Exploring Cameron Highlands: Malaysia's Little England

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A few months back, my friends and I visited Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to celebrate our birthdays together. While planning our itinerary, I saw my friend's photo in Facebook from one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. She was smiling brightly and behind her was a picturesque view of an extensive tea plantation. I found out that it was from Cameron Highlands, a few hours away from Kuala Lumpur.

Since we still had an extra day to explore, we decided to include Cameron Highlands in our itinerary. The quiet countryside was a good contrast from the busy city. 

The mountains surrounding Cameron Highlands reminded me of Baguio City, the summer capital of  the Philippines. Other similarities between the two were the cold weather and the abundance of strawberries in the place!

From KL, we rode a bus to Cameron Highlands. The trip took us 4 hours and we arrived past noon.

The best way to explore Cameron Highlands is to book a tour. Commuting from one place to another is difficult since there were only a few taxis around. However, since we arrived at around 12:30 pm already, all of the morning tours were fully booked and the next tour would resume by 2:30pm. We had to finish our tour before 5:30 pm because that's our departure time from Cameron Highlands back to Kuala Lumpur. We had no choice but to book a taxi that would take us around the area.

We bargained with the drivers and luckily, we were able to book a taxi for only 25RM for 3 hours.

Our first stop was the bee farm. I've been to a lot of bee farms in the Philippines already so this place didn't really catch my attention. Still, it was a nice place to visit.

Our next destination was the highlight of the trip: The Cameron Valley Tea House! We wanted to go to Boh Tea Plantation but because it was a Sunday, our guide said that traffic would be heavy and our time was limited so he brought us here instead. We weren't complaining though since we saw how beautiful the place was!

The place was so breathtaking. The view was just like the pictures I see in postcards! It was the perfect escape from the city with its stunning view and quiet surrounding. 

We tried their famous tea and scones with strawberry jam and cream cheese. I'm not really into tea because I prefer coffee but this was an exception. Their tea was super good! If you're in Cameron Highlands I suggest you try this.

Next stop: we went to the Big red strawberry farm!

The place reminded me of the strawberry farms in the Philippines, especially the ones in Baguio city although here, you aren't allowed to pick strawberries unless the farmers gave you one. What I loved the most about this farm was that it has a cafeteria where you can try their different strawberry products - cakes, ice cream, strawberry flavored dips and strawberry shakes!

Of course we tried the food! We had strawberries with whipped cream, plus french fries with strawberry jam and chili for sauce. It was really good.

We also went to the Old Smokehouse just to take photos since we don't have time anymore. According to our guide, the place was built in 1937 but it has been maintained the same way it looked since then. It has been refurbished into a hotel with a restaurant, and I promised myself that I would go back there. It was raining hard that time so the photos I have of the Old Smokehouse were all gloomy.

There were still so many places from Cameron Highlands that I wanted to see but we didn't have the luxury of time. Cameron Highlands was the kind of place you'd go to if you wanted to escape the city. It was beautiful and calm, the kind of place you have the difficulty of saying goodbye to.

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