A Breath of Fresh Air in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

A Breath of Fresh Air in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

A Breath of Fresh Air in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia


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“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where...” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


“It is fatal to know too much at the outcome: boredom comes as quickly to the traveler who knows his route as to the novelist who is over certain of his plot."

Paul Theroux, To the Ends of the Earth

Kuala Lumpur is a steamy urban jungle begging to be explored. It is beautiful, harsh and poetic all wrapped into one somewhat tidy package. I had a wonderful time exploring the city, but it was time to depart for another destination, but where to?

I started my journey to Southeast Asia with two cities that would be an easy transition for an independent traveler like myself (English widely spoken, easy to use public transportation system, Western style accommodations). My first city, Singapore, and second city, Kuala Lumpur, fit the bill perfectly. In both cities I had everything planned in advanced: my accommodations, transportation to and from the airport, daily sightseeing itinerary, AirAsia flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, etc. Now it was time to travel with no reservations. Just follow my wanderlust and see where it would take me.

After meeting some travelers in Chinatown they recommended I head north to the Cameron Highlands for cooler temperatures and great photo opportunities.

So I left the smog and the humidity of Kuala Lumpur for the beauty and cool weather of the Cameron Highlands. This area is Malaysia’s largest tea-producing region. The highlands possess all the right attributes for growing tea: moderate temperatures, high altitude, abundant rainfall, long hours of sunshine and well-drained soil.

A former British hill station, the Cameron Highlands are located 136 miles (219 km) north of Kuala Lumpur in Pahang, Malaysia. It’s a 4 1/2 hour bus trip from Kuala Lumpur along a very windy, but scenic road.

The rolling hills of the Cameron Highland's tea plantations were lush and tranquil in the extreme. This place rejuvenated my love for landscape photography.

With all that lush green you would think they grow...wait for it...green tea. No, it is black tea. After all this hill town was founded by the British and they just love their black tea.

This is a scenic view of the BOH Tea Plantation. The overcast weather provided the perfect diffused light which resulted in giving the colors that added pop.

In the end, I was glad my wanderlust led me to the Cameron Highlands for it rejuvenated my traveling spirit and quenched my thirst for exploring with no reservations.

Check back for more of my Malaysian adventures!

Happy Travels!

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