Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Cameron Highlands
Cameron Highlands
Cameron Highlands is situated in the state of Pahang. It is approximately 85 km from Ipoh and about 200 km from Kuala Lumpur. The retreat has a diverse population of more than 43,000 people. Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations. It covers an area of 712 square km, about the size of Singapore. At 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above sea level it is also the highest point in Malaysia accessible by road. During the day, the temperature seldom rises above 25°C and at night, it can drop to as low as 12°C.
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Highland Destination
During the British colonial era, Cameron Highlands was a haven for many Brits seeking temporary relief from the cooler climates of the Camerons. Today, Cameron Highlands is a popular hillside destination from many Malaysian travellers and tourists from around the world. Besides tourism, Cameron Highlands is also a major area in Malaysia for cultivation of temperate vegetables and flowers.

Cameron Highlands got its name from William Cameron, a British surveyor commissioned by the British colonial government in 1885 to map the area. A committee was later formed in 1925 to construct a road from Tapah to Cameron Highlands. The road was completed in 1931 and by the mid-1930s had become a popular resort with its nine-hole golf course, several cottages, inns and a rest house. A police post was also established besides two boarding schools, vegetable farms, tea estates and an experimental agricultural station.

tea plantation in Cameron Highlands
Tea plantation

Cameron Highlands comprises of three townships and five settlements. Ringlet is the first town after the turn from the Tapah Interchange and the region's agriculture hub. Moving further is Tanah Rata, the administrative centre of Cameron Highlands. Brinchang is the largest town and located about 4 km after Tanah Rata. The five settlements include the Bertam Valley, Kea Farm, Tringkap, Kuala Terla and Kampung Raja - separated from one another by considerable distances.

Brinchang, Cameron Highlands
Town of Brinchang
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