The Cameron Highlands is a cool corner of Malaysia where you’ll find lush green hills, exotic flora and colonial hotels. It’s known as 'the little piece of England in Asia'. This 3-day experience makes it easy to explore the best bits of the region, with guided tours around rolling tea plantations and fairy-tale forests, and 2 nights at the boutique Cameron Highlands Resort.
About this independent tour
Day 1: Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands Travel from Kuala Lumpur to the Cameron Highlands, stopping along the way at the refreshing Lata Iskandar jungle waterfall and the aboriginal village of Orang Asli. When you reach the Cameron Highlands – which is located over 1500 metres above sea level, perfect for far-reaching views and cooler temperatures – you’re in for a treat, with traditional afternoon tea in the charming secret garden of the Smokehouse Hotel. Stay: Cameron Highlands Resort.
Day 2: Cameron Highlands Hop into a Land Rover and head up to the Cameron Highlands’ second highest mountain. Gunung Brinchang sits 2032 metres above sea level and it comes with stunning panoramic views. As you drive through rolling tea plantations and drink in the views, your guide will tell you all about tea. One of the day’s highlights is an informative walk with a nature guide in the Mossy Forest, which looks like it’s been plucked straight from a fairy-tale. You’ll learn about the exotic flora that grows at these altitudes, including orchids, ferns, spices and medicinal plants. On the way back to the resort, we’ll visit a tea factory to see how tea is made – there’s also a tea shop, so you can buy some to bring home. Stay: Cameron Highlands Resort.
Day 3: Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur, Penang or Pangkor Laut Today you’ll leave the Cameron Highlands and travel on to your next destination. We recommend continuing north to Penang to soak up the culture in George Town and explore bustling night markets, or heading over to the 300-acre private island of Pangkor Laut, where palm-fringed beaches and an award-winning spa await.
4.5* Cameron Highlands Resort
The Cameron Highlands Resort is tucked away on forested slopes, 1500 metres above sea level. This boutique hideaway has been designed as a home-away-from-home and it fuses warm Asian hospitality with British traditions. Spend your free time here playing rounds of golf (the resort fronts an 18-hole golf course), strolling along jungle trails and tucking into traditional afternoon tea.
There’s a Dining Room overlooking the mountains and golf course, an English-style bar complete with whiskey tastings and a pool table, and a tea room named after Jim Thompson – the American who revitalised the Thai silk industry. The resort’s décor is a throwback to its colonial heritage; think tall French doors, timber-beamed ceilings and plantation shutters, combined with teak wood and Jim Thompson’s beautiful Asian silks. Each of the 56 rooms is colonial in style, with dark wooden furniture and four-poster beds, and comes with a balcony or terrace where you can sit out and relax after a day exploring.
• 4.5-Star accommodation
• Afternoon tea on Day 1; breakfast on Days 2 & 3
• Air-conditioned vehicle
• Entrance fees
Breathe in the fresh mountain air and slow the pace with scenic walks, games of golf and plenty of tea
You’ll be over 1500 feet above sea level, so there’s a lovely cooler climate
The Cameron Highlands is situated between Kuala Lumpur and Penang, so it’s a great place to spend a few days if you’re travelling between the two. It’s also easy to add on a stay at the private island of Pangkor Laut to create a Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands and Pangkor Laut multi-centre.
Good to know
• The tea factory is closed on Mondays and during public holidays
• Maximum luggage of 1 large bag and 1 small bag per person