5 Less-known Places in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

In this entry I’m going to introduce five less-known locations in Cameron Highlands, Perak because I swear these are very awesome places you may not have visited although you may have been to Cameron.

I didn’t discover these places by myself. Before I left Kampar to pursue my postgraduate studies, God (whichever God it is) decided that I had to know Magen and his girlfriend Sushee, and it was these amazing souls who introduced me to those places.

Magen and Sushee are among the most explorative and random people I have known. One moment they would tell you they’re bringing you for a dinner in Ipoh, and the next moment everyone ends up in Cameron Highlands. Crazy or not?

Anyway…

1. Bharat Tea Plantation, Cameron Valley

Go there during sunset and you can take amazing photos like the above. Bharat Tea Plantation is relatively smaller than Boh Tea Plantation but it is worth a quick visit.

2. Sg. Palas Tea Plantation

There are two Boh Tea Plantations in Cameron Highlands – the Sg. Palas one being the most significant of the two. Magen took the photo of me above riding on a swing at the foothill of the Sg. Palas Plantation.

At the foothill sits an Indian village, where villagers rear chicken and other live stocks and let them run free around the compound of their houses.

I remember noticing a small school within the village where children were playing football away at the field beside the school. The Indian village to me is different from other villages in the sense that:

  • it is unusually clean and organised
  • weather there is extremely chilling and refreshing

I really don’t mind staying there for a half a year loh! Maybe I can be a tea-leave plucker there haha.

3. Gunung Brinchang Peak

Gunung Brinchang is the second highest mountain in Cameron Highlands, sitting some 6,666 feat above the sea level near the Perak-Pahang border.

At the peak of the mountain is a tower overlooking parts of Cameron Highlands and Ipoh. We tried climbing up the tower but with each step we climbed, we got slower and slower and more nervous because the staircase was just so steep and the tower felt especially high on the already high peak of Cameron Highlands (no pun intended).

The road leading up to the summit of Gunung Brinchang is the highest one in the whole of Peninsular Malaysia according to Wikipedia. Totally can’t believe that we had actually travelled the highest road in Peninsular.

Being such siao kinnas we were, we actually stopped along our way down (road was freaking steep) to snap photos.

The scenery round there was exceptionally breathtaking especially when it was covered in mist – hence the great viduals. *saying this in a super buey paiseh manner*

Never in my life had I seen a scene so beautiful and surreal before. It was totally like what you would see on TV!

4. Pos Slim Stop

Situated mid-way to Cameron Highlands, the Pos Slim stop overlooks a small part of Ipoh, which is beautifully lit up in neon lights at night. A very windy and romantic place to enjoy the night, panoramic scene of Ipoh.

Practically every time we went up to Cameron (four times in one and a half months in our craziest record!), Magen would stop by Pos Slim to feel the gushes of strong wind brush again him.

5. Farlie Tea Plantation

This is the other Boh Tea Plantation in Cameron near the Tapah exit. It is the less popular Boh Tea Plantation and rather different from the Sg. Palas one.

There is an old hut on the hill top. It looks kinda creepy but can be a great location for photoshooting. All photos below (the very syiok-sendiri type) were taken at the Farlie Tea Plantation.


Amazing Cambodia: The Heavenly Neak Poan Bread

This post marks my final entry on the “Amazing Cambodia” series. Click on the links below to read the previous entries:

On the fifth day of our Cambodia trip, Rainbow and I had to travel back to Phnom Penh from Siem Reap as out flight back to KL took off the very next day from the Phnom Penh Airport. Our tour ended on the fifth day, so after our journey back to Siem Reap, everything would be on our own.

The tour guide was super kind to have purchased for us the bus tickets to Siem Reap. And we didn’t even have the chance to give him some tips before we departed. Le sigh.

Honestly, I kind of prefer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Although Siem Reap has more places of attraction, Phnom Penh is slightly more developed and dynamic although a little messy like Malaysia’s Pudu Raya.

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After reaching back Phnom Penh, we proceeded to its famous Russian Market (see the only bad photo below) to do some shopping, where we bought a load of T’s. They were damn cheap and the choices were so good Rainbow and I had a hard time deciding which ones to buy. We also spent a good amount of time bargaining prices with the sellers!

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I realised a lot of the stall owners were Chinese Teochews. And since I’m also a Teochew, most of them who knew would tell me in the dialect how I made a good bargainer.

Damn paiseh can? Their praise sounded like I was a cheapskate or something, but whatever lah.

At night, I met up with a Cambodian friend, Hav, and his friend whom I have forgotten the name. I met Hav during our internship at The Star and we had not seen each since 2007. We had some good chats and beer at a petrol station.

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With Hav (center) and his friend, who is a Khmer.

I was rather shocked to find out Hav is actually a Chinese, although he doesn’t speak Mandarin. HOW COME HE NEVER TOLD ME ONE?!

And the second shocker – Hav has been already married for over a year and his wife was already several months pregnant when we met. Congrats my friend!

During our last day in Cambodia, I also got to meet up with another Cambodian friend, Buntha, who was also an intern at The Star but at a different time as Hav and I. Hav referred Buntha to me before he came to Malaysia and I had helped him look for accommodation.

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Posing with Buntha, whom I had not seen for quite sometime.

Hav, his friend, and Buntha brought me around town for brunch and to visit several places on their motorbikes, while Rainbow insisted to stay at the hotel room.

The easy-going Cambodians also brought me to try their popular roasted pork rice. I got to also taste the pig brain soup for the first time in my life.

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Cambodian Roasted Pork Rice
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Pig Brain Soup

Thanks to their hospitality, I also had the chance to taste the Cambodian version of Kopi-C, which was totally fab! In fact Hav had brought us to one of the most famous stalls in town, situated at a backstreet in the hustle and bustle of the Phnom Penh city.

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The Cambodian Kopi-C

For the rest of this entry let’s focus on some other Cambodian delicacies.

While still in Siem Reap two days before, we caught our tour guide secretly eating fried noodles away by the roadside. Being someone who loves street food, I quickly made my guide to order me a pack. It was really simply but very delicious!

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We paid only 2,000 Riel (slightly less than USD0.50) instead of the tourist price of 2,500 Riel for the fried noodles because our awesome guide ordered it for us.

And and and…

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Whoever says Balut (fertilised duck egg) is disgusting is so wrong lor! It may look disgusting but the taste is damn good okay! Looks can be very deceiving, haven’t you learnt? Haha…

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Last but not least… allow me to introduce the Neak Poan bread. It’s the king of all Cambodian foods we’re talking about!

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Just kidding, I made that up.

Widely found in Cambodia, the Neak Poan bread comes with really tasty and juicy mincemeat kiapped inside the French toast that is usually crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It is served together with some generous pieces of ham and prickled cucumber.

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A stall selling Neak Poan bread.

If you have strong taste buds for hot spicy food, adding in some chilly and spice powder provided at the stall is definitely a plus! A set of the Neak Poan bread costs only 2,500 Riel (USD0.50).

I’m Ken, a passionate traveller from Sarawak on the exotic island of Borneo. Currently a teacher in a rural town in Southern Thailand, from time to time I share on this blog my experiences teaching the kids and living a laid-back lifestyle here. With its focus on all things Thailand, mrdefinite.net also features a handful of stories about my travel adventures in other Asian countries.