|BOH Tea Plantations at the foothills of Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands|
Nothing says “Cameron Highlands” like the undulating landscape of manicured tea hedgerows as far as the eye can see. Naturally, a visit to the plantation of BOH Tea – Malaysia’s largest producer of premium black teas – is, without question, a must. If the traffic jam of weekenders leading to their tea center is any indication, it is also Malaysia’s No. 1 preferred tea brand.
|Visit the BOH Tea Centre for some tea-riffic souvenirs!|
|The old Sungei Palas tea factory|
Cameron Highlands is located more than 5,000 feet above sea level, providing some of the most fertile agricultural land in the country. Nicknamed “Malaysia’s Green Bowl”, the highlands possess all the right attributes of prime cropland – moderate temperatures, high altitude, abundant rainfall, long hours of sunshine and well-drained soil.
The first highland tea garden in the country, BOH Tea Garden was established in 1929 by businessman J. A. Russel. Today, BOH Tea also owns two more plantations in Sungei Palas and Fairlie. The former, located at the foothills of Gunung Brinchang, has the old tea factory – that has functional processing equipment that date back to 1935; and a modern tea center with exhibit halls, a souvenir shop and a scenic restaurant overhanging above the plantations.
We explored the tea center at our pace, spending more time at the souvenir shop. I bought some premium Cameronian tea (MYR 13.80), instant teh tarik (MYR 12.93) and body care products, like lotions, shower gels and soaps made from black, white and green tea (MYR 12 to 15 each), as gifts to take home.
|The BOH Tea Centre restaurant has incredible views overlooking the Sungei Palas tea plantation|