Jungle Trekking and Tea Plantations

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
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Saturday, January 21, 2006

We were up and raring to go at 8am to meet Mogan and begin our jungle trekking. It was already starting to warm up so I knew it would be a struggle. God knows what jungle trekking will be like at sea level but we'll find out in a couple of days.

We started off by hiking through the jungle for a couple of hours with Mogan pointing out various trees and plants that we should look at and got to swing on some vines which was fun and I was great at it. Must have been all the practice climbing trees as a kid.

By the time we exited the jungle my right knee was starting to cause me pain so I was glad to be on roads again. The walk had been hard work and I had fallen over 3 times so was covered in mud. My shoes are useless in wet conditions!

We came to a small Orang Asli (Aboriginee) village with little wooden houses with satellite dishes and huge TV's that took up most of the room. Oh well you can't stop progress. Mogan tried to buy a live chicken off them for dinner!

We carried on walking through the hills and through the tea plantation which looked really impressive, before stopping for some unbelievably sweet tea (we're talking 4 sugars!) that I had to pay for even though I gave it to Lars. I don't mind sweet Chai Masala tea but this was normal tea and I take no sugar! In fact I don't even take milk any more because I can't afford to but it!

Hitched a lift clinging onto the back of a jeep into town and Mogan took us to another fantastic Indian restaurant. I can't get enough of the Indian food out here as it is so cheap and really good! Nothing like you would get at home.

Mogan was a pretty good and entertaining guide so we paid him a bit extra. If you are in the Cameron Highlands and fancy taking a tour with a local give Mogan a ring (0195278344) and see what he can do.
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