Sunday, June 24, 2012

Cameron Highlands, Pahang: Tea-riffic Time at BOH Tea Plantation & Factory [SP]

BOH Tea Garden
BOH Tea Plantations at the foothills of Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands
Nothing says "Cameron Highlands" like the undulating landscape of manicured tea hedgerows as far as the eye can see. Naturally, a visit to the plantation of BOH Tea – Malaysia's largest producer of premium black teas – is, without question, a must. If the traffic jam of weekenders leading to their tea center is any indication, it is also Malaysia's No. 1 preferred tea brand.

BOH Tea Center
Visit the BOH Tea Centre for some tea-riffic souvenirs!
BOH Tea Factory
The old Sungei Palas tea factory



Cameron Highlands is located more than 5,000 feet above sea level, providing some of the most fertile agricultural land in the country. Nicknamed "Malaysia’s Green Bowl", the highlands possess all the right attributes of prime cropland - moderate temperatures, high altitude, abundant rainfall, long hours of sunshine and well-drained soil.

The first highland tea garden in the country, BOH Tea Garden was established in 1929 by businessman J. A. Russel. Today, BOH Tea also owns two more plantations in Sungei Palas and Fairlie. The former, located at the foothills of Gunung Brinchang, has the old tea factory - that has functional processing equipment that date back to 1935; and a modern tea center with exhibit halls, a souvenir shop and a scenic restaurant overhanging above the plantations. 

We explored the tea center at our pace, spending more time at the souvenir shop. I bought some premium Cameronian tea (MYR 13.80), instant teh tarik (MYR 12.93) and body care products, like lotions, shower gels and soaps made from black, white and green tea (MYR 12 to 15 each), as gifts to take home.

BOH Tea Center
The BOH Tea Centre restaurant has incredible views overlooking the Sungei Palas tea plantation

HOW TO GET THERE: Visits to the BOH Tea Plantations and Tea Factory can be arranged through tour operators in Tanah Rata. Our visit was included in a full-day tour that included other destinations, for only MYR 98 per person. We booked through Hill Top Travel & Tour, No. 24, Main Road, Tanah Rata, 39000 Cameron Highlands.

This trip was made possible by Airphil Express – which now flies from Manila to Kuala Lumpur thrice weekly – in cooperation with Tourism Malaysia and travel insurance provider, Travel Guard Chartis.  

2 comments:

  1. They have the best scones in their cafe!

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    1. We skipped eating at the cafe because it was packed with tourists! Amazing views though

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