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Far to the northwest in Pahang, just 125 miles from sprawling Kuala Lumpur, are the Cameron Highlands. When you venture into the cool, misty depths of this mountain wonderland, you’ll be witness to some of the most exquisite landscapes in Malaysia. At nearly 5,000 feet meters above sea level, a trip to these forested areas will stick with you for the rest of your life.
The Cameron Highlands are named after Scottish surveyor William Cameron. He stumbled upon the lush valleys of the highlands in the late 1800s, and found the gorgeous environment and cool air too enticing to leave. Colonial Britons living in Malaysia trekked to the highlands to escape the heat and humidity of the rest of the island. Today, the Cameron Highlands are a quiet, relaxing retreat for those who are looking for a slower pace of life. You won’t find high-end resorts here, but rather quaint inns, many of which hail from the colonial era and are lovingly preserved by owners and caretakers.
If you’re a fan of tea, your Cameron Highlands sightseeing will include stops at local tea plantations. This is a holdover from British times; the colonists brought their love of tea with them, and upon realizing tea plants could be grown in the Cameron Highlands, great rolling hills of plants appeared in the rolling highlands. But you’ll still find wide swaths of jungle and forested area, flooded with wildlife and the sounds of birds and insects. A Cameron Highlands tour, above all, is a reminder of nature’s beauty.
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