These highlands in Malaysia are truly a breath of fresh air. Source: Shutterstock

CAMERON Highlands is to Malaysia what Darjeeling is to India, or Nuwira Eliya is to Sri Lanka – a hilly, lush, green region in the country’s interior that grows premium quality tea, with cooler weather offering welcome relief from the otherwise steamy climate.

Located approximately 150km north of the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands is undoubtedly one of Malaysia’s most scenic locations.

Cameron Highlands was named after a British Government surveyor named William Cameron who was on a mission to map out Malaysia during the colonial years. Neat rows of tea bushes began to pop up shortly after the expedition mission when the true potential of the highlands were realised.

The destination offers some excellent hiking trails, taking visitors through history, across hills and mountains, and up and above the hectic world down below. One of the most overlooked trails is the Gunung Mentigi Trail which leads hikers past and through some of the country’s most historic monuments.

The highest point, Gunung Irau, stands at 2110 meters above sea level, and along with the height comes a moderate climate with temperatures rarely rising above 25 degrees centigrade, or getting any lower than 10 degrees centigrade. These cool temperatures can be a refreshing alternative to the steamy temperatures in the cities.

Take a look at the unspoiled beauty of Cameron Highlands:

Locally grown strawberries

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Serene tropical rainforest

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A cafe overlooking the tea plantation

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Local market

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Rows of locally grown cabbage

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Wild Rajah Brooke butterflies

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Lata Iskandar waterfall

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Boh Tea Centre

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Lavender farm

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Village of native people

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Getting there: The easiest way to get to and around Cameron Highlands would be by car. Most visitors rent a car from Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Penang, or other major Malaysian cities before heading up the hills.




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