02 May 2016

#1070 Malaysia

The Cameron Highlands (MalayTanah Tinggi CameronChinese金马崙高原) is one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations. The size of Singapore, it occupies an area of 712 square kilometres (275 sq mi). To the north, its boundary touches that of Kelantan; to the west, it shares part of its border with Perak.

Discovered by Sir William Cameron in 1885, the outpost consists of three districts, namely Ringlet (5,165 hectares), Tanah Rata (2,081 hectares) and Ulu Telom (63,981 hectares). Its eight sub-districts are RingletTanah Rata (the administrative centre), Brinchang, the Bertam ValleyKea FarmTringkapKuala Terla and Kampung Raja. All are nestled at elevations ranging from 1,100 metres (3,600 ft) to 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) above sea level.

The mean annual temperature of the retreat is about 18 °C (64 °F). During the day, the temperature seldom rises over 25 °C (77 °F); at night, it rarely drops to as low as 9 °C (48 °F) at the higher reaches.

Developed in the 1930s, the tableland is one of the oldest tourist spots in Malaysia. Apart from its tea estates, the plateau is also noted for its cool weather, orchardsnurseriesfarmlandswaterfallsriverslakeswildlifemossy forestgolf coursehotelsplaces of worshipbungalowsLand Roversmuseum and its aborigines (Orang Asli).

Thank you, Xiao Hong !

Sent on: April 5, 2016
Received on: May 2, 2016

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