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Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands » Tanah Rata March 20th 2014

HE SAID... With a six hour minibus trip to Tanah Rata ahead of us, we woke early (in Melaka) and walked around the corner to Restoran Melaka Raya for a teh tarik (pulled sweet milky tea) and take away banana rotis (flat flaky Indian bread). This small street–front cafe with small plastic tables and chairs is open 24 hours, and it serves incredible food and tea. We jumped in the minibus at 7.30am and began our journey north towards the Cameron Highlands. We pulled into Tapah for a quick toilet stop at 11am, and stepping from the comfort of the air–conditioned minibus into the furnace outside was breathtaking – it was incredibly hot! We then began our slow and eternally snaking journey upwards into the Cameron Highlands. The road was narrow with steep drop offs over ... read more
restoran melaka raya
restoran melaka raya
restoran fang xiang

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands » Tanah Rata March 16th 2014

I thought I'd finished writing about this area, we had just one day left but unfortunately it rained. This made for a whole new view of the mountains in mist. Reminded me a lot of the Lake District back home. Also followers of our blog, Bob and Linda, asked for photos of around town as Bob lived here years ago. So here goes, more photos for Bob and anyone else who is interested!... read more
Tanah Rata from a jungle trail
The power station and the summit of Ganung Jasar
Chinese temple

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands » Tanah Rata March 12th 2014

Our Thailand visa was coming to an end so we needed to travel South into Malaysia. We chose the Cameron Highlands as a complete change to beach locations. We booked a bus down to Ipoh, with the intention of getting an onward but up to the highlands. The agent told us it would be a Malaysian bus and from past experience we knew they are highly air conditioned. So with all our warmest clothes on we turned up for the bus at 9am. It wasn’t a Malaysian bus at all , it was Thai with virtually no air con. Lie number one! As we travelled South the temperature gradually rose and we began to melt. At the border we had to hump our luggage off and carry it over in order for it to be x ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands » Tanah Rata March 12th 2014

Two things the Cameron Highlands are famous for are the jungle/ rainforest walks and the tea plantations. We bought a map and began exploring. First we set off on a jungle trail to Robinson waterfalls, the path was fairly flat but strewn with fallen down trees that had to be climbed over. Now I don’t mind that bit but I do worry what creature or insect may be lurking unseen just where I need to put my hand! The vegetation was amazing, twice the size of anything we have in the UK. The jungle trail ended up close to the road that led to one of the largest plantations so of course we had to go and see it. After walking for over 5 kms we came to the tea rooms/factory. Most of the road to ... read more
Vines trail across the jungle path
Giant plants
Fungi growing on the tree in the rain forest

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands » Tanah Rata March 10th 2014

Arrivés dans la montagne après 3 heures d'autoroute où les paysages se résument principalement à des palmeraies qui s'étendent sur des centaines de km, nous trouvons notre guesthouse. La propriétaire est française, l'auberge est super propre et accueillante : il y a des petits salons un peu partout où les gens lisent, discutent, boivent un thé. Ici, nous sommes au pays du thé et des fraises. Il y a juste une rue commerçante avec les magasins et les différents restaurants. Dans les magasins, que des articles représentant des fraises partout : trop kitch ! Certaines maisons sont en colombage et d'autres sont typiquement british : on se croirait un peu dans une station de ski. Hier soir, pour la premiere fois depuis des jours, nous avons eu froid et obligés de mettre un gilet. Il y ... read more


Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands » Tanah Rata March 9th 2014

Nous venons de voir les messages privees et les commentaires que nous avons publiés! nous avons compris comment ça marchait... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands » Tanah Rata February 18th 2014

The Rafflesia is the largest flower in the world. It can grow up to one metre in diameter & weigh up to 10 kg in weight! There are several species of Rafflesia and they are only found in a few places in SE Asia. And it is becoming more rare, as the rainforests they best grow in, are being diminished by logging & clearing. The first Western botanist to discover the Rafflesia was a Frenchman in Java in the late 1700's. But his illustrations & notes were seized by the British & were not rediscovered until 1954. Meanwhile in 1818, a British botanist collected another species in Sumatra and named the flower in honour of the very notable Sir Stamford Raffles, modern founder of Singapore. Also commonly know as the 'corpse flower' because of its stench ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands » Tanah Rata December 25th 2013

Santa mustn't have got the memo that we cancelled Christmas and we all woke to goodies by our beds then quickly headed downstairs to the van to take us to the Cameron Highlands for the day (2-3hrs). We stopped on the way for breakfast. Dunkin Donuts for most of us but Wayne chose a soup and giant chunk of meat. Our first stop once in the highlands was a waterfall which was obviously a popular swimming hole for the local kids and our guide bought us all some banana fritters. Then we visited an Oran Asli family who showed us their tiny house made from bamboo. 'Michael' showed us some target practice using a blow pipe and much to everyone's shock and surprise Wayne agreed to have a go and nailed it first go (the local ... read more
View from Oran Asli home

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands » Brinchang July 21st 2013

This morning we checked out of our hotel early and stored our bags with the front desk to pick up again before we caught the bus back to Kuala Lumpur in the afternoon. Our main goal for the day was to see the BOH Palas Tea Plantation and Factory and to purchase some world class tea. The tea plantation is actually in Brinchang, the town next to Tanah Rata where we spent the night, so we hired the same taxi driver we got yesterday to take us to the plantation. He was a great driver to hire because both his grandfather and father worked on the plantation as tea pickers. Our taxi driver was able to teach us a lot about the tea process because he knew it first hand - he grew up as a ... read more
Contemplating a Career Change...
Elysia is a Pro!
Quality Control at the Boh Plantation

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands July 20th 2013

There are days when travelling that it seems that everything goes wrong. This is one of those days. Actually, it started last night after we left Brunei. We left for the Brunei airport at 2pm. The flight is only 2 hours and 20 minutes long and it left at 4pm, but we didn't get into our hotel room in Kuala Lumpur until 10:15pm. Seem like a long transit time? Yeah, it was. It started with Elysia's genius idea to take the train instead of the bus from the Low Cost Carriers terminal (where Air Asia flys into) to the Kuala Lumpur city centre. Both supposedly take about the same time (they claim the train is 10 minutes shorter- just under an hour), but the train is double the price (train=25 ringgits for 2, or 4 bucks ... read more
It's a Long and Winding Road...
Official Bus Ticket to the Cameron Highlands

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