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Published: February 10th 2015
Hi Fellow bloggers and followers and random readers,
We woke up after a very good sleep in the Father’s Guesthouse. We went down for breakfast in the hostel, because it’s cheap and so good; we both had beans on toast. We had booked on a tour today through the guesthouse as they look good in their leaflets and because they are also recommended in lonely planet.
We set off to the Mossy Forest of Gunung Brinchang in the morning it is 230 million years old and claimed to be the oldest rainforest in the world. On the way we had a stop off on the highest point in the Cameron Highlands, it was 2030 feet above sea level, our view was poor due to the low clouds ;(. The mossy forest was amazing, if non of you can work it out its was covered in moss, on the trees rocks everything!!! Our guide Raju pointed out plants, flowers and herbs that grew and explained their uses and importance of the rainforest to the ecosystem. The Monkey cup flower/pitcher cupflower was impressive because it drowns its prey inside and then digests them. It was a nice
45-50 walk around and Raju was very informative.
The Tea Plantation and fields were impressive but small compared to the likes of China and India; Raju gave a thorough explanation of the three types of tea (Black, Oolong and Green Tea) and how it is processed for differing quality and how they all come from the same plant. Neil bought some of BOH’s ginger and lime infused black tea…. It tastes good to me but he says it tastes too much like tea…. Sigh! (BOH stands for ‘Best of Highlands’)
In the afternoon we went to a butterfly, insect and reptile farm, where the huge butterflies sat on our heads, the insects were horrible and made our skin crawl. Hope the photos do them justice. We were then driven to the time tunnel museum, which was definitely worth a visit. It shows the history of the area, how the war affected them when the Japanese invaded, and how it had changed over the years. Then afterwards we headed to the Sam Poh Buddhist temple and strawberry farm, which to be honest are worth a miss. They grow the strawberries in bags and
use coconut husks to feed them, couldn’t taste the difference!! And once you have seen once Buddhist temple you have seen them all!!! We finished the tour early as we saw everything, but it was good to get back.
We got back about 3pm, so we had time to chill out and Skype Gemma and Shaw. The internet was poor so only managed 5 mins L We headed down to eat tea at the guesthouse about 5.30pm, where we stayed chatting to many travellers until about 10pm. Great fun and such a friendly hostel!
Love V&N xxx
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