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Some of the hanging flowers at the Rose Valley. The blue ones are called "Blue Butterflies" as when two of their petals are layed back to back, that's what they look like.

We have now been in the Cameron Highlands for three days, staying in a small town called Tanah Rata. The minute we stepped off the bus we felt at home as the rain hit our faces and we actually shivered due to the wind :-). The best way to describe this area of Malaysia is Scotland, with a jungle. This is definitely the my favourite place on the trip so far, it's beautiful and the views are spectacular. Everything up here is far more natural than the cities, with 'sites' such as tea plantations, strawberry farms (admittedly these aren't aren't that fascinating as they're everywhere in England too), honey bee farms, and some amazing jungle walks. There is also a mock-tudor English tea-room called Ye Olde Smokehouse, which to Rhodri's and my delight (and Chris' dismay) they had a grand piano in a pleasant little conservatory.

Not allowed to pluck the tea leaves!
Very British :-)

The tour on one day took us around some of the main sites in the area. We started off with the Sam Poh Buddhist Temple which had some great golden statues, including a big grinning Buddha playing the lute, which was amusing! Our second stop was a fantastic rose garden, not so much for the roses but for the maze-like paths of the place. You'd think you'd reached the top of the hill, finally, when lo and behold, more of it appears! (After a while this did start to get annoying...) The best part was emerging from one of the paths, turning around to see the view, only to be met with a giant fibre-glass shoe. Brilliant! After the strawberry farm, which is much the same as the ones found in England, thus doesn't warrant a description (oh all right then - it was full of strawberries) we arrived at the butterfly farm.

This is a rather beautiful butterfly taking off from its flower.
Here there were an abundance of the native butterfly to Malaysia - big and black with a neon green strips running horizontally across it - as well as many other beautiful varieties. There was also the opportunity to hold a giant, disgusting looking, three-horned beetle - I thought this was optional but when someone thrust the thing in my face, I realised it wasn't. Resisting the urge to stamp on it, I hurriedly gave it back.

Next stop - tea plantation. This is one of the best views I have ever seen - acres and acres of different-toned-green fields spread before us, very aptly described as "the carpet of Malaysia". Up close, these are all small green bushes of tea leaves, laid in rows no higher than your knees. They must be pruned regularly as they can grow quite high - once this happens, they turn brown.

These are the Cameron Highlands' jungles. This shot makes it worth the dodgy trek up to the clearing.
When looking at just how many trees there were, I certainly wouldn't want the job of pruning them! After the brief and fairly pointless tour of the 'factory' that lasted about 4 minutes, we had a cup of the 'drink of the hour' in the cafe - it was certainly a good cup of tea, as you'd expect :-). Our final stop was that of the honey bee farm. This was a charming garden, full of giant fibre-glass bees with gardening tools and huge smiling faces. It was filled with fibre-glass bees as there weren't actually any real bees to speak of (I think we saw about 15!) - rather disappointing really, we were expecting to be handed a bunch of bees, or for a man with a bee-beard to come out of the bushes waving his arms about. But no! We did get to sample some honey water though!

Chris wasn't well the following day so, leaving behind to rest, Rhodri and I trekked up an unchartered path though the thick of the jungle to find some carniverous plants (and there was me thinking Rhodri had got over his obsession ;-)).

A praying mantis eating a butterfly (sans wings) at the butterfly farm.
Having to brush the overgrown plants out of the way, I was certain we were going to get bitten by something. Due to our previous experience with monkeys, I was searching for a stick of some sort in case they wanted a rematch! However a short time, and no snakes or monkeys, later we reached a summit and there, in all of their glory, were the carniverous plants - it was so worth it...

A visit to Robinson's Waterfall (which was only water, and not fruit juice as I was expecting ;-)) and a look at another tea plantation saw us coming to the end of our time in Cameron Highlands. Tomorrow we head north to the Pulau Perenthian (or however you spell it), which will be hotter and far more beachy - something Chris and I have yet to experience on this trip. From there shall come my next report :-)

Vector_J says:
You'll love the Perenthian Islands buddy :) Take some of their snorkling trips if you can and mind you don;t get stabbed by any coral! The water taxis are amazing, but remeber that they do have opening times, so don;t get stuck on the wrong island! Tuna Bay resort has net access just so you know (if you’re on the other island, I have no clue!), and their 'cocktail bar' has drinks that seem low in alcohol content, but very nice all the same! Hope you get to see a lightening storm out there in the distance, it's bloody amazing! Hopefully there won;t be one on the island though, or you might get washed away!
Posted on: May 01, 2008
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