I always felt visit to Cameron Highlands will be in-complete without a tour to the Tea Plantations.
Cameron Highland history started with tea plantations. According to the introduction by Wikipedia, “The Highlands were named after William Cameron, a British colonial government surveyor who discovered the plateau during a mapping expedition in 1885. The fame of Cameron Highlands then grew during the colonial era when British planters realised the potential of its fertile mountain slopes for growing tea, then a prized commodity.”
Being Malaysia’s largest tea-producing region, there are few tea plantations at Cameron Highlands, i.e. Bharat tea plantation, Boh (Fairlie) and Sungai Palas tea estates and Tea mountain at Blue Valley.
We passed by the pictorial scenery Bharat tea plantation when drove from Tanah Rata to Habu area. There is a new tea house at the road side overlooking the tea estate. It’s a pretty nice place for visitors to relax and sip tea, and enjoy the environment of Cameron Highlands with full of pleasure.
The journey to Boh (Fairlie) Tea Plantation (around 8km from the main road ) is an adventurous where the road is quite narrow, where at place, only one vehicle can passed by. At the dead corner, we need to horn to alert the cars at the other side. We got kind of honk the horn after awhile.
The green rolling hills with beautiful landscape like tea maze was really worth the trip.
The Boh Fairlie Tea Estate has a tea shop, where visitors can order varieties of teas (RM15 for a big pot), cakes and pastries (range from RM3-RM5). We just relax and sip the freshly brewed tea, and enjoyed the breezy cool weather of Cameron Highlands with full of pleasure before visiting their factory.
Guidance for factory tours are provided for free in showing the tea processing.
Please take note that the factory and the tea shop is close on every Monday but opens everyday from 9 am to 4.30 pm. Hence, it will be a waste of time if going there without knowing it’s closed.
Recently Boh just open the Sungei Palas Tea Centre, that located at another tea plantation owned by Boh after Brinchang town. Located on a hilltop, amidst rows of tea bushes and close to Gunung Brinchang, it offers the best possible introduction to Malaysian teas in a truly spectacular setting.
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