Tea, Scones and Trekking in Cameron Highlands

Trip Start Dec 12, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Bala's Chalet

Flag of Malaysia  , Pahang,
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Yup, its the school holidays again and this time we're off to Cameron Highlands. I must confess that I never liked Cameron Highlands because I hate the road going up there.

Every time I go to Cameron, I tell myself , I will only come back in 10 years time. Therefore when I went in jan this year for my silent retreat, I enjoyed the tranquil and the natural surroundings so much that I said that I would take the kids up there in March.

And so we were all packed up to go but we took a side trip first to Tanjung Tualang for the famous fresh prawn lunch and then to Kellie's Castle. We've heard so much about it but never did go. And since it was just hardly 10 min away, we stop by the famous haunted castle. I must say it looks pretty beside the river but was is haunted? I didnt feel anything. I think the castles in England are scarier.

We climbed right up the top of the castle and looked down . Now, that was scary. We spent about thirty minutes and then off we went using the new highway up to Cameron Highlands. It was much wider and better than the old road and we would come to Brinchang and down to Tana Rata where we had booked Bala's Chalet.

The last time my husband and I stayed at Bala's was more than 20 years ago and it was really very basic. But we read in blogs about it has been renovated and decided to stay there despite some reviews about its poor service.

I was not disappointed as Bala's Chalet was really typically English and even had a fireplace. The gardens were really beautifully landscaped and the setting was quiet and serene. Perfect for a holiday. Tea and scones were lovely and the best is the famous Bala's curry we had for dinner

The rooms were a bit run down but I thought it had character . No tv - which was perfect for this break because I had told the kids and Chung , no electronic gadgets at all. So we spent all our nights reading and playing cards or board games.

We spent most of the time trekking the easy ones of course. We did three treks - two that led to the waterfalls and another which we only went half way. A map of all the treks can be taken from the reception at Bala's Chalet.

We also took a trip to Sg Palas tea plantation which had a cafetarie on a platform with fabulous views of the plantation. We thought it would be nice to have tea and scones at the cafetaria but it was so crowded with kids running and a long queue that we decided to run back to Bala's for our tea and scone.
On our way back , we stopped by a vegetable farm where we plucked strawberry and pulled the carrots etc. The roads were narrow but the views from Gunung Brinchang was breath taking and quite worth the drive.

I would go back to Cameron again and soon....

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