Jen's Travel Diary
We reached 'Tanah Rata' at lunchtime on Monday. The bus trip took 5hours. 'Tanah Rata' is right in the centre of the 'Cameron Highlands'. As it is in the Highlands is is quite cold here, you need a jumper for the evenings and a blanket at night. Due to these conditions this is why 'Tanah Rata' is famous for tea growing. We got a dorm at "Fathers Guesthouse" for RM 7 each (just over a quid!), it was a large aluminium ex-war bunker - so had great historical feel! The place was really nice. It had hot showers+cafe+internet access. We wandered around the town, which reminded me of an old English mining town. It is also quite English in culture because of the Tea link, we had scones for lunch! On Tuesday we booked onto an organised excersion. It set off at 9am with first stop a layby right in the centre of the tea plantations. There we great views over the highlands, hills with fog rolling over the top+the detail of the tea fields. We then went to the highest point in the Highlands - Gunung Brinchang - 2032m high. It had some great views over the Highlands although the day we went it was one of the 80% days where mist was heavy. Next we went on a trak into the jungle, getting a guide telling us about all the flora and fauna, we also got quite muddy on our 1h30 trek. Finally we went to the "BOA" tea plantation factory, it showed the process of tea making and had a gift shop where i brought lots of types of tea. I found the 'Cameron Highlands' really georgeous, the scenery was amazing and the views over the hills spectacular. I also enjoyed the tranquillity of the area, which was needed as tomorrow we head to 'Kuala Lumpur'!