The classic vacation spot to enjoy some cool air and fresh vegetables!
I got invited to attend a friend’s wedding near Ipoh one weekend. Instead of driving all the way up and back to KL, my parents and I decided to make it a short 2-days-1-night trip to the nearby Cameron Highlands.
Cameron Highlands is located about 200km north of Kuala Lumpur. It is a popular holiday destination for city dwellers who wanted to escape the heat and technological distractions. Cameron Highlands has a cool temperature due to its altitude – during the day, it measures around 25 degrees maximum, while it can go as low as 12 degrees at night.
The cool climate also makes it a suitable location for agricultural activities, and Cameron Highlands produces some of the best vegetables and fruits around, such as corns and strawberries. Nevertheless, its greatest attraction is tea, and the scenery of lush tea plantations is second to none!
It has been some time since I’ve been there, and I wanted to visit the Sungei Palas BOH Tea Plantation – I’ve seen many architecture magazines featuring the new building and it must be a great place to sip some tea while chatting!
There are also markets that sell a variety of plants and fresh produce, besides the usual souvenirs – the strawberry balloons have been there since the last time I visited Cameron Highlands, and that was easily nearly 20 years ago! At a nearby night market, even crazier varieties of strawberry-themed souvenirs are for sale, as well as dried strawberries and jagung mutiara (pearl corns), which are sweet enough to be eaten on its own!
It was an enjoyable trip nonetheless, and all the greenery is definitely a great way to refresh the mind!