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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Breakfast @ Century Pines Resort, Cameron Highlands, Pahang


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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Visit Malaysia- Cameron Highlands, Pahang

Cameron Highlands is Malaysia's largest hill resort. Standing at an elevation of 1524 above sea level. The highland has a consistent cool climate throughout the year. It was first discovered by William Cameron in 1885 by a British government surveyor during a mapping expedition on the Titiwangsa Range (Perak/Pahang border).

Failing to mark the discovery during the expedition, the location of the plateau was confirmed by Sir Hugh Low during the subsequent expedition. Si r Hugh Low suggested that this would be an ideal location for a retreat and farmland. A narrow path to the highland was then cut through the jungles of the highlands.
Since then, the plateau remained untouched until 1920s when the narrow bridle path leading up to the mountain was improved.

In 1925, Sir George Maxwell visited the mountain and eventually led the development of the hill station now known as CAMERON HIGHLANDS.

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Cameron Highland, the fertile mountain's key attractions are:
  • Tea Plantations
  • Vegetable Farms
  • Strawberry Farms
  • Flower/Cactus Nurseries
  • Markets
  • Honey Bee Farms
Next few post will be on those places that I have visited.

Century Pines Resort @Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands

There are just so many accommodations available in Cameron Highlands that and you might not know where to stay . Accommodations ranges from budget hotels, to apartments, service apartments, chalets, hotels and resorts. Myself made a reservation at Century Pines Resort at Tanah Rata town particularly because Brinchang town are more crowded as most markets and farms as well as eateries are concentrated at Brinchang town. Might be a liltle jam during weekends or public holidays.

Century Pines Resort, a property of Thong Sin Group is located at Tanah Rata town, which is about 10 minutes drive to Brinchang Town. Conveniently located in the midst of Tanah Rata town, right opposite the police station.

Century Pines Resort @ Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands

Deluxe Room

Although I can afford to buy drinks... but I find it quite strange that this hotel doesn't even have a complimentary of 2 bottles of mineral water in the room. Other than this, overall the hotel room is clean and considered reasonable for the price paid. Nothing to shout about actually...

Century Pines Resort
Lot 42, Jalan Masjid,
Tanah Rata, Cameron Highland
39000 Pahang Darul Makmur
Tel : 605- 491 5115
Tel: 605- 491 1115

Tea Plantations @ Cameron Highlands

A trip to Cameron Highlands would be incomplete without a visit to the tea plantation. Cameron Highlands is fondly known as the "Giant Green" carpet of Malaysia. The tea plantations is one of the key attraction of the highland.

The 3 tea plantations are as follow:

Boh Tea Centre- Fairlie Tea Garden @ Ringlet

Sungai Palas Tea Plantation- Boh Tea Centre

80 years of Umpph!! Boh Plantations is the largest black tea manufacturer in Malaysia was founded by JA Rusell in 1929. Today Boh Tea Plantation owns four tea garden- Habu, Fairlie Tea Garden & Sungai Palas Tea Garden, Cameron Highland. And another one at Bukit Cheeding, Selangor

Routes uphill are rather narrow. While cornering up hill, do give a honk to alert the oncoming car from the opposite direction.

Sungai Palas Tea Plantation would be the most perfect visit. Perfect view with breathtaking and eye soothing green sceneries. You may want to go for the factory tour provided by Boh Plantation. Too bad.. it's close on Monday. But then again, there is a video room for visitors to watch the videos on tea processing.

Both Fairlie plantation and Sungai Palas plantatian has a tea centre for visitors to enjoy a cup of tea while enjoying cooling breeze and the beautiful piece of green carpet sceneries.

Shouldn't miss the Sungai Palas Tea Centre at all!! It offers spectacular views from a 20 foot overhanging platform.

Ahhh....... how relaxing....

For more information visit:

Cameron Bharat Tea Plantation- Cameron Valley Tea Centre @ Tanah Rata

Besides Boh Tea Plantation, Cameron Bharat Plantation is the second largest tea producer in Malaysia. There are two Cameron Valley Tea House between Ringlet and Tanah Rate. Just good enough for one to stop for some stretching after a traveling a long journey uphill. It's an irresistible stopover!! A good stop to refresh yourself and take in the lush view of the tea gardens , relaxingly sipping a cup of freshly brewed tea with a scones or strawberry cheesecake.

Bharat Tea Plantation produces highlands tea- a premium quality black tea as well.

Remember, tea plantations is a MUST VISIT!!

Kea Farm & Vegetable Market

Vegetables, strawberries and flower farms can be located throughout the highland. One of the most popular farm at Cameron Highlands would be Kea farm.

Kea farm is located at north of Brinchang, a walking distance to Equatorial Hotel. It's one of the most worth to visit farm at the highland.

Kea Farm @ Brinchang

Vegetable market

Right at the entrance of key farm, there is a vegetable market, one of the most famous tourist spot to grab fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers.

Vegetables prices are reasonable. Cactus and flowers like roses are real cheap here!

Besides Kea farm, there are more smaller farms scattered throughout the highlands. Make a stop if you would like too!! If it is only 2 days 1 night trip... you got to plan the farm visiting schedule- cause there are too many farms to visit!

No 1, Kea Farm,
Cameron Highlands,
39100 Pahang,

Tel: +605 496 1881 Fax: +605 496 2623

EQ Stawberry Farm

Besides vegetable farms or perhaps at most vegetable farms, there are strawberry farms as well.

List of strawberry farms:

  • EQ Strawberry Farm
  • Kasimanis Strawberry Farm
  • Big Red Strawberry Farm
  • Raju's Hill Strawberry Farm
  • Healthy Strawberry Farm
  • Rich Flora Strawberry Farm
  • Kea Strawberry Farm
At most of the strawberry farms, visitors are allow to pluck their own strawberries but of course, there is a price to pay! It's just an experience anyway!

Our first visit was Raju's Hill strawberry farm and surprisingly there are no more strawberries left!! We then stroll down across the road and spotted EQ Strawberry farm and here comes my berries experience!

EQ Strawberry farm @ entrance of Equatorial Hotel

RM 24.00 for not so sweet and yet sourish strawberries. I do enjoy going around the farm picking my own strawberries but don't really enjoy the strawberries I picked. Strawberries grown in Cameron Highlands are definitely not as sweet as those imported berries. So, don't expect it's gonna be as sweet as those imported strawberries you can find in supermarkets. I have learned that strawberry farmers often have hives of bees to live on the farm to pollinate the strawberries. Perhaps, this is the reason that bee farms are also one of the tourist spot in Cameron Highland?

EQ Strawberry Farm
Nº. 78, Jalan Kuari, Brinchang,
Cameron Highland
Pahang 39100
Tel: 05-491 1759

Water Crest Valley ( Lee & Chiew Farm)

Should be Watercress NOT Water Crest!!

Water Crest Valley ( Lee & Chiew Farm) was not in my visit list but somehow, out of curiosity, I requested a stop at this farm after our visit to Rose Valley. Watercress (西洋菜-literally means western vegetable) is one of the oldest green leafy vegetable known to man. This vegetable is a perfect natural multi vitamin, body detoxification with curative power to certain illnesses. For more information- google it!

I personally like watercress dishes especially watercress soup or stir fry watercress. Other than that, watercress drinks are good too! It's soothing and helps to reduce body heat. Anyway, vegetables are always good for health!! Are there any body damaging vegetables????

Entrance fees: Adult : MYR 1.00 Childrens: MYR 0.50

Water Cress Valley Sdn Bhd

Lot UT/KF/F160,
Jalan Besar
Batu 44 Tringkap
39100 Cameron Highlands

Tel: +605 485 4329

Rose Valley @ Tringkap, Cameron Highlands

The symbol of love,purity, innocence, sympathy and secrecy. Rose, a flower with long and colorful history.

What's you favorite rose color? How much do you know about this flower?

Well, if you are interested to know more, there are two places in Cameron Highlands for tourist to witness how roses are grown- Rose Center@ Kea Farm, Brinchang & Rose Valley @ Tringkap- about 15 minutes drive from Brinchang town.

A farm big enough to sight various species of roses in a variety of colors.

Rose Valley @ Tringkap
Rose in full bloom. Carefull!! It pricks!!

Rose Valley

148, Tringkap,
Cameron Highlands,

39100 Pahang, Malaysia
Tel: +605- 496 1620

Fax: +605- 496 1049
Open Daily: 8 am- 6 pm

Flower Nuseries & Farm

Muti crops Central Market

Market? Not really!! It's a covered complex with a greenhouse garden in the complex.- My description seems complexing!! Hahahahaha...

Multi crops Central Market @ Brinchang

Central Market would be a good place to shop for souvenirs and local products or perhaps a place to stop for a snack. There is a cafe and a landscaped garden in the market. There are tables around the garden and it's a perfect place for a cup of hot drinks while enjoying the colors of the flowers and the cool climate.

I mentioned- it's a perfect place for a cup of tea- but definitely not when it is so pack that all tables are taken.

Landscaped garden @ Multi crops Central Market

Strawberry Corner

To the left end of Multi crops central market, there is a shop which belongs to Multicrop Central Market known as Strawberry Corner. At Strawberry corner, there are lots of local products especially preserved fruits and strawberry jams. You might want to grab a pack or two for your relatives and friends. Other than food, there are gifts with strawberry designs too.

Multicrops Central Market
No 1 Arkid Peladang,
Sg Burung,
39100 Brinchang

Cameron Highlands, Pahang
Tel: +605- 491 5188

Fax: +605- 491 5188

Unc Sam Farm

And then, to the right of Multi Crops Central market, there is a flower farm. A pot or two of flower or cactus you?

Unc Sam Farm @ Brinchang- pots of cactus & flowers for sale. Grab some cameron apples too!

Unc Sam Farm
163, Sungai Burong,
41st miles Brinchang,
39100 Cameron Highlands, Pahang.,
Tel: +605- 491 5903

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Weekend Market @ Brinchang

The Brinchang night market comes to life during weekend ( Friday & Saturday). It's a market for all local products at this place.

Weekend Market @ Brinchang Weekend Market @ Brinchang

Although it is known as weekend market, the market is open throughout the week during peak season or festive season. You can get everything cheap here if you are a good bargainer. As for flowers and vegetables, you don't even need to bargain cause it's already cheap enough!! Hahahahaha...
Brinchang Town

Time Tunnel- The Local Musuem

It's one of the latest attraction in Cameron Highlands. A stroll to the yesteryears!! At Time Tunnel, there are lots of antique collections, especially household utensils and old personal collections by the locals.

Time Tunnel- The Local Musuem

Time Tunnel- The Local Musuem

Does some of the collection looks familiar to you?? Yes.... I have seen few of it when I was young!!

I love this painting!! What a warm smile!!
I enjoyed strolling to the past, experiencing the rustic charm of the unique museum that captures the spirit of Malaysia life. Take a glimpse of heartwarming photos and collections depicting how life was live back then.

It brings back good old memories. Will you enjoy it as well?

Time Tunnel Jalan Sungai Burung, 39100 Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
Tel: +605- 491 5481