Friday, November 6, 2009

A trip to Cameron Highlands



Cameron Highlands is a highland resort located 121 km east of Ipoh and about 214 km north of Kuala Lumpur.  The journey up to the highlands from Ipoh takes about 1.1/2 hours after the Simpang Pulai toll exit.
The roads here are wider and not so winding like the old road from Tapah town and the journey is much shorter.  Travelling time can be shortened by approximately 1 hour.

The highlands is about 5,000 feet above sea level, climate is cool with temperature ranging from 12 deg C to 25 deg C.  Because of its luscious, peaceful scenery amid cool fresh air, it's a very popular holiday destination for locals as well as tourists.  The place can be crowded during weekends and more so during school and public holidays.

We stayed at the Equatorial Hotel, Kea Farm, Brinchang which is strategically located.  The location is good and the view amazing.  The strawberry farm is just round the corner of the hotel and visitors can pick and choose the strawberries at a fee, which is seasonal.  Within walking distance is the famous Kea Farm where there are many stalls selling vegetables, fruits, flowers, souvenirs, food, snacks and tidbits.  Approximately 2 km away is the Sg. Palas Boh Tea Plantations where visitors can go on a conducted factory tour to see  how the tea leaves are being processed.



we arrived there  in the evening and it was misty, the road is from Kampung Raja, to Tringkap, then to Brinchang which is where the Equatorial Hotel is located.




the mist from the moutains resemble somewhat the mountainous tourist spots in China, right out of a Chinese brush painting!


the skies have cleared up a bit ........  all these snaps were taken from the 7th floor balcony of the hotel




in the background is part of the Brinchang township, notice the terraced terrain where vegetables are grown




there's a vast variety of vegetables being grown here,  lettuce, the funny smelly 'tung hu', Chinese spinach, cabbage,  'wong ngah pak', tomatoes and baby tomoatoes, carrots, brocolli, white radish, beetroot just to name a few, fruits are passion fruits, oranges, persimmon, avocado, strawberries and tubers like the different species of sweet potatoes.  I was told that some of the sweet potatoes and corn are cultivated by the Orang Asli, the aboroginies of Malaysia.  Also, the King of Fruits, the Durian, the best species are those grown in the wild in the Orang Asli settlement, with no pesticdes whatsoever.



looking down from the balcony of the hotel, part of Kea Farm vegetation.  Fresh flowers abound here in the highlands, roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, oriental lilies, birds of paradise and a variety of dried flowers are available as well.


12 comments:

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  1. These are absolutely beautiful pictures thank you for sharing :)

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  2. Wow, so picturesque! Brian and I really want to take a trip to Asia next year since he has never been, and I've been limited to Taiwan and Japan! I'll have to ask you for recommendations when we plan our trip!

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  3. Hi
    Kathy
    Yup, the view is breathtaking.

    pegasuslegend
    Most welcome.

    experimentalculinarypursuits
    Yes, plan a trip to South East Asia, very affordable. No problem, can recommend you some places of interest.

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  4. wow, cameron highlands is gorgeous. I've been there a few times but it was so long ago i can barely remember. the two things i remember most are the tea and fresh strawberries + whip cream sold fresh outside the farms, by the road. priceless :D

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  5. rabbittrick
    Hot tea and scones in hotels, chalet and smokehouse inn are very, very pricey. Nowadays it's very commercialised, the farms have built small eateries within their compound, selling hot drinks, strawberries, homemade strawberry jam, scones and even watercress drink.

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  6. I have a vague memory of visiting this place when I was little... I know that it is famous for tea?

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  7. Penny
    Yes it's famous for its Boh Tea, think it's the biggest in Malaysia, they have 2 plantations, one in Ringlet and the other in Brinchang. There's another one called Blue Valley. Camerons is also famous for its strawberries and vegetables.

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  8. Haven't been there for years! The last trip I was there is from Gua Musang. That time the highway bridge still under construction. I was with my hubby 4x4 members and we went below the bridge to cross over, all the way from Gua Musang till Kg. Gajah and then to Tapah.

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  9. My Little Space
    3 years ago 3 of us, my hubby, daughter and myself, travelled from Kota Bahru, Gua Musang to Camerons. The scenery was fantastic and part of the mountains were filled with bamboo, reminded me of the Crouching Tiger movie with all the swaying bamboo. But there wasn't much traffic so can be a great problem should the car break down, don't know how's it now, maybe there are more people travelling that way.

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  10. hey Cheah, this is my all time favourite place in Malaysia. My wife has never been and I took her there last December to relive childhood memories! Love your recipes too, simple and tasty!

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  11. chopinandmysaucepan
    Thanks for dropping by blog and also for such kind compliments! Will hop over to yours soon!

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