The Land of Tea and Strawberries
A windy 4-hour bus ride away from KL lie the Cameron Highlands, which consists of rolling tea fields and lush mossy jungle. The popping of our ears from the increase in elevation was a great feeling that reminded us of home as arrived. There are 3 main towns to stay in and we decided on Tanah Rata and stayed at the Eight Mentigi Guesthouse. From here we took tours into the highlands, trekked, went trail running and ate…a lot! We ate so much Indian food that we started to smell of curry.
Cameron Highlands is known in Malaysia for tea production, strawberry farms, bee farms and jungle trekking. We made a pack to eat something with strawberries and drink tea everyday and we did just that. Strawberry scones, tarts, ice cream, pancakes and shakes were enjoyed and were amazing! The interesting thing is they don’t export any of the strawberries, and the tea can only be found in Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. The tea fields we visited are part of a farm called ‘BOH’, which is owned by a Swedish family growing tea whose seeds originally came from Burma.
We took a great tour with only 6 people in a 4 x 4, off-road, Land Rover up into the mossy forest and to the tea plantation and farms. Trekking only a short while in the muddy, mossy forest was a unique experience. Trekking through rainforests isn’t a new experience for us but the mossy forest is a specific area that is covered in, you guessed it, moss. The tour continued to a one of the 200+ strawberry farms. The Malaysia strawberries are grown and harvested year round and are tarter than they are sweet. There is such a demand for these delicious strawberries they are all consumed domestically.
The biggest highlight of Cameron Highlands is the many trails and treks through the jungle. Hiking and trail running through the jungle proved to be some of the most unique trails we have experienced. One of the trails finished with an amazing display of jungle flowers that showed off nature’s paintbrush. All in all we were thoroughly impressed with the highlands in Malaysia.