My favorite beach resort is Batu Ferringhi. The scene on Batu Ferringhi beach is something I would love to capture on paper one day. I can see many activities going on in the sea and on the white sandy beach. There are people taking walks, or having picnics under shady trees, children are collecting seashells on the beach and some are building sandcastles. Regardless of what they are doing, everyone looks relaxed and in high spirits.
For some of them, there is nothing more relaxing than to close their eyes and sunbathe. They just lie in a deckchair, read a book or listen to the radio. Some just want to do nothing. In the clear blue sea, many exciting activities take place. There are people rowing canoes, swimming and fishing. The more adventurous would sea-dive or surf. Along the shoreline, mothers play in the water with their little children.
The beach is the most crowded in the evening when the sun is setting. As one stands on the shoreline, one can see the horizon and sunset. It is really such a beautiful sight. At night, it is common to see beach parties or barbecues full of happy people. They are dancing, singing and eating, all at the same time.
The beach is one place I can't seem to get enough of. To me, it is the best place to retreat to after the hectic life in the city. It is there I get my piece of mind and rejuvenation.
Cameron Highland, which is situated in the state of Pahang, is one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in Malaysia. With its cool weather, lushly greens and well-preserved colonial buildings, Cameron highland is certainly the perfect get-away location where both locals and foreigners should spend their relaxing holiday there.
In hindsight, from a small Hill station, Cameron Highland has developed into a very popular resort. Nowadays, the resorts on Cameron Highland are built not only for the residents of this country but also to woo overseas vacationers as well. Cameron Highland, which is famous for its cool and temperate climate plateau is an ideal alternative escape spot from the sweltering heat of the lowlands in Malaysia. Furthermore, with its picturesque view of the surrounding, which is filled with beautiful flowers and mountains, it’s simply breathtaking.
Cameron Highland, which is, now well developed with numerous luxurious resorts are certainly attracting a lot of visitor. Most of the resorts are still packed with visitors although the rental is still a little higher. Besides that, a couple of the newest attractions are the newly developed nine-hole golf course, a number of newly renovated quaint hotels and old bungalows, in which many of them are built according to the English cottage of the Tudor period. In addition, these houses are large, which gives an airy environment to the tenant who can enjoy our country’s tropical climate.
Agro-tourism is yet another activity on Cameron Highland that draws visitors from every nook and cranny, where they would be able to spend their time visiting in the orchards & plantation farms. Because of the cool weather on Cameron Highland, varies of flowers and fruits are able to grow, where some of the nearly extinct orchids and roses can be found on Cameron Highland. Thus, there is an abundant variety of roses, 200 to be precise can be found here. This cause some flower lover comes to visit frequently.
They range from Abraham Lincoln, Kiss of Fire, Alpine Sunset, and Princess De Monaco to Lovely Lady. Be amazed with the Green Rose, a rare variety-distinctively different from the rest in its colour, characteristic and form. Some of these roses are made into jam and perfume whilst, some of them are valued for medical properties. With those flowers discover the most fascinating, beautiful species of butterfly and insects indigenous to Malaysia. These specimens include scorpions, chameleons and insects such as ‘Moving Leaves’ Rhinoceros and Stag beets, and of course the ‘Rajah Brooke’, Malaysia’s national butterfly.
Besides that, Strawberries, which are only produced from the Strawberry farm on Cameron Highland is yet another unique and proud product of Cameron Highland. Strawberry is often seen as the trademark of the hill’s resort too. The brand name is known as ‘Fresno’. One should not leave the strawberry’s farm without a jar of it. However, the main attraction is nonetheless the succulent strawberries, which is popular among the tourists as most of them are freshly plucked and immediately processed for sale to customer.
Vegetable farming is also an important crop here, especially tea. Sungai Palas Tea Estate, which is one of the four tea estates on the Highlands, is the manufacturer of the world renowned ‘Boh’ Tea. Tea planters were among the earliest settlers in the Highlands. Large areas of the slopes are covered with high quality tea bushes. On a fine day, one can see the colourfully clad tea-pickers fast at work among these bushes. Some of the tea plantations have even organized visits to their factories where visitors can observe the process of tea production, from the drying of the tea leaves to their fermentation before packing. Visitor could even purchase some tea, the main product of the highland, as a souvenir.
Lastly, one must make sure not to miss out the Market Square and night market on Cameron Highland, which is also another place of attraction. As a result of the cool weather and the various plantations that grow on Cameron Highland, people would come to visit or do their shopping here as they can get a variety of vegetables, fruits and flowers. Merchandise souvenir items ranging from T-shirts, teas, blowpipes, to memorabilia are also available here.
Cameron Highland is indeed the most favourable holiday destination in Malaysia. With its cool fresh air, it is certainly the most suitable place for the tourists and city tenant to retreat temporarily from the busy life and pollution of the city. Without doubt, Cameron Highland is the place to travel and to relax for both local and foreigners.