How to help Cameron Highlands?

The scenery (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)

Cameron Highlands is one of D’s favourite place in Malaysia. After his first visit in 2009, he has been talking about revisiting it many times.

I ain’t no saint. Just like every other Malaysians, my tourism money attributed to the over-development and congestion in Cameron Highlands. All this at the expense of the weather, the soil erosion, the landslide. I am no expert, but this is what I gathered from reading and talking to the locals.

More greenery (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
More greenery (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)

Tourism is important and rake in the tourist ringgits on the backs of locals’ tears and misery.

Like what I wrote in my previous post on Cameron Highlands, everyone has a role to play in creating responsible travel and tourism. Start small. Try to avoid weekend and public holiday. If you can’t, carpool. Avoid chain hotel; support local homestay. I was told that for organic strawberry, go to EQ farm. It is the only safe place for strawberry. (Note: this is not a paid endorsement).

Peace and quiet during weekdays (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
Peace and quiet during weekdays (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
PO box at local post office (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
PO box at local post office (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
Still empty for our early charcoal steamboat dinner (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
Portion for two of us (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
Portion for two of us (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
The very-important dipping. I can't live without my chili sauce (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
The very-important dipping. I can’t live without my chili sauce (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
Hot chinese tea for the cold weather. Purfect! (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
Hot chinese tea for the cold weather. Purfect! (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
Obligatory pack of strawberry, not knowing whether it's safe (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
Obligatory pack of strawberry, not knowing whether it’s safe (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
Local dessert steamed in bamboo stick (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
Local dessert steamed in bamboo stick (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
Corn seller at Brinchang night market (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
Our nasi lemak packer (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
Our nasi lemak packer (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
Can't live without my nasi lemak (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)
Can’t live without my nasi lemak (Photo credit: Pravich Vutthisombut)