While others are cutting down trees and obliterating natural greenery to make way for costly and dubiously feasible development, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) is looking at the many species of temperate crops and plants, including roses, anthuriums as well as fruits, vegetables and herbs, to prop up the hill resort’s reputation as one of Pahang’s leading destinations.
Strawberry farms can be found almost everywhere in Cameron Highlands. All offer locally grown strawberries and home made strawberry jams and a very cheap price. Some strawberry farms will let you pluck your own strawberries and charge you according to the weight. Here is a list of some of the popular strawberry farms in Cameron Highlands :
– Big Red Strawberry Farm
– Healthy Strawberry Farm
– Kasimani’s Strawberry Farm
– KHM Strawberry Farm
– Raju’s Hill Strawberry Farm
Vegetable farms are located throughout the highlands and most of the farms allow visitors in. Drive up to Tringkap or Kuala Terla to get a roadside view of the larger vegetable farms .
Due to the increasing tourist arrivals, there have been more smaller farms cropping up all over the highlands. These farms produce everything from flowers and vegetables to strawberries. These are primarily for walk in tourists. The other bigger farms which produce vegetables for the nation’s consumptions are usually not on the tourist map and are located in the interiors or Kuala Terla and Bertam Valley.
Museums & Galleries
Take a peek into the past of Cameron Highlands through photographs. This is a “must visit” if you want to learn about the history behind Cameron Highlands.
A lot of the photos depicting the past are from personal collections of the locals who’s been here since the pre-war days. You can also see some of the familiar items from the yesteryears.
Cameron Highlands is the leading producer of fresh flowers in Malaysia. Most of the flower nurseries are centered around Bertam Valley and all along the way from Brinchang to Kg.Raja.
At the flower gardens and nurseries, be dazzled with the mix of colors and species being grown here. The common flowers grown here are roses, carnations,chrysanthemum, dalia, geranium, fuschia and gladioli. You can buy cheap flowers at these nurseries or any market around the highland.
After visiting the fruits and vegetable farms, you might want to buy some. The market is a good place to look for everything under one roof. The main day market is located around Kea Farm but you can also find many of them all along the main road from Ringlet to Kg.Raja.
On Saturday nights, the weekly night market comes to life in Brinchang. This is where you can find all the produce of Cameron Highlands sold in one place. You can get everything cheap here if you know how to bargain. This is also a place to get some good “pasar malam” food.
Honey Bee Farms
There are three honey bee farms in the highlands where visitors can get learn about bees and honey production You can also buy various honey products here.
The popular Bee Farms are :
-> Ee Feng Gu Honey Bee Farm (near the Kea Farm area)
-> Highland Honey Bee Farm (along the road to the Boh Tea Plantation)
-> Cameron Tringkap Bee Farm (Tringkap)
Seeing a butterfly in the open is a rare sight these days. Get a change to see many different species of butterflies which used to be a common sight in the highlands many years ago. A walk through an enclosed area where each species of butterfly is happily floating around in a lush, plant-filled garden is the highlight.
There are two butterfly farms in Cameron Highlands and the are both located around the Kea Farm area.
ORANG ASLI VILLAGE (Aborigine’s Village)
An insight to the Orange Asli’s lifestyle and culture! For those who are interested to know more about the ‘Semai’ tribe, who practices ‘shifting cultivation’.
Visits to Orang Asli villages deep in the forest of Cameron Highlands is now available. These are arranged with the ecological guides, who will provide the necessary information on these people, and at the same time, educate visitors on the forest planst and herbs.
Authentic villages are situated at the Eastern Valleys of Cameron Highlands, a fourty minutes drive from Tanah Rata will bring you to these beautiful villages!