BOH is the largest tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands, with two sister estates. The main estate in Habu is a popular tourist attraction with a functioning factory that’s open to public, shopping gallery, English cafe, viewpoints along the tea fields and even a small lodge for overnight accommodation.
The largest producer of tea in Malaysia, BOH was established by JA Russell, an English businessman in the very early 90’s. Noting the mineral-rich soil, high rainfall and cooling climate of Cameron Highlands, Russell saw the potential for growing tea – high in demand at that time despite an economic depression.
We took a couple of hair-raising roads to get to the BOH plantation. Above you can see how close to a wall we were driving. The roads were very narrow, and it was hard to get by cars passing in the opposite direction. Our guide drove us to a good viewing point where we could take some pictures of the tea fields.
Panoramic View of the plantations
These paths through the tea plants are for picking the leaves.
Hide and go seek
We stopped at the visitors centre. There was an old Tea Factory which was built in 1935. It used to produce 60,000 kg of tea per annum. That equals 820,000 cups of tea per day.
This is where leaves were sorted according to quality.
We jumped at the opportunity to buy some tea!
The tea fields of BOH sit serenely across meandering hill slopes, gently curving around corners and edges until it reaches the ridge of the Montane Rainforest.
We walked through the fields near the tea centre.
The BOH Tea Cafe is in a sheltered terrace that opens up to views of the surrounding tea fields, serving tea and snacks; it’s a great place to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and cooling weather.
This is a beautiful place to visit.
We wondered around for quite a while, taking pictures, and enjoying the magnificent views.
We recommend a visit to the BOH Tea Plantations, or any similar sort of tea plantation, if you are ever in the Cameron Highlands. It truly is peaceful and beautiful to be surrounded by these beautiful green hills of tea leaves.