Beautiful Respite From Heat & Humidity

Trip Start Jan 07, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Father's Guesthouse

Flag of Malaysia  , Pahang,
Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ahhh....finally some wonderful relief from the heat & humidity of Asia. We hadn't planned on coming to this area but we changed our mind when we got to KL and realized how hot it can be so close to the equator. So we took a 4-hour bus ride from KL to Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands, which is a small town at 4,000 feet. The area is known for tea plantations that were started almost100 years ago and are still owned by the original British family.

We are staying at a nice guesthouse (Father's Guesthouse, US$30 per night with a bathroom) that overlooks the town and has a cafe, movie room and very nice travellers we've enjoyed exchanging stories with. This is one of those guesthouses and towns where more educated travelers come because it's a bit off the typical tourist track. We didn't see any package tourists and not many typical young backpackers.

Although there's not too much to do in the actual town, we took a day tour to visit a large tea plantation, hike through a 2-million-year-old forest to see a rare Pitcher Plant, and to a butterfly & insect farm. (See photos and video) Our guide was excellent and quite an expert in plant medicines and herbs--it's amazing what mother nature provides.

Our last day is just for relaxing and enjoying the cool temperatures and dry air. Actually, it feels just like a perfect day in SoCal!

Shari & Bob
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