The cooler climate and lushly green hillsides of the Cameron Highlands, north of Kuala Lumpur, were irresistible to the British occupiers of Malaysia, reminding the colonisers of their home country, and to this day many examples of British country mansions and cottages left over from that period lend the area a romantically delightful, if slightly surreal, sense of ‘Englishness'.


With a near-perfect climate for tea growing, the hillsides are at the heart of Malaysia’s tea production, and sampling the fine delicate blends amid its charming ambience makes it one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions.

The inns and teahouses reflect the relaxed colonial feel of the highlands in their decor, and it is not at all unusual to find strawberries and cream, scones, English breakfast and Devonshire tea on local menus, alongside traditional Malaysian fare.

Also a centre for flower and vegetable growing, the area is full of interesting walking trails, the best known of which is the mildly challenging Mossy Forest trail, an interesting trek to the accompaniment of beautiful wild orchids, fascinating pitcher plants and rare butterflies.

Golfers will enjoy the temperate bliss and pleasant surroundings of the eighteen-hole golf course, one of Malaysia’s oldest, at the mock-Tudor Smokehouse Inn.