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 the Sungai Palas plantation of BOH Tea Cameron Highlands. This is why it’s usually full of tourists trying to get in (and out) of the one-way road into the plantation!
In this guide, we’ll run through this BOH tea plantation and its highlights. Along with other tea plantations that you can visit in Cameron Highlands. Yes, there’s more than one!
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
Large tea estates up in Cameron Highlands are primarily owned by BOH Plantations or Bharat.
The best tea plantation in Cameron Highlands is arguably the Sungei Palas estate owned by BOH as the drive into the valley is as lovely as the rolling plantations themselves.
Still, it’s good to have some alternatives to go to. This is in case you would rather not compete with other tourists cramming to get into the Sungai Palas estate!
As 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 interesting (but tiring) if you’ve never tried riding an ATV before! And you get a rewarding view all the way to the top of the hill as this plantation is no less beautiful than other tea plantations albeit smaller.
However, the ATVs are not in perfect shape. Nor are safety precautions very convincing. So if that is not agreeable with you, you can opt for the jeep ride instead!
Or you can just take a leisurely walk through the plantation.
- 4×4 safari RM10 per pax
- ATV safari RM50 per pax
- Extreme ATV RM65 per 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.
It’s also known as the 3rd teahouse under Bharat. Or Cameron Valley Tea House 3.
The tea shop here sells an assortment of the locally produced tea. Their masala tea and scones are good!
There are usually not that many people here so parking is a breeze too. Just prepare yourself for the questionable number of flies.
PS: Flies are a common sight in Cameron Highlands, especially if the weather has been hot with regular rain (which is most of the year).
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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 Sungei 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 wander around the hilly estate.
There are stairs leading up to a modern café that hangs over the plantation. The building also houses a small gallery and of course, a shop for BOH tea products!
You can walk up to the cafe from the plantation via the steps and steep paths through the tea plantation.
But if you have elderly in your group, you may want to drive straight up to the tea house instead.
Quick tours of the tea factory by a staff member are usually available. Read more further down this post.
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BOH Sungei Palas Café
BOH Sungei Palas Café offers both indoor and outdoor seating though as you can guess, the seats with views of the plantations are in high demand!
The café (like the plantation) is open to visitors from 9am to 4:30pm every day except on Monday.
Expect lots of people regardless of whether it’s a weekend or a weekday!
Items on the menu are suitable for brunch, breakfast, or high tea.
Cake flavors to try are their banana cheese cake, strawberry cheese cake or their unconventional nasi lemak cheese cake!
They also serve up some great scones as well, perfect to go alongside the tea grown here!
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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.
Some other tea flavors:
- Earl Grey
Food they serve:
- Croissants and other pastries
- Mango cheesecake
- Carrot cake
- Nasi lemak
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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.
There are not as much seats to go around at this open-air cafe as with Cameron Valley Tea House 2. But because of this, the dining atmosphere is quieter.
Cameron Valley Tea House 2
There’s no doubt that the second tea house is bigger to comfortably fit more visitors! It can be really noisy here with a lack of staff to clean the tables.
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 Habu) is the other lesser known estate owned by BOH Plantations.
Some say this plantation in Habu village has better views than the Sungai Palas estate with short hikes (~10 minutes) to the viewpoints!
And we do agree that it has its own charm in addition to the appeal of no crowds!
Simple refreshments and tea are available at their small on-site café! You can also get tours of the tea factory at this plantation.
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Cameron Highlands Tea Plantation Tours
Fancy getting a tour of a tea factory? There are only two tea plantations in Cameron Highlands that currently offer tours.
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. They occur 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.
After the short tour or while waiting for your tour to start, you can try a quick hike to a viewpoint at the plantation 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 will take 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!
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