A good place for you to buy vegetables and fruits is at the Saturday night market. Farmers and traders selling their products in packets, in raw or in cooked, ready for you to eat. They even work further to value added their products. A good trend to do business, but as a consumer, we have to be careful to spend wisely.
During my Jan 2012 visit to CH's night market, I was attractted by a new fruit - the apple guava, taste good after taken a slice of food taste then bought a pack of fruit to bring home. RM10 for 3 fruits consider a bit expensive but it is a new product. After 4 days at home, when serving the fruit for family realised it was only a preserved guava, preserve in the sour plum and sugar for the flavour and the greenish colour. Thinking seriously, we have been cheated by the trader, telling us this is a kind of new fruit - apple guava. For me, it worth trying getting to know what is the latest trend. ( edited March 2012 )
My recent travelling along North South Highway, I stopped at the Tapah Rest and Recreation Point. This preserved fruit now has appeared in pink colour. The traders are so creative ! ( edited Dec 2012 )
What to buy: Some tea leaves in different flavours, vegetables, fresh fruit, some snacks to taste while window shopping and CH souvenirs.
What to pay: At Pasar Malam, if you are buying more, you can bargain
In Cameron Highlands, there are many places you can buy for souvenirs, the are of the same type but maybe different in price and quality. You can get things cheaper in Night Market, and higher price and better quality products at a souvenir shop in town.
This shop invite my attraction as now Cameron Highlands produced chocolate too. It is a great idea if you want to buy some chocolate, you have many choice of different flavours. They are all well packed as a gift pack. Beside being a sales outlet for its chocolate products, there are restaurant and washroom in the same compound to ease the visitors.
What to buy: Fancy chocolate products, chocolate gift packs, Cameron Highlands fridge magnet, Cameron Highlands souvenirs
We found a coupe of places to convert our USD to MYR.
The one was the May Bank branch and the other was a nearby currency exchange kiosk behind the Unitity bus stop.
What to pay: We found rates comparable to what we later found in KL, off 1-2%, which was fare imo.
BOH Tea is the biggest plantation and offers a wide variety of tea. Before you buy, you can sit down, relax and taste the tea you are interested in.
What to buy: The golden blend black tea is very good, I also especially like the peach apricot flavoured tea.
What to pay: Prices for the different teas can vary considerably. Be prepared to pay 10 - 30 RM
Personally, I feel that pasar malam (night market in Malay) is the best place to experience the local lifestyle and get good bargains.
What to buy: Food, clothes, souvenir tee-shirts,a wide variety of strawberry merchandises and fresh & dried local produces e.g. fruits, vegetables, etc, .
What to pay: Try bargaining and you can usually get ard 20% discount for clothes and if you purchase in bigger quantities, there can be higher discount
Try going to the local market around 4 pm, where it is almost closing time.
You will get fantastic bargains. There was one shop selling 7 small bags of mixed vegetables for only RM10, and the next shop was shouting 8 for RM10, and the other shop across it was shouting 10 for RM10. Everybody was trying to sell off their vegetables quickly before closing time.
What to buy: vegetables
What to pay: RM10
When I used to visit Brinchang Night Market in the 1990's, it only operated on the weekends its early life began in the middle of a small municipal car park in the middle of Brinchang town.
Lately, it has grown and grown, and the market has been moved away from the main part of town. It is now located partially on the main road in front of the police station and the stalls are set up all along the road in front of a new hotel. (I can't recall the name of this hotel-I think it start with "J")
The market now starts earlier - from 3-4 pm onwards and stays open till late into the night.
PS. Maybe I should have put this under a "Night life" tip! (haha)
What to buy: The traders here are very inventive! You'll find all sorts of things there.
Look out for the soy bean juice stall-served hot or cold, with pandan flavour, plain, and with either white or brown sugar to sweeten. Deliciouso!!
Fresh sweet corn - around RM10 for 5, or RM12 for 5, depends on the size.
So good, you can even eat it raw! I was doubtful at first, but after trying it, I found it very good & thereafter could not stop eating them. You peel the green husks off them, wash the kernels carefully, then just bite into their moist sweet flesh!
Those who prefer their corn in a more "convenient" form-you can get them in a cup! Already steamed with a sprinkling of salt and butter. Yummy but less healthy...
Deep fried lily buds-quite oily but some people seem to enjoy them. (ok, I'm quite a health freak! LOL)
Deep fried mushrooms-again quite oily but some people enjoy them.
Strawberry ice-good for kids at RM2 per pop.
Deep fried soft-shell and small sea crabs.
Starberries-both fresh & on a stick, dipped in chocolate! Have a look at the picture...the chocolate flows in a sort of creamy fountain. :-)
Key chains and other nick nacks. The kids liked the key-chains that were shaped like fruit: strawberries being the most favoured.
Cactus and small potted plants
It is very easy to take care of these little cactus. You just need to water them once a week. Look how my cactus has grown after 3 months (The one at the centre). Yes, it is the same as the one in my previous tip - called the cactus roses. Guess I need to get a bigger pot for it.
Do a spot of vegetable shopping at Brinchang market. Great bargains for cheap and very fresh vegetable. Get huge-sized cabbages, tomatoes and all sorts of vegetable! You can spend the whole morning here! Get flowers too and fruits!
At the tail end of the Pasar Malam, there is this local shop that sells biscuits, tea, chocolates etc at the front of the shop. You'll need to walk further down into the shop to catch these cute little cactus. They sell the small potted cactus at 6 for 10 RM, slightly more expensive than the pasar malam. However, it comes with a plastic packaging to put your potted cactus nicely. For convenient sake, I decided to buy my cactus here and in fact, I bought 12 of them! I find that the cactus here are nicer than the ones sold at the market.
Stalls selling fresh produce and plants from Cameron Highlands line the main road at various locations.
Among them are Green Farm, Bee Farm, Kea's Farm, Stawberry Farm (there are a few of these), Cactus Valley, Rose Valley, etc.
Some charge entrance fees (averagely RM2-5), while others do not. Some specialise (eg. Cactus, Honey or Strawberries), while others are more general in nature.
2-5 km from major hotels (Merlin or Equatorial)
2-5 km from most major hotels. Drive along the main road from Tanah Rata to Brinchang and onwards to Kg Raja, there are many stalls and shops along the way. You can also take the local Regal Bus (no aircon), if you don't have a car.
What to buy: What To Buy:
Fresh or dried flowers - available everywhere!
Fresh fruits (some local to Camerons and others are from the low lands)-strawberries, if you like them. Jams and juices.
Tamarillos - Cut into half, then sprinkle sugar, and scoop out with a spoon. Yummy when served cold! This fruit is only available in Cameron Highlands!
(RM2 for 6 fruits ot RM5 a kilo)
Plastic strawberry balls (see picture) which are a sure hit with the kids.
Potted Plants at RM5 to RM10 each, suitable to brighten up your office or living room. I like the cactus because they are very hardy, and require so little care but are attractive in their own way.
For a healthy treat, buy some freshly steamed sweet potatoes (RM2 per bag) and steamed corn in a cup (RM1-2 per cup) for a quick nibble. - they are quite yummy on a cool day!
What to pay: What To Pay:
RM5-10 for plants and you can bargain a little by buying a few more.
Flowers are abundant here, no matter freshly cut or dried ones. Prices are extremely cheap compared to florists in Kuala Lumpur. If you are thinking to get your sweetheart a dozen of red roses, buy from here and you you won't get a hole in your pocket :)
What to buy: Flowers are abundant here, no matter freshly cut or dried ones. Prices are extremely cheap compared to florists in Kuala Lumpur. If you are thinking to get your sweetheart a dozen of red roses, buy from here and you you won't get a hole in your pocket :)
What to buy:
You can buy cactus as low as RM10 for 6 pots, mixed and match. They are great succulent plants for the home or office because they require minimum maintenance. Some exotic or old cactus can fetch up to hundreds of Ringgit.
Cactus grow in bonsai pots look very interesting for the home decor. If you don't like this thorny plant, then you can opt for some cactus which has no thorns and look like a lotus flower. Sprinkle some water dew and the plant will look glittering like diamonds.
What to buy: Vegetables are packed in perforated plastic bags to maintain its freshness in your long journey. Stall assistants give offers like say 5 bags for a certain amount of dollars. Pack some fresh vegetables home for a hearty & healthy meal for the whole family.