The first thing we noticed about the Cameron Highlands is that it is cold. Not sub-zero or anything but it apparently gets down to about 16 degrees at night which is a bit too much for us now. Probably because it's in the Highlands I suppose.
Whatever. The Cameron Highlands are all about tea. Tea and nice scenary and in fact the scerary is made extra nice because of the tea plantations so it really is all about the tea. On our first day there we took a guided tour of the tea plantations with our guide giving us chapter and verse on all things tea related, despite making loads of the stuff Malaysia still has to import tea from China and India. Interesting fact that, you can have that one for free. Bore your friends.
We tooks some nice photos but there is only so much you can take in about tea making before being bored and to be honest as soon as we found out that tea isn't made by the Tetley Tea folk and nor is it tested out on chimps, we felt a bit cheated and lost a bit of interest. The other part of the tour was a walk through a forest with lots of interesting flowers and fauna which our guides seem to know a huge amount about. They also knew a lot about Landrovers and claimed that the Cameron Highlands has more land rovers per person than anywhere else in the world. God, i'm just full of fascinating freebie facts today.
I actually had my first genuine sick day here in the Cameron Highlands and had to stay in the guesthouse whilst Rhiannon abandoned me to go off to a butterfly farm and strawberry farm with a Dutch couple we'd met. The two farms were "alright" according to Rhiannon, I suppose it depends how much you like butterflies and strawberries really.
Not much else happened I don't think except that not to be out done by my manflu, Rhiannon shamelessly began favouring her sore ankle again and also began to develop a nasty looking rash on her arm, but more about that next blog which will come from the sunny and sandy Perhintian Islands.