Mossy Forest Half Day Tour Cameron Highlands Reviews
Many Mossy Memories... Dec 19, 2012
The Eco Cameron half day mossy forest tour costs about 25 RM per person. If you are staying in Father's Guesthouse or Gerard's Place in Tanah Rata this is the tour they recommend. You can book it at their reception. It starts at 9am when you get collected from your accommodation in a Land Rover.
Firstly, the guide drives through Brinchang (the neighbouring town to Tanah Rata) and makes the steep ascent in the sturdy Land Rover, over uncemented roads full of potholes and loose rocks a-plenty! The jolting of the journey adds to the experience though! And the Land Rover is well able for the challenge. They stop at a stunning viewpoint of the picture-perfect, postcard-worthy vantage point above hundreds of feet of greenery. The landscape is the typical organised, sectioned-off beauty of the Cameron Highland tea plants that the Google images we've all, admittedly, marvelled at before the trip, have shown to us. These images materialise in front of your very eyes and take your breath away, quite literally, considering the mountain reaches a height of 6666 feet! This is no small number as where i come from the highest peak is a mere 3400 feet. Mediocre in comparison. The mountains roll on as far as the eye can see, some hidden behind sneaky and secretive mists and clouds. Below you, among the labyrinth of tea plants, you can see Highlanders the size of ants picking tea leaves and depositing them in the baskets on their back. This practice is almost obsolete, unfortunately, due to mechanisation. You revel in this scene while the cold, moist highland air slaps at your face, until the guide then tells you about the Cameron Highlands, the making and distribution of tea and strawberries, that are in season all year-round in these mountains.
You then continue your rocky ascent to the summit where, if you are lucky, which we were not, you can see for miles in either direction. The Land Rover we were in broke down and we had to walk for about ten minutes which turned out to be a blessing as we got the opportunity to take photos at every scene we chose that we otherwise wouldn't have been able to in the car.
At the summit you climb the watchtower and the clouds engulf you. I wasn't too disappointed that it was not a clear day because the barren starkness of the approaching white clouds was a shocking and humbling experience. They make you feel, quite literally, on top of the world!
After the guide gives you a briefing of the plants and wildlife, or lack therof of the latter, as the story goes, that can be found in the 'mossy forest' of Gunung Brinchang. They explain that a whopping 75% of the forest's plants have medicinal properties. There are no leeches in the forest due to the cold weather. Relieved? I think so! There is hardly any wildlife, all due to, what the Malaysians would consider, extreme cold, but us Irish know better! Moss grows on every side of the trees, hence, the excessive mossiness of the 'mossy forest'. Because it rains so much the tracks through the forest are usually extremely mucky and slippy. Caution is advised! The Eco Cameron tour operator have their own section of the forest track reserved for their tours. The other tracks are supposed to be rather crowded, not that this matters much considering how slow you move due to the treacherous ground. The forest is enchanting and mysterious, with it's hundreds of moss-covered trees and branches, they block out a lot of the sunlight which caused a murky yet crystalline-light feeling to the air. It is eerily quiet up there.
Next you are brought to the Boh tea Plantation where the guide walks you through the process of tea making. You can see the huge, industrial-sized machines methodically twisting and turning away, churning out tea by the barrel-load for tea-lovers the world over. The tea plantation is a predominantly tourist-focused endeavour, it would seem. But there is a fabulously cheap and delicious tea shop at the end of the tour where you can sit and enjoy a cup of Boh tea, flavoured and coloured and textured whatever way you like. The chocolate cake was also yummy!
Afterwards, you have the choice to be dropped off at the Butterfly Farm or to be dropped back to your respective accommodations. The choice is your's!
All in all a wonderful few hours spent admiring the spectacular life and scenery of the Highlands. It is definitely a must-do tour.
To sum up... i will offer my last bits of advise:
1) Bring strong walking shoes that are not a fashion accessory ... They WILL get dirty!One guy on our tour was wearing white Converse...???
2) Bring water
3) Bring a camera... It would be a travesty not to!
4) Bring a rain jacket
5) Wear warm-ish clothing that you don't mind getting dirty.
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