Went to Cameron Highlands to escape from the current heat wave. It has been almost 10 years since my last visit. This time I finally visited the Sungai Palas Tea Garden that I have heard so much about. One of three BOH tea gardens in Cameron Highlands, I believe the Sungai Palas Tea Garden is the most beautiful.
BOH is of course the most famous tea brand in Malaysia, and its reputation spreads beyond the shores of Malaysia. Visitors to the country looking for a little souvenir to take home would raid supermarkets for BOH tea.
While there are many other things to do in Cameron Highlands, like flower gardens and trekking, a visit to a tea plantation is on top of everyone’s list. So intrinsically-linked is the name of Cameron Highlands to tea plantations, and of tea plantations in Cameron to BOH, that it would not be wrong to assume that most people’s first guess is that Cameron is the name of the founder of BOH tea.
The truth is, the name of the highlands comes from Sir William Cameron, the British surveyor who discovered the highlands in 1885. The founder of BOH Plantations, on the other hand, is J. A. Russell, a businessman who had the smarts to see the potential of planting tea in Malaya.
My ratings: **** Amazing scenery. A must-visit when in Cameron Highlands.
Opening hours: daily except Monday 9am-4.30pm
Entrance fee: free
Sungai Palas Tea Garden is located in Brinchang. Too far to walk from the main road. Either rent a car or hire a taxi. The road to the plantation is just opposite the Ee Feng Gu honey bee farm.