Cameron Highlands Tea Plantation

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 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.

Tea Estate In Cameron Highlands
Tea Estate In Cameron Highlands – Photo by Travelswithsun

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!

ATV Activity At Kuala Terla Tea Plantation
ATV Activity At Kuala Terla Tea Plantation – Photo by Travelswithsun

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!

Kuala Terla Tea Estate In Cameron Highlands
Kuala Terla Tea Estate In Cameron Highlands – Photo by Travelswithsun

Or you can just take a leisurely walk through the plantation.

Prices:

  • 4×4 safari  RM10 per pax
  • ATV safari RM50 per pax
  • Extreme ATV RM65 per pax

Notes:

  • The plantation is roughly 22km from Tanah Rata. Foreigners pay ~RM10-20 more than locals!
  • For inquiries, call +6013-534 2002

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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.

Cameron Valley Tea House KT By Bharat
Cameron Valley Tea House KT By Bharat – Photo by Travelswithsun

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).

Location: 49th Mile Kuala Terla, Cameron Highlands, 39000 Tanah Rata, Pahang, Malaysia

Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:30am to 6pm

Friday to Sunday: 8am to 7pm

Contact: +605-498 8180

Entrance Fees: Free, RM3 to enter the garden

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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!

Beautiful Scenery At Sungai Palas BOH Tea Estate
Beautiful Scenery At Sungei Palas BOH Tea Estate – Photo by Travelswithsun

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.

The Vast Tea Estate At Sungai Palas Belonging To BOH Plantations
The Vast Tea Estate At Sungei Palas Belonging To BOH Plantations – Photo by Travelswithsun

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.

Teahouse At Sungai Palas BOH Tea Estate
Teahouse At Sungei Palas BOH Tea Estate – Photo by Travelswithsun

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.

Interior Of The Cafe At BOH Sungai Palas Tea Centre
Interior Of The Cafe At BOH Sungei Palas Tea Centre – Photo by Travelswithsun

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!

Location: BOH Sungai Palas Tea Centre, Brinchang, 39000 Brinchang, Pahang

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Sunday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Monday: Closed (except for school and public holidays)

Contact: +605-496 2096

Entrance Fees: Free

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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!

Cameron Valley Tea Plantation In Cameron Highlands
Cameron Valley Tea Plantation In Cameron Highlands – Photo by Travelswithsun

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
  • Herbal
  • Strawberry
  • Black
  • Lemon
  • Cinnamon
  • Flower

Food they serve:

  • Croissants and other pastries
  • Brownies
  • Mango cheesecake
  • Scones
  • Carrot cake
  • Nasi lemak
Scones At Cameron Valley Tea House
Scones At Cameron Valley Tea House – Photo by Travelswithsun

Location: 15-16, Jalan Besar, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Tanah Rata, 39000 Tanah Rata, Pahang

Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:30am to 6pm

Friday to Sunday: 8am to 7pm

Contact: +605-491 1133

Entrance Fees: If you want to explore the estate, it costs RM3/ person to walk while the buggy costs RM12/ person.

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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 1 Under Bharat
Cameron Valley Tea House 1 Under Bharat – Photo by Travelswithsun

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.

Seating At Cameron Valley Tea House 1 Under Bharat
Seating At Cameron Valley Tea House 1 Under Bharat – Photo by Travelswithsun

Location: 34, Mile Cameron Highlands, Tanah Rata, 39000 Cameron Highlands, Pahang

Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 6pm

Friday to Sunday: 8am to 7pm

Contact: +605-491 1133

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.

Cameron Valley Tea House 2 Under Bharat
Cameron Valley Tea House 2 Under Bharat – Photo by Travelswithsun

Visitors will appreciate the larger parking lot too!

The Path Down From The Tea House To Cameron Valley Tea Plantation Under Bharat
The Path Down From The Tea House To Cameron Valley Tea Plantation Under Bharat – Photo by Travelswithsun

Location: 34.5, Mile Cameron Highlands, Tanah Rata, 39000 Cameron Highlands, Pahang

Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:30am to 6pm

Friday to Sunday: 8am to 7pm

Contact: +605-491 1133

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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.

The Front Of The On Site Cafe At Boh Tea Estate Habu (Fairlie Boh Tea Plantation)
The Front Of The On Site Cafe At Boh Tea Estate Habu (Fairlie Boh Tea Plantation) – Photo by Travelswithsun

Some say this plantation in Habu village has better views than the Sungai Palas estate with short hikes (~10 minutes) to the viewpoints!

Stairs Up To A Viewpoint At Boh Tea Estate Habu (Fairlie Boh Tea Plantation)
Stairs Up To A Viewpoint At Boh Tea Estate Habu (Fairlie Boh Tea Plantation) – Photo by Travelswithsun

And we do agree that it has its own charm in addition to the appeal of no crowds!

A Viewpoint At Boh Tea Estate Habu (Fairlie Boh Tea Plantation)
A Viewpoint At Boh Tea Estate Habu (Fairlie Boh Tea Plantation) – Photo by Travelswithsun

Simple refreshments and tea are available at their small on-site café! You can also get tours of the tea factory at this plantation.

Outdoor Seating At The Cafe In Boh Tea Estate Habu (Fairlie Boh Tea Plantation)
Outdoor Seating At The Cafe In Boh Tea Estate Habu (Fairlie Boh Tea Plantation) – Photo by Travelswithsun

Note: Inexperienced drivers will be more comfortable with the road going into this estate than the one for Sungai Palas!

Location: BOH Road Habu, 39200 Ringlet, Pahang

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Sunday: 9am – 4:30pm

Monday: Closed (except for school and public holidays).

Contact: +605-493 1324

Entrance Fees: Free

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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!

Tea Factory At Boh Tea Estate Habu (Fairlie Boh Tea Plantation)
Tea Factory At Boh Tea Estate Habu (Fairlie Boh Tea Plantation) – Photo by Travelswithsun

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.

Note: If you have any breathing difficulties or weak stamina, you might want to skip the hike!

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Getting To Cameron Highlands Tea Plantation

Prepare yourself for the windy road and possible traffic jam up to Cameron Highlands.

Driving Up To Cameron Highlands
Driving Up To Cameron Highlands – Photo by Travelswithsun

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!

Tours include:

  • 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

Leave RayTheTour a message on WhatsApp or Facebook to book or inquire about their customizable private tours!

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Conclusion

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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