A popular weekend getaway in Malaysia, the Cameron Highlands area is known for its tea plantations, rare flora and fauna and abundance of strawberry farms. Nestled in the Titiwangsa Mountains, the region has a year-round cool temperature and is a nice respite after visiting the steaming jungle or the hectic streets of Kuala Lumpur.

The collection of towns in the Cameron Highlands used to be a hill station in the 1930s, developed by the British to escape the sweltering heat of the lowlands. You can still see their Tudor-style buildings and army jeeps everywhere, but the area is now full of resorts instead of barracks.

In Brinchang and Tanah Rata, the larger towns in the Highlands, there are restaurants, Internet cafés and tour agencies everywhere you look. Start with the Time Tunnel museum in Brinchang, and learn a little local history through photographs and cultural artifacts.

Book a combined tour to a tea plantation, fruit farm and butterfly aviary. The scenic drive through the hills is an experience by itself and guides often stop at roadside stalls so you can buy souvenirs or try some “nasi lemak” or other Malaysian food.

Another popular day trip is visiting Malaysia’s native people, the Orang Asli. Listen to the nose flute or try your luck at shooting an arrow. Your guide will try to locate the rare, stemless Rafflesia arnoldii. The world’s largest flower blooms for just one week, so seeing its massive petals is very special.

Keen hikers will also enjoy the Mossy Forest Walk on the misty Gunung Brinchang mountain. Afterwards, take your off muddy boots to view the Sam Poh Buddhist Temple in Brinchang.

For dinner, visit an Indian curry house or order a “steamboat” and boil your noodles, vegetable and seafood on the spot.

The Cameron Highlands are about 200 kilometers (120 miles) north from Kuala Lumpur. If you don’t feel comfortable driving the winding mountain roads, you can take a bus from Kuala Lumpur to the highlands.

Known for

relaxing, hiking and nature

Top hotels in Cameron Highlands

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Copthorne Hotel Cameron Highlands
Copthorne Hotel Cameron Highlands
3.5 out of 5
Kea Farm, Cameron Highlands, Brinchang, Pahang
SG$50
per night
3 Nov-4 Nov
3.6/5Good! (1,446 reviews)

"Nice location. Overall a bit dated property but still quite well maintained."…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct,2019

Copthorne Hotel Cameron Highlands
Heritage Hotel Cameron Highlands
Heritage Hotel Cameron Highlands
3 out of 5
Jalan Gereja, Cameron Highlands, Tanah Rata, Pahang
SG$58
per night
15 Oct-16 Oct
3.9/5Good! (437 reviews)

"Very good hotel with strategic location."…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct,2019

Heritage Hotel Cameron Highlands
Avillion Cameron Highlands
Avillion Cameron Highlands
4 out of 5
C-3-, JALAN CAMELIA, Tanah Rata, Pahang
SG$68
per night
15 Oct-16 Oct
4/5Very Good! (199 reviews)

"Very good hotel, clean...and modern stylist design..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep,2019

Avillion Cameron Highlands

Top activities in Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands "Garden of Nature" Full Day Tour
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Cameron Highlands "Garden of Nature" Full Day Tour

SG$109

Discover the wonder of nature at the Garden of Nature - Cameron Highlands on this specially designed day tour. Accompanied by our friendly and accomplished guide, explore the stunning tea valley, the colonial heritage buildings and the waterfall.

Cameron Highland Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur
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Cameron Highland Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur

SG$92

Cameron Highlands was originally discovered back in 1885 by William Cameron, a British government Surveyor who came across, “A fine plateau with gentle slopes, shut in by loftier mountains”, while hacking a path up through dense jungle on a mapping expedition.

Garden of Nature - Cameron Highlands Full Day Tour
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Garden of Nature - Cameron Highlands Full Day Tour

SG$51

Discover the wonder of nature at the Garden of Nature - Cameron Highlands on this specially designed day tour. Accompanied by our friendly and accomplished guide, explore the stunning tea valley, the colonial heritage buildings and the waterfall.