Cameron Highlands

Trip Start Nov 09, 2008
Trip End Apr 02, 2009

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Kang Travellers Hostel

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Hoorah, we have had the chance to use our mosquito nets at last!  The Cameron Highlands is on a high plateau cleared of jungle as a retreat for colonialists.  It has abundant vegetation and its cooler climate suited D who was happy to lose the heat of Batu Ferringhi.  It is the rainy season in Malaysia at the moment and there was usually a terrific downpour at some point in the aftenoon.  The hostel was a quite basic hostel and only had a fan in the wall through which intrepid mosquitos would venture. Fortunately the moth in the corridor (a huge extra from Silence of the Lambs) decided not to come through - we would have known if he had as he would have, no doubt, broken several of the blades of the fan on his way.

The hostel turned out to be very basic and the water supply (to Tanah Rata - the village) was unreliable and several evenings, usually at Steven's wash time, the supply stopped completely.  We also lost power one night and worst of all, the wireless internet went down one evening!

Although the area was very pleasant, there was very little for Steven to do and not many places for him to run about and play.  Being a mainly backpackers' hostel, there were also no children for him to play with.  We did visit the local sights and went on a trip to the strawberry farm "a bit like the pick your own on the Broughton Road" - D, the rose gardens "like a local garden centre" - D, the bee farm (we missed this because Steven was asleep), the local market, a buddhist temple and the butterfly farm.

The highlight of the trip was a visit to the tea plantations.  We drove through the hillside which was covered in tea bushes and visited the tea factory where they processed the leaves.  The trip ended with a visit to the tea rooms and a lovely cup of tea!

The food was cheap and there wasn't a MacDonalds for miles, however D did manage to eat western in a Starbucks!  He also managed to find a KFC in the next village which was just a taxi ride away!  We decided against the local speciality - the steamboat - as we feel it could have resulted in a trip to the hospital with Steven!  A steamboat consists of a divided pan which is put on a burner on your table and contains a soup and a stock into which you put a selection of local vegetables, meat and seafood.  When it is cooked you take it out and eat it.  We felt Steven would wish to participate fully in this which would result in scalding!

Although the lady at the hostel was very pleasant and the laundry was done magnificently and cheaply, we decided to leave the hostel a day earlier than planned as we felt that there would be more things to interest Steven in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.  We therefore made plans to stay in our hostel respite - the Holiday Inn!
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