This is one place that I like to go to every year. The weather is very cool, food aplenty and there are simply many things to do while in Cameron Highlands. If you are going there I would recommend that you stay at Brinchang instead of Tanah Rata since all the interesting places to visit are found in Brinchang. 60% of Brinchang town is hotels, 20% steamboat restaurants and 20% grocery shops.
Cameron is famous for beautiful plants and flowers. We visited the famous Cactus valley. Entrance fee is RM 4 per person. Cactus valley.... so it is full of cactus. It is just a walking distance from Brinchang town. Right at the back of Chua Gin Hotel where we stay.
Did I say food is aplenty here? Come try the famous Cameron steamboat at Highland restaurant( opposite Chua Gin Hotel) for Rm 14 per person. The steamboat is unique cos of the charcoal rather then the electric type. Mostly vegetables since veggies are so cheap in Cameron ( 15 packets for RM 10). The cool weather in Cameron is very befitting for eating steamboat indeed.
For the first time my husband bought me roses since roses are so cheap at the night market in Brinchang town. Hubby bought roses ( 12 stalks ) for only Rm 5 to put in our hotel room for me to admire and appreciate.They are really lots of things to buy but we kept on worrying about overweight on our flight home.
We went to Kea Farm using the local bus (Regal Transport) which costs RM 1 per pax . Actually we went to the local tour company and the rate was RM 25 per pax for a 4-hours tour to places that are all around Kea Farm Market, except for the Tea Plantation. Since we are not interested in the tea plantation we went by commercial bus instead which can also save us a lot of money. Moreover we can also see the places at our own pace and time
First we stopped at Kea Farm and then walked to the butterfly farm. Entrance fee to Butterfly farm is Rm 3 per pax which is worth it, since besides butterflies they also have bettles, snakes and frogs, roses and flowers there.From Butterfly Farm we walk to Equatorial Hotel and from there we walk to the stalls around the hotel.We were there for around 5 hours, sight-seeing, more shopping, enjoying fried potatoes balls( which are springy and very delicious when hot).Then we took the same bus back to Brinchang town. The local bus runs pass the Kea farm every 1 hour interval on a normal day.
This is indeed a very great place for family vacations. The only con I can think of is the manure smell from the passing trucks going to all those farms in Cameron Highlands, beside that this is heaven to my family.