Cameron Highlands (or Tanah Tinggi Cameron in Malay) is located in the state of Pahang. Currently, there are two main roads that connect major towns in west coast of Peninsula Malaysia (such as Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang) to this popular highland resort town. The older access point is the Tapah - Ringlet route while the newer access has since been built from Simpang Pulai - Kg Raja.
Sg Palas Plantation is accessible from a small road turn a few kilometres north of Brinchang town. To be exact, as you head north, Kea's Farm to your right should be a good landmark to indicate that a left-turn into this tea estate is eminent. Of course, signboards are put along the way to guide you.
In general, Sungai Palas Tea Plantation is definitely more popular among tourists as compared to Bharat's Cameron Valley Tea Plantation. What more with the Boh tea brand being the most renowned among avid tea connoisseurs. Also, the Sg Palas tea plantation is probably one of the most photographed spots in all of Cameron Highlands, making tourists flocking to this fabled tea plantations in droves.
Make no mistake, the views are fantastic all around, as you began your approach down the valley through the narrow plantation road. With some helps of the glistening rays of sun and a touch of morning (or afternoon) mists, the valley views can best be described as heaven-sent.
The road leading to the plantation village and Boh Tea Centre is indeed very narrow and winded that you will need to generously use your car honking signal to indicate that your vehicle is approaching. If that is not enough, there are portions of the road that can only fit one car at one time, so if your timing is not right, either one of you will need to reverse your car to let the others pass through. Parking can be a headache too especially during the school holidays. Getting all the way up the hills to Boh Tea Centre can be deemed as luxury that not many drivers can pursue. There is a parking spot some metres down from the Boh Tea Centre, which can fit in about fifty cars (then you will need to walk through the plantation for the remainder of your journey). Even so, during my visit, the lower parking ground was also filled to the max that the guard had to turn down new entries. I ended up parking my car near to the estate quarters and made my walk from there.
Walking along the paths taken by tea workers can't be that bad, honestly. This is how you get to see their lifestyles up close. Not to mention the chance to touch and get close to the real tea trees, which is pretty much what the visit is all about, right? The view of the traditional-style staff quarters against the backdrop of hilly tea plantations is just exquisite. More so if you get to see the real people behind all those nicely-packaged Boh tea products we normally see in our households. If your timing is right, you can even get to see young tea leaves being freshly plucked off the trees.
I probably need to touch a little bit of history of this renowned tea plantation since it is included in most travel itineraries of Cameron Highlands. The plantation was opened in 1929 by J. A. Russell, a British concern. It was the first tea plantation opened in Malaysia, hence it comes to no surprise of its popularity. Today, the Boh tea company owns close to 1,200 hectares of tea lands in Cameron Highlands and lowland Selangor (surprisingly).
Great view all around. Exquisite tea estate atmosphere. Driving to and from can be a bit of a drag though.