5 Things you may have missed in Cameron Highlands

5 Things you may have missed in Cameron Highlands

There’s more to Camerons than sipping tea and binging strawberries

Time for a trip back to the highlands, maybe? When the season of scorching heat and suffocating humidity hits, we can always count on heading upwards to the misty hills of Camerons.

Aside from lounging in the cool climate, Cameron Highlands is brimming with interesting activities and places which you may or may not have heard about.

Warm tea, crumbly scones, and fresh strawberries? Sure, but there’s a lot of other things you can do to spend your time up here.

1 – Go back in time at the Time Tunnel Museum

collectibles and memorabilia in the Time Tunnel Museum

Photo by diwant’s mind

Send yourselves back through the generation as you take a hit of nostalgia at the Time Tunnel Museum.

This is Malaysia’s first ever memorabilia museum and it showcases up to 4,000 vintage objects and photographs from the pre-war era. It is segmented into 8 galleries: the Aborigine, the Barber Shop, the Children’s Corner, the Coffee Shop, Collectibles and Memorabilia, the Jim Thompson Corner, the Kitchen Area, and the Photo Gallery.

And old radio and antiquated knick knacks

Photo by diwant’s mind

Each gallery is a historic archive of their theme. The Barber Shop is setup in way that looks like an old school barber shop with faded posters and equipment, including a 50-over year old barber chair. The Coffee Shop will give you a glimpse of how kopitiams looked like back in the day with its rustic stools and coffee cups, while the Jim Thompson corner is dedicated to the famous American businessman who went missing in Cameron Highlands in 1967.

An old telephone directory next to an old fashion phone

Photo by diwant’s mind

Anyone with an interest in all things old and antiquated should feel compelled to drop by for a look.

Where in Camerons?
Cameron Highland, 39000 Brinchang, Pahang

Opening Hours
Monday – Sunday: 9am – 6pm

 

2 – Learn about the Mah Meri culture at the Mah Meri Art Gallery

Symbolic masks hanging in the Mah Meri Art Gallery

Photo by Mah Meri Art Gallery

You may have heard of the Mah Meri Cultural Village on Carey Island in Selangor, but there’s also an art gallery dedicated to the artworks of this Mah Meri tribe in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands. The Mah Meri people are an aboriginal ethnic group famously known for their artistry in wood carving, particularly for their emotive wooden masks. Some of their works have even been granted the UNESCO Seal of Excellence!

The many masks of the 'Masked Men of Malaysia'

Photo by Mah Meri Art Gallery

Many sculpted artefacts of these ‘Masked Men of Malaysia’ are on display at this art gallery. The items of the Mah Meri people are highly significant as they are firm believers in animism, and regard these carvings as a means of communing with spirits that reside in nature. Which is why their masks are delicately made of rare mangrove hardwood (Nyireh Batu) and treated with care.

Sculpted works on display

Photo by Mah Meri Art Gallery

A walkthrough this art gallery is an intimate look at the cultural core and spiritualism of the Mah Meri people.

Where in Camerons?
29 & 30 Main Road | 1st Floor, Tanah Rata 39000, Malaysia

Opening Hours
Monday – Sunday: 10.30am – 7.30pm

 

3 – Admire the landscape at Agro Technology Park in the Malaysian Research and Development Institute (MARDI)

Agro Technology Park entrance

Photo by Travels With Sun

MARDI is a public agricultural research centre that was established by the Brits in 1925, but the Agro Technology Park within MARDI itself only opened in 2003.

This is THE spot for any botanist and garden enthusiast looking to surround themselves with colourful and pretty plants. Or, to simply get some inspiration to spruce up their home garden.

Plants in the garden

Photo by cameronhighland.net

Visitors can explore the 4 beautifully landscaped flower gardens: the English Garden, the Herb Garden, the Orchid Garden, and the Rose Garden. You’ll have access to the many plant nurseries, crop houses, and mini plantations scattered throughout the vicinity.

Yellow paradise

Photo by cameronhighland.net

Not that invested into plants? There’s also a rabbit farm and a butterfly park you can go to while your friends linger around in the garden.

Where in Camerons?
JKR266, Jalan Persiaran Endah, Tanah Rata, Pahang, 39000 Tanah Rata

Opening Hours
Wednesday – Thursday: 8am – 5pm
Friday: 8am – 12.30pm; 2.30pm – 5pm
Saturday – Monday: 8am – 5pm
Tuesday: Closed

 

4 – Hike up Mount Brinchang and visit Mossy Forest on the way up

Mossy Forest

Photo by Eco Cameron

At an elevated height of 2,032 metres, Mount Brinchang is the second highest mountain in Cameron Highlands. And we highly recommend you give the climb a go. It’s a hike that may take up to 1-2 hours through muddy routes and humid air, but the trek will eventually take you to an observation tower overlooking the towns, valleys, and plantations of Cameron Highlands. On a clear day, you’ll even see the Titiwangsa Mountain Range rolling in the distance.

Sunrise on Mount Brinchang

Okay okay, yes. You can DRIVE up all the way to the peak of Mount Brinchang, but where’s the fun in that? You’ll miss out on the variety of exotic fauna hidden in the shrubs of the forest, ranging from pitcher plants to orchids to medicinal plants.

A pitcher plant in the Mossy Forest

Photo by Eco Cameron

On the way up near the peak, you can take an off road to the Mossy Forest where everything is…well, mossy. The low level clouds that shrouds the forest creates an ideal habitable environment for moss, ferns, and lichens to spread rampantly, hence rendering the forest a kind of ‘mystical’ aura.

Where in Camerons?
39000 Brinchang, Pahang

Operation Hours
NIL; For night hikes, recommended to only go with a guide, or someone familiar with the route

 

5 – Stroll in the Water Cress Valley

Walk in the Water Cress Valley

Photo by @vanessechan

Tea plantations definitely get most of the spotlight in Cameron Highlands, but have you been to the Water Cress Valley in Tanah Rata?

Enjoy a hot steamboat overlooking the plantation!

Photo by @adrianchinjz

This is a Water Cress farm with a restaurant that overlooks the whole plantation. How about that, a dinner with a view! The things you’d want to try on the menu is obviously the water cress, since they come fresh from their plantation. But they also have interesting beverages made from water cress which you probably won’t find anywhere else apart from Camerons.

Take a stroll in the plantation after your dinner

Photo by @vanessechan

Once you’re done with your meal, head down to the plantation itself and take a stroll through the ponds where the water cress are harvested!

Where in Camerons?
Lot UT/KF/F 160, 159, Batu 44, 39100, Jalan Besar, Tringkap, 39000 Tanah Rata, Pahang

Operation Hours
Everyday, except Wednesday: 10.30am – 9pm
Wednesday: Closed

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