Top 10 cities to visit in France

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Much more than just Paris, France has a number of unbelievably and beautiful cities that are waiting to be explored. History abounds throughout the land, and cathedrals, castles, culture and refined cuisine combine to entice you on a journey of discovery of all things French.

With such a wealth of wonderful sights on offer, the best cities in France are simply a joy to visit. So, what are you waiting for? Bienvenue and happy travels!

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1- Paris

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With some of the most recognizable architectures and monuments in the world, Paris is a must-see city to visit. Situated on the banks of La Seine, the elegant and stylish capital of France is a romantic place, with lovely boulevards, beautiful buildings, restaurants, and sights like the Eiffel Tower and gleaming Sacre-Coeur rising towards the heavens. Renowned for its cuisine, Paris has an innumerable amount of restaurants to choose from.

From the stunning art collections at the Louvre to the eerie catacombs beneath the streets and the breathtaking Notre-Dame Cathedral, you could spend a lifetime getting to know all of Paris´ wonderful sights.

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2- Bordeaux

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Strolling around the banks of the Garonne River, Bordeaux is a large city with a lot to offer. It’s an impressive old town that is delightful to walk around, and the architecture on the show is ravishing. Surrounding Place de la Bourse, you can find 18th-century mansions rubbing shoulders with decadent palaces, as well as a number of great art museums.

With a modern feel to it, Bordeaux has a thriving university community. For a great walk, head to Les Quais and gaze out over the waters of the river – at night, the view of the city lights from the Napoleonic-era Pont de Pierre is magical. Home to some of the best wines in the world, make sure to give them a taste before you head off.


3- Marseille

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France´s second city is a diverse melting pot of people and cultures that all call Marseille their home. The busy port city has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, though its primary attractions remain the same.

The old harbor, for instance, is a magical setting from which to watch fishermen returning to shore with their catch. It is the heart of Marseille, and you´ll really get a feel for the city here. The oldest neighborhood, Le Panier, is definitely worth checking out, as is the stunning Notre Dame de Major cathedral that overlooks the sea.

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4- Nantes

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Situated on the banks of the Loire, Nantes´ long and tumultuous history has seen the city constantly reinvent itself. As such, it has numerous sites from different epochs that entice visitors to its shores.

As the historic capital of Brittany, Nantes´ old medieval center, with its cathedral and castle, is enchanting to explore. In recent years, it has developed a thriving student body that gives the city its energetic vibe.

An incredible and unique attraction to visit is the Machines de l´Ile. It is fantastical and futuristic exhibition of giant mechanical animals.


5- Biarritz

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Formerly a playground for the rich and famous, this seaside resort now attracts families, surfers and sun-worshippers alike. Situated in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Biarritz´s town center lies on the Bay of Biscay, and is famed for its beautiful coast and excellent beaches, which are its main attraction.

While the town is not the most picturesque to look at, its great location right next to the water more than makes up for that slight downfall.

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6 – Dijon

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Formerly a capital to the Dukes of Burgundy, Dijon flourished in the 14th and 15th centuries, as the city-sponsored the arts and sciences. As such, the old city center is lovely to walk around due to its delightful sculptures and architecture, with the cathedral being particularly resplendent.

While it is not enormous, Dijon is definitely worth stopping by for a couple of days, as it is one of the best-looking French cities.


7- TOULOUSE

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The fourth-largest city in the country, Toulouse is a lively place, in part thanks to its huge university community. With bustling markets, a vibrant music scene, and a penchant for the alternative, there are different sides to Toulouse. The old town remains a peaceful and picturesque place to wander around.

Nicknamed ´the Pink City´ due to its rose-colored buildings, a lovely way to see Toulouse is to go on a boat trip along the Canal du Midi or Garonne River that frames the center.

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8- Ajaccio

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Located on the lovely Mediterranean island of Corsica, Ajaccio – its capital city – is worth stopping by. Even if only to use it as a base from which to explore the beautiful landscapes surrounding it.

The old town itself has some nice streets to wander around, while the harbor surrounding it conjures up images of the Cote d´Azur. Famed as the birthplace of Napoleon, Ajaccio is pleasant enough to visit without setting the world alight.

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9- La Rochelle

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Nicknamed the ´White City,´ due to its limestone edifices that are so beautifully illuminated at night. La Rochelle is a charming place to visit. Once an important seaport in centuries gone by, the old port, historic center, and picturesque waterfront are reason enough to visit La Rochelle. With a huge marina at Port des Minimes and sandy beaches in the vicinity, it´s a nice laidback place to spend some time.

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10. Colmar

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Situated in the Alsace region, Colmar´s proximity to Germany has meant that it has changed hands numerous times between the two nations over the course of its history. Tourists flock to the city for its stunning old town that so perfectly combines weaving cobblestone alleys with delightful canals, and the distinctive houses that line its streets.

Churches and museums are dotted around the place, and the Isenheim Altarpiece is particularly impressive to behold. As it is in the wine region, take the time to sample some of the best wines that Colmar has to offer.

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As we all know, France is well known for the city of love “Paris”. The French heritage cannot be simply summed up as a list of monuments to visit. It also includes the beautiful French language as well as culinary specialties. While these are all true, the country’s cuisine is not to be forgotten. Whether it’s a simple croissant or a classic dish like escargot, French food always has a gourmet feel to it. Here is a small tour of France’s top 10 typical foods that you must try while visiting the country.


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1- La baguette

French Baguette

Nope, that “baguette” you bought at the grocery store doesn’t count. Especially when living overseas, I have been living in Malaysia for the past three years and I have not found a good baguette so far. In France, baguette-making is so serious that each year there’s a Grand Prix to determine the best. A word of warning: Once you try the good stuff, you can never go back. Between 0.90 Euros to 1.20 Euros.

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2. L’Escargot (snails)

You knew this was coming. Aren’t you? Go ahead and turn up your nose, and start making weird sound Eww! But once these rubbery little guys are doused in butter and cooked with parsley and garlic (and more butter) — some while tell you that it is delicious. And for under $9 you can have six to yourself. Around 12 Euros per dozen


3- Ratatouille

Ratatouille

Who has not seen the famous ”Ratatouille” movie and maybe decided to become a chef. Sometimes the simplest ingredients make the best dish. And that’s certainly the case in Provence where they take fresh, local veggies and cook them to perfection.

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4- Steak tartare

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Spend few days in Paris and you’ll see plenty of Parisians digging into a pile of raw meat (that’s often topped with a raw egg). Order an extra side of bread to help it go down and a café to finish the meal, and you’ll feel as French as it gets. Around 16 Euros per plate


5- Les Macarons

Les macarons

There’s an ongoing debate over whether Pierre Hermé macarons or Maison Ladurée macarons are Paris’s best food in France. Basically, you can’t go wrong with either. Pick your poison — from the traditional raspberry or chocolate to flavors like matcha — and savor the layer of creamy ganache sandwiched between two meringue-like cookies.

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6- French cheese

French Cheese

In 1962, French President Charles de Gaulle asked, “How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?” There is immense diversity within each variety of cheese, leading some to claim closer to anywhere between 1,000 to 1,600 distinct types of French cheese. It’s not a secret that French people like cheese. France is known for its several types of cheeses and I must say that I miss cheese very much. Not much variety here in Malaysia and quite expensive too. (must-try food in France)

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7- Le croissant

Le croissant

That is probably the first thing you may buy while visiting France, and I won’t blame you for that. The croissant has a Viennese ancestor – the kipferl – which was imported in France during the XIXth century. As it became popular, many people revisited the recipe which finally made it the croissant we know today. It then became a traditional element of French breakfasts since the fifties.


8- Le Coq-au-vin

Le Coq-au-vin

The coq-au-vin (literally “rooster in wine”) is the symbol of French cuisine since, according to the legend, the recipe dates back from the Gergovia battle and the victory of the Gallic leader Vercingetorix over Julius Caesar. It is a variation of the famous boeuf bourguignon – cooked with rooster marinated in red wine and bacon and mushrooms. ( I miss wine so much)

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9- La tartiflette

La tartiflette

That is delicious, believe me! La Tartiflette comes from the Savoy region; it is made from potatoes, bacon, onions and reblochon, a Savoyard cheese. There is a variation called “croziflette” where potatoes are switched with crozets, small buckwheat noodles.


10- La Raclette

La raclette

Food in France with another dish with cheese! What can I said, French love cheese. La Raclette has been imported to Savoy from Switzerland. It is a dish made of cheese (raclette cheese) that is melted (traditionally with wood fire, but increasingly often with small electric pans nowadays) and which is eaten with potatoes, cold meat, onions, and pickles. This is the ultimate winter-friendly meal.

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1- Watch the Sunset from the Eiffel Tower

One of the most common things to do in France is a visit to the Eiffel Tower in the early evening. At each level of the tower, the panoramas become even more spectacular as the sun goes down. In addition with the city’s monuments illuminated and the Seine River reflecting the stunning colors of the sunset.

But do not photograph this monument at night. It turns out that it is prohibited to photograph the Eiffel tower at night. In fact, the tower’s nighttime light show was added in 1985 and is therefore still protected under France’s copyright law. Thus, it’s illegal to share, sell, or publish photos and videos of Eiffel Tower at night without prior permission from the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel.

Not to mention that for a truly memorable experience, tourists can watch the sunset while dining at one of the Eiffel restaurants. A breathtaking views are available from the dining rooms of both restaurants. You may choose between the casual 58 Tour Eiffel bistro on the first level or Le Jules Verne gastronomic restaurant on the second level. (reserve in advance)

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2- Mont Saint-Michelle: Abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel

Le mont st Michel

On the border between Brittany and Normandy lies the Abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel. This legendary abbey was given the privilege of UNESCO World Heritage listing in 1979. Not to mention the symbol of French heroic resistance to the English during the Hundred Years’ War.

Its unique position of being only 600 meters from land made it easily accessible to pilgrims during low tide. The “Chemins du Mont-Saint-Michel” (“Paths of Mont-Saint-Michel”) pilgrimage routes lead to Mont-Saint-Michel from various starting points such as Paris, Rouen, and Tours (and continue to Santiago de Compostela). Pilgrims walk the routes by foot, in the same way, this journey has been approached for centuries.

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3- Montignac: Lascaux II

Montignac: Lascaux II

On 12 September 1940, around the time the Germans invaded France, four boys attempted to rescue their dog after he had fallen into a cave. As they ventured into the darkness, they soon realize they were about to make a breathtaking discovery.

Close to 600 paintings were found in the cave. (mostly of animals) Horses are the most numerous, but deer, aurochs, ibex, bison, and even some felines can also be found. Besides these paintings, there are also around 1400 engravings of a similar order. The cave is believed to be dated over 17,000 years and falls within the Upper Palaeolithic period. It believes that it was created by the skilled hands of humans living in the area at that time.

By 1948, the cave was ready to be opened to the public. But in 1980 it closed. Later on, a detailed replica was established, which is known as Lascaux II.

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4- Alpes-de-Haute-Provence: Gorge du Verdon

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence: Gorge du Verdon

For thrill-seekers towards the world of water sports. The Gorge du Verdon in southeastern France must be on your bucket list. The canyon, which stretches 15 miles (25 km) in length, rises spectacularly from the Verdon River situated 2,300 ft. (700 m) below.

The river takes its name after the beautiful green emerald hue of the waters. Les Gorge du Verdon is the deepest gorge in France. Also, it is one of the must-see natural wonders of central Provence.

While there is no road up, you can walk and enjoy a breathtaking circular “corniche” route around the rim of the gorge. As well as plenty of opportunities for boat and kayak hire on the lower end of the gorge.

Certainly not the ideal holiday if you are scared of high.

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5- ADMIRE THE SPECTACULAR CLIFFS OF ETRETAT

Located in Normandy, in northwestern France, Etretat's known for its murky waters and inky skies, long walks, and seafood restaurants.

Located in Normandy, in northwestern France, Etretat’s known for its murky waters and inky skies, long walks, and seafood restaurants.

This small and delightful village of Étretat’s with dramatic coastal and framed twin cliffs was once the favorite spot for painters such as Camille Corot, Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet, and Claude Monet.

Etretat, being just a two-hour drive from Paris. In addition to a brand new boutique hotel, there’s even more reason to put this little village on your radar when planning a weekend in Normandy.

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6- Les Sables d’Olonne

Now let me introduce you to my home town. Les Sables-d'Olonne is a seaside town in western France, on the Atlantic Ocean. It is a sub-prefecture of the Department of Vendée.

Now let me introduce you to my home town. Les Sables-d’Olonne is a seaside town in western France, on the Atlantic Ocean. It is a sub-prefecture of the Department of Vendée.

Situated on the Lumière coast (Coast of Light), the seaside resort of Les Sables-d’Olonne is a renowned destination presenting numerous attractions.

The crowded seafront promenade lined with shops and cafés, a beautiful 3-kilometer long sandy beach that is very popular with summer tourists, a large marina, numerous events, sports activities, a casino, and a thalassotherapy center. 

Every four years, the seaside resort of Les Sables-d’Olonne hosts the departure of the Vendée Globe. A famous single-handed, round-the-world yacht race sailed non-stop and without assistance.

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7- Disneyland near Paris

Disneyland France

Disneyland Paris, formerly Euro Disney Resort, is an entertainment resort in Chessy, France.

With up to more than 15 million visitors a year, Disneyland Paris is France’s and Europe’s most visited tourist attraction. Just a short ride from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport – Continental Europe’s busiest airport – and with direct Eurostar train services from London and TGV connections from Brussels and Amsterdam, the Paris Disney theme park is eminently accessible

 Open 365 days a year, and with a hotel capacity in the order of 10,000 rooms, the Paris Disneyland offers the opportunity to visit a new world without actually having to leave the Old.

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8- La Côte d’Azur

La cote d Azure

One of the most fashionable stretches of coastline in France, the Côte d’Azur extends from Saint-Tropez to Menton near the border with Italy. 

La Côte d’Azur translates to “Coast of Blue,” a fitting name to describe the Mediterranean’s sea. To English speakers, this glamorous seaside destination is known as the French Riviera, words that have a ring of sun-soak decadence.

During summer, the seaside resorts are packed with beach lovers and sun-worshippers. The rich and famous are also found here in their villas and luxury yachts. The town of Nice has panoramic sea views and stellar art museums. Cannes is also famous for its celebrity film festival and legendary hotels.

The best sandy beaches are found in Antibes, which also has an atmospheric Old Town and superb museums. Saint-Tropez offers fabulous public and private beaches along with the charm of a Provençal fishing village, while Monaco seduces with its exclusive ambiance and stunning scenery.

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9- La Provence

La Provance

La Provence is a gorgeous landscape of olive groves, sun-drenched rolling hills, and deep purple lavender fields. Coupled with little villages nestled in the valleys and perched on rocky outcrops. The vibrant scenery has enchanted many famous artists, including Cézanne, Matisse, Chagall, and Picasso.

The rustic natural beauty and country charm of Provence immerses visitors in a place where the art de Vivre is a way of life. Sultry weather encourages strolls along cobblestone streets and afternoons spent on sunny terraces of outdoor cafés. Moreover, Provence is also a region known for its delicious cuisine, which is based on olive oil, vegetables, and aromatic herbs.

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10- Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Chamonix Mont-Blanc

The awesome spectacle of Mont Blanc in the French Alps is an unforgettable sight. The highest mountain peak in Europe, Mont Blanc soars to 4,810 meters. Thanks to its elevation, Mont Blanc (“White Mountain”) is always blanketed in snow.

Beneath its heavenly peak is the traditional alpine village of Chamonix, nestled in a high-mountain valley. This quaint little town is filled with historic churches, cozy chalet restaurants, and charming auberges.

Chamonix is a great base for skiing, hiking, rock climbing, and outdoor adventures, or just relaxing. This delightful village is one of the best places to visit in France for inspiring natural scenery and alpine accommodations. Upscale mountain lodges and cozy chalets welcome guests in style.

Catering to diners with good appetites, local restaurants serve hearty traditional French meals, as well as international cuisine. To sample the regional Savoyard specialties, try the charcuterie, fondue, and raclette (melted Gruyère, Comté or Emmentaler cheese served with boiled potatoes).

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Before visiting Malaysia, do not forget that we live in Kuala-Lumpur so give us a shout, and we will be glad to meet you. While traveling in Southeast Asia, Malaysia is often overlooked by travelers, while in fact, it has so much to offer. Malaysia is a beautiful and diverse country where you will not only find lively cities but also stunning rainforests, beaches and, beautiful architecture.

It doesn’t matter if you are a culture seeker, nature lover, or simply travel to find the most delicious food across this globe. Malaysia truly Asia has it all. In addition, we haven’t talked about the people yet, friendly, multicultural and, ready to help you.

Do we really need to give you any more reasons to book a flight to Malaysia? Nonetheless, before you do, there are a couple of things you should know before visiting Malaysia. So to fully help you organize your trip here are 10 things you need to know before visiting Malaysia.

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1. Vaccination

While getting sick on the road cannot be prevented, there are a couple of things you can do the minimize the risk. Depending on what regions you have traveled to before and your home country, you might need vaccinations before coming to Malaysia. (Especially with the Covid-19). We would strongly advise you to visit your nearest clinic for at least six months before traveling to Malaysia or any country.

2. Visa requirement

Malaysia has an easy immigration process for travelers compared to most countries in Southeast Asia. In January 2020, 63 nationalities were able to enter Malaysia visa-free for 90 days. On top of that, there are another 97 nationalities who can enter Malaysia visa-free for 30 days. However, 30 nationalities are still required to obtain a visa in advance before entering the country. With that in mind and to avoid any issues at the immigration it is best to check in advance which policy applies to you. Check here

3. Internet & Wifi are widely available

If there is one thing that you will not have to worry about here is finding the internet. It is available everywhere. Hostels, hotels, cafes, shopping malls, and airports offer pretty good connection. However, if you don’t want to rely on WiFi networks to find an internet connection, you can also use a prepaid sim card. They are affordable and cost around 20-50 MYR depend on the plan you pick.

If you plan on using WiFi connection on your trip, it might be smart to get a VPN with you.

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4. Malaysia consists of two regions.

Malaysia split into two parts: Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo. The two are not connected and are very different from each other. You will find the main cities located in Peninsular Malaysia, while most of the natural sights are located on Malaysian Borneo. 

Visit Peninsular Malaysia to awe at Petronas Towers in Malaysia’s capital, to see some of the most beautiful temples, and enjoy some of Malaysia’s most delicious foods (Must try beef rendang). Or go to Malaysian Borneo to go diving at Sipadan, see the orangutans, or climbing Mount Kinabalu,(On my bucket list) Borneo truly is an adventure paradise. 

The reality is that it is possible to visit both parts during your vacation. The easiest way to get between the two locations is to fly, and luckily flights are pretty cheap and frequent. If you are looking for the best deals, be sure to check out Skyscanner for the most affordable flights!

5. Don not forget to pack the essentials.

Before you head to Malaysia, we thought we would share some of our travel essentials, that you should not forget before visiting the country. So besides that guide book, camera to document your travels and your clothes make sure to pack these items as well:

  • Power Bank – With a power bank, you will never have to worry about running out of battery anymore. This way, we always have enough power to find our way around town and to watch movies on our phones during those long bus rides.
  • Travel Adaptor – Having an international travel adaptor means that wherever you go, you can charge your electronics. Some have multiple USB ports, this way even if you have only one plug you will still be able to charge multiple devices.
  • Money Belt – There is nothing worse than being robbed or losing your documents during your travels, and for that reason, we always recommend to travel with a money belt.
  • Quick Dry Towel – Not only do these towels dry fast, but they are also extremely compact, light and, taking up barely any space in your backpack. We use quick-dry towels as gym towels, pool towels and, beach towels and, honestly would not travel without them anymore.
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6. Malaysia is very affordable.

Traveling in Malaysia does not have to be expensive and, it is a great destination for backpackers who are traveling on a budget. Back in 2008, I was traveling on $15 a day which included transportation, accommodation, food, and sightseeing. However, if you are planning on going diving, do jungle trekking and, stay in more luxury accommodation then be prepared to budget a bit more.

7. English is widely spoken all over the country

The official language of Malaysia is Malay, also known as Bahasa. However, Malaysia is very multicultural and, it is not uncommon to hear other languages such as Tamil, Mandarin, and, of course, English. You will notice that signs, information stands, ticket machines, food menus are almost always available in English. I have now been living in Malaysia since 2018, and I have never had any issues getting around by just speaking English and, my wife is Malaysian so it helps a lot.

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8. Dress Appropriately

Malaysia has multiples cultures also translates into many beautiful religious sights that you can visit. However, don’t forget that these religious and cultural sights often have a strict dress code. Depending on the religion you will be asked to cover your knees and shoulders, take your shoes off before entering, and, perhaps, as a woman, cover your hair with a scarf. So be sure to pack some conservative clothing with you and to dress appropriately for the occasion. I always like packing a light scarf in my day pack that I use either to cover my shoulders or even my hair if necessary.

9. Public transport is the way to go.

When it comes to traveling around Malaysia public transport is the way to go. Public transports are widely available in Malaysia, affordable and, very easy to use. From monorails to buses and trains, you will have no issue getting around. If you plan on moving around the country, we recommend you to book your bus in advance using 12Go Asia it will allow you to save time and money. If you plan on visiting Malaysian Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia, I would suggest using Jetsatar to find the best flight deals.

10. Use AIRBNB to save money

AirBnB must be one of our favorite travel apps to use to book accommodation on the road. We have used it in New Zealand, Australia, Vietnam, and now Malaysia and have never been disappointed. 

You can find great accommodation, in any price range, and sometimes cheaper than booking a hotel. Depending on your needs (kitchen included, no kitchen, washing machine, parking space for example) there is something for everyone. And to make it even better if you sign up here now for AirBnB you will get up to 30$ credit that you can use for a future booking! We have booked almost all our accommodation in Malaysia through Airbnb as it often allowed us to save tens if not hundreds of dollars.


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Cameron Highland – Pahang

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Never too far with a camera. Who has never wished to travel the world and bring fabulous pictures of his amazing journey? Roman started traveling at the age of 22 years old through Vietnam and Cambodia, the travel bug began, and since his hunger to see the world never stopped.

This month (November 2020), we decided to explore the Cameron Highland once again. Of course, we had the chance to visited a few times but on this occasion, we have been invited by Discover Cameron Travel & Tour.

This local travel agency offers packages otherworldly & fascinating that will allow you to hike in the oldest mossy forest in the world. In a matter of fact, Pahang’s mossy forest is estimated to be 230 million years old, and scientists believe that it existed in the time of dinosaurs.


Otherworldly & fascinating

Cameron Highland 2020

By Discover Evolution


1- How to get there?

The first thing to remember is that the Cameron Highland is not connected to any rail train but there are other ways to get there. If you plan on driving from Kuala-Lumpur,
  • By Car

The first thing to remember is that the Cameron Highland is not connected to any rail train but there are other ways to get there. With this in mind, If you plan on driving from Kuala-Lumpur, we recommend following the scenic route on highway E1 & exiting at exit 132 to Tapah. Not long after Tapah, you can take the old scenic and winding road (route 59) up the mountains. With no rush, it should take you around four hours.

Waterfall on the way
Lanta Iskandar is located around 30 km before Cameron highland, and also popular for his waterfall and vendor on the side of the road. An excellent place for picnics and taking pictures, (free entrance). This place never fails to amaze me and I make it a point to come every time when I’m on the way up to Cameron. Be sure to take a dip in the ice-cold water for a refreshing experience. (This place has also a toilet nearby and it’s free).

  • By Bus

The duration of the trip from Kuala-Lumpur to Cameron Highland by bus, takes around 4.5 hours, depending on traffic and condition. Express buses depart from TBS (Bandar Tasik Selatan) and terminate at Tanah Rata bus station. Make sure to ask the driver for a washroom stop or you may have to wait for a long time.

  • Book your bus online – Do not wast your time.
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2- Best accommodation in Cameron Highland

What kind of traveler are you? Do you travel solo and have a tight budget? Are you traveling with your loved one? or maybe decided to travel with the whole family. There is plenty of beautiful places, and I am pretty sure you will find what you are looking for. On this journey to the Cameron Highland, we have been invited by “Traveller Bunker Hostel”. This little gem is located in the city center and backpackers will fall in love with their concept. The hostels offer 52 dorms distributed on three different levels, a cinema room, snacks available, and really good coffee. (I am coffee addicted!) Price range $$


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TRAVELLER BUNKER HOSTEL

  • Our recommendation:

1- Copthorne Cameron Highlands

The Copthorne Cameron Highlands resort is situated above the hill at 1,628 meters above sea level, offering magnificent views of the valleys, terraced farms, rolling hills, and majestic mountains. It is the perfect spot if you are traveling with your children and want to relax. Besides the astonishing view, the altitude provides refreshing and invigorating air, ensuring a pleasant and spring-like climate throughout the year. Price Range $$$

2- Heahtitude

This heahtitude guesthouse was built in the 1970’s, with its unique architecture and interior preserved. The accommodation provides a total occupancy of 12 guests, with options of private rooms and dorm beds. The hostel also offers WiFi communal spaces within the property designed specifically for guests to hang-out with each other. Price range $$

3- Orchid Haven

The Orchid Haven in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, provides bed & breakfast, Satellite TV and WiFi. Besides, this hostel is comfortable, with a clean room, private bathroom (hot shower), and a balcony. In addition, you will be able to relax in the lounge surrounded by a beautiful hanging orchid garden & a complimentary tea or coffee on the house. Price range $

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3- Book a tour

Planning an exciting trip solo, with your loved one or with your family, and wonder what you can see and to in the Cameron Highland? Accordingly, there is a lot to see and many things that you will enjoy doing. To begin with, we contacted “Discover Cameron Travel & Tours”, and Appu gave us information about all the available tours. Consequently, we chose a half-day trip starting with the sunrise above the tea plantation, following by a shortstop for breakfast. Not long after, we entered the forest for a 1.5 hours hike (return), we went to the BOH tea plantation and terminate the day at the strawberry farm.

Discover Cameron TRAVEL & TOUR

Book a tour: https://www.discovercamerons.com/
Contact them: +60 19-563 6405
Email Them: discovercamerons@gmail.com


Other things that you can do:

1- Climb mount Brinchang

Cameron Highland's main peak is Mount Brinchang. Therefore, if you plan on going to the top, drive along the winding mountain road, which is as hair-raising as it is exciting.

Cameron Highland’s main peak is Mount Brinchang. Therefore, if you plan on going to the top, drive along the winding mountain road, which is as hair-raising as it is exciting.

Once you reach the summit, you will encounter an observation tower and enjoy the astonishing scenery and breathe in the refreshing air of the mountains.

Mount Brinchang stands at 6,666 feet above sea level, and it is also the highest peak in Malaysia. For those who are more adventurous, there is also the possibility of trekking to the summit through the forest.


2- Tour at the Organg Asli Village

Orang Asli means ‘Original People’ in Malay and refers to the various indigenous tribes that live in the Cameron Highlands. You will find several traditional Orang Asli villages dotted around the area, and many of them are located on the main road that leads up to Tanah Rata.

Orang Asli means ‘Original People’ in Malay and refers to the various indigenous tribes that live in the Cameron Highlands. You will find several traditional Orang Asli villages dotted around the area, and many of them are located on the main road that leads up to Tanah Rata.

Some villages are still found in the middle of the jungles here, so if you want to see a traditional working village, then you can take a tour with a guide who will take you out into the more remote areas.


3- Visit the time tunnel

The Time Tunnel aims to look back at Malaysia’s past, and to that end, you will find old curios such as vintage signs, postcards, photographs, and even a barber’s chair. This museum is not one of the largest museums in Malaysia, and provide an informative insight into the history of the Cameron Highlands and its environs.

The Time Tunnel aims to look back at Malaysia’s past, and to that end, you will find old curios such as vintage signs, postcards, photographs, and even a barber’s chair. This museum is not one of the largest museums in Malaysia, and provide an informative insight into the history of the Cameron Highlands and its environs.


4- Spend the morning at Pasar Pagi

Pasar Pagi means Morning Market in Malay, and it is the place to come if you are looking for a toothsome breakfast in the Cameron Highlands. You will find the Morning Market near KEA Farm Town, taste some delicious street food and other local breakfast bites, and also expect to find souvenirs and handicrafts.

Pasar Pagi means Morning Market in Malay, and it is the place to come if you are looking for a toothsome breakfast in the Cameron Highlands. You will find the Morning Market near KEA Farm Town, taste some delicious street food and other local breakfast bites, and also expect to find souvenirs and handicrafts.


5- Wander around the Lavender garden

Another natural highlight of the Cameron Highlands is the Lavender Gardens. An amazing place to visit to take in the aromatic air and the pretty purple vistas. On this trip, you will find beautifully landscaped gardens that are bisected by walkways. It means that you can walk through the lavender fields and check out how beautiful it is closely.

As you would expect, the flowers attract a range of insects, and there is a bee history gallery here as well as a cafe where you can relax with a drink and take in the views.


4- Where to eat?

As you may already know, the most famous dish in Cameron Highlands is an Asian-style steamboat! As a matter of fact, there is much more out there, and a great variety of different cuisine like Indian, Japanese, Western, Thai, Malay, and Chinese!

  • Local food

1- Cameron Organic Produce Steamboat Restaurant (Non-Halal)

One of the best choices, if you are around Cameron, is steamboat. When the sun goes down, and the mountain becomes chilly, it is time to head to a steamboat restaurant. Steamboat (also known as the hot pot) is a pot of boiling chicken soup heated by a gas fire stove.

One of the best choices, if you are around Cameron, is steamboat. When the sun goes down, and the mountain becomes chilly, it is time to head to a steamboat restaurant. Steamboat (also known as the hot pot) is a pot of boiling chicken soup heated by a gas fire stove. Some of the restaurants served two soups in a pot–fiery chili broth and chicken or pork bone broth (non-halal).

2- Cafe Lorong Kea farm

This restaurant/bistro is a Little bit hidden near a small market next to the road. It is a family restaurant, especially for local people. Very tasty and fresh prepared dishes, beverages and desserts for good prices

This restaurant/bistro is a Little bit hidden near a small market next to the road. It is a family restaurant, especially for local people. Very tasty and fresh prepared dishes, beverages and desserts for good prices (main course RM10 – RM12) Staff is very kind with quick service, only interior looks faded. Highly recommend it, if you want to try local cuisine at a reasonable price.

3- Singh Chapati Urban Restaurant

From a very unassuming exterior, and also off the side road, the food was fantastic. Not to mention, that we went back several times during our short stay in the highlands. All food was made to order and was very tasty.
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From a very unassuming exterior, and also off the side road, the food was fantastic. Not to mention, that we went back several times during our short stay in the highlands. All food was made to order and was very tasty.

The family who runs the restaurant are friendly, and helped us pick dishes to make sure, we ha the right amount of spice/heat – Would we go again? Absolutely.

  • Western food

1- The mossy forest cafe

This was our second visit to Mossy Cafe - it met all expectations: clean, efficient, courteous, tasty, value for money. Meal size is considered adequate to large. My wife and I enjoyed both beef n chicken burgers, and we also tried the pizzas.

This was our second visit to Mossy Cafe – it met all expectations: clean, efficient, courteous, tasty, value for money. Meal size is considered adequate to large. My wife and I enjoyed both beef n chicken burgers, and we also tried the pizzas. The pastries and coffee are a must, and if you like a beer with your meals this cafe has a great selection available.

2- The Barracks cafe

The Barracks cafe was not easy to find as it is a little bit hidden on the other side of the road. Surely one of the best restaurant if you are a fish enthusiastic and like fresh food. We went there on our last day and we highly recommend you to give it a goal.

The Barracks cafe was not easy to find as it is a little bit hidden on the other side of the road. Surely one of the best restaurant if you are a fish enthusiastic and like fresh food. We went there on our last day and we highly recommend you to give it a goal.

3- Scott’s cafe

Scott's cafe is an inviting place for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. The price is more than reasonable for the quality of its food.

Scott’s cafe is an inviting place for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. In addition, the price is more than reasonable for the quality of its food. We had our lunch there and had the Seven Haven Steak & Hawaiian Pizza. Even that we do not eat much meat, the steak was tasty and cooked as ordered (medium). The pizza is surprisingly good with a thin crust (10-inch size). Overall, a great place for families and friends. Do drop by for a bite when you are in the area.


4- Budget

Travel holiday budget - cameron Highland
  • Transport (Petrol): RM60 return
  • Toll: RM40 return
  • Bus: RM70 per person (return)
  • Accommodation per day: RM25 for dorm, RM 100 + for private room
  • Meals: RM10 – RM40
  • Travel Tours: Half-day RM50 per person, Full day RM90 per person.

5- Conclusion

In conclusion, we had an enjoyable time in Cameron Highland. Therefore we would like to thanks once again “traveler Bunker Hostel” and “Discover Cameron” for their generosity.

As a result, if you own a cafe, restaurant, hostel and are part of a tour organization and would be interesting in promoting your business, do not hesitate to contact us.

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