The Cool Cameron Highlands

Trip Start Jul 12, 2003
Trip End Ongoing

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Cameronian Inn

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Friday, July 18, 2003

After KL we headed north to the town of Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands, a former British hill station and tea plantation area. It was just the change of scenery we were after - cool climate, lush green mountainous countryside, jungly terrain and colourful flowers everywhere (and lots of yummy Indian roti restaurants!). We embarked on a supposedly 'easy' jungle trek with a guide called Yen, who voluntarily guides walks 6 days a week from the very cosy Cameronian Inn where we stayed (he must be the fittest man in Malaysia!). With 8 or so others we walked through (mostly 'up' actually!) dense green jungle and crossed numerous streams, which were quite full from the previous night's rain, trying very hard not to fall in!

With aching limbs the next day joined a mini-bus tour to some of the areas popular sites, including strawberry, butterfly, bee and cactus farms, a stop at one of the sprawling green tea plantations, and visited a Chinese style buddhist temple with lots of gold and bright colour, very different to the ancient, historical temples we've seen before.

While in Tanah Rata we decided to try the famed durian fruit - huge, spiky and green on the outside, white, mushy and smelly on the inside. Neither of us took much of a liking to the taste, texture or smell, no wonder our hotel room in KL had a sign saying 'No durians allowed'. While the room came complete with an ashtray and cigarette burns on the carpet, no smelly durians were permitted!! You have been warned...
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