Butterfly farm, Bee Farm

Trip Start Aug 26, 2009
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Flag of Malaysia  , Pahang,
Monday, January 25, 2010

Fed up with a damp room we told them we were moving and packed our bags and moved to "Pines Guest house' just up the road. Not sure if he thought we were leaving the town or moving due the rooms, either way I’m sure he understands. The normal double rooms were fully booked, so we ended up in the attic. There about 10 rooms in the attic, very small, just enough room for a double mattress and our bags, luckily we had a window seal to put stuff on. It was a lot cleaner, so we were happy

We planned to go for a walk to the tea farm and then to the other sites along the main road in to Bin**. Jenny and Matt did this the previous day and said it was not worth the walk through the jungle to the tea farm. Scrapping that idea we just caught the local bus from the bust station to the tea plantation 2.5RM to find out, once we got off the bus that all tea plantations are closed on Mondays, therefore we would have to come back up tomorrow.

We thought we would make the most of coming all this way, so we went and looked in the Bee farm which was free of charge. They sell all kinds of honey, crystallised, royal jelly, golden, plus other tourist souvenirs. unfortunately they were all out of fresh honey comb. You can walk around the garden, but it seems like they are still doing a lot of work as there is a lot of building materials lying around and the garden could do with a tidy up. There isn’t much to see here, just a garden with a few bee hives.

A few metres past the bee farm are two butterfly farms. Not to sure if there is a difference between the two but they are both 5RM in the end we picked the farm and not the garden. It seemed cheaper compared to 25RM for the butterfly farm in Penang, but it was a little bit of a disappointment. Its a pet shop, where you cant buy the animals.  The farm had a bad smell of moulding water as there is a small leak towards the back of the garden.

 You enter a enclosure full of butterflies, more probably dead than alive. There were hundreds of different types, amazing colours, sizes and shapes. A large majority were the same and had gotten  themselves stuck on the netting around the enclosure. We searched the enclosure to find different types and watched them flutter  through the sky. One even landed on Leah’s hand as she held it up.

Other than butterflies the park has a variety of reptiles and insects on offer: huge beetles a few inches in height, tarantulas & other types of hairy spiders, lizards, gecko’s, tortoise, millipedes, scorpions, and many breeds of snakes. They cages seemed like they hadn’t cleaned them in a while, not too surprised as we wouldn’t want to go any where near any of these creatures.

As we started to walk in the direction of Brinchang, we started to smell the sweet, mouth watering aroma of strawberries. The highlands have gone mad for strawberries, guessing it is due to the climate and soil to why they can produce such large amounts of the fruit. There are a fair few strawberry farms around and we were approaching one. Wanting to buy everything they had to offer in the canteen. As we walked to the back of the shop we got to see the men at work making the jam and a lady sterilizing the glass jars. Home made Jam, MMMMM. We sampled the two types, less sugar and sugar free. Leah was about to get the purse out and purchase a jar just as I realised we wouldn’t use it as often as we think and in the end just chucking it.  Leaving empty handed was very hard.

We carried on walking towards the next market where they were selling fruit , vegetables and snacks. We waited for the bus back, not to sure when it would turn up we decided to start walking back to Brinchang and wave down the bus as it passed. Apart from walking on the main road, it was a joyful walk as its all down hill and you get to see what’s around. The bus didn’t pass and we made it to town in 40 minutes. Here we waited for a further 10 minutes before the bus arrived and took us back to Tanh Rata.

A tiny bit peckish we order a roti and dip for a snack, perfect not too heavy and so cheap (1rm). Like every other day it started to rain so we went back to the guest house. That evening for dinner we sat on the streets and had noodle soup which would knock the socks of any other noodle soup we have had. Not sure what herb they used in the stock, maybe five spice with a extra dash of cinnamon. The beef was tender and plentiful and the soup a rich dark colour, full of Chinese flavours.
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