So we got our bus all the way up into the Cameron Highlands. Once there we tried our hardest - but couldn't find a taxi which was a very new experience in Asia. Eventually we managed to convice one to take us to the tea plantations, which we wandered around and then had a pot of tea and scones over looking the tea fields. All rather delightful!
Back in town we sampled the local speciality - a Steamboat (H its like what they had in the tables in Singapore) where we got to cook lots of meats, veggies and fish in big pots of boiling soups!
The next morning our intended guide had food poisoning, but undaunted we joined forces with some NHS groupies Wayne and Nicola and a Russian Journalist to do our own mini trek around the highlands. Started brilliantly with us making the summit in under an hour despite warnings that the path was hard to follow. However the rest of our route was marred as the Malaysians have seemingly decided to build an electricity substation and accompanying cables in the middle of the route and then not updated the path maps! Nonetheless with a compass, nerve and some odd path choices we made it to Orang Asli village, home to the descendents of the original aboriginies who lived in Malaysia. The kids were very pleased to see us. Walked back to the main road where a very British Pub charged very British prices so we went north to Brinchang and had Chinese instead. Ended up in the Time Tunnel Museum, which frankly was a disappointment but was built under a strawberry farm so we had strawberry juice when we came out!
Today had a mammoth journey up to Penang. Will update later!
Lots of love from the region who's staple diet revolves around rice but who invented chopsticks as their eating utensils...the mystery continues
Stu and Mel x