Situated at the northwestern tip of Pahang, the history of Cameron Highlands tailed back to the late 18th century. The name of Cameron Highlands is after the British Surveyor, William Cameron who first discovered the plateau.
In 1925, when Sir George Maxwell was acting as the Resident of Perak, he decided to transform the place to a hill station. The first road was constructed from Tapah to the highlands. The early development of Cameron Highlands was soon followed by tea plantations and vegetable farming which is much benefited by the cool climate and fertile soil on the highlands.
Thanks to the cooler climate on the highland, Other than vegetable farming, the humidity makes it ideal for flower plantation as well. The highland has become the premier provider of flowers, not only to the local, but to the international market.
With the natural greeneries, scenic views of fruits and vegetable farms, tea plantations coupled with the cool climate, Cameron Highlands is second to none vacation destination for retreat and tranquility in Malaysia. With only 3-hour drive (200 KM) from the capital of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), the highlands is a perfect destination to escape the heat of the City, and have a relaxing holiday.
Being a popular tourist destination, hotels and resorts have been mushrooming in this plateau since its early developments. One would have mistaken this place as an English village with the presence of several Tudor style cottages and hotels, namely, The Smoked House and Cameron Highland Resorts. Be worry free if you have a tight budget for your stay. One can also find a humble guest house with daily charge as low as RM50. Cheap, budget and luxury, you can find them all here.
Cameron highlands is made up of few towns, namely Ringlet, Tanah Rata, Brinchang, Kea Farm, Tringkap and etc.
Ringlet is the first town you would pass by if you are heading to Cameron Highland from Tapah, which is one of the main hubs of vegetable farming and international flower farming sector. The next town is Tanah Rata, which is the largest township in Cameron Highlands, and yet not as congested as Brinchang. The English translation of the name is “flat land”, with its spacious setting within the vast alleles, many shop lots have been built which are housing popular cafés, including Starbucks, restaurants (both Asian and Western) and hotels. Banks, police station, government office re located here as well.
Tanah Rata is always a preferred place to stay with the convenience of the above mentioned, and yet more structured and less hectic compared to Brinchang.
Further up, you would Brinchang which is the second town in Cameron Highlands. This town is famous for its night market during weekends where find a wide variety of local snacks, fruits and vegetable. Neverheless, it could be quite nightmarish to those who drive as the night market often cause major traffic congestion especially during school holiday.