The Cameron Highlands - its a bit nippy

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Twin Pines

Flag of Malaysia  , Pahang,
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

We got up, late again for us at about 10am and had our breakfast of toast and peanut butter washed down with copious amounts of creamed coffee to set us up for the day and our bus journey to The Cameron Highlands, an old colonial hillstation famed for being Malaysia's largest tea producing region.  It is a beautiful and cool fertile plateau where strawberry farms and tea plantations proliferate and its well known for excellent trekking.  So we packed our bags and were picked up by our mini bus at 11.30am and were joined by a couple of Swiss guys from our hostel.  The journey there was fairly uneventful however as we climbed higher and higher we began to traverse the hills and I must admit I felt a little travel sick but it soon passed.

We arrived in Tanah Rata at about 4pm and were dropped off outside Daniels Lodge where we appreciatively breathed in the cool mountain air, we took a look around and decided to look elsewhere for comparison, the two Swiss guys stayed in tow.  After a short walk we came to Twin Pines and took a tiny double room with a mattress on the floor for the princely sum of 20 Ringget's a night, approximately 4 Pounds - result!  We locked ourselves in and tried to decide how we were going to spend the last four weeks of our time in Asia.  With rumbling tummies and heavy hearts just thinking about it we couldn't really concentrate so headed out in to the town to find something that would satisfy our appetite.

After reading the menus at a few places we stumbled upon Kumar's which was heaving with people and we decided to share a banana leaf mutton curry and a type of tandoori chicken thali with a huge naan bread.  Both, with drinks came to 20 Ringett's, 4 Pounds, we couldn't complain, it was so tasty.  We got back to the guesthouse and again tried to get our planning brains to work which took a long, long time.  The early night that Andrew has been promising himself for the last few days remains elusive.  Poor thing.

Eventually we made some decisions and booked some flights to and around Indonesia after swiftly skim reading the Lonely Planet and the Rough Guide the former we have managed to steal from the Irish as they are sadly heading home in a couple of weeks after 12 months on the road.  It wasn't long before midnight by the time everything was confirmed but now we are so glad that we have some direction again.  We have a day of freestyle trekking planned for tomorrow so that should be fun, I'm hoping one of us doesn't manage to fall off the edge of a hill or gets bitten by a snake, apparently there are loads of them here but its the ones with the blue tail, the Coral snake, that you need to be wary of they are a thousand times more poisonous than the others - eek!
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Gregg and Graeme on

Er....why is your bedroom better than ours?!?!?!

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