Cameron Highlands

Trip Start Aug 19, 2011
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Trip End Feb 23, 2012


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Flag of Malaysia  , Pahang,
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

So after living the city life in Kuala Lumpar for way too long, we were mad to get back out into the open. We originally wanted to go to all the Perenthian islands and others along the coast but because of the time of year, the islands are basically shut down with the rain. So we headed to the middle of the country; the Cameron Highlands.
We grabbed a mini bus up there along with a group of about 6, & a few hours of windy roads later (God knows what I'd do over here without travel sickness tablets - well actually, puke everywhere is what I would do.....but they're a lifesaver for anyone traveling) we were at Daniel's lodge. This place, like many others we've read about was nowhere near as good as it was made out. First we had to listen to 15 minutes of rot from this American/Canadian gobshite - White as snow, dreadlocked, some kind of put on accent trying to sell jungle trips, all I could think of was....if the boys were here, this lad would be getting ripped to shreds :). Anyway, we checked in and went to our cell (basically what it looked like) to throw off our stuff, the place literally couldn't have been any damper if it was made out of sea weed. Out in the common area, there were some real winners....about 5 young one's , each the weight of a small elephant, sitting round dreadlocking each others hair,giggling to cartoons...........We're not talking Family Guy here now. It was like looking at the Cameron Highland's version of the goonies.
We booked the obligatory jungle trip that night, n spent the evening eating Indian food and drinkin tae in Starbucks. Up early the next morning we were piled into a load of bone shaking 4x4's and hit the road. It took about an hour to get to the foot of the hill, we got a briefing from the guide...mainly about avoiding ants, spiders and falling bamboo. The hike through the jungle was really good. There was a gang of about 16 of us. Alot of the tracks at the beginning had  been destroyed with all the rain they had got recently. Some of them had "soft patches" like quicksand about 2 feet deep - Jen managed to find 3 of these on her own while walking along :) . We crossed rivers, seen an Orb spider hanging on (Male one paralyses you, Female venom kills you), Hung out at a waterfall all before we came to, what was advertised as the highlight of the trip - the Rafflesia. This flower (It's actually a fungus) takes 3 years to grow and it only "blooms" for 6 to 7 days then before it dies. This is one of the few areas in the world it grows in, and it's also the largest in the world. We made our way back then to the trucks, and headed for the local village beside us. We got to try out blowpipes - local hunting equipment, basically they hold poisonous darts, which get blown, by you, out through a 5 foot long pipe, we all got a go - Jen stole the show when she hit the bullseye on the target!! We wandered on up into the village then, n found a little monkey in a cage.....unfortunately he was to be for dinner that night, seemed very harsh, but then again these people live off the land and jungle and have to eat..so what do I know. I gave him a drink of water from m bottle, and some small bananas we had on us, which he lapped up. The thoughts of opening the cage entered my head more than once.
We motored on down the road after that, and called into a tea plantation - Boh tea. Amazing place, the whole 800+ hectares are owned by a Scottish family going back years. They have a large factory close by and employ lots of locals to tend the tea plants, work in the factory, run the store etc... We got some amazing photos here, unfortunately, like the rest of them we took that day, they all got accidentally wiped when we were transferring them onto the computer - We were PISSED to say the least. So you'll have to take our word for it. We had a cup of tea and some strawberry tart things sitting on a cantilevered deck, probably 60 feet up from the land below, overlooking mountains etc..
On the way home, we took in a strawberry farm and an insect & reptile enclosure. It was a long but really enjoyable day, and a place we'd highly recommend to anyone.
Time was running out for us in Malaysia, we were due to leave Singapore in 5 days, so we gave up on the idea of going to Taman Negara - a large jungle area and instead grabbed a bus the next morning for a town called Melaka, on the South East coast, which would leave us close to Singapore.
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