We stayed at Strawberry Park Resort for 4 days and 3 nights. In that amount of time, we managed to clear most of the attractions that we planned to go to. Here are some pictures of the places we went to.
Rose Valley is not actually a valley. It is a greenhouse of sorts that has a huge wonderful collection of flowers. Coupled with the cool weather, we spent quite a bit of time here taking photos and taking in the sights. The vibrant colours, the sweet-smelling scents will surely conjure a smile out of an angry person. 🙂
Note that the entrance to this botanic-garden-look-a-like is quite well concealed by random shops selling food, ice cream, soft toys, dried strawberries, etc etc. Entrance fees are applicable though.
A memorabilia gallery is a museum for all things old – toys, utensils, historical artefacts, photos, books, and the list goes on. Loads of photo opportunities.
Random strawberry farms
Cameron Highlands is filled with shops selling strawberry memorabilia – key chains, pillow covers, caps, slippers, pens, balls, balloons. You name anything, they will definitely have that plastered in strawberry colours, or made to resemble a strawberry. You may want to know why. There are countless strawberry farms in the area. Here’s one of many that we went to.
And for almost all strawberry farms, you can fork up a premium to pick your own fresh strawberries. And don’t say that I didn’t warn you – Please remember to wash those berries before consumption. Take care of your digestive system.
Thus uber huge Pasar Malam may only be open on weekends. We went back on a weekday, a Monday, and all the makeshift stalls had disappeared. Unlike the Pasar Malams in Singapore, the temporary shops are setup from the vendors’ vans or cars. They literally just parked their vehicles there and started setting up their tents, cooking stoves, display shelving, etc. Thumbs-up for innovation. The food sold is quite nice too. Noms.
You can find this Pasar Malam near Brinchang’s only Shell petrol station. Note that there is only one Shell petrol station in and around the towns up in Cameron Highlands.
Two hotels caught my attention as we drove around like some lost explorer – Cameron Highlands Resort and Smokehouse Hotel. CHR is a 5-star hotel. Promising, but it looks like every other 5-star hotel in my opinion. It’s luxurious, but I would rather enjoy my vacation in a resort-looking place. Smokehouse Hotel gave me better vibes. If I am not wrong, it was first built by British settlers/ soldiers. We heard that the smoked BBQ restaurant in there is awesome. However, we didn’t have the time or the appetite to stomach that, after our (complimentary) heavy buffet breakfast back at Strawberry Park Resort.
BOH plantation/ factory
Here’s the reward after you manage to overcome your fears and reach the goal – BOH Tea plantation, factory and cafe. After peeing in your pants during the drive up the mountain, you may wish to proceed to the cafe to rehydrate with a variety of fresh tea drinks. After letting your heart rate return to normal BPMs, walk in the opposite direction to the factory for the factory tour where they will show you how BOH makes their tea leaves/ bags/ sachets, etc.Didn’t have really nice photos of the factory sadly. But before you get to the factory, you will pass their ‘factory’ outlet. You will be tempted. Just succumb to it.
Apart from BOH Tea, there is Cameron Valley Tea. Buy more tea here while catching the awesome view.