Back on the net again after a hard day trekking in the mountains. All the hostels we have stayed in so far have had internet access so it has become an almost nightly occurence. It keeps us off the beer and curry for a hour our so!
Yesterday we went on a tour of the surrounding area, we drove up the highest peak in this range first thing in the morning and got some great photos of the views down to the flat lands and the morning mists on the mountains. Then we went on the Muddy Mossy forest walk. That was a good laugh as there was quite a large group of people with us. The guides were entertaining and pointed out all the plants you could use if you wanted to kill someone and some of the ones that had medicinal uses. A couple of the people on the tour were wearing flip flops though! You would have thought with a name like the Muddy Mossy Forest walk they would have worn better footwear. After the walk finished we were driven to a tea plantation, which looked really cool. All the tea bushes defined the contours of the surrounding hills really well and made quite an impressive site. After that we went to the factory and learnt how they make tea and then on to the tea shop where you could buy tea, tea cups, tea pots, tea towels and even tea shirts! (Sorry). Spent the evening chilling out with a few beers, a game of scrabble and Pete had his compulsory daily curry.
Today we decided to go on a trek on one of the trails up a couple of the surrounding mountains and three people at the hostel came along as well. It was very trusting of them to believe that we knew where we were going, since we have only been here a day, but we only managed to get lost once. We were worried we may get caught in one of the rainstorms that seem to strike every afternoon but we had great weather all the way round so we got some really good views of the surrounding area from the top. I nearly came a cropper in a giant spiders web but I saw it just in time. (Check out the photos to see the size of the thing, it was massive, honest!!). At the end of the walk we came out into the Orang Asli village, they are the aboriginal people of Malaysia. You can pay for a tour of the village, but I am glad we didn't as the village just looked like any other village they had roads, cars, phonelines, electricity running water and even satelite TV. I assume other tribes deeper in the jungle haven't succumbed to so many creature comforts. They had a mock wood entrance gate with the name of the tribe on it made out of fibreglass as well. It was all a bit touristy.
Tomorrow we are heading to the Taman Negera national park where there is no net access so there may not be an update for a few days but there are monkeys, elephants and tigers. AC