During the 19th century, Cameron Highland was a popular spot for the British colonialists to retreat to from the heat and humidity of the lowland. Located at 1,500 m above sea level, the cool temperature and undulating hillsides provide perfect conditions for growing strawberries and tea. Today, the hills are covered with the iconic and beautifully-manicured tea plantations which look like carpet that stretches from miles and miles into the distance. A large percentage of Malaysia’s fresh temperate vegetables and flowers are grown in the highland and trucked down every morning to the cities. Much of the colonial character remains today and its English charm can still be seen in the architecture.
Off the coast of Perak state is a small cluster of islands with the largest and most developed being Pangkor. Pangkor Island is dotted with fishing villages along the eastern coast while colourful coral reefs are situated around some of the smaller islands. Pangkor is famous for cuttlefish and anchovies that are caught offshore and much of this is dried and salted as snack food which is very popular with the locals. There is a lot to do on the island – visitors can enjoy the tropical sun, hire a boat for fishing, enjoy jet skiing, snorkeling and, rent bicycles or motorbikes to travel around the island.
- Trek in one of Malaysia’s more pristine and undisturbed rainforests
- Explore limestone caves
- Visit iconic tea plantations in the Cameron Highland
- Photograph the royal town of Kuala Kangsar where the present sultan lives
- Visit Malaysia’s best managed-mangrove forest
- See charcoal being produced in old kilns
- Enjoy a boat ride
- Explore Pangkor Island including a visit to an old Dutch fort
- Visit a Chinese temple
- Taste Pangkor’s signature dried seafood snacks
- Visit and dine in a Malay village and take the opportunity to mingle with the locals
- Savour a seafood dinner in a fishing village
- Take a riverboat see fireflies
- Stop at Malaysia’s most sacred Hindu cave temple (open all year round except on religious festivals like Thaipusam)
- Visit the world’s largest pewter factory.
Price: Single supplement: USD 276,67.
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