Monday, February 28, 2011

Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia

Tea House with superb view of the plantation area
Cameron Highlands is in the state of Pahang, Malaysia and it is a famous hill resort in the country. Located about 1,500 meters above sea level, the temperature up here is very cooling and refreshing. The colonial British used this place as a retreat from the hot and humid cities. The highland must have gotten its name from William Cameron who discovered the place in 1885.

There are two ways to get up the hills; one via the old road Tapah and the other is the new highway at Simpang Pulai, Ipoh. The latter route is much gentler and less winding while the old Tapah route tend to be winding with sharp bends and corners. Cameron Highlands is dotted with interesting small towns of Ringlet,Tanah Rata, Brinchang, Tringkap and Kampung Raja. Abundance of fresh vegetable are available at the night market and day stalls in Brinchang.

The vast Boh Plantation in Sungai Palas is an interesting place to visit and its perching cafe on the hill top is a nice stop for a cup of tea. The view from the cafe is breathtaking and the rolling green hills are soothing for the eyes.

Rolling green hills covered with tea plants
Beautiful view of the plantation
The plantation workers houses
Plucking tea leaves

Plantation workers at work
Loading and transporting tea leaves
The backyard of the worker's house
Interesting packaging of Boh tea
Cameron has sweet juicy oranges
Purple cabbage at the market
White Raddish
Fresh cabbage

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