Tea Plantations in the Cameron Highlands
Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
289Trip End Jan 25, 2009
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After a 1 hour delay at KL's heavily polluted Puduraya Bus Station, my bus departed for Cameron Highlands (Tanah Rata) at 2pm. I lapped up the luxury of my 4 star hotel as I don't plan on doing this again for a while. The breakfast at the Grand Continental was huge... a buffet breakfast so in order to avoid having to buy lunch, I had cereal, OJ, a fully cooked meal of eggs etc, bread and heaps of coffee.
I found a metered taxi and only paid 7RM for my half hour trip to the bus station. I love driving around cities... so much to see in the day to day life of ordinary locals
I arrived into Tanah Rata at about 5.30pm and the drive, except for the bus driver's skills, was great. For a couple of hours, the bus turned around a lot of mountain corners whilst passing very small huts on the side of the road. What a simple life these mountain people lead.
Tonight, I roughed it at Twin Pines hostel. Whilst this hostel sounds pristine, it is anything but! In planning this trip, I was keen to explore as many accommodation types as possible. For two nights, I will be sleeping in a very small cupboard in the hostel's attic for $3.50 a night. It sure is an experience. The showers are hot though! The small room fits a double mattress on the floor, and just enough room for my bags. To get to the attic, I need to circumnavigate myself up a twirling walk way... I tripped on it last night but am ok. It is not exactly the friendliest place I've stayed, but it is dirt cheap. I am finding that travellers from the UK, USA, Middle East, Netherlands, Aus etc. are the friendliest and are keen socialists. The Germans on the other hand are quite standoffish - I'm finding this time after time.
I had Indian for dinner. I mistakingly ordered a huge buffet dinner for 4 people for $6. I didn't really have an appetite for food tonight so this was the worst thing I could of ordered. I thought it was a bit expensive at RM18. I ate about an eighth of it and the waitresses were anything but impressed when I said I was full after a small sampling of the chicken tandoori, bread etc. I'll know better next time.