Living the high life

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, January 20, 2006

We had seen basically all we wished to see in Penang and it was time to move on. Penang was a lovely little town to spend a few days but I had loads to see in the next few weeks.

So we climbed into our pre booked taxi at 6am and sped off to the bus station to ensure we got a ticket. Needn't have bothered really as the bus was empty. We were headed to the Cameron Highlands, home to lots of walking trails and tea plantations. The bus journey was pretty cool, winding up into the hills all the way and we were immersed in a thick layer of cloud most of the time. The Cameron Highlands are at about 1600m above sea level and as a result it was noticeably cooler (about 10C cooler) than in Penang and far more comfortable in my opinion.

We checked into Fathers Guesthouse with our numbers increased by one. A Dutch girl called Wiesje was on our bus and now part of the troop. Fathers Guesthouse was pretty funky. The dorm rooms were old bunker style Nissen huts which were surprisingly warm and cosy. I liked it.

I didn't care much for some of their rules though. The pool table was always covered because they charged a stupidly high price and you could request a DVD to show in the evening but had to pay for the privilege! No chance. They did have one really good plus point though, the best showers in Asia! May have been an out house but the water was so hot and powerful and after nothing but cold showers for 3 months it was heaven!

They had a number of tours on offer which looked tempting but I wanted them to be cheaper. Chipped out into town to find some cafe to eat a spot of lunch. The lunch was crap but I liked the town. It had nothing really special about it but I liked the atmosphere and some of the buildings were quite homely.

Anyway, after lunch we all headed out to do one of the smaller walks to see a waterfall. It was crap and full of rubbish but it wasn't all bad as we met a charming local guy called Mogan who was a tour guide and offered to take us on a rainforest walk and to the tea plantations for half the price the hostel quoted. A small group is far better if you ask me and I was quite looking forward to it, even though it would be very tiring and I was already knackered for some reason?

For dinner I ate at the hostel and the food was so bad I couldn't finish it (which is a first) and washed it down with a last beer. It's far too expensive in Malaysia and my liver needs a break after the pounding it took in Thailand, but mainly it's about the money. So no beer until Lars' birthday on February 5th, by far the longest abstinence in years! Should be a challenge! Sat around playing cards with a couple more last beers before heading to bed for an early night in preparation for tomorrow.
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