The Cameron Highlands cover a large region in central Malaysia around 5, 000ft above sea level. Because of the altitude, the climate is significantly cooler than the rest of Malaysia and feels more like a pleasantly hot day than the usual stifling Malay oven. The area is named after a British colonial surveyor called William Cameron who discovered and charted the region in 1885. Soon afterwards the British realised that the climate and soil were perfect for tea growing and covered vast sections of the area in plantations, most of which are still there today. It is considered one of the last remaining stretches of virgin forests in peninsular Malaysia and if you like walking you’ll love the nature walks and mountains here. Plus there are plenty of chances to enjoy the flora as well.