Being near the tropics isn’t helping when you want to enjoy a bit of the cooler climates in other countries with 4 seasons. At 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above sea level, Cameron Highlands is one of the highest area in Malaysia that enjoys a cool climate, with temperatures no higher than 25 °C and rarely falls below 12°C year-round. A sub-urban adventure awaits..
The Highlands were named after William Cameron, a British colonial government surveyor who discovered the plateau during a mapping expedition in 1885. The fame of Cameron Highlands then grew during the colonial era when British planters realized the potential of its fertile mountain slopes for growing tea, then a prized commodity. Cameron Highlands is still home to many tea plantations, being Malaysia’s largest tea-producing region. With its many farms the area is also known as a major supplier of vegetables to both Malaysia and Singapore, and is also one of Malaysia’s prime tourist destinations.
Apart from the cool weather, key attractions in Cameron Highlands include a butterfly farm, strawberry farms, rose gardens and vegetable gardens. There are also the Brinchang Hindu Temples and the Sam Poh Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Temple. Other features include Cactus Point, Cactus Valley and the BOH Tea Plantation. If you think the Highlands feels very “countryside”, there are also modern facilities such as the Market Square, Starbucks(in the sub district of Tanah Rata) and the Cameron Highlands Time Tunnel Galleria.