Last February I took my family to Cameron Highlands for a holiday. We decided on Cameron Highlands because that was the most ideal place to spend our holiday as we could escape the sweltering heat and humidity in the lowlands at that time.
I consider people in Cameron Highlands very lucky. Despite living in a tropical country geographically they do not experience the warm and humid climate as what people in a tropical country do.
This is because they live at an altitude of between 1370m and 1700m above sea level. The high altitude results in a temperate climate which can never be enjoyed by people in the lowlands. So to feel the temperate climate we had to negotiate numerous bends along the approximately 60km-long route to reach the highland area from the foot of the Titiwangsa range in Tapah.
Let me touch on the brief history of Cameron Highlands. Cameron Highlands was first discovered by one William Cameron who was a governemt surveyor while on a mapping expedition in 1885. He found a plateau at an elevation of 1370-1700 meters above sea level. No prize for guessing after whom this plateau area was named. Okay?
William Cameron reported his discovery much to the excitement of the then British colonial administrator Sir Hugh Low who himself was the first successful British administator in the Malay Peninsula. Plans were laid out by him to develop the plateau as open farmland, sanatorium and health resort. However it took another twenty years before the first pioneers settled in the area. Since then the British colonial government actively developed the area perhaps because the area fast gained popularity among the fellow British citizens working in then Malaya. It was a relief from the hot and humid climate they had to endure in then Malaya. Moreover the temperate climate in Cameron Highlands was much more similar to their home country England. In fact Cameron Highlands felt like home to them besides it was an alternative to Fraser’s Hill which was developed earlier and by then was already crowded.
Many ex-British colonial administrators have made Cameron Highlands their retirement place to spend their retirement age there. Its huge popularity among the Britons as well as its fertile soil and temperate climate contributed to its rapid development as hill resorts for tourist attraction and large-scale tea plantation, vegetable and fruit farming.
And the rest, as they said, is history 🙂
Hope you enjoy some Cameron Highlands pictures below. Please check out my photo website to see more pictures of Cameron Highlands tea plantation.