Trip Start Sep 11, 2008
87Trip End Jun 05, 2009
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Next day we went on a guided tour which was cheap and good for 4 quid. We went to a rose garden with tons of other flowers as well, I dragged my feet round this part of the trip with all the other guys while the ladies all took loads of photos. Great views over the veggie terraces though. After that we went to a Buddhist Temple, the BOH tea plantation, a strawberry farm, a butterfly farm where they put a scorpion on me, and a honey farm. The scorpion wasn't scary, I volunteered, but it was facing down my body on my chest, then it turned around and I will admit to being a bit scared. Well more than a bit.
We went on a jungle trek on our own, the tour cost too much money and theres lots of marked trails anyway. We didn't go and see the Rafflesia flower which is the worlds largest as that cost loads too. The guide the day before told me the hardest trails (which I didn't tell Lucy til we set off obviously) and we had a great time. Until it rained. And got steep. Very steep. So steep we had to scramble up using our hands too. It was fine though, the only danger was getting a muddy arse. We climbed to the top of Gunung Berembung and down another trail to the Robinson Falls which was even muddier and slipperier with fallen trees and landslides. We had tea and scones when we got back to the village which is the thing to do there.
We got the cheap bus to Kuala Lumpur after 2 days there and we got delayed by a landslide having brought a massive tree down over the road. It was half cleared in a proper dangerous way by a JCB and 2 guys with chainsaws, all just hacking randomly at the nearest bit, and we got back on the bus after watching it all happen. Our bus driver nearly drove off the edge of the cliff trying to get round. Full size coaches made it round no worries but our half size one somehow didn't then got stuck in mud and slid towards the edge. We all got off obviously and had to push it back after about 20 minutes of stupidity by the locals trying to get it out.