Tea for Two and Jungle Trekking

by cottontailsandcupcakes

We are in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia! We took the bus from KL and following 4 hours of winding mountain roads we made it.

It is about 10 Degrees Celsius cooler than KL by day and the temperature drops to around 14 at night. It’s a nice respite! The scenery is amazing and the  air is fresh.

Last night we went for a charcoal steamboat. It was pleasant enough but I don’t feel the need for a repeat performance. Apparently when you ask for no fish, prawns don’t count. I should have said nothing that lives underwater maybe. We made a right mess and probably did it wrong.

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We decided to have a lie in and set the alarm for 9.30am. The muezzin was having none of that and got me up at dawn. It’s quite relaxing to listen to though. There are worse ways to be woke.

Although there are loads of hiking trails we concentrated our time in the Gunung Brinchang Area. We stopped off for tea first at the BOH tea plantation. It’s an 80 year old plantation that came about by a British Fella. The tea was good but the scenery was amazing.

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We then found ourselves with some transport troubles and ended up in another ‘only when abroad’ situation. A deal was struck and then we were sat in the back of a young malay-indian mans car on our way to the trail head. (He was a waiter at the tea plantation, earning a bit of extra cash for the day.)

First we hiked the mossy forest, it is like a scene from Lord of the Rings or something. I even found myself a Gandalf staff along the way. It was misty so the view was obstructed but it was still lovely.

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We hiked for two hours before heading to the trail head of Gunung Brinchang. (When I say hiked, I mean got lost and ended up half way to mount Irau before realising we were on the wrong path).

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We eventually found the trail head. It is not a well used trail and very steep. It also recommends a guide. We didn’t fancy having a guide so just went for it. We climbed the lookout station first but it was a bit foggy still.

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They have a few signs up to help navigate the trail but as in all countries people insist on defacing them and drawing the arrow on the wrong way.

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Luckily I had an old online guide saved on my phone, with an old image, and you guessed it, the arrow points right not left.

Our hike continued for another two and a half hours, it was very steep and not maintained at all. We managed it though. A few minor scrapes and bruises, and a few oh shit moments. You know, when you step on a stick covered in leaves and go skidding on one foot for a while. Yes. Six of those oh shit moments. The wildlife must of been hiding because despite hearing it, we didn’t see any. We met a few other hikers on the way down but they all seemed to be hiking up not down. If I did it again I’d still go down not up!

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The view to the top where we hiked down from! We walked down the main road back to our hotel before going out for dinner. It was a toss up between a chicken burger or curry! The curry won!  We found a restaurant which at first wasn’t sure if it was a gentleman’s club but we went for it anyway as the food smelt good.

We had lamb and chicken curries with roti and poppadoms. We’ve had Malay, Chinese and Indian food now, the main 3 groups of people living in Malaysia. Plastic seating and plates again. The sign of good food ;).

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Tomorrow we are heading back to KL for our last couple of days in Malaysia. I don’t want to leave. I think we will both be leaving pieces of our hearts in Malaysia ♡

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