A Walk and a Tea Estate in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

We must have looked like the oddest people in town. At least, that was the look that we were getting from locals who drove past us in their cars or on motorbikes as we wandered along the winding road. If it wasn’t odd looks that we were getting, it was looks of amusement at seeing two foreigners walking along the main road through the mountains. One man laughed and waved at us. “Hey, I like you guys!” he said as he zoomed past.

We were just out for a walk, but apparently that is not the way to get to tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands.

We were on our way to the Cameron Valley Tea Estate, located around 4km outside of Tanah Rata. There are countless tea plantation tours that you can join from town, but being the type of people who prefer to make our own way around, we decided to skip the tour and take ourselves on our own tour. When I looked at my map, I could see the Cameron Valley Tea Estate located not far out of town; certainly a walkable distance.

Park in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Walking through Tanah Rata

Our walk took us through Tanah Rata and out into the forest covered mountains that make up the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. We followed the main road that runs through the area, winding its way along the steep sides of the mountains.

After a few kilometres of walking while covering our mouths to escape exhaust fumes (and several very odd looks from passersby), we had our first view of the tea plantation clinging to a steep hill side off in the distance. With renewed energy, we continued along the winding road, joined by a couple of stray dogs on our quest to visit a tea plantation.

View of a tea estate in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

View across the forest to the tea plantation

By the time we reached the Cameron Valley Tea Estate, we were definitely in need of a cup of tea… As it happens, they have tea at the Cameron Valley Tea Estate.

The tea house, with an impressive panoramic view of the tea plantation below, has a wide variety of teas and dishes on the menu. We settled with a healthy choice of mint green tea, and cancelled out that healthy choice with some fresh scones with cream and jam. Our argument was that we had to walk all the way back uphill into town. Plus it just wouldn’t be proper to visit a tea house and not have the scones with our pot of tea.

Cameron Valley Tea Estate in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

The view from the Cameron Valley Tea House

Tea and scones in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Our tea and scones at the tea house

Cameron Valley Tea House, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

The Cameron Valley Tea House

Satisfied with our fill of tea and scones, we wandered off, again on our own, for a walk through the tea plantation. The views really couldn’t be beat. Rows upon rows of lush green tea bushes spread out down the valley below and up the other side. These views alone were well worth the walk.

View of the Cameron Valley Tea Estate, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

View of the Cameron Valley Tea Estate

Tea Plantation in Cameron Highlands Malaysia

Rows of tea bushes cover the slopes of the valley

Tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Walking amongst the tea

Tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Path in a tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

A path through the tea

Tea leaves in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Tea leaves

Cameron Valley Tea Estate in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

View down the valley across the tea plantation

Panorama of the Cameron Valley Tea Estate in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Panorama of the Cameron Valley Tea Estate

Eventually we climbed our way out of the tea plantation and began the 4 kilometre walk back into Tanah Rata, but as is often the case, the walk back didn’t feel as long as the walk there.

If you head to the Cameron Highlands, definitely visit one of the beautiful tea estates.

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11 comments… add one
  • Peter Sep 12, 2014

    Hey Dean, it’s nice to get a closer look of a tea garden. I have never visited a tea-garden.. Thank you for sharing this post.

    • Dean Wickham Sep 14, 2014

      Hi Peter. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. You should visit some day 🙂

  • John Mayson Sep 14, 2014

    I think I have the same exact pictures taken from the same exact spots. 🙂 Cameron Highlands is definitely worth visiting.

    • Dean Wickham Sep 14, 2014

      Awesome John! I loved it there. Will definitely go back.

  • Anne Sep 14, 2014

    Great photos, I love the second last picture and the pointy shape of the mountains. The look like green pyramids.

    • Dean Wickham Oct 18, 2014

      Hi Anne. That’s a good observation! Thanks for checking out the photos 🙂

  • akhileshyadav Nov 20, 2014

    I like this place and looking so beautiful there all thing will looking green.

  • akhileshyadav Dec 22, 2014

    This type place provide good felling and positive thinking.

    • Dean Wickham Jan 1, 2015

      It certainly does provide good felling. Good felling indeed!

  • jatinderlahar Jan 12, 2015

    This IS VERY BEAUTIFUL BLOG. I LIKE ALL PICTURES OF THIS BLOG…

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