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getting high to feel low

cameron highlands.


from KL we grabbed a bus to the cameron highlands. it was a slow and steady climb up, up, up! as we got higher the temperature began to drop and we were greated with some nice cool weather. we found ourselves a guesthouse. we had a room to ourselves with 2 beds and a common bathroom down the hall to share with everyone else on the floor. we went for some indian food for lunch then head out in the rain looking for trail #4. it took quite a long time to find and we ended up going in quite the wrong direction for a long time but eventually we got there. it was an easy hike with nice foliage and not too long. as we were walking a snake darted out in front of dad along the pathway, before we had even really realized what had happened we heard russling in the trees above us and looked up to find a group of long tailed monkeys playing along the canopy.

the next day we opted to try a tour out as it has just rained and the trails can be quite dangerous when wet. we jumped in a rickity old jeep that chugged along up the road to see a tea planation and harvest. lots of hard work and quite interesting. next it took us up further to the watch tower gunung brinchang the highest elevation view accessable by car in all of peninsular malaysia. from here we entered into the mossy forest; an old rainforest. it was very slippy and painfully slow as our tour had mostly families with young children who were not really able to do this walk. this lead to a rather rushed visit to the sungai palas boh tea estate, where we didnt as much sample tea as we did gulp it down to stay on time. on the way back to town we stopped at a butterfly farm which also had reptiles and small animals such as chickens. here i held onto a bright green whip snake probably 4 ft long.

on our last day here we did another tour. an old beast of a vehicle picked us up after breakfast and we began to head into the jungle. the jeep struggled onwards down a very muddy, bumpy, and all around shitty road on the slide of a cliff. i thought forsure we were going overboard more then once. when the jeep could go further no more we parked it and walked the rest of the way to the walking trail. it was about a hour hike to get to the rafflesia flower (worlds largest flower, famous for smelling like dead corpse). the last jaunt of this hike was a strenous and steep rope lead hike up into higher grounds. intersting to see tho and a decent hike. we hiked out back to the jeep and headed to the orang asli village where we learned that just 80 yrs ago these villagers were cannibals and they showed us to how hunt using blow darts. from here we went back to the boh tea estate and had more time to properly enjoy it. then off to a new and better butterfly garden and lastely a strawberry farm.

Posted by karen_411 11:05 Archived in Malaysia

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