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i went during the chinese new year period and if u are on a budget, u should not go during that time as everything is way more expensive than usual, particularly accomodation and meal. on top of that, u have to be prepared to slow traffic! i encountered traffic jam on top of cameron highland and it was agony on the narrow mountain road!

note: roads in kuala lumpur are rather complicated. best to have a guide or take a cab if it is your 1st time there. avoid being on the roads duing peak hours ie before and after office hours. not everyone can speak english but sign language will do. many recognise simple english like numbers. road up cameron highland is very narrow, recommended for seasoned drivers, not beginners!

7 feb 2008: early morning, from singapore, i took the mrt to kranji station. took bus 170 across the causeway to jahor bahru larkin bus terminal. a coach to kluang  cost about rm8 and it took 2.5 hours. kluang is a quaint little malaysian town which a mountain which is quite easy to climb and i had done it lot of times. stopped at kluang for about 2 hrs for tea and head off to kuala lumpur via coach. i arrived at night

8 feb 2008: woke at 430am in the morning to go to cameron highlands. had a local guide who is also the driver and he was awesome. he has great bargains for accomodations, shopping and meals as he is familia with people in the tourism industry. the ride up the mountain wasn't smooth but beautiful. saw little waterfalls along the way and terraces of tea plantation looked like pretty giant green staircases. visit vege farms and markets. not designed for the fashionista, but u can get fresh fruits/flowers/food from the stalls on top of keep sakes like keychains. one will never be able to miss many stalls selling strawberry related stuffs from fresh strawberries, strawberry ice cream to cartoon "strawberry shortcake" product! felt that the rose garden is the best. full of pretty flowers. i had taken lots of pictures. rm4 per adult entry. big red strawberry farm allow u to pick your own strawberries, cost rm40 per kilogram.

9 feb 2008: visit the "BOH" tea farm. they sell tea products and the view of the tea plantation from there is great. a small part of the factory are accesible to show how are fresh tea leaves processed. in the afternoon, i proceeded to ipoh. ipoh's famous for the "ipoh white coffee"! poeple claimed ipoh food is great but i found it just normal. went to caves near or in ipoh. the caves are unique in the sense that there are temples inside the caves and there are staircases leading to the peak of that mountain. there are a number of such caves and mountains around or in ipoh.

10 feb 2008: trekked through a mountain located near or in ipoh. had fogotten the exact name but i had caught it on camera. the cave and mountain is awesome!  walked lots of stairs, went through wet caves, slide down slopes.. saw beautiful rocks with amazing shapes, with many ressembling animals. had to crawl over small and low openings as if i was a crocodile. and part of the route was flooded. it was good wet fun. at night, i went to "firefly" park at kuala selangor. it was so magical. u go on a boat and the boat went down the river very silently. on the banks of the river were the trees that fireflies like. lots of fireflies on the trees. just like lots of flickering bulbs on a christmas tree.

11 feb 2008: visited the japanese village and french village. i feel that these 2 places are not very worth visiting unless u are very into golf or u want total peace.

12 feb 2008 : delayed a day in going back singapore. was supposed to tour kuala lumpur on this day but i got sick so i stayed in bed. i guess was the tap water i drank on the night before

13 feb 2008 : home to singapore by train


cavemans says:
if u ever come up to KL, feel free to buzz us..
Posted on: Apr 01, 2008
skitzcw says:
sounds like you had a great time :)
Posted on: Feb 21, 2008
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