Nov 30, 2006
The Cameron Highlands are known for their many tea plantations, and I spent the day touring a few with a couple from France who have been travelling for longer than I could ever manage, something like 3 and a half years. One of the plantations has a tea room that litearlly extends over the fields of tea plants. The Highlands also provided me several hours of jungle trekking, and because it was a bit rainy, I spent a lot of time on my hands and knees crawling up steep muddy slopes.
The Cameron Highlands are the most beautiful jungle landscape I have visited so far on my travels. They put the jungles in Thailand to utter shame. I hopped on a bus in Kuala Lumpur and took a very steep, winding, three-hour bus ride up into the central highlands of peninsular Malaysia where the British established their first "hill station" to allow Europeans to escape the heat of the lowland coast. Upon arriving into Tanah Rata, the small town center of the Camerons, I noticed the strong European influence of all the buildings. Most of the hotels and cabins that treat the high-budget travellers have a Bavarian-style architecture with exposed wooden beams on top of while walls. There is even a German restaurant in the middle of all the Indian and Chinese that are common EVERYWHERE in Malaysia.