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General Description


Cameron Highlands is Malaysia's premier hill resort location. Located in the mountainous spine, known as Banjaran (mountain range) Titiwangsa, in the Pahang state.  The highlands was named after William Cameron, a colonial government surveyor who discovered the plateau during a mapping expedition in 1885. The fame of Cameron Highlands then grew during the colonial era when British planters realised the potential of its fertile mountain slopes for growing tea, then a prized commodity.  Still home to many tea plantations, the area is also known as a major supplier of legumes and vegetables to both Malaysia and Singapore with its many farms, and is one of Malaysia's prime tourist destinations.

Geographical Area of Pahang
Pahang covers an area of 35,960 square kilometres, is the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia.  Cameron Highlands is a highland region located about 20 kilometres east of Ipoh (and about 150 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur) on the east side of the border between the states of Perak and Pahang in peninsular Malaysia.  This hill resort is situated 1,520 metres above sea level; and comprises of a series of little townships that include Ringlet, Tanah Rata, Brinchang, Tringkap, Kuala Terla and Kampung Raja.  

Climate
Malaysia has an equatorial climate with uniform temperatures throughout the year. Temperatures range from 32°C during the day to 22°C at night.
As for Cameron Highlands, being located at 1,520 metres,  above sea level it is the highest area on the mainland, and enjoys a cool climate, with temperatures no higher than 20 °C and rarely falling below 10 °C year round.

Currency
The Malaysian currency is the Ringgit (RM), which is divided into 100 sen. Notes range from RM100 to RM1 and coins are from 50 sen to 1 sen.

People
Malays who make up about 57% of the population are the predominant group with Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups making up the rest.

Language
Bahasa Melayu (Malay) is the national language but English is widely spoken. The ethnic groups also speak various languages and dialects.

Religion
Islam in the official religion but all other religions are freely practised.