We love short getaways and road trips with our BMW motorcycle. One of the best and challenging road trips was when we ride up to Malaysia for a weekend getaway up in the mountains in Cameron Highlands.
Cameron Highlands is located about 590 kilometres from Singapore. The easy part is the North South Highway where our BMW R 1200 GSA zooms through easily. The challenging part however is riding up the twisties and corners up the highlands on our big motorcycle.
There are 2 routes to ride up to the Cameron Highlands. One is the easy Simpang Pulai Route while the other is the challenging route with the hair pin loops and twisties via Tapah.
Of course we just had to take the Tapah route. 🙂
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We reached the base of Cameron Highlands at Tapah just before sunset. It was getting dark but that did not deter us from riding the twisties.
Tip: Try to avoid riding up to Cameron Highlands via Tapah at night. It can be very challenging. 😛
The Bala’s Holiday Chalet
Hours later, we reached Tanah Rata, the town up at Cameron Highlands. It can get very chilly up there but we were loving the weather!
We did not have any hotel plans and we decided to google some hotels. We agreed upon The Bala’s Holiday Chalet as it was one of the nicest looking hotels as well as the English influence on the architecture. The hotel also have a long and colourful history as it was used as a boarding school for European children in 1934!
They are known to serve the best tea and scones too. The rooms are comfy and we just simply love the ambience and mood of the hotel.
View Bala Chalet Rates Here.
BOH Tea Plantation Tour
We rested our battered bodies from the night before and the next day we booked a tour with our hotel to discover the highlights of Cameron Highlands. The first stop was to the BOH Tea Plantation tour.
The BOH Tea Plantation tour at Sungei Palas features an exhibition hall, a souvenir and tea shop. It is one of the “must visit” places in Cameron Highlands.
The tour will give you a first hand look at how Malaysian teas are made using traditional processing methods at the factory.
You can also hop over to BOH Tea Garden, the largest garden in Cameron Highlands, and savour a cup of fresh highland tea at BOH’s original tea shop while immersing in the amazing views of the plantation.
Opening Hours: 9.00am – 4.30pm Tuesday – Sunday
Closed on Mondays
More info Here.
Strawberry Farm Tour
Along with tea plantations, Cameron Highlands is the centre of Strawberry farming and production. The highlight of visiting a strawberry farm in Cameron Highlands is that you can pick your own strawberries and eat them too!
Ann had loads of fun choosing our strawberries and we enjoyed munching on the fruits as we continued our tour.
Sam Poh Temple
Hidden away in Brinchang stands a temple on a little elevation. The Sam Poh Temple was a great escape from the tourists at both the tea and strawberry plantations.
There was nothing much to see but just to appreciate Buddhist influenced architecture as well as soak in the calmness of the temple.
Cameron Highlands Butterfly Garden
The Cameron Highlands Butterfly Garden was established in 1990 and started out as an hobby by its founder who is passionate towards a breeding house of the beautiful creatures.
Various species of butterflies, reptiles, insects & amphibians are featured at this garden and Ann loves playing around with the insects. As for me I have a little phobia on these creepy crawlies and leave it to Ann to enjoy this one.
Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm
Last but not least we ended our tour at a Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm. This apiary is one of the biggest and popular bee farms in Cameron Highlands.
You can view the bee’s houses as well as learn about them through the educational tour. There is also a souvenir shop located in the premises where you can load up on your honey.
Overall it was a great weekend ride up Cameron Highlands. We love the cool weather the most and had one of the most educational road trips.
As we rode up to Cameron Highlands via Tapah, we usually suggest our fellow riders to ride the easy Simpang Pulai Route back down to enjoy the different scenery and “smoother” less twisties road.
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Ride safe. 🙂