These cool, emerald highlands filled with a temples, hiking trails, hill stations and tea tasting is ideal for those looking to escape the heat, or discover Malaysia’s more sedate rural side.
Bearing more of a resemblance to the English home counties than Malaysia, Cameron is a network of four hill station townships (Ringlet, Tanah Kata, Brinchang and Kea Farm) enveloped by prolific highland jungle, farms, flowers and tea plantations. Explore these with trekking and hiking trails. For the best mountain-top view, choose the Gunung Brinchang Trail which boasts magnificent panoramic vistas from the Highland’s highest point.
You can also discover its picturesque waterfalls, the beautiful Buddhist temples in Brinchang, night markets, butterfly gardens, to dining on ‘steamboats’ (fragrant hotpot) to curry to tea and scones, and of course just enjoying the peaceful and cool countryside living.
When to go
The dry season is from February to April is a good time to visit. The cool season from December to February is good also if you don’t mind slightly chillier temperatures.
What to do
- Discover the night market at Brinchang which takes place on Friday and Saturday nights
- Climb the Gunung Brinchang Trail for glorious, well-earned views