, we’ll explore BOH tea plantation along with other tea plantations that you can visit in Cameron Highlands!
Table of contents:
- 4 Places To See BOH Tea Plantation
- Cameron Highlands Tea Plantation Tour
- Getting To Cameron Highlands Tea Plantation
4 Top Places To See BOH Tea Plantation In Cameron Highlands
Most of the tea estates up in Cameron Highlands are owned by BOH Plantations.
Bharat is another local company that owns a tea plantation or two as well.
The best tea plantation in Cameron Highlands is arguably the Sungai Palas estate owned by BOH as the drive into the valley is lovely.
Still, it’s good to have some alternatives to go too in case you rather not compete with other tourists cramming to get into the Sungai Palas estate!
The jam can take 1-2 hours from the main road!
1. Kuala Terla Tea Plantation
At this plantation, you can have a go at riding an ATV with Cameron Adventurous ATV & Safari through the tea plantation!
It’s especially fun if you’ve never tried riding an ATV before! And you get a rewarding view all the way to the top of the hill.
However, the ATVs are not in perfect shape though so if that is not agreeable with you, you can opt for the jeep instead!
Or you can just take a leisurely walk through the plantation.
- 4×4 safari RM10/pax
- ATV safari RM50/pax
- Extreme ATV RM65/pax
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Cameron Valley Tea House KT
Cameron Valley Tea House KT is one of 3 tea houses owned by Bharat. Not a bad place to stop enroute to Tanah Rata as the tea house overlooks the plantation.
A tea shop here sells an assortment of the locally produced tea.
There are usually not that many people here so parking is a breeze! Just prepare yourself for the questionable number of flies.
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2. BOH Sungai Palas Tea Centre, Brinchang, Pahang
True that it’s not easy to get to, but that doesn’t stop everyone from wanting to visit the impressive BOH Sungai Palas Tea Centre in Brinchang!
Some squeezing is inevitable as the narrow road that winds into the estate does eventually reach a width that can only accommodate 1 car at a time!
Once you get to the estate, you can leave your car at the free car park and wonder around the hilly estate.
There is a café hanging over the plantation with a small gallery and of course, a shop for BOH tea products!
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BOH Sungai Palas Café
BOH Sungai Palas Café offers both indoor and outdoor seating though as you can guess, the seats with views are in high demand!
The café is open from 9am to 4:30pm every day except on Monday.
Expect lots of people regardless of whether it’s a weekend or weekday!
Items on the menu are more suitable for brunch, breakfast or high tea.
Cake flavours to try are their banana cheese cake, strawberry cheese cake or their unconventional nasi lemak cheese cake!
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3. Bharat Tea Plantations Sdn. Bhd. At Tanah Rata
Maybe you’ve come across a local tea brand called “Cameron Valley Tea”. This is in fact, the signature tea of Bharat Tea Plantations!
Their main estate by the main road from Ringlet to Tanah Rata has not one but two tea houses!
Have a cup of their signature tea or try their other Indian-inspired tea blends like their Masala Chai or Cardamom Tea.
Both tea houses have decks that look out over the valley and a shop where you can buy their various tea blends.
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Cameron Valley Tea House 1
From Cameron Valley Tea House 1, visitors can take a stroll down to a small park and waterfall in the valley.
Cameron Valley Tea House 2
There’s no doubt that the second tea house is bigger to comfortably fit more visitors!
Visitors will appreciate the larger parking lot too!
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4. BOH Tea Plantation (Fairlie Tea Plantation)
The Fairlie Tea Plantation (simply known as BOH Tea Estate) is the other estate owned by BOH Plantations.
Some say this plantation has better views than the Sungai Palas estate with short hikes (~10 minutes) to the viewpoints!
Simple refreshments and tea are available at their on-site café!
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Cameron Highlands Tea Plantation Tour
1. BOH Sungai Palas Tea Centre Tour
Free educational tours for the factory begin at 8:45am and occur every 30 minutes after. You don’t need to make any reservations beforehand to join the tours.
The only thing to note is that the tours may not be available on the day you go depending on factory operation.
2. BOH Tea Plantation Tour (Fairlie Tea Plantation)
Factory tours are available here too every 15 minutes and only take about 10 minutes to complete!
The tour gives a brief introduction into how tea is collected and processed at the plantation and factory.
During the tour, the guide may recommend specific tea to suit your preference too!
After the short tour, you can try a quick hike to a view point for beautiful scenery in a cool environment.
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Getting To Cameron Highlands Tea Plantation
Prepare yourself for the windy road and possible traffic jam up to Cameron Highlands.
Locals love any excuse (e.g. public holiday, hot weather, school holiday, etc) to come here for the weekends!
And a morning or afternoon visit to a tea plantation is the perfect way to enjoy the cooler temperatures and a calming cup of tea!
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Getting To Cameron Highlands Tea Plantation From Ipoh
Without heavy traffic, it can take 2 hours from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands.
Which means it’s definitely possible to make a day trip to Cameron Highlands from Ipoh! Hotels in Cameron Highlands do tend to be pricier anyways!
If you don’t plan to drive up there yourself, you can always take a private tour service (RayTheTour) from Ipoh up to Cameron Highlands!
- Transport up to Cameron Highlands
- Comfortable vehicle with ample seating and luggage space depending on your group size
- Local tour guides who know the best spots
- Transport around Cameron Highlands
- Transport back down to Ipoh (on the same day)
- Pick up service from anywhere in Ipoh
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Anyone who goes up to Cameron Highlands for a holiday will be sure to include at least one Cameron Highlands tea plantation into their plans!
And since everyone has a certain tea plantation on their mind (Sungai Palas BOH Tea Estate), it’s not a bad idea to plan a back-up, wake up really early or reschedule your dates to avoid the crowds!