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Exploring the Cameron Highlands

By on August 26, 2015 in Malaysia

Cameron Highlands were discovered by William Cameron (a government surveyor on) in 1885, and it was Sir George Maxwell, Chief Secretary during 1920-1926, “who was responsible for putting Cameron Highlands on the map of Malaysia”. Now that is what the information board at the BOH tea plantation. I’m not sure if “who was responsible for putting Cameron Highlands on the map of Malaysia” means he literally put the area on a map, or made it famous! I assume it means that Maxwell made the place famous because he helped the area develop a hill station, and other people were attracted to the area by the cool weather.

Besides the cool weather (average temperature of 23°C, compared to 32°C in the lowlands) the area also has fertile soil, and the low temperatures. meant that certain crops could be grown, for example strawberries, that couldn’t be grown in other parts of the country.

Today, besides farming the Cameron Highlands is one of the largest hill resorts in the Malaysia with three towns: Ringlet, Brinchang and Tanah Rata.

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