Want to experience a roadside vegetable market in Cameron Highlands? Open for most of the day, Kea Farm Market is just between Tringkap and Brinchang town, on the main road.
Arguably the largest of these markets, Kea Farm Market is a well-known shopping destination for visitors to get fresh produce sold by the local traders and farmers!
Here’s what you can expect if you make a trip to Kea Farm Market!
Table of contents:
- Kea Farm Market Opening Hours
- What To Buy At Kea Farm Market
- What To Eat At Kea Farm Market
- Kea Strawberry Farm
- Other Interesting Places Close To Kea Farm
- Kea Farm Hotel
- Kea Farm Homestay
- Getting To Kea Farm Market From Ipoh
Kea Farm Market
Because of the cool weather up in Cameron Highlands, shopping in an open-air market like this one can be fun (even if it is mostly just vegetables!)!
As you can take your time wandering through the various stalls!
Kea Farm Market Opening Hours
Although the market is open every day, it’s at its liveliest during the weekends and public holidays!
That being said, it’s no easy feat to find a slot to park your car during these times! The road is narrow!
Sometimes, there will even be a policeman to direct the traffic!
What To Buy At Kea Farm Market
You’ll have a greater selection to choose from if you go early in the morning! Strawberries are particularly popular!
Do not be tempted to get everything at the same stall! Chances are, stalls at the back may sell the same thing for a better price!
Some vendors can steam the veges for you on the spot if you would prefer to eat them then!
- Fresh flowers
- Sweet corn of various grades – double check your order after you get them
- Souvenirs (e.g. tee-shirts, key chains, etc)
- Fried snacks (e.g., sweet potato)
Shopping Tips For Kea Farm Market
- Don’t underestimate how fast heat can spoil your newly acquired food! And if you can help it, don’t leave them in the car when it’s parked in the sun!
- Goods sold at the market may repeat from stall to stall so don’t buy from the very first stall you see. You might get a better price at another one!
- When closing time draws near, you may find unexpected bargains for the vegetables and fruit!
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What To Eat At Kea Farm Market
You’ll only find snacks like deep fried sweet potatoes, steamed corn and handcrafted ice-cream at Kea Farm Market.
Speaking of ice-cream:
PUKU Café at Kea Farm is a cute stall selling homemade ice-cream. It costs just RM5 per stick for their delightful ice-cream!
Can’t decide on a flavor? Try chocolate, strawberry (for selfie purposes), green tea, or tiramisu!
Opening hours: 9am to 6:30pm
For actual meals, these places should suffice if you want to try some Cameron Highlands food:
- 1 Satay Cameron (4 minutes’ walk) – Tasty satay with incredible prices (<RM2/stick)
- Cafe Lorong Kea Farm (3 minutes’ walk) – Hipster café setting, good local/western food (large portions)
- Sinar Hijjaz Café (2 minutes’ walk) – Malay food; Scenic views; Steamboat available
- Sweet In Heart (1 minute walk) – Nice environment; Western food and cakes
Kea Strawberry Farms
For those who are interested, there is a strawberry farm at Kea Garden Guest House – which we cover in more detail further down this post!
Besides this one, there’s at least 2 more that are not far away!
- EQ Strawberry Farm
- Raju’s Hill Strawberry Farm Café
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The Sheep Sanctuary at Kea Farm
The Sheep Sanctuary at Kea Farm is a new attraction by Goh Bing Tzuan. He takes his inspiration from the sheep farms in Taiwan.
Opening Hours: 9am to 5:30pm
Entrance Fees: RM8 (Adult), RM5 (Child) – doesn’t seem to be consistent
Expect a lot of families to come here during school holidays!
There are 14 or so Merino sheep from Australia here. As well as some rabbits. Visitors can feed the friendly sheep (RM4 per packet although you get one box with your entrance ticket) and interact with them.
Other Interesting Places Close To Kea Farm
It may not take you too long to fully explore the Kea Farm Market.
So, what’s next?
Thankfully, there are quite a few attractions nearby!
1. Rose Center (Permanently Closed)
Walk all the way inwards from the main road:
You should see Copthorne Hotel perched high on a distant hill to your left followed by some apartments and a school before you reach the Rose Center on the right.
Since it’s on a hill, you can get some pretty lovely views of the surrounding area at the top of the gardens! The colorful gardens themselves make for a pleasant stroll!
2. Cactus Point, Brinchang, Pahang
See giant cacti among this nursery’s vast collection of cacti.
Other than cactus, they have succulents, pitcher plants, flowers, moss and other plants which you can buy to take back home!
With over-the-counter instructions on how best to care for your new plants! And if you need to stock up, they do have gardening supplies and fertilizer for sale too!
3. Raju’s Hill Strawberry Farm
Packed with tourists on weekends, this strawberry farm is free to visit.
There is a free tour of how they grow and process their strawberries too!
The on-site gift shop sells their products. Pop into their café for a strawberry infused treat while you admire the views!
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4. Butterfly Farm Cameron Highlands
One of Cameron Highlands’ longest-serving establishments, the butterfly farm showcases more than just butterflies!
But the addition of the mini zoo gives cause for concern (regarding the animals’ welfare).
5. Orchid And Rose Garden
Browse through the colorful well-kept garden and admire the different species of plants. Including some very unusual flowers that they have on display.
Good valley views from the nursery too!
6. Cameron Square
Cameron Square is the only shopping mall in Cameron Highlands.
There are 3 floors of fast-food restaurants, retail outlets and other shops including Mr DIY and a pharmacy (Watsons).
For entertainment, there is a small arcade as well as a karaoke centre and a 3D trick art gallery.
7. Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm
Many tourists making their way to the BOH Sungai Palas tea plantation often make a detour at Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm.
It’s free to walk in and walk around the garden. If you walk further down, you will see the actual bee farm. The workers can tell you more about bees if you are curious!
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Kea Farm Hotel
Staying at a hotel at close quarters to the market means you don’t have to worry about parking.
And you can be one of the first visitors to the market in the morning!
1. Copthorne Hotel Cameron Highlands
4-star Copthorne Hotel in Cameron Highlands is the largest resort here. You can easily spot the resort as it is high up on a hill that looks out to Brinchang Valley.
What you’ll like:
- Many facilities (e.g. gym, sauna, spa, indoor heated swimming pool, children’s playground, etc)
- Free WiFi
- Carpark for guests
- Comfortable rooms with coffee-making facilities
Good to know:
- Rooms on the highest floors have the best views
- On-site steamboat restaurant (Millennium Garden)
- Bar (Cricket Lounge)
- 18° Celsius Café
- Apartment options are available for booking
- Bicycle rental and laundry services
2. Nova Highlands Hotel And Resort
These are modern suites right next to Cameron Square shopping mall.
Each suite comes with a private balcony, an ensuite bathroom, a kitchenette and some even have a dining room!
What you’ll like:
- Multi-story car park for guests
- Spacious rooms
- Kitchenette comes with utensils
- Flat screen TV and seating area in the suite
- Daily buffet breakfast (Nova Highlands Café)
- Free WiFi
- 24/7 reception
Good to know:
- Bicycle rental available
- 2 minutes’ walk to Cameron Square
- Laundry services are available (additional charges apply)
- When making a booking, just note that if you choose apartment instead of hotel, you may have to share the apartment with other guests. Unless you book the whole apartment!
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Kea Farm Homestay
There is one very photogenic homestay that is less than a minutes’ walk from Kea Farm Market!
1. Kea Garden Guest House
Many visitors like to stay here because of the beautiful garden and the immediate location to the market!
What you’ll like:
- On-site café
- Own strawberry garden
- Chalets are available for booking too
Good to know:
- Pick rooms on the higher floors so you won’t hear noise from the ground floor
- Rooms are not suitable for tall people (more than 180cm)
2. Kea Garden Mini Chalet
When they say mini, they mean a capsule concept! These rooms just manage to fit a fan, small shelf, double bed and TV.
Guests are allocated lockers and share communal toilets and showers.
What you’ll like:
- Free WiFi throughout the premises
- Clean facilities and rooms
- Good views
- Comfortable beds
Good to know:
- Under Kea Garden Guest House management
- Prayer rooms are available
- Hair dryers and some toiletries are provided
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Getting To Kea Farm Market From Ipoh
Kea Farm Market is 3km north of Brinchang town and 3km before Tringkap. It normally takes ~8 minutes to drive to the market from Brinchang. And 15 minutes from Tanah Rata.
But traffic from Brinchang to Kea Farm Market can be heavy during weekends and public holidays.
If you don’t want to drive, you can get a taxi from Brinchang or Tanah Rata.
Alternatively, you could opt for a private tour service like RayTheTour to bring you up from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands. And include Kea Farm Market as part of your personalized Cameron Highlands trip itinerary!
With a local guide to escort you too!
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This popular local market in Cameron Highlands is a must-see for first timers to Cameron Highlands.
At Kea Farm Market, you can see firsthand what the local farmers like to grow! Try local snacks, savor the cool air and maybe bring a souvenir or two home!
It doesn’t hurt that there are other attractions around the market too!
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