Cameroon Highlands

Top 10 Things To Do In Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Cameron Highlands is ideal for a brief but busy stay. You can easily spend 2-3 exploration-packed days here and see all 10 of the top attractions.

Top 10 Things To Do In Cameron Highlands

With a mix of cultures and rich heritage, the district of Cameron Highlands in the state of Pahang is a fascinating experience for tourists. 

Wondering what to do at cameron highlands? Among more than 29 activities, here are the top 10 activities you must do in Cameron Highlands.

Let’s dive right in with a brief overview and move toward the top activities!

An Overview of Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands are plush hills home to various fruit and tea plantations spread across many acres. You can find a long list of attractions, so make sure to spend time both in nature and the town.

Cameron Highlands is ideal for a brief but busy stay. You can easily spend 2-3 exploration-packed days here and see most of the attractions. 

Cameroon Highlands

There are two main towns to visit—Tanah Rata and Brinchang, with the most attractions nearby. 

Here are the top 10 activities of both towns!

Things to do: cameron highland attractions

1. BOH Tea Plantation

The BOH plantation is a historic highland tea garden. It’s the first and largest of its kind in Malaysia. It’s named after the Bohea hills, where tea is thought to be discovered. The gardens were started by British John Archibald Russel and Sri Lankan A.B. Milne. 

The plantation has accumulated almost a century of success and now includes Sungei Palas Plantations. With the addition of the Sungei Palas Plantations, there are now two locations of the BOH enterprise. 

Both are a treat to see, but the experience and history of the original BOH tea gardens are unmatched. You can not only tour through the gardens but also watch over the vast view while relaxing with a cup of tea in their cafe.

2. Sam Po Temple

Sam Po Temple is located in Brinchang. This Buddhist temple is found on a small hill at the back of the town. It’s home to statues of many Buddhist and Chinese deities, but the Budhha statue is the largest one. The temple is serene and gives a beautiful view of the town. So when you go there, you’ll also have a great picture opportunity.

Things to Note

It’s free to enter the temple. You should take your shoes off outside and stay silent inside. Although it is a tourist attraction, it is still a functioning temple with both locals and foreigners coming to pray. The temple is also maintained by resident monks, who you should be respectful of.

sampoh temple

3. Gunung Brinchang Peak

At 6,667 feet, Gunung Brinchang is the second highest peak in Cameron Highlands and the highest peak accessible by road. 

You get a magnificent view of the district’s lush landscape from the top. There’s also a telecommunication tower built there that gives an even better view. 

You’ll find Gunung Brinchang park busy all around the year because of its easy accessibility.

Extra Tip

If you want to get two things off your bucket list in one go, you can choose to take the trail through the Mossy forest to the peak. 

Praised for its fairytale-like atmosphere, it can take you roughly an hour or so (one way) to explore the woods and trek up to Gunung Brinchang. This way, you’ll experience both the natural attractions. Be sure to ask a local, about the status of the trail, it can be affected by things like landslides.

4. The Time Tunnel

This gem should be a must on your list. The Time Tunnel is a small museum meant to connect with Cameron Highlands history and is the first memorabilia museum in Malaysia. 

This attraction is located in Brinchang and was opened in the basement of Kok Lim Strawberry Farm. 

It has decades’ worth of collections done by See Kok Shan, a local Cameron Highlands resident. He not only displays items and pictures, but he also has an interesting collection of stories to tell. 

The museum will show you glimpses of all Cameron Highlands’s cultural influences over time. 

Fee for the Time Tunnel

There’s a small fee to enter the museum. For adults, it’s RM5 while for children it’s RM3.

time travel tourist spot

5. Raaju’s Hill Strawberry Farm

Among more than 11 strawberry farms, Raaju’s hill strawberry farm is one of the most popular in the district. It’s located opposite the Kea farms on the main road. 

You can take a tour inside the farms, hand-pick up to half a kilo of fresh strawberries and watch the processing plant inside. They also have a dining area where you can enjoy tea and their own strawberry goods such as cakes, jams, waffles, etc.

The farm is a nice relaxing spot, with its rooftop sitting area giving you a view of the Birchang peak. 

The entry is free, and the farm is family-friendly, so you can keep it as a resting spot between your day’s activities. 

The farm is about 3 km from Brinchang town, so you can start your day here and move on to activities in the town.

6. Mah Meri Art Gallery

Located in Tanah Rata, the unbelievable works of the Mah Meri indigenous tribe are displayed in this art gallery. 

UNESCO authorities have awarded the Mah Meri crafts with the Seal of Excellence, credited to their remarkable craftsmanship and exemplary quality. The gallery displays hundreds of art pieces made of mangrove hardwood.

If you’re interested in the arts or enjoy observing the expressions of different cultures, this art gallery is perfect for you. The Mah Meri pieces are unlike anything you’ve seen before, so you shouldn’t miss the chance to marvel at their beauty.

Timings & Entry Fees

The timings of the gallery are 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM. 

It also has an entry fee of RM37 for adults and RM21 for children.

7. Pasar Pagi / Morning Market

To have a slow but delightful start to your morning, you can go to the morning market, which opens in Kea farms and Brinchang town. 

It’s open seven days a week with fresh farm produce, local merchandise, and other goodies. It’s open from 7 AM to 7 PM, so you can come to stock up on fruits or other items any time of the day.

The market is cheaper than most places and has a great variety to choose from. 

You also get a taste of how the morning life in the town works and see locals go about their day. The market visits in Cameron Highland are a tourist experience in themselves, so get yourself out there and mingle with people and make new friends.

8. Pasar Malam / Night Market

After a busy day of exploring, if you’re staying in Tanah Rata, you have another treat waiting for you on the weekend. The town has a vibrant night market that sets up once the sun goes down. 

It starts around 4 PM and closes at 11 PM. Most people visit to see the townspeople and buy gifts, souvenirs, or food. You’ll find a wide variety of local merchandise to explore.

This Bazar was initially based in Brinchang but has recently moved to Tanah Rata. It’s a weekend attraction, from Friday till Sunday, and is always bustling with locals and tourists. 

Note: The weather and other conditions affect its timing, so you can always ask your guide or locals when it’s starting that particular weekend.

9. Cactus Valley

Present on a hill in Brinchang Town, this botanical garden hosts countless cacti, flowers, fruits, and ornamental plants. Of the plant species present, some are around 60 years old, which only adds to their charm. 

It’s one of the most significant tourist attractions and extremely popular. 

You can walk around the ample space and take in the beauty, but if you want to keep a plant or two, that’s possible too. There are reasonably priced potted plants for sale, and they’ll be a growing reminder of your time in Cameron Highlands.

Timings & Entry Fee

The valley is open 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily

The entry fee for adults is RM5, and for children, it’s RM2.

10. Agro Technology Park

Another British remnant handed over to the Malaysian authorities is the (now called) MARDI Agro Technology Park located in Tanah Rata. 

You can tour the gardens to see the countless species of flowers, fruits, and other plants you like. Souvenirs and farm produce are also available for purchase at the sales center.

The research station was opened in 1926 and was given to the Malaysian Research and Development Institute (MARDI) in 1990. It was then turned into a research center that also operates as a tourist spot.

The park is divided into six sections: 

  1. The English Garden
  2. Herb Garden
  3. Orchid Garden 
  4. Rose Garden
  5. Research Centre
  6. And an Information Centre. 

Where to stay

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For backpackers and digital nomads, I highly

I recommend Travel Bunker Hostel  the hostel has a few nice common areas, and even better capsule style beds. They serve coffee and have snacks in the lobby for sale. The Cameron highlands in malaysia is a must see tourist location!

Safety

Leeches in hiking areas:

If you are going hiking wear jeans, or high socks, as leeches are common.

Stay Hydrated

If you start to feel light headed, get under some shade and slowly drink water, take it easy.

things to remember

Backroad to Cameron Highlands:

If you’re driving to Cameron Highlands, ensure your car is working properly. Have the brakes, headlights, and other parts checked beforehand. Follow traffic rules, avoid overtaking and speeding, and honk when making sharp turns, which is customary here, don't be afraid to honk, it's not rude, just makes the road safer when turning on the roads with many blind spots

Bring an umbrella or raincoat

During the rainy season, rains start and stop all day.

Common Questions THINGS TO DO IN CAMERON HIGHLANDS MALAYSIA

It is recommended you spend minimum 2- 3 days, the town is small, this is plenty of time

Either organize a bus from your hostel, or head to the bus terminal. There are many buses throughout the day.

I recommend Travel Bunker Hostel  the hostel has a few nice common areas, and even better capsule style beds.

There are several must-visit attractions in Cameron Highlands, including the Boh Tea Plantation, Mossy Forest, Strawberry Farms, Cameron Lavender Garden, Butterfly Farm, and the Sam Poh Temple.



While it is not necessary to book tours in advance, it is recommended during peak seasons to ensure availability. Booking in advance also helps with organizing your itinerary and securing a spot for popular activities.

Some popular outdoor activities in Cameron Highlands include hiking, jungle trekking to the various waterfalls, exploring the Mossy Forest, visiting the butterfly and insect farms, and taking leisurely walks in the tea plantations.

 Yes, there are interesting cultural experiences in Cameron Highlands. You can visit the Sam Poh Temple, which is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia, and explore the local markets to get a taste of the local culture and cuisine.

Some of the best views and photo spots in Cameron Highlands can be found at the peak of Gunung Brinchang, the highest mountain in the area. The Boh Tea Plantation and the Mossy Forest also offer breathtaking views and great photography opportunities.

 Some unique experiences in Cameron Highlands include strawberry picking at the strawberry farms, enjoying a cup of freshly brewed tea at the tea plantations, and shopping for local produce and handicrafts at the markets.

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I hope you enjoyed reading about the top destinations in Cameron Highlands. Comment your favorite one, and let me know if I missed a spot!

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