10 Best Things To Do In Cameron Highlands: A Retreat In The Hills

things to do in cameron highlands

Malaysia’s biggest hill station – at about 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) above sea level – Cameron Highlands has many things that keeps it interesting for tourists and locals to make returning visits! With its cooling temperature and hilltop climate, it is the perfect place to explore the breathtaking natural hilly landscape and commit yourselves to some outdoor activities. From exploring the hillside tea plantations, to visiting agricultural farms and trekking some great hiking trails, here are the 10 best things to do in Cameron Highlands!

1. Stroll through the Boh Tea Estate

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A visit to Cameron Highland’s Boh Tea Plantation is quintessential for any first-time visitor! Your trip would definitely not be complete without it! Having 3 plantations – Fairlie Tea Garden, Habu Tea Garden and Sungai Palas Tea Garden – you will be treated to a view of sprawling tea gardens over the horizon as far as the eye can see. To learn more about the things you can do, why don’t you read our blog on the things you can do at the Boh Tea Garden.

Boh Tea Estate

Address: Boh Road Habu, 39200 Ringlet, Pahang, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 9 am – 4.30 pm (Closed on Mondays)

Contact: +605 4962096

Wesbite: Boh Tea Estate

2. Visit The Butterfly Farm

Butterfly's on a bush
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One of the oldest attractions in Cameron Highlands, and a great way to admire the more delicate flying creatures, you’ll be awed by the variety of exotic, rare butterflies of all shapes, colors and sizes you’ll see at The Butterfly Farm, about a 3 kilometer (1.8 mile) drive from Brinchang, near the popular Kea Farm. With a cheap admission price of 1.50 USD (adult) or 1 USD (kids), you can bring your whole family here to enjoy not only the colorful free-flying butterflies, but also the tortoise pen and a mini insectarium.

Butterfly Farm

Address: 43rd Mile, Kea Farm, 39100, Pahang, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Weekdays 9 am – 6 pm / Weekends 8 am – 7 pm

Contact: +60 125295568

3. Learn about local cultures at the Ornamental Temples

High-altitude monastery Sam Poh, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
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Sam Poh Temple is a great place to visit for those who are keen on learning about the culture and practices of Buddhist people in Cameron Highlands. Besides learning about Buddhism, visitors would also have a great hill-top view of Brinchang Town from the temple, as well as the colorful and ornamental architecture of the temple itself, that houses a large Buddha statue.

Sam Poh Temple

Address: Jalan Pecah Batu, 39000 Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 7 am – 7 pm

Contact: +60 54911393

4. See a variety of pricks down at Cactus Valley

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Located on a hillside near Brinchang, you’ll be amazed by the large variety of cactus they have in Cameron Highlands! Coming in all shapes and sizes, you wouldn’t want to slip and tumble into one of these prickly plants! Besides that, you could also see a wide range of flowers in the farm, that also grows apple trees and passionfruits!

Cactus Valley

Address: Cactus Valley Pekan lama, 39100, Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 8 am – 6 pm

Contact: +60 54915640

5. Smell the flowers at Rose Valley

Located in Bertam Valley there are many varieties of flowers that thrive in Cameron Highland’s cool temperatures, that would otherwise die in other parts of Malaysia. So do head over here to enjoy the sights and smells of blooming roses, daisies, and chrysanthemums, among others, and maybe have a visit to one of the near vegetable farms in Tringkap, or Kuala Terla, which grow local produce like cauliflower, cabbage and spinach!

Rose Valley

Address: 148 Tringkap, Cameron Highlands, 39000, Pahang

Opening Hours: 8 am – 6 pm

Contact: 605 4961620 / 4961491

6. Admire Indigenous wood carvings at Mah Meri Art Gallery

Mah Meri Art Gallery showcases a private collection of mangrove wood carvings, masks and statues carved by Mah Meri Indigenous people, who live in Carey Island, Malaysia. Admiring their intricate art work, it’s worth noting that many of their carvings have been awarded the SEAL of Excellence by UNESCO!

Mah Meri Art Gallery

Address: No 29 & 30, 1st Floor, Main Road, Tanah Rata, 39000 Cameron Highlands

Opening Hours: 10.30 am – 7.30 pm

Contact: +60 54912031 / +60 53128112

Facebook: Mah Meri Art Gallery

7. Visit the night market in Brinchang

You can find night markets anywhere in Malaysia, it’s a nice way to end the day, strolling through the stretches of tents, admiring all the little bits and bobs on sale, while sampling a steaming pouch of street food or two. Cameron Highlands has two types of market, the Pasar Pagi (Morning Market) and the Pasar Malam (Night Market). The morning market usually sells fresh produce of the hills, while visitors would often visit the more exciting night market in Brinchang, which has just about anything from fruits to gifts and souvenirs of Cameron Highlands.

Brinchang Night Market

Address: Cameron Highland, 39000 Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 5 pm – 3 am (Thursdays & Fridays)

Contact: +60 94779875 / +60 53128112

8. Have a cooling shower at Lata Iskandar Waterfall

Popular among both tourists, and locals, have a cooling shower over the cascading waters of Lata Iskandar, located about 25 km (15.5 mi) before Ringlet. The waterfall cascades over several tiers of granite slopes, before dropping from 25 meters (82 feet) high into a pool below. There’s also a handful of shops around the area that sell tribal handicrafts, strange herbs, tropical fruits and other things for you to bring home as souvenirs!

Lata Iskandar

Address: Exit 59, 35000 Tapah, Perak, Malaysia

Contact: +60 54011402

9. Hike Mossy Forest (Gunung Irau)

Mossy tree in the Mossy Forrest Cameron Highlands Malaysia
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While there are many tracks in Cameron Highlands, one of the most popular ones would be the trail in Mossy Forest! It’s particularly popular for its ‘Lord of the Rings’-esque setting of mossy woods, that look especially enchanting when blanketed by mist! Besides that, there are multiple other trails marked 1-10, signifying range of difficulty, that you could also attempt to hike to admire the natural beauties of Cameron Highlands!

Eco Cameron Highlands Travel & Tours

Address: 72-A, Jalan Persiaran Camellia 4, Tanah Rata, 39000, Pahang, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 8 am – 8 pm

Contact: +60 54915388

10. Go for a bird watching tour

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Cameron Highlands is a popular destination for bird-watchers, who come for its montane rainforest ecosystem, along with the montane bird inhabitants. Each rare species of these creatures is only to be found in particular habitats and vegetation, which Cameron Highlands has, perfect for feeding and breeding! Hold on to your binoculars, it’ll surely be an exciting day for all you bird watchers!

Eco Cameron Bird Watching

Address: 72-A, Jalan Persiaran Camellia 4, 39000 Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Darulmakmur.

Opening Hours: 7 am – 6 pm

Contact: +605 4915388

Website: Eco Cameron

Eco-conscious attractions

With so many eco-conscious and educational activities offered, Cameron Highlands is the perfect place for families with young kids to come and learn to appreciate the beauty of mother nature and all her inhabitants, and learn more about how to preserve our beautiful land!

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