Located in the state of Pahang along the Titiwangsa Range, the highlands are situated 5,000 feet above sea level in the heart of the Malaysian peninsula. With average temperatures at a cooling 10°C to 21°C, the lush valleys and hillslopes are the perfect setting for a nature retreat.
Situated about a 3-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands is popular with visitors who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The main townships of Tanah Rata and Brinchang are the gateways for visitors to explore the region, with its many valleys, peaks, mountains and plateaus.
A visit to the tea plantations, local flower nurseries and organic farms are a must-do, and are especially popular with families and children. For nature lovers and adventure seekers, Cameron Highlands has trekking trails, with plenty of guesthouses in Tanah Rata who can arrange for local guides.
Cameron Highlands was discovered in 1885 by William Cameron, a surveyor commissioned by the colonial government at the time. It was later developed into a hill station by British Administrator Sir Goerge Maxwell, and the town was soon populated with homes, schools and hotels.
Today, Cameron Highlands is Malaysia’s most popular holiday destination, with agriculture and tourism as its main economy. Despite the large number of hotels, resorts and apartments providing accommodation to visitors, the pleasant landscapes and natural surroundings makes Cameron Highlands one of the best places to experience Malaysian countryside at its best.