Malaysia: Cameron Highlands and the Rose Center Valley

Rose Center Cameron Highlands

A Sunflower at the Rose Center, Kea Farms

It’s basically our last full day in Malaysia. We arrived in Cameron Highlands late in the afternoon the day before so this day would be our only time for exploration and at the same time we’ll be on our way back to Kuala Lumpur in the afternoon. It’s a tight schedule honestly but I must remind myself that this is a familiarization tour and if I ever like the places, I should just go back and explore further.

Cameron Highlands Equatorial Hotel

Morning view from Equatorial

If I could snug under the sheets that cool morning in Cameron Highlands I would. But the phone rang as a wake-up call and I realized I need to pack my bags again since we’re checking out by 9am. There was no direct view of sunrise on my window but it was half pleasant seeing the mountainscapes amidst the lands being quarried that meant more development happening in the land.

Cameron HIghlands Landscapes

Cameron Highlands Tea Plantation

Breakfast at Equatorial was so-so. We missed the breakfast at Impiana KLCC badly. There was nothing really special about that hotel for us since we just slept through it one night. We packed in our bags in the van and moved on to explore the sights at Cameron Highlands.

Cameron Highlands Tea Farming

Tea Harvest

If you’ve ever wondered how an English sounding name came about for an 8-town region a in an Asian country like Malaysia, blame it on William Cameron. This British government surveyor discovered the mountain slopes in 1885 during a mapping expedition. Finding the temperature and soil as a fertile ground for growing tea, which as a big thing at that time, they developed the place as a tea plantation. Until now, Cameron Highlands has the largest tea industry in Malaysia.

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At the Kea Farms Market Square

But the place has grown more as well with vegetable and fruit farms that supply not only Malaysia but the Singapore region as well. A visit to their market made me salivate on the numerous dried fruit products they are selling there. I love dried fruits and plums and they have unique ones here like Strawberries and Ampalaya (Bitter Gourd). Looking at it, I realized how our local Baguio could also capitalize on this and make dried strawberries as well. They were real good but I also love the Dried Ampalaya which I surprisingly liked. I wish I had brought more.

Rose Center Cameron Highlands

The Diety of Prosperity

Marie brought us to the Rose Center, a popular tourist destination at the Kea Farms in Cameron Highlands. It’s a big 4 hectare land up to more than ten terraces leading to the highest point in Cameron Highlands. The place is a gardener’s haven and would be paradise for all the green thumbs out there. I’ve never seen a place filled with hundreds (or probably thousands) of varieties of plants and flowers.

Rose Center Cameron Highlands

The Shoe House at Rose Center

Each terrace also has some interesting sculptures and designs. The architecture is largely a fusion of east and west. There’s a nice shoe house at the upper terrace and some zodiac representations on the lower terraces. Kids would probably enjoy playing here. Just put on a good set of shoes because there are a series of stairs there to climb until you reach the top.

Rose Center Cameron Highlands

More flowers at the Rose Center

My GPS reads we’re already 1640 meters above sea level. The view of the mountains and the cool breeze was soothing. It would have been great to stay there for a while but Marie was waiting for us below. There are a few more stops before we head back to Kuala Lumpur.

Breathing in the Morning Air at Cameron Highlands

Breathing in the Morning Air at Cameron Highlands Rose Center

Rose Centre Sdn. Bhd.
P.O. Box 3, Post Office Brinchang,
39100 Cameron Highlands, Pahang, West Malaysia.
TEL / FAX : 605-4962989 E-mail: rosectr[at]po.jaring.my
Business Hour: From 8.00a.m. – 6.00p.m.
Entrance Fees: Adult – RM4.00 / Child – RM2.00

Rose Center Cameron Highlands

The group enjoying the shoe house at Rose Center

9 Responses to “Malaysia: Cameron Highlands and the Rose Center Valley”

  1. the rose center looks very interesting. ditto the tea farms. mixed ako about your note saying you can see land being quarried as viewed from your window. development is nice pero minsan it makes me wonder if it’s worth ruining the beautiful mountainscape to build yet another hotel or concrete structure.

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  2. Ahh I didn’t go to this Rose Center. I went to another one which had lots and lots of roses. Can’t remember what it was caled though.

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  3. Kala ko naman wala nang lalabas na kenkoy photos natin.. humabol pa!

    I miss Cameron Highlands, and I’m so glad they added it to our itinerary. I wish I bought more of that dried ampalaya too! Naubos agad dito sa bahay!

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  4. Hehe. Thanks Pink Panther! Musta na dyan?

    Yeah Og! Those quarry sites were a sore-eye.

    I heard there other centers as well Nicholas :D

    Hahaha. Syempre Nina, Save the best for last. Onga, I wish I had bought more of those dried Ampalayas.

    That would be a great photo Flashbulb

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  5. Jean - OurExplorer Tour Guide

    Looks a nice exploration of nature in the area.
    Dried Strawberry? Can’t imagine.

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