Today was more travelling. A hot bus from Bentong back down to Kuala Lumper, then across the city on the metro (aircon though, which was great!) and then another sweaty bus to the Cameron Highlands which was about 3 hours. Coop got to sit next to a local who was trying to talk to him. Coop's Malay is rubbish, especially with the "Malay made easy" book with helpful sentances such as "I wish to pracitise my tongue in English with him." Coop decided not to use this particular sentance! Although after much pointing to words he discovered the bloke "Mus" was a digger operator in the Highlands and he wanted Coop to donate RM100 (20 quid) to him...
The Cameron Highlands has a far cooler climate which is welcome after the hot sticky city of kuala Lumper. We got off the bus at a town called Tanah Rata. As soon as we arrived at the bus station an English couple asked us if we were on Pilau Ubin a few days before as they recognised us, so we spoke to Hannah and John for a while, and went to "Fathers guest house" with them. We then had a bit of a bimble around the town.
We took the chance to get some clothes washed today, don't think they used Daz though as whites weren't whiter than white! We decided to explore the countryside around the town and decided to walk to a waterfall called "Parit Falls." Not sure on how far water has to fall for a waterfall to be classed as a waterfall, but this must have only just passed the test. Maybe we were expecting some huge colunm of cascading water like on the Timotea ads but it wasn't to be.
After the excitement of the waterfalls we saw our first rain since leaving the English weather behind. After sheltering in trinket shops we went back to the room and decided we would go to Pilau Pangkor next. Hannah and John were going there so we decided to follow. And it looks pretty good.
It's gets really cold in the evening here, so we decided to get up and go see stuff to thaw out, so we went on the "Countryside tour." Chatted to a guy called Guyan who writes for Lonely Planet so he gave us loads of tips and places to see and go on our travels.
The tour took us to a Rose farm first. After climbing to the top of the plantation which felt like climbing a mountain, we enjoyed some great views. They had a Green Rose which is only grown in Malaysia. The flower is green and looks like a leaf so that was a bit rubbish. The other flowers were quite pretty though.
The butterfly farm had butterflies, obvoiusly, and other insects. Coop picked up a few sticks with large beatles on, but that's about as adventurous as we got. The butterfly part was a bit morbid as there were clearly loads of dead butterflies and their decaying wings, but the living ones were colourful and pretty big. One came to say hello to Claire's arm.
The Strawberry farm was just as it says on the tin. Had some Strawberry juice and a shake which were very strawberry-ish.
The tea plantation was quite interesting. It was a company called "Boh" who seem to manufacture about 90% of the tea consumed in Malaysia and S E Asia. We saw some of the tea plants on the hillside, and again the views here were great. We saw how the tea was cultivated and processed and then we went to the cafe "to have a niiiice cup of tea" as the guide kept saying. Coop and Guyan were loving the tea!
Next was a buddhist temple which was really peaceful and colouful, as Buddhist temples tend to be really.
The Bee farm was a bit disappointing, mainly as Kat and Cliare love honey and they only got a measly shot which was watered down with warm water! They were expecting to scoop it from the jar like Winnie the Pooh.
Kat showed Claire and Coop a steam boat for dinner, and Guyan joined us. You have a little stove with a pot of simmering water and then you just boil the food you order. Sounds like a genius idea for a restaurant as no one can ever moan about the cooking or the chef.
Up early tomorrow and onto Ipoh and then to Pilau Pangkor!