One of the main reasons why I chose to visit Malaysia was because of the Cameron Highlands.
Ever since I saw pictures of its sprawling tea plantations I wanted to come here.
I got lucky with my hostel group and had a wonderful bunch of people so we all decided to book an all day tour through Hill Top Travel & Tour which lasts from 8.45am until about 6pm and cost 98RM (25 USD).
Fortunately the pretty rare rafflesia flower grows in this area and was in bloom while we were visiting too (apparently this doesn’t happen too often!)
The unfortunate part is that it took three hours in total of jungle trekking to get to the flower and it was NOT easy by any means however it was pretty tranquil and the scenery was pleasant.
A few of us got bitten by leeches though since it had been raining the day before.. I definitely freaked out when I saw one on me I’m not gonna lie. If you decide to hike make sure you cover up any exposed skin as best you can and wear bug repellent too.
Lunch wasn’t included but we stopped at an Indian place which was decent and not too expensive.
Our shoes post hike
One of the best parts of the day was riding around in this beast of a vehicle.
We thought it had to be an ex-army one or something because it looked pretty indestructible.
Riding at the back was an adventure with no seatbelts or back door but I preferred the front seat where you can poke your head up and out!
We also got to go to the BOH tea plantation and walking around the area was so lovely – the amount of green everywhere you look is fabulous.
Afterwards we did a quick walk through of the factory and had a cuppa ourselves with the stunning backdrop outside of the window next to us while we enjoyed the local brew.
Also on the itinerary was the butterfly farm (which I gave a miss) and the strawberry farm which was quite pricey to pick your own so we just opted for a delicious milkshake from the café instead.
A massive highlight was the Mossy Forest which feels so magical and fairytale like.
It’s really beautiful and not far from Guning Brinchang, the largest mountain in the area where you can climb a tower to get some great views of the Cameron Highlands provided there isn’t fog.
My group was staying at CH Travellers in Tanah Rata. I had booked the Orchid Lodge but apparently there was something wrong with one of the rooms so a few of us were moved here instead but the hostel was clean and friendly.
There’s heaps of awesome Indian restaurants nearby but if you’re keen try one of the steamboat restaurants where you cook your own meat, noodles, fish and veggies – it was delicious and so so filling we couldn’t even finish it all!