The cooling temperatures of the Cameron Highlands have long attracted the British, and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. Named after explorer Sir William Cameron, the emerald tea plantations that roll across the valleys make up Malaysia’s largest hill station and capital of tea. Dotted with small townships the highlands were developed during the British colonial period and are noted for the beautiful orchards, strawberry farms, thundering waterfalls and relatively refreshing treks within the tea plantations and mossy forest. To recharge your batteries, take time out to enjoy a traditionally English high tea, tour the industrial tea factories or visit the Tudor style county inns to soak up the stunning panoramic views over Malaysia’s most iconic highland resort.
An up-and-coming city beautified by the murals adorned on the colonial buildings by Ernest Zacharevi and the restoration of old shophouses now home to hip cafes, Ipoh is slowly becoming a sought-after destination for travellers in the know. Surrounded by limestone hulks, Ipoh has long been used only as a gateway to the areas beautiful caves and hot springs, but with the rise in café culture, boutique hotels and museums in the historic centre, Ipoh now has much more to offer. It’s also home to some celebrated British colonial architecture including the railways stations, town hall and old world schools including the century old St Michaels. Now one of south-east Asia’s hidden foodie hot spots, we recommend taking time to explore Old Town’s quirky cafes or heading to Ipoh Soho for a rather out there robotic dining experience. Families can also enjoy action packed adventure at the Lost World Of Tambun theme park just out of town.