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Cameron Highlands is a highland region located about 121 km east of Ipohmarker and about 214 km north of Kuala Lumpurmarker, in Pahangmarker, Malaysiamarker. At 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above sea level it is the highest area on the mainland, enjoys a cool climate, with temperatures no higher than 25 °C and rarely falls below 12°C year-round. Cameron Highlands is actually a district in the state of Pahang Darul Makmur although the road entrance is via Tapah and Simpang Pulai in the state of Perak Darul Ridzuan. Cameron Highlands district is bordered by Lipis district on the south-east, Kelantanmarker on the north and Perakmarker on the west. The size of the whole Cameron Highlands district is roughly two and a quarter times the size of Singaporemarker.

Background

A view of Cameron Highlands
A plantation worker
The Highlands were named after William Cameron, a Britishmarker colonial government surveyor who discovered the plateau during a mapping expedition in 1885. The fame of Cameron Highlands then grew during the colonial era when Britishmarker planters realised the potential of its fertile mountain slopes for growing tea, then a prized commodity. Cameron Highlands is still home to many tea plantations, being Malaysia's largest tea-producing region. With its many farms the area is also known as a major supplier of legumes and vegetables to both Malaysiamarker and Singaporemarker, and is one of Malaysia's prime tourist destinations.

Key Attractions

Apart from the cool weather, key attractions in Cameron Highlands include a butterfly farm, strawberry farms, rose gardens and vegetable gardens. There are also the Brinchang Hindu Temples and the Sam Poh Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Temple. Other features include Cactus Point, Cactus Valley and the BOH Tea Plantation. There is Market Square, the Cameron Highlands Time Tunnel Galeria (at nearby Kea Farm) and accommodation at the Kampung Taman Sedia Homestay, Tanah Ratamarker and The Smokehouse Hotel.

Townships

There are eight towns in the Cameron Highlands:

Images Towns Notes
Brinchang Brinchang currently is the biggest town in Cameron Highland. It seats several hotels, night markets, military camps, public service and commercial centre. The people here are mainly Chinese.
Tringkap Tringkap is well-known for its popular business centre where most people can get fresh vegetable, fruit and flowers here arrived daily and fresh from the farms.
Ringlet Ringlet is a very 1st station when you depart to Cameron Highlands using Tapah road. It is one of hub of Malaysia's local vegetable farm and international flower farm too.
Tanah Ratamarker Tanah Rata is one of the major hub in Cameron Highland whereas it seats several hotels, parks and comercial centre. Main attraction in Tanah Rata is the Mardi Plantation Centre and its business centre. Several shops have been opened in the town including Starbucks Coffee. There is also a budget traditional Malay Kampung Homestay located at Kampung Taman Sedia. The people here are mainly Malay.
Bertam Valleymarker Bertam Valley is one of hub of Malaysia's local vegetable farm and international flower farm such as Roses & Chrysanthemums
Kuala Terla
Kampung Rajamarker Kampung Raja is the rural area in the Cameron Highland whereas it seats only residence zone and several comercial zone.
Blue Valley. Blue Valley is well-known for its tea plantations that are ranked as one of the best in Malaysia. A few to be named are Blue Valley Tea Plantation and BOH Tea Plantation.


Federal Parliament and State Assembly Seats


Cameron Highlands district representative in the Federal Parliament (Dewan Rakyat)
Parliament Seat Name Member of Parliament Party
P78 Cameron Highlands Devamany S. Krishnasamy BN



List of Cameron Highlands district representatives in the State Legislative Assembly (Dewan Undangan Negeri)
Parliament State Seat Name State Assemblyman Party
P78 N1 Tanah Rata Ho Yip Kap Independent without party
P78 N2 Jelai Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail BN


Subdistricts

Cameron Highlands has 3 mukim or subdistricts.
  • Ringlet (5,165 Ha)
  • Ulu Telom (63,981 Ha)
  • Tanah Ratamarker (2,081 Ha) (Capital)


Access

From North-South Expressway, exit the expressway at Tapah Interchange and then proceed via Federal route 59 straight along the way to the highlands. It is estimated the first town of south End Ringlet is within one and a half hours.

Alternatively, exit the expressway at Simpang Pulai Interchange, Ipohmarker and proceed via a new Second East-West Highway to Cameron Highlands along the way to the top. The first town at the northern end, Kampung Rajamarker, is approximately one hour away.

There are also express buses from Penangmarker, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore.

Expect massive traffic congestion from Kg Raja to Tanah Rata during holidays (near to 2 hours for this stretch) due to holiday makers stopping along the way to buy vegetables / sight-seeing.

Image Gallery

Image: CAMERON HIGHLANDS 2.jpg|A landscape view of BOH's tea plantationImage: GOLD TEMPLE LOKE1026.jpg|Sam Poh Buddhist Temple in Cameron HighlandsImage: VEGGIE FARM LOKE 476.jpg|Cabbage Veggie Farm in Cameron HighlandsImage: STRAWBERRY FARM LOKE 033.jpg|Strawberry Farm in Cameron HighlandsImage: BOH_factory.jpg|BOH factory at Sg. Palas, Cameron HighlandsImage: Tea_maze.jpg|Green tea maze at Cameron HighlandsImage: Tree_CH.jpg|A tree in BOH plantationImage: GREEN TEA LOKE 1112.jpg|Green Tea Plants in Cameron Highlands

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