Tanah Rata, Malaysia - Cameron Highlands

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Tanah Rata, Malaysia - Cameron Bharat Tea Plantation

Ahh!!  Finally can get some fresh air in the beautiful Cameron Highlands!! 

Did us some good, however, I could have done without the cold weather!!!  Brgggh, it was pretty nippy up there!! 

Quite a change from the hot sweaty days in the Penang region!

Anyway, after an eventful morning beforehand, we were ready to take in some of the activities offered in the region!!

Just imagine being awakened by a police officer tapping at your tent!!  That was the case for us!!

You see, being that our friend Guna, was unable to give us a lift in that direction, himself, he arranged for another family member to do so . . .

Long story short, we got a pretty late start on the road and unfortunately arrived at our drop-off point quite late, and consequently found ourselves in an inconvenient predicament.

Tanah Rata, Malaysia - Having a cup of tea at the Cameron Bharat Tea Shop

We were let out right at an intersection, at about 2am, with no contact, no ride to continue on with . . . just our tent!!! 

So, Arnaud went right to work and found us a spot to pitch it at . . . seemed comfy and safe, so what the heck, allez hop!! 

Only problem was that usually in similar situations, we always ask permission first; but this time, we couldn’t because it was too late and we didn’t want to wake anyone up!!

So the next morning, not only did the property owners have a little surprise, so did we, when we were kindly awakened by the cops. 

I think they must’ve been more afraid than us . . . perhaps they thought we were aliens or something!!!

It was certainly their first time having this sort of thing happen to them.  But, I think they were reassured and a bit relieved when they saw Arnaud pop out of the tent! 

They must’ve thought to themselves, "Oh, it’s just another crazy white guy!!!"  :)

With that excitement done and over with, we continued on our way, and found ourselves in the lovely Cameron Highlands region soon after that.

Tanah Rata, Malaysia - Cameron Bharat Tea Plantation

I must say, hitchhiking in this part of Malaysia worked out wonderfully for us!  Instead of paying the big bucks to take part in the various tours available for tourists, we just got lifts here and there and everywhere!!

We ended up visiting the tea plantations, and even had a quick visit to the Strawberry farm nearby!!  Ester, you would’ve been in Heaven!!!

As far as Tanah Rata, just a simple town, nothing too spectacular in itself, with tourists everywhere and even a Starbucks Coffee joint!!  Go figure!!?

Let’s see where the wind takes us next . . .

Guna toujours lui, il devait normalement nous déposer à quelques centaines de kilomètres de Cameron Highlands, car il passe par là tout les 3 jours.  

Mais cette fois là, il était déjà sur la route, alors il nous trouva de nouveau une personne pour nous aider, son autre beau-frère qui était lui aussi routier.

Tanah Rata, Malaysia - Cameron Bharat Tea Plantation

On arriva un peu trop tard en bas de la montagne vers 2h du matin et je décidai de mettre la tente quelque part à l’écart de regard indiscret.

Ce talus entre ces 2 maison me paraissait parfait pour y mettre la tente, je savais que le lendemain ces gens allaient avoir une petite surprise en se réveillant !!

À la place des propriétaires, la police se déplaça pour toquer à la tente avec toutes les craintes du monde.

Ils pensaient peut être à y trouver des extraterrestres mais quand ils me virent, les choses rentrèrent dans l’ordre et me demandèrent gentiment de remballer la tente et de partir.

Tanah Rata, Malaysia - Arnaud & Juanny à la plantation de thé

Au sommet de la montagne dans la ville de Tanah Rata, mon devoir était de trouver un jardin pour mettre la tente. Et cette famille Chinoise ne voyait pas d’inconvénients à avoir une petite maison jaune et grise dans leur jardin.

Les sacs étant en sécurité, cela nous laissait toute la journée pour aller faire les activités proposait par la ville.

esterc1019 says:
so Juanny, did you eat some for me :)
Posted on: Aug 15, 2008
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