Cameron Highlands

Trip Start Oct 09, 2012
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Trip End Apr 03, 2013


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Cameron highlands

Flag of Malaysia  , Pahang,
Thursday, February 14, 2013

When we think of the Cameron highlands, we think of the warmhearted welcome by Jay and her son and daughter, who picked us up and brought us to our guesthouse. The guesthouse we stayed at is called Gerard's place. Before going to the Cameron highlands, we've read so many positive reviews on tripadvisor, that we were really eager to stay there. One girl on the internet hit the nail on the head: 'Gerard's place is a home away from home.'You enter the apartment complex where there is a shared kitchen, living room, terrace and garden. Some rooms have separate bathrooms some don’t. You get picked up by Jay the owner and most of the times her kids will accompany here.We  had the feeling that she really takes time for her guests, is interested in more than the normal small talk conversation‘where are you come from’ and can give you advice about places in Malaysia and about political situations. She is also a member of REACH (R.E.A.C.H is a community based organisation formed in 2001 by a group of Cameron Highlands residents alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating environment especially the declining forests and water quality).
I could have stayed there for a long time, just talking to her and getting to ask all the questions
 Already in the car she showed us the best Indian – and Chines restaurant in town and most important where to do the laundry.We could use the kitchen and made some backed potato's the other night. Yes,we just missed eating potato's. 
Then we discovered this great Indian restaurant (Sri Brinchang) resulting in us eating Massale Tose everyday either way for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Perfect at any time of the day.
Additionally we met Nora and Marco again in the Cameron Highlands. They decided to go there for two days and since we also went there spontaneously we got to meet again. One day we all went together to see the giant Raflesia. On the first day we went to see the tea plantation and ate steamboat at a Chinese Restaurant with a Danish couple we've met in Gerard's place. 


All in all just a wonderful experience. We stayed in the Cameron highlands for day and we did all the treks there. I would highly recommend to stay there longer than just 1 or 2 days, because if you stay longer you stay longer you get to see a lot of beautiful nature and animals. We saw two times white gibbons, colorful birds and butterflies, the hikes are muddy and unadventurous, with fallen trees which you have to climb over or under. We rarely met people on our walks, most of the times once or twice we've met people. The funny thing was that when we met some people at night that we found out that they did exactly the same walk.
I must say hiking with more than 80 percent humidity is not for pussies. We hope hope that this pearl of nature won’t be getting destroyed by all the agriculture there

Gerard’s place and the Cameron highlands are my number one place to visit in Malaysia!

 
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