A Haven for Tea Lovers

Trip Start May 08, 2006
Trip End May 06, 2007

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Monday, April 2, 2007

The Cameron Highlands is the place to be, when you want a cup of tea.

It was time to leave Kuala Lumpur behind. Following the usual pattern of "big city, small town" I booked a coach to the Cameron Highlands for some cool weather and beautiful vistas. Slap bang in the middle of the backpacker trail, this place is famed for its tea and strawberry plantations. After a night out at Zouk with Sarah, Sam, Carly the Nederlander, Marion the Frenchie and Richard the Canadian I managed to get myself down to the bus station and catch the coach at 10:30. Five hours later I checked into the 'Twin Pines' guest-house in Tanah Rata and got my own little section of attic space for only RM10 which I thought was very reasonable. This place was also the first where they didn't have toilet paper, or a hose. So after you've had a massive poo you need to fill up a bucket of water and then scoop the water out of a ladel thing that you hold with your right hand. Very entertaining, and guaranteed to make you look like you've pissed yourself thanks to the wet arse you are sporting afterwards. Anyway, I went for a curry and then got the guitar out for a little jam in the afternoon attracting a Canadian guitarist like a moth to a lightbulb. Had some more food, and then watched 'The Beach' before going to bed.

The following day I made my way down to the station to catch a local bus to the Boh Tea Plantation. The local bus was about 150 years old, and the driver frequently had to take a rest whenever his feet got tired from all the peddling. I jumped off and went to have a look at a butterfly farm consisting of some big butterflys, a few caged animals, some dead insects pinned on a wall, and some plants. I was pretty ecstatic as I'm sure you can imagine. After these immense displays I walked up to the tea plantation for the freshest cup of tea in the world and a couple of cakes, before walking back to the road and waiting for a bus next to a load of Malaysians hocking and spitting for about an hour. Played some guitar again, and then went to bed with a bus booked for Georgetown the next day.

P.S. I'm in Thailand at the mo and I've fallen a bit behind on the entries. It's hard work trying to fit Travelpod in what with all the swimming, eating and lying around I'm doing. I'll try and get a few more updates done soon!
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