The Cameron Highlands are a great getaway for those who love hiking and nature. Visitors can see endless tea plantations, visit strawberry farms and explore several hiking trails through the forest. A few hostels are available in the region. Hostels in the Cameron Highlands are a good way to meet other travelers to explore the region together or to hang out in the hostel after a long hiking day.
The Cameron Highlands are centrally located in peninsular Malaysia. As the altitude is higher than most other places in Malaysia, the temperature is lower, which can be pleasant. Several nice hiking paths can be explored, which will each take several hours. There are both easy and more difficult hikes. Hostels are normally happy to help you decide which hiking track suits you and are able to provide maps. Another popular activity is to visit a tea plantation. There are several tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands. The tea plantations seem endless and most of them have a cafe where visitors can try the tea while enjoying the view over the plantations. Also strawberry farms can be visited in the Cameron Highlands. Depending on the season, visitors may be able to pick their own strawberries. A variety of strawberry products, such as milkshakes, can be sampled at the farms.
There are two bigger towns in the Cameron Highlands: Tanah Ratah and Brintang. They are located approximately 5 kilometers away from each other. Both towns have good access to different hiking trails and tea plantations. Hostels in both towns are a good base to explore the region. Tanah Rata, however, is where most of the hostels are located. As both towns are relatively small, there is no best or bad location to stay in the towns. The amount of hostels in the Cameron Highlands is limited and it is therefore recommended to book a hostel several days in advance to avoid disappointment.
Visitors that wish to explore a trail that they do not consider to be within walking distance from their hostel can take a local bus that runs about once per hour to the different towns in the Cameron Highlands. Another option is to hail a cheap taxi. Hitchhiking is also fairly easy.
The only way to reach the Cameron Highlands by public transportation is by bus. There are several buses per day leaving from Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Buses back to Kuala Lumpur sometimes get sold out, so it is advised to buy the ticket one day in advance to avoid getting stuck in the Cameron Highlands. Buses to other places in Malaysia are also available, but less frequent.
Prices in the Cameron Highlands are similar to elsewhere in Malaysia. Food is available for all sorts of budgets, where the economical options normally consist of the street food as well as Indian and Chinese restaurants.
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