CAMERON HIGHLANDS TRAVEL GUIDE
About Cameron Highlands
Cameron Highland (金馬崙高原), is one of the premier hill resorts situated in the state of Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia. With a total area of around 712km² (approximately the size of Singapore), it is the largest of all Malaysia hill resorts. At an elevation of 1135 m to 1829 m above sea level, it is also the highest point in Malaysia accessible by road.
Around 1885, Cameron Highlands was first explored by Sir William Cameron (a government geologist), where he mapped the Pahang-Perak border at that time. The highlands consists of three district and a series of small towns along the way up like Kampung Raja, Kuala Terla, Tringkap, Brinchang, Tanah Rata & Ringlet.
The area developed starting in the 1920s and tea was the main reason for the development of this area by the British. Additionally, many British settlers came to this area as a “retreat” from the hot, humid climate of the rest of Malaysia. Today, it is one of the oldest tourist spots in Malaysia.
Best Time To Visit Cameron Highlands
The climate of the Cameron Highlands is on the border between a tropical rainforest climate and a subtropical highland climate. The temperature seldom rises above 28 °C during the day, but it can drop to as low as 12 °C at night. Basically, tourists could visit Cameron Highlands all year round, just try to avoid the monsoon or rainy season in between end Oct to Jan as this could limit your outdoor activities. However, the weather condition is not the a issue.
Since, this is a popular destination among the local, try not to visit during weekend, school holidays and long Public holidays as you might be caught in a horrible traffic jam. Therefore, besides the rainy season and the long holiday in Malaysia, the rest of the period is always the best time to visit.
How To Go
There is no airport or train terminal in Cameron Highlands, it is only accessible by road. Situated among the mountains of the State of Pahang, the highlands lies just over the border of Perak. It is about 90 km from Ipoh, 250 km from Georgetown and approximately 205 km from Kuala Lumpur. Local tourists mostly drive private cars, but bus and mini van services are available from major Malaysian destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Johor Baru, Ipoh and Penang, as well as Singapore.
Best Places To Stay in Cameron Highlands
Cameron Highlands has a wide variety of holiday accommodation in hotels , resorts and apartments. Tourists mostly prefer to stay in the larger town like Tanah Rata and Brinchang as banks, restaurants, bus terminal and other essential amenities are more accessible in these area. We have shortlisted most of the budget, mid-range & luxury hotels in Camerons as shown below.