Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands is the largest and most genteel of the hill resorts in Malaysia, located in Pahang's northwestern corner, at an altitude of 1,829meters. The temperate climate of the Cameron Highlands has made it Malaysia's 'Green Bowl,' supplying cabbages, tomatoes, carrots, green peppers and lettuce to major cities in Malaysia as well as to Singapore. Tea and strawberries are also grown on the terraced slopes of the Cameron Highlands, and the area possesses notable rose gardens as well.

Much of the character of the Cameron Highlands has remained unchanged since colonial times, and in many ways it is at hill stations like the Cameron Highlands that British residents most determinedly recreated an idyllic English environment. Brinchang's Tudor inns and rose gardens are the most visible reminders of English colonials, but the ubiquity here of fine tea and strawberries helps. While Brinchang, with its bustling market square, handicraft stores, and Buddhist Temple, is the most popular of the area's towns, visits to Ringlet and particularly to Tanah Rata are highly enjoyable.

The primary activities in the Cameron Highlands are all emphatically relaxing: touring, dining, shopping, and golfing. Among the most popular sights are the area's tea plantations and strawberry farms, its lovely rose gardens and waterfalls, and the busy market square at Brinchang. The highland's 18-hole, par-71 golf course is open to the public.

Driving up to Cameron Highlands is a pleasure in itself, as many interesting stops along the way can be made. From Tapah take Route 59. At Batu 7, you can turn off right to take a short break at the Kuala Woh Forest Recreation Park. There are picnic areas and a hot spring.

Further along Route 59, there is the majestic Lata Iskandar waterfall. Refreshments are available at the waterfall, making it a fine place to stretch your legs before completing the journey to the peak.

Cameron Highlands is home to the international-standard Strawberry Park Resort, Merlin Hotel, and Ye Olde Smokehouse. Strawberry Park offers luxuriously furnished apartments ideal for the large family or vacation groups. It has tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool and pony rides for children. Other hotels include the Golf Course Inn, Garden Hotel, and the Lakehouse. Budget chalets are also available.

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