No trip to Cameron Highlands is complete without a visit to the tea plantation – BOH Tea Plantation in particular.
Well, there are actually a few tea plantations scattered around Cameron but so far, the only one I visited was ‘BOH’ Sungei Palas Tea Centre.
It’s located at the central of Cameron Highlands, normally noticeable when you’re on the road heading to Perak.
A big signboard points to the tea centre indicating that it’s just 2km away. However, don’t be deceived by it – because you might face some trouble on your way in (and out too).
Yeah, this trouble!
Apparently the entrance road is the same as the exit road, and it’s so narrow that majority of the roadway can only accommodate the width of 1 car!
At certain sections, the road gets a little wider (barely enough to fit 2 cars) and that’s where cars stop and give in to each other.
You may get stuck sometimes (perhaps due to congestion), but while you wait – you can begin to admire the tea plantation that surrounds the road.
Accompanied by the cooling air, it’s definitely a place where you would want to be – to chill and relax!
After about 15 minutes drive or so, we finally reached the BOH visitors’ parking.
Parked the car, and we started walking up the hill. Actually there is a higher car park area, but the space is limited – so majority of the visitors parked at the lower area.
On the way up, you see the viewing platform where you can experience a panoramic view of the tea plantation.
Once at the top, the main thing that everyone will normally do is to admire the scenery – the tranquil green-ish view of the huge tea plantation.
They are so green, that even The Hulk can use it as a camouflage!
Oh by the way, see the buildings on the left of the photo? It’s actually a school.
What?! A school? Yes, it is. Damn awesome right, studying in a vicinity surrounded by a tea plantation. Instead of paying attention to the teacher in class, they admire the view outside.
Even the gardener admires the flowers during his work.
Anyway, remember the viewing platform?
It actually belongs to this refreshment area. Over here, you can buy food such as pastries, cakes and ice-cream, and also, obviously – a variety of BOH teas.
Then, as you walk towards the end, yes, there it is – the panoramic viewing platform.
Getting a table around the edge could be difficult as it’s a “hot & wanted” area. There, the visitors can enjoy the scenery and cool breeze while eating.
Moving on, there are BOH-related exhibitions as well.
Along the way, there are articles and photos regarding the history of Cameron Highlands, the founders of the tea plantation, the evolution of BOH products and how much the company has grown so far.
There is also a tea-cum-souvenir shop located nearby.
You can purchase BOH tea products here. I’m not sure about the price though, but if it’s cheaper – it’s certainly ideal for the tea lovers.
Other than that, the Sungei Palas Tea Centre has its own Tea Factory.
According to sources, guided tour is available. But when I was there, there were no available tour at all. The lady at the counter said that we can enter by ourselves. Cool.
But honestly, I thought it’s gonna be a big factory and I might get lost inside – but know what, the pathway for the “factory visit” is so short!
Here’s one of the views of the workers packing/separating the collected/processed tea leaves. Sorry can’t explain much due to insufficient information. I wish someone could have explained while I was there.
Oh well, it seems that the “factory visit” is more like a “factory see-n-go”.
Nevertheless, getting to see the green tea plantation for the first time (yes it was my first) is undoubtedly a marvelous experience when I was there.
Oh wait, I think I managed to capture The Hulk camouflaging in the photo above!
Wow… Can you see it too?