Discover stunning sightings as you trek through the lush jungle, admire beautiful butterflies, pick fresh strawberries and enjoy the wonderful view of the BOH Tea Plantation.
We will start off our day’s adventure with an hour-long drive towards the rainforest. From the starting point, it is an approximately 2-hour long trek through lowland rainforest to reach the biggest flower in the world, the Rafflesia. Along the journey, you can admire the lush forest encompassing flowering plants, giant wild ginger, giant bamboo plants and medicinal plants among them.
The Rafflesia is a unique and mysteriously alluring plant. No roots or leaves can be spotted as it is a parasitic plant and may even give off a pungent odour of rotting flesh when in bloom, and hence was nicknamed the ‘corpse flower’. The Rafflesia can weigh up to 10kg and grow to over a meter in diameter. Contrary to popular belief, the world’s largest flower is not only found in Borneo and Sumatra but can also be found in Cameron Highlands. The Rafflesia is also unfortunately classified as Endangered (EN) on the 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants.
After witnessing the rare flower, we will head towards the Orang Asli Village and be exposed to the native lifestyle of the Semai tribe. As you approach the village, you can see the traditional bamboo huts that are built on stilts by the native villagers. The Orang Asli build their houses using only wood, bamboo and palm leaves.
Feel free to interact with the native people as they are usually very welcoming and will even take pictures with you. Learn to use a blowpipe, an effective weapon, from the blowpipe demonstration by the Orang Asli. Sometimes, they will even perform their traditional swing dance to bamboo music. Pay a visit to the nearby waterfall where you will discover some medicinal plants used by the native people in their daily lives.
Next stop, the BOH Tea Plantation in Sungei Palas, Southeast Asia’s largest tea plantation. Admire nature’s breathtaking beauty as our guide leads you to the prime spot for your best viewing experience of the 8000-acre tea plantation. As you are enjoying the scenic view, your guide will enlighten you about the tea leaves that you are gazing at.
Explore the factory at the tea plantation where the tea making process is explained and demonstrated such as sorting and drying the tea leaves. You can read about the history, how the tea plantation was founded by J.A. Russel, a British businessman in 1929 and stages of tea processing. Grasp this opportunity to purchase the lovely tea products and souvenirs at the shop to enjoy when you’re back home, especially if you are a tea lover!
Don’t forget to head towards BOH Tea Cafe where this restaurant-cum-viewing deck offers a tranquil and refreshing ambience as you enjoy a cup of warm tea and the mesmerising panoramic view. Immerse yourself in this captivating experience as you wait for your scrumptious strawberry tart and buttery scones.
Our adventure continues with the Butterfly Farm located near Kea Farm. This zoological garden and live insect gallery offer more than the diverse range of butterflies, this large enclosure also encompasses of an interesting collection of beetles, mantids, phasmids of various shapes and sizes. They even have a tortoise pen, reptile exhibit and a scorpion pond! Naturally, its main attraction is the plethora of butterflies that flutter freely about. You can actually get quite close to these stunning creatures and their extraordinarily alluring wings, which includes the Rajah Brookes among many other species.
Last stop on our adventure is the Big Red Strawberry Farm, also known as Taman Agro Tourism, is a strawberry lover’s paradise. This agricultural centre is located on a steep hill slope overlooking Brinchang town centre and is famous for growing strawberries and organic vegetables. A large scale of hydroponic farming is practised and you can admire the arrays of green coral vegetables and butterhead lettuce among them. There are product shops and vegetable market where you can purchase the goods that have been organically grown in the area.
A popular activity here is strawberry picking. You can pick your own strawberries from the endless rows of juicy strawberry plantations that are grown and place them in the basket you have obtained from the staff. Space is also efficiently used with rows of parsley growing underneath the strawberries. When you are done picking your strawberries, you can return them to the staff for packaging to be sold in their store, or you can even opt to purchase them. After that you can enjoy some edible strawberry goodness in their cafe, offering all types of strawberry treats like milkshakes, ice cream, waffles, pancakes and even cakes.