I love tea. It is a huge part of my culture.
Go to anyone’s home in Northern Ireland, and you bet that one of the first things that you’ll be asked is ‘do you want a wee cup of tea?’
You’ll not only be given a ‘wee cup of tea’, but often a whole spread of stuff (cake, biscuits or whatever is going).
Tea is something I have been craving a lot recently. At least a good cup of black tea, with milk. In Asia, the tea is abysmal, mainly due to, the lack of fresh milk.
Tea, the way I like it is usually one of the first things I do, on return home from travelling. It’s a comfort thing.
When you think about where tea comes from, and no I’m not talking about the packet from the shelf at the local supermarket; where tea really comes from. You are likely to automatically think of the tea plantations in India and Sri Lanka. I did also, as it is where my beloved Dilmah tea comes from (I got hooked on this tea in New Zealand).
So, a tea plantation, in Malaysia? Yes, tea can be and is grown there.
During my trip to the Cameron Highlands, (which was one of my favourite places during my month in Malaysia), I got to visit the BOH tea plantation, as part of a bigger trekking tour. I loved my time there, the tea is not bad (but I am fussy) and the views of the tea plantations are amazing. I spent over an hour in the area, but you could easily stay there for longer to admire the view. It is really worth a visit.
Where are the BOH tea Plantations?
If you are staying in Tanah Rata (the accommodation hub of the Cameron Highlands), the BOH tea plantation is easily accessible by taxi, and should cost you no more than $6 return. However, you usually get dropped off at the bottom of the hill, and have a hike to the door.
You can also walk there, and build it in with one of the trekking trails nearby.
Visiting the BOH tea plantation is free. It is often added into local tours, which is a great option. Although I dislike tours somewhat, you do get a bit more information by the guide.
BOH Tea Plantation is open from 9-4.30pm, and closed on a Monday and on public holidays.
What can you do there?
- There is a small factory, in which you can watch and read information on the tea making process from leaf to tea leaf and tea bags.
- There is a shop with an abundance of different teas for purchase, they are surprisingly not that expensive. I bought BOH Gold blend, which I will try upon my return to the UK.
- There is a café, which overlooks the stunning tea leaf fields, a great place for a slightly overpriced cup of tea and scone or cake
- Take a stroll around the grounds, and marvel at the luscious green landscapes.
Some tea facts
- The tea leaves are picked (by machine) every 19-21 days, or sooner depending on the weather. Of the leaves turn a dark colour, they are sold to Tesco for their cheap tea (this fact made me laugh, as I was envisaging the blue and white striped packet on my head).
- The BOH tea plantation was established by the Russell family from Scotland. Whilst many people emigrated to work in the rubber plantations in Malaysia. This family started up a tea plantation, which remains in the family to this day.
- The Cameron Highlands is the only area in Malaysia that grows tea, and the BOH plantation is the largest black tea plantation in the area.