Boh Tea Gardens & Tea Centre
"Boh Tea Garden & Tea Centre" is one of the two Boh Plantation Company's visitor centres in Cameron Highlands. Boh Tea Plantation was founded by J. A Russell, a British who were business entrepreneur in trading, rubber industry, construction development, mining industry, and of course tea plantation. His discovery has created "Boh Tea" a well known brand no only in Malaysia, also throughout the globe.
Boh Tea Garden comes with a short track up the hill to have a good views of lush greenery tea plantation landscape. During a sunny day, we could see blue sky with thin layer of cloud cover those pyramid shape mountains.
The visitor centre has a small cafe looking out the greenery landscape. The cafe serves variety of Boh Tea with different favors. Traditionally, most teas are served in hot. Due to the liking of having Ice tea in Malaysia, the company has come out with "2 in 1" ice tea packages, allows consumers to blew their tea with Ice without adding any sugar. You can buy "2 in 1" boh ice tea at Tea Shop.
Behind the cafe, there is a tea manufacture. They have free tours to show you the process of making tea, introduce their company, and explain the type of tea they are producing. It is worth spending time to learn more about The Ummph of BOH Tea!
- Hiking and Walking
Lata Iskandar Waterfall
For a break from tea, strawberries, vegetables and flowers, you may check the Lata Iskandar Waterfall, a small but picturesque waterfall on the way out the Cameron Highlands, past Ringlet in the direction of Tapah. It is a small waterfall and it takes little time to visit unless you want to indulge into taking a dip in the cool water, thing that appears to appeal to many, especially teens and children. It is a very busy spot and, on the Sunday we were there, it was crowded with families and kids.
The Waterfall is a little out of way, ~25 Kms past Ringlet and if you plan arriving or leaving the Cameron Highlands by the Tapah route, you may want to take chance and stop by on your way in or out. Otherwise, if coming on purpose, it may take some 45 mins to 1+ hour drive, depending on where your base is in the Highlands.
We stopped on our way out the Cameron Highlands to enjoy the scenery and snap a photo. As the waterfall is literally along the road, it takes no physical effort to get there.
Second in popularity only to tea plantations come the strawberry farms. There is a large number of those farms in every corner of the Cameron Highlands, Big Red and Raaju Hill are amongst the most popular, or you may do like we did and visit one convenient with your location. We asked the taxi driver for advise and he took us to one close to our place.
A visit to a strawberry farm is basically about walking around the plants and, if you want, plucking your own strawberries and paying by the weight. You will also certainly find a cafe serving strawberry-based snacks and selling strawberry-based food and souvenirs. It is a relaxing experience, however, if you have seen strawberry plants before, it is unlikely you will find the experience exciting or special.
Cameron Highlands is the only place where strawberries are grown in Malaysia. The cool weather enables the planting, however the humid highland climate results in fruits that are soggy and sour unlike sweet and succulent strawberries from temperate climates.
The Cameron Valley Tea House
The Cameron Valley Tea House is the first tea house opened by Cameron Bharat Plantation in January 2001. It is located along the main road between Ringlet and Tanan Rata. It serves variety of teas including its specialty of Masala Chai and Cardamom Tea. Other teas including Strawberry Tea, Blackcurrant Tea, Orange Tea, Earl Grey Tea and etc. The tea house also has a gift shop selling wide selection of Cameron Valley Teas, tea books, and souvenirs of Cameron Highlands.
The Cameron Bharat Plantations was originally established by Shuparshad Bansal Agarwal in the early 1900s. In 1952, Bharat took over the factory and started to process and package teas under the brand name "CHOP RUSA". In 1962, the company acquired the Shalimar estate with its one site tea processing factory. It has become an important wholesale tea suppler in Malaysian. Today, the company brands its tea as "Cameron Valley" to sell directly to consumers.
The Tea House has a spectacular views of the Cameron Valley plantations. It is worth spending time here enjoying tea at the same time looking at the lush greenery landscapes.
- Farm Stay
Iskandar Waterfall, Hutan Lipur
Iskandar Waterfall in Hutan Lipur is often our first stop along the way to Cameron Highlands. The main attraction is the Iskandar Waterfall surrounded by natural forest and a creek with natural spring water. It is common to see kids from local villages nearby to swim and play in the creek. Local tourists like us to take photos with the waterfall and the surrounding beauty. We enjoy the cooler temperature and the fresh air in this park.
Don't miss if you are driving on Jalan Tapah-Brinchang Highway 59.
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Strange, I found this WWII bunker at Tanah Rata, you will see this bunker on the right side of the road after passing Tanah Rata town. It's a pity to see bushes around the bunker and the bunker not kept as a national treasure, I don't see many war bunkers around Malaysia. Hmmm...
Oooopsy..I came to know there is an old military camp previously belongs to the British army in Cameron Highlands, and they converted the camp with more bunkers into hotel. hmmm.. interesting, I should stay there if I go to Cameron Highlands again.
Malaysian's old junk.
Old junk? hmmm... to me, I considered them as history and great nostalgic memories. I went to this coffee shop situated on the left side of Hotel Rosa Pasadena, I can't help by admiring some of the antiques displayed on the special shelf. Old telephone, old camera, old radio, old singer sewing machine. The coffee shop owner must be an avid collectors of antiques and old junks, hehe.. At home, I have an Old Singer sewing machine from the 1930s, still in good sewing conditions. Someone offered to buy, but of course, its not for sale like those antiques you see in the pictures.
If you go to Cameron Highland, aahh..make sure you visit the Time Tunnel Museum. The museum founded by local boy See Kok Shan, great treasure of old memorabilia and antiques from every era in Malaysia's history...
A Sikh Policeman
I saw this Sikh Policeman at Kee Farm, Cameron Highland. I don't know why I took his pictures, not that he is handsome or what. I don't know what I want to write about him on VT. Just a week ago, I read on the newspaper regarding Sikhs in police force during the British time.
I copy one part of the story :
"The first Sikhs who arrived in the Malay states in the 19th century were largely recruited by British officers who had worked in India. The British favoured Sikhs as they were regarded as brave and highly-disciplined. Locals were intimidated by their physical appearance."
Wow.. thanks for helping to keep the country safe during the communist insurgents.
So I shall regard this policeman as special because there are only 0.3% of sikhs in the total staff strenght of the Royal Malaysia Police. :-))
Boh ada Ummph!!
Boh ada Ummph means Boh got the ummph?? Or BOH stand for Best of Highlands.
After a tour to the factory, you have to visit the Boh Tea Shop and have a cup of tea, scone, cakes and enjoyed the view of the Plantation.
Boh Sungai Palas Tea Centre
Here is the tea centre where you can come in and see how they process the tea leaves, there are boards hanging on the wall with details how every process of tea making. Interesting tour to learn the process of sorting, drying, sorting again and a packing, i guess.
The Sg Palas Tea Centre is open everyday except Monday Closed, from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Factory tours are provided approximately every 30 minutes.
BOH - BEST OF HIGHLANDS 1
Waaaahhhhhh...What a wonderful sight!!! You will see beautiful landscape of tea trees planted in the hill and in orderly rows. Its a place I want to wake up and see the greens. Hmmm... I could stay here forever, in such nice weather and the views, hmmm....wonderful.
Please read more on BOH tea plantations.
The Joyride to Bukit Brinchang
At the Honey Bee Farm, you can ride an old school yellow bus to BOH plantation at Sungai Palas for RM$4 per person. Its a 3.5 Km drive, take about 15 mins to go thru narrow road, that fit for a bus to go thru, another coming from the opposite, be prepared to scream your lung out... AAAAAa aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh.. I think I screamed the most, and its fantastic ride in Cameron Highlands. :-)))
The Land Rovers
You will find a lot of Land Rovers in Cameron Highland. The British brought them in during the communist insurgency in Malaysia during the 60s. The locals use them to carry vegetables, workers, manure. You can see them everywhere in Cameron Highlands. Well, mostly all of them are old and battered. Will you believe there are 10,000 of Land Rovers here, hmmm..some said they come here to die :-)))
Honey Bee Farm
Ee Feng Gu Honey Bee Farm is one of the attractions in Cameron Highlands. Visit here to see how they keep the bees and how the bee produce the honey..hmmm..I don't really know how.
Perhaps the Bee Farms have bee keepers who will give some tips.
This Honey Bee Farm also produce Royal jelly and pollen. Have a great information about the bees here.
- Road Trip
Pasar Malam - Macam-macam ada..
Night market - seems to have everything...I randomly chose a few pictures I like. There are more to see in the night market.
Picture 1 - Its wheat grass grown in custom-made pouch. Look like a doll, so cute.
Picture 2 - Cactus plant - hmm..its very cheap.
Picture 3 - All sort of teas - in varies flavors..
Picture 4 - Strawberries dip in melted chocolate. Waiting to be dipped.
Picture 5 - Souvenirs of Fruits Fridge magnets.
I could spend a lot of time here..its wonderful to shop in cold weather.