Oh-So British Cameron Highlands!

After a few months of heat and sun, my skin and I decided to chill for a weekend in Cameron Highlands. The name sounds like a single malt whisky brand from Scotland but yet it is located in Malaysia, about 3 hours drive away from hot and hazy KL.

Our Proton amongst the Pine trees, as if in Scotland
Our Proton amongst the Pine trees, as if in Scotland

Cameron Highlands is a cool and fresh hill station, named after some rosbeef governor (I’m French I can’t help it!) at the end of the 19th century, who saw the potential to create a perfect Tudor-like retreat.

CIMG0076

Harvesting the tea leaves.
Harvesting the tea leaves.

Today, Cameron Highlands is the garden of Malaysia: Strawberries, roses, tea, everything seems to grow up there. Before leaving, I went on a few travel blogs, especially a French one done by two backpackers crossing the country in their hippy 70’s style old van. They were heavily disappointed by Cameron Highlands, criticizing the concrete buildings of the stations and the power plant that you can see below a waterfall.

Frog amongst the tea plantation.
Frog amongst the tea plantation.

So to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much of this English country-like escape for old colonialists feeling homesick of their afternoon tea and scones by the mantelpiece, stroking a golden retriever. But the gorgeous winding little road across the tea plantations (so narrow that you will probably get stuck in a local traffic-jam waiting for a bus to make its turn), the amazing shades of green in the leafy hills, the pine trees that really reminded me of Europe, the gorgeous hotel we were staying in (The Lake House which does look like a Tudor mansion), and last but not least, the local speciality for dinner: a delicious steamboat, made me wonder why I didn’t discover that place before!

Traffic jam in the middle of the tea plantation!!
Traffic jam in the middle of the tea plantation!!
The LakeHouse Hotel.
The LakeHouse Hotel.
Chef PZ steamboating for us.
Chef PZ steamboating for us.

And to the backpackers and other tourists who are always disappointed to find modern civilisation after travelling so far I would like to remind them two things: people are living there and therefore this place isn’t like Euro Disney built for their expectations only; and if you look down for example at our beautiful French Alps, how many dams and power plants and how many concrete ski resorts? Plenty. But we still love our mountains!

Loch Ness??
Loch Ness??

If you visit Malaysia, forget the beach just for a weekend and discover this surprising and superb countryside, which is really a true exception in this part of the world.

CIMG0090

Frog.

tt-twitter-micro32

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “Oh-So British Cameron Highlands!

  1. The Honeymoon suite was big with a huge fire place. I felt like a true british governor 😉

  2. photos and comments are perfect;tea plantations are human perfections: such a work of cutting as a hairdressing and never forget they are camelias sassanquas and british people knows perfectly how respecting a landscape So, it must be gorgeous…

  3. Glad you both enjoyed Cameron Highlands. Sadly it has modernised a lot, but of course the locals have to move on with the times, like you pointed out.

    If those backpackers ever read this piece: That power plant is a hydro power plant… it is SO necessary – so sorry if it spoils your holiday snaps!

  4. Thank you Fern for this information. So the Hydro power plant is probably more eco-friendly than their van!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s