Cameron Highlands, Malaysia


Tea Plantations

A visit to Cameron Highlands would not be complete without a visit to a tea plantation. With its cool climate and hilly terrain, the Camerons is Malaysia's leading tea growing area. There are four major tea estates in the Camerons namely Boh Tea Estate, Sungai Palas Tea Estate, Farlie Estate and Cameron Bharat Plantations. You do not have to go far to see a tea plantation, from the roadside you can view two plantations between Brinchang and Tringkap and another between Tanah Rata and Ringlet.

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Boh Tea Estate, Cameron Highlands
Boh Tea Estat

Boh Tea Estate, Sungai Palas Tea Estate and Farlie Estate are owned by Boh Tea Plantations while Cameron Bharat Plantations is owned by the Bharat Group. By far Boh Tea Plantations is the largest tea grower in Malaysia producing nearly four millon kgs of tea annually or two-thirds of the tea production in the country. The Bharat Group is the second largest producer in Malaysia and has been in the tea business since the 1930s. Compared to Darjeeling or Oolong tea, Cameronian tea has a smoother and milder taste.

Tea harvesters, Cameron Highlands
Tea harvesters

While you can view the tea plantations from the roadside, the best experience is the Boh Tea Estate. The plantation is accessible through a secondary road stretching for about 5 km from the main road between Tanah Rata and Ringlet. The road passes through several vegetable farms before reaching the plantation. Visitors can visit the tea factory (closed on Mondays) here and view the processing and packaging of harvested tea leaves. If you come at the right time, you can view the collection of harvested tea leaves near the factory by the workers. There is also a tea shop to enjoy a nice cuppa of hot tea and treat yourself to homemade scones or sandwiches. The shop also sells a variety of tea leaves and souvenirs to take home as a memento.

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