We were pretty unlucky as it kept raining the few days we were at Cameron Highlands. It was our last day and we definitely had to make a visit to the famous Boh Tea plantation. It is pretty tough to get to the plantation as the road towards the plantation is very narrow and bumpy and is 2 directional. Once you reached the plantation, there is a huge open car park where you can leave your vehicle. To get to the observatory from the carpark, you have to hike up the road like what we did. ( ignore our unglam pictures that I censored with plastic bags on our heads)
The observatory café is perched over the plantation hills and has a fantastic bird’s-eye view of the entire plantation.
Once you reached the observatory centre, the view is gorgeous as you will get a 360 degree panoramic view of the entire plantation. You can almost feel the clouds upon you and I am not kidding to say the air feels so much fresher and cleaner.
From the top, we realised that there is a much easier paved path at the side of the hill compared to the ones we took by the side of the roads. This is a much more safe and scenic route to take back to the car park.
Once at the centre, there is a café with outdoor seats with panoramic view of the plantations as well as indoor seats. The café serves very basic beverages and light snacks like curry puffs,chicken pie and cakes. It is very difficult to get an outdoor seat since everyone wants to have the best view so be prepared to put on your best table snatching skills. It also gets a little bit chilly so it is reccomended to bring a light jacket especially for the young and the old. At the other side of the centre, you can also purchase the different tea merchandise of the Boh Tea estate.
Address: Sungei Palas Tea Center, Jalan Gunung Brinchang, Brinchang, Cameron Highlands
Operating hours: 9.00 am to 4.30 pm ( closed on Monday)
We headed back to our hotel for our complimentary scones and tea and spent the rest of the evening resting in our rooms. We settled our dinner at the hotel restaurant as well as we were lazy to drive out to the town centre and we had to wake up early for our drive back to Ipoh tomorrow. The food tasted good and is of quite high quality.
The next day we set off early from Cameron and drove back to Ipoh to return our car. Before we do so, we managed to sneak in a quick-lunch at the famous Chong Kee Big Tree Yong Tau Foo. This is basically a local hawker centre with many different stalls selling various local dishes. It is called big tree as the hawker roof is built around an ancient tree and the tables are placed around the huge tree. One of the best stall in the hawker centre is this Yong Tau Foo stall which serves really great yong tau foo. There is nobody to take your orders so you have to help yourself by picking the items you want in the basket provided and letting the counter know if you want it together with noodles or bee hoon or separately. The price is very affordable and the food taste fantastic.
Address: 1277, Jalan King, Taman Hoover, 31650 Ipoh, Negeri Perak, Malaysia
Operating hours: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
Before we headed to the airport, we managed to sneak a trip to buy our favourite soy bean curd from funny mountain soya bean stall. We concluded our trip with full stomachs and well rested bodies. Overall, Ipoh has been very fun and the food is great and it is a place we would return to again. Cameron Highlands is great for relaxing but can get slightly boring after 2 days.