Discovered in 1885 by William Cameron during a map expedition, the Cameron Highlands is a cool plateau in Malaysia where people travelled during the colonial era to escape from the summer heat of cities such as Kuala Lumpur. The Cameron Highlands is an area of intense natural beauty and there are numerous things to do here, including golf, trekking, hiking and mountain climbing. The Cameron Highlands is known as one of the best destinations in the whole of Malaysia to take part in adventure activities, and a large number of city slickers travel here on weekends to let off a little steam, while this are has long been a popular traveller hangout.
The Cameron Highlands is the perfect place for jungle trekking and a large number of well-worn trails run through the jungles surrounding the biggest and best Cameron Highland hotels. These jungles contain a large number of stunning natural treasures such as streams and waterfalls, while nature lovers will really be in their element here as the jungles are full of colourful birds and monkeys.
Hiking is one of the most popular activities in the Cameron Highlands and it is possible to spend several days exploring the countryside here. Those who have spend plenty of time travelling on cramped buses and trains will welcome the opportunity to stretch their legs a little and the gradient in most parts of the Cameron Highlands is gentle, which makes the going easy.
Tea Plantation Tour
The Cameron Highlands are known for their vast tea plantations and taking a tea plantation tour is a great way to get a feel for the history and culture of this part of Malaysia. The Cameron Highlands is the primary grower of premier tea leaves in Malaysia and tea plantation tours are available at a number of different places in this area.
Whether you’re a pro golfer or simply want to relax and unwind for a while, the Cameron Highlands’ 18 hole public golf course is the perfect place to get back into the swing of things. The best time to play is in the morning, when rainfall and humidity levels are low, and those who get an early start on things will usually find that there is plenty of rooms to manoeuvre here.
Birdwatchers will be in their element in the Cameron Highlands as more than 70 different species of birds can be found here. Bird watching is a pleasant way for bird lovers to spend a day and among the many birds that can be spotted in the Cameron Highlands are the mountain peacock, common kingfisher, mountain blackeye and the extremely hard to photograph whistling thrush.
The Cameron Highlands is blessed with a vibrant cycling scene and international cycling enthusiasts often arrange to gather here in order to embark on epic cycling tours through the area. Those without their own bikes can rent good quality mountain bikes in the town of Brinchang and there are several clear trails in the area to follow, although several are quite strenuous for those who don’t have a good level of physical fitness, while the terrain is relatively flat in many parts of the Cameron Highlands.
Brinchang Night Market
Those who like to shop until they drop will find plenty of bargains waiting to be bagged at the extremely lively Brinchang night market. the market takes place after dark on Fridays and Saturdays and in addition to locally made handicrafts such as bags, belts and batik cloth visitors will be able to grab a bite to eat at one of the many food stalls here.
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