The Camerons Weekend Escapade

By | March 12, 2011

Make this weekend a funky and relaxing one at Cameron Highlands.  Spread these activities out gently within two days, taking your time to savour each moment in the cool highlands.

Duration: 2D/1N
Suitability: Singles Couples

WHAT TO DO

MORNING TEA
Where: Sungai Palas Tea Centre, 39100 Brinchang
(Tel.: +605 496 2096; Teas from RM2.50 per mug; Free admission to factory and tea centre, information tours conducted approximately every 30 minutes; Time: Opens daily – except Monday – from 9 am to 4:30 pm)
What:  Tea plantation with a 20-foot overhanging platform overlooking the sprawling green hills peppered with rows and rows of tea bushes.  You can hop over to the BOH factory next door, too for a visit.
Why: It’s a feast for sore eyes.  Tea’ria (the resident souvenir and tea shop) is a great place for breakfast and tea.

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME
Rose Valley, Tanah Rata
Where: 148 Tringkap, Cameron Highlands, 39100 Pahang
(Tel: +605-4961491; Adult/Child: RM4/RM2; Opens daily 8am to 6pm)
What: A nicely landscaped nursery that features an astounding amount of rose species – 450 to be exact – including the black rose, thorn-less rose and the ugly green rose.
Why: Roses are romantic.
When: In the mid-morning while it’s bright and sunny for photo ops.

TO MARKET, TO MARKET
Kea Farm, Brinchang
(Entrance is free for vegetable market)
What: Every Cameronian vegetable, fruits and plants under one roof at very reasonable prices.  Fresh from the farm, too.
Why: Get some fresh vegetables and fruits to cook during your stay or bring them home ~ they serve as practical and edible souvenirs!

SWEET STRAWBERRIES
Raju’s Hill Strawberry Farm
Where: No. 129, Jalan Kuari, Brinchang
(Tel: 019-575 3867; Opens daily from 8am – 6pm; Adult/Child: Free)
What: A strawberry farm offering fresh strawberries and home-made strawberry products e.g. jams, milkshake, ice cream and lollies
Why: There’s nothing like fresh, sweet and succulent strawberries now, is there?

PRICKLY PLANTS
Cactus Valley, Pekan Lama, Brinchang
(Tel: +605-491 5640/605-4915641; Opens daily from 8am to 6pm; Adult/Child: RM4/RM2)
What: A vast variety of interesting cactus on display including some as old as 60 years.  There are other plants there as well e.g. strawberries, roses, apple and peach trees, orchids, cherry tomatoes, etc.
Why: For the great photo ops and educational experience

THE BRINCHANG NIGHT MARKET
Brinchang Town
(Opens on Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm to 10pm)
What: Beloved hawker fare, snacks, munchies, fruits, vegetables in the familiar night market ambiance – complete with noisy power generators and tempting food smells.
Why: Sizzle your one cool night at Cameron Highlands with these delicious tid-bits and hot soya bean drink.  Mmmm!

CHILLY WINDS, BREATHTAKING VIEWS
Mount Brinchang
(Accessible daily at any time; Adult/Child: Free)
What: It’s the tallest peak in Cameron Highlands.  You can either drive or trek right up to the peak.
Why: On a clear day, you’ll get a magnificent panoramic view of the forests surrounding the highlands and even a glimpse of Ipoh town. A windy and cold lookout point is recommended is the perfect excuse to cuddle up to your sweetie!

REJUVENATE
Spa Village, Cameron Highlands Resort, Tanah Rata
(Tel: +605-491 1100; Prices start from RM200 for a 50-minute massage or facial; Operates from 9am to 9pm with last treatment at 8pm; www.spa-village.com)
What: Award-winning spa village that offers exquisitely delightful treatments in indoor and outdoor rooms, and tea bath rooms.  
Why: When you want some pampering and calm both your spirit and senses.


WHERE TO EAT

EAT DE-STRESS
Summer Kaye Garden, Lembah Jasar, Tanah Rata
(Tel: +6012-5253186; Opens daily 12pm to 12am)
What: A Chinese restaurant (non-halal) that houses a recreational park, herbal garden and the first outdoor Jacuzzi in Cameron Highlands.
Why: When you want to eat and de-stress at the same time.

T-CAFE, 4, Main Road, Tanah Rata
(Tel: +6019-5722883; Dishes from RM6; Opens daily from 10am to 10pm)
What: Western and local fare, delicious scones
When: Lunch and tea time

THE SMOKEHOUSE, Tanah Rata by the Golf Course
(Tel: +605-491 1215; From RM18++ for tea and 2 scones; Tea time: 3pm – 6pm daily)
What: A cosy and romantic English Tudor style Hotel built in 1939 with a pretty English garden.
Why: Sometimes you just need to satisfy your Brit cravings.
When: Tea-time (for the delish scones) or dinner time.

MAYFLOWER RESTAURANT, 77a, Persiaran Camelli 4, Tanah Rata
(Tel: +605-491 1793; RM14 per pax lunch/dinner for half chicken half Tom Yam soup; Opens daily 11am – 10pm)
What: Steamboat restaurant
Why:  There’s nothing like hot savoury steamboat on the cold highlands
When: Lunch and dinner time

DOWNTOWN CAFE (formerly ORIENT RESTAURANT), 41, Main Road, Tanah Rata
(Tel: +605-4913159; RM17 per head (minimum 2 pax) for half chicken half Tom Yam soup; Opens daily 8.30am to 10pm)
What: Steamboat and Chinese food restaurant
When: Dinner time


WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Casadela Rosa, Lot 48, Jalan Circular, Tanah Rata
Tel: +605-4911333
What: A boutique antique hotel located in front of the only golf course in Cameron Highlands.
Rates: From RM160/Weekends
Package(s): Click here.

Heritage Hotel Cameron Highlands, Jalan Gereja, Tanah Rata
(Tel: +605-491 3888; www.heritage.com.my;
What: Tudor-styled boutique hotel with a bird’s eye and panoramic view of Tanah Rata town, and an elegant sculpture garden with an old English countryside feel.
Rates: From RM205/Weekends
Package(s): Click here.

Equatorial Hotel (Highlands Resort), Kea Farm, Brinchang
Tel: +605-496 1777
What: The only resort situated at the highest accessible point of Cameron Highlands.  Tudor-styled.
Rates: From RM290/Weekends
Package(s): Click here.

Strawberry Park Resort, Lot 195 196, Tanah Rata
Tel: +605-4911166
What: A Neo Tudor designed resort with soothing views of the green, green hills of Cameron Highlands.
Rates: From RM388/Weekends
Package(s): Click here.

The Lakehouse, 30th Mile Ringlet
Tel: +605- 495 6152
What: A charming Tudor-style boutique resort perched atop a hill overlooking green rolling hills and lush woodlands.
Rates: From RM541/Weekends
Package(s): Click here.

 

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