A slightly cooler climate, tea plantations that stretch to the horizon. The Cameron Highlands in Malaysia are a great destination, even with younger kids.
The Cameron Highlands are a 90-minute drive north of Kuala Lumpur (KL), the capital of Malaysia. If you drive from Singapore, it will take about 7 hours. If you do so (like we did), I would strongly advise you to take a break in KL for a night on the way to and from the Cameron Highlands, especially if your child is very young (3 months for our son at the time of this trip).
If you do not have a car, I would advise to take the plane to KL and rent a car from KL to the Cameron Highlands. You could also save money and take a bus. However, it will then be difficult to move around once you reach your hotel. And I cannot guarantee the little ones will enjoy the winding roads for several hours in a bus.
View of a village at the start of the road to the Cameron Highlands.
One of the biggest tea plantations in the Cameron Highands is “BOH Tea Plantation“. You can visit the tea factory, buy some tea of course or just enjoy a cup of tea in their cafe. But do not hesitate to go for a walk in the plantations because it is the greatest thing to do over there.
Terrace from which you have a view on the plantations while drinking your tea … (Gentlemen, if you prefer a good beer, you should pick another destination).
An accessory that can be very useful: an umbrella. Both to protect your baby from the sun or from the rain. And I guarantee you’ll blend in with the locals!
Some walks require a sporty dad! This being said, you can also make it more relax and go for strawberries picking with older children.
Another tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands that you access through a very scenic winding road … Sungai Palas.
And if you open your eyes carefully, you might see a big fish in the bend of a river.
Our room at the “Strawberry Park Resort” – a bit old but very spacious.
|Traveling with Kids: Advice for Parents
|Stroller or baby carrier?
||Without hesitation, baby carrier. It is impossible to use the stroller in the tea plantations. In addition, there are often steps. The stroller will serve you well around your hotel (or for baby to sleep while you enjoy your dinner). So if you want to travel light, go for the baby carrier option.|
|With children from?||6-12 months old (or a bit younger!)|
|Sanitary conditions?||To find a good hospital, you have to go to KL (1h30) hence the added value of driving but it is also a good idea to bring a first aid kit for small issues (I’ll write on that topic later – what to put in your first aid kit when you travel with a baby or a toddler).|
|Particular issue(s)?||No need to be a great athlete to walk in the plantations but it can be a bit tiring to carry baby throughout, especially when you have to climb. You should also bring some warmer clothes, pajamas as well as a sleeping bag for your baby as the nights are cold at that altitude.|
|Food?||We mostly took dinners at the hotel because there was not much around. The food was not excellent but we survived!|
|Time spent?||2 days|
To go further:
Cameron Highlands Online
Do not hesitate to ask questions about the Cameron Highlands using the comment section below. If you have things to recommend over there (walk, hotel, etc.), please also feel free!