When travelling across southeast Asia, you can guarantee one thing – that the weather is going to be unavoidably sweltering at all times. That’s preferable to the London temperatures I am used to, but after 8 months in this part of the world, I was ready to feel a bit of a breeze on my chops. And so, I was extremely excited to reach the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, where I knew that the temperatures plummeted at night thanks to the high altitude of the region. I read somewhere that the temperature drops to 15 degrees at night, and while I’d be taking off all my clothes and lazing in a park in my Speedos at that temperature at home, I haven’t experienced much below 30 degrees all year and was unaccustomed to the chill. It turns out that my body has adjusted to the hot temperatures of the region, and I was freezing. At night my feet went completely numb, and I wouldn’t do anything in the mornings because I felt so cold. Returning to London (whenever that may be) is going to be quite the struggle.
But back to the Cameron Highlands. Chilly temperatures aside, this is a beautiful place and a must-visit if you are travelling to Malaysia. Here are a few of the things that I saw in the Malaysian hills.
Bloody stunning views
It’s been said that there are beach people and mountain people. If that’s the case then I am definitely a mountain person. Only in hilly areas like the Cameron Highlands can you find views like this, plus you don’t have to pick sand out of your arse.
There is a butterfly garden in the hills that is home to, you guessed it, a shitload of butterflies. But also stick insects, beetles, snakes, leaf insects, frogs, and all other kinds of creepy crawlies.
The Boh Tea Plantation
The Cameron Highlands is probably most famous for its tea plantations, and a trip to this area would not be complete without visiting one of the many in the area. Boh Tea Plantation is the most popular of the bunch – it has a museum on-site so you get to learn about the production of tea, and there is a beautiful café with the most incredible views over the tea plantations and the surrounding area.
The cool climate of the Cameron Highlands is ideal for strawberry growing and you can find a heap of strawberry farms dotted around this area. They will all have cafes on site where you can sample of pot of strawberries and cream, a freshly made strawberry milkshake, a traditional afternoon tea of scones and strawberry jam, and heaps of other strawberry flavoured delights. I opted for a Belgian waffle with strawberries and chocolate and it was bloody delicious.
There are heaps of other things you can do in the highlands – go on trekking adventures in the Mossy Forest, try your hand at strawberry picking, visit far flung temples etc… and it’s such a beautiful area that if you wanted to do nothing at all but look out at the view, you can do that too. Just bring a jumper, eh?
Have you been to the Cameron Highlands? What did you enjoy most about it?