Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Cameron Highlands… the largest and most famous hill resort in Malaysia.

Cameron Highlands is a land of breathtaking scenery with cool lush mountains peaks, waterfalls, tea plantations, terraces of vegetable, fruit and flower gardens. The famous resort is located in the north-western corner of Pahang. Although it is in Pahang, its two main exits go to Tapah and Ipoh, Perak. It used to be very cold up the hill, but nowadays you can make do with just a light sweater. Discovered by a British surveyor, William Cameron in 1885, this highland paradise still retains much of the charm of an English village.

Cameron Highland is made up of several townships, namely Ringlet, Tanah Rata, Brinchang, Kea Farm, Tringkap, Kuala Terla and Kampong Raja. Each of these townhip has its own specialties. For example, Ringlet is one of the agricultural hub, producing vegetables and flowers in Cameron Highland, while Tanah Rata is the place where most chalets and backpackers' accommodation is located.

I think among all the townships, Brinchang and Kea Farm are more popular as compared to the others. This is because most of attractions are located in Brinchang and Kea Farm. These are the places where you can see and buy flowers, other plants and vegetables.

Among the famous attractions here is the tea plantation. After 3 hours driving from Kuala Lumpur, I stopped at Cameron Bharat Tea Plantation. This is the place where you can have a break...taste the various flavour of Cameron Bharat tea with cakes and sandwiches...and you can also buy tea and other souvieniur as gift to your friends and families. Then, you can take a walk around the tea plantation. If you are lucky, you can watch workers pick the tea leaves at the plantation. And it is quite amazing to see how the works of picking tea leaves along the steep hill. It's look like simple, but actually... it is not that simple. The steeper the hill...the harder the work of picking tea leaves...

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