September 1st, 2008 – by: Vanessa_Mun_Yee
Nice cool weather with lots of green!
Our adventure to Cameron Highlands
started with a bus ride from Kuala Lumpur - I have not been on a bus in Malaysia for almost 10 years! Knowing how the bus system works in Malaysia, I was so worry something would go wrong with the bus ride because I am with Charlie this time. I really do not want him to have any bad experiences with our bus. Puduraya is the bus station, smoky and humid - very unpleasant. We went down to the platform 5 minutes before departure. The person in charge converted our receipts to tickets with seat numbers right before we got onto the bus - what a relief; I thought we have to fight for our seats. It was an ok journey right till the last 45minutes (the driver stopped once for toilet break.
Boh tea plantation.
Which I needed that) There were so many switch backs! Charlie and I felt sick and I wanted to throw up so bad!! Finally, we arrived at the cheesy bus station 4 hours later. The bus station located at Tanah Rata. It was very close to our hotel - The Century Pine Resort, about 5 minutes’ walk. What a change! Nice cool weather and fresh air! We loved it the minute we set our foot in Cameron Highlands. It was so nice to be away from the Houston summer heat and Kuala Lumpur humidity! The Century Pine Resort is nice and big, conveniently located in front of a park and by the end of the main road. Room is clean and the a la cart breakfast taste good. The so-called down town or main road consist of 2 rows of shops and restaurants. There was a Starbucks in between the shops which is a little out of the place but we were glad that Starbucks is there…because no other coffee shops in that town! There are a few restaurants that serve really good foods! We visited the Rose Valley (OK), Strawberry farm (cheesy), Bees farm (cheesy), Market (most of them were closed) It was raining and we didn’t have the mood the see all these anyway.
Boh tea plantation from the viewing area.
We tasted the local strawberries but it was sour, however I still bought the homemade strawberry jam for my mom. The only site we love is the Boh Tea Plantation. Sitting by the viewing area, we were enjoying a cup of Boh tea while over looking the breath taking tea leaves plantation and with the cool breeze once in a while made us feel like staying for the rest of the day! We heard so much about the English scone and tea. The best one was at Bala’s Holiday Chalet. Therefore we decided to give it a try - what a disappointment. It wasn’t that good and it was not value for money. The scone at Starbucks taste a lot better. Jungle trekking was the highlight of our trip. We went on trail 4 which was located right beside the Century Pine Resort - about 30minutes we saw the Parit Fall.
The Parit Fall - trail 4
Trail 9A took longer time. It was harder but beautiful. We saw the Robinson fall - breath taking!! According to the source, it leads to Boh tea plantation. However it took so long to get there! I didn’t know how long we have been walking, I needed to rest for a few times, oh, it was raining, our rain coat made us feel very uncomfortable and hot….We were lucky though, on the way up to the hill of plantation, we saw a school bus. The driver stopped, we hopped on - man! It was still long way to go! The school kids were excited to see foreigners and the only thing they said to us was - Hello ! Charlie gave some tips to the driver but he refused to accept. After Charlie insisted, he took it. We were happy! The trails were very hard to find. I think the Malaysian should be better about the sign.
The Robinson Fall - trail 9A
Perhaps they took the sign off so that tourist will hire a guide to go on the jungle trekking. On the day of departure, we saw someone was working on our bus - Oc-O this wasn’t a good sign. We were keeping our finger crossed - please, make it move! We were so happy when they fixed the problem, it was 20minutes later then the original departure time but hell - we were so happy to hear the sound of an working engine! The bus ride back was so much better. We didn’t feel sick at all. The driver drove slowly along the switch backs and sped up on the highway. He didn’t intend to stop for toilet break though, until one of the tourists told him to, by the time he found a toilet, it was 31/2 hours after departure!