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.
While there are a lot of strawberry farms in Cameron Highlands, this review was done at Kasimanis Strawberry Farm located at the road entrance to Strawberry Park Resort in Tanah Rata. To be exact, this strawberry farm is located right after Cameron Highlands Resort (formerly known as Merlin Inn) in the vicinity of Cameron Highlands Golf Course.
Actually, it was just a short detour on my behalf to see what was the big fuss about these strawberry farms that often feature in places-to-visit list in everybody's itinerary of Cameron Highlands. In the end, my impression came out rather OK, if nothing else.
At the main entrance of Kasimanis Strawberry Farm, there are two large bungalows perched along the hill gradient. Fortified with tall brick fences and metal gates, these mansions probably belong to the land owner of this farm. The main attraction here is definitely the planting areas for strawberries. At least one gets to see how the plants look like. Interestingly, strawberries are grown on raised platforms some feet above the ground. Here, you get to see various growing stages of the fruit, from small flower buds to dark red ones which are ready to be picked.
Most strawberry farms offer self-picking too. Basically you just need to get a plastic bag from the vendors and start picking. As you have finished, the bag will be weighed to determine the cost of your purchase. The experience is quite nice, although, being inexperienced as we most are, may result in a few bad apples (err, I mean strawberries).
This strawberry farm features a few other things to. Leafy cabbages are actually grown on the sidewalk, most likely for display purposes only. There are also ice-cream stalls (the specialty: fresh strawberries with vanilla-flavoured ice topped with melting chocolate), small shops selling nice lilies, yellow daisies, begonia, pink carnation, and potted cactus plants.
Not bad. Nothing that particularly interesting.