MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2006. CAMERON HIGHLANDS, TANAH RATA, MALAYSIA. This morning I caught a bus (26 MYR; 6 hours) to the Cameron highlands, an old hill station presently most famous for its tea plantations, strawberry farms, and jungle trekking. I've booked a half day tour tomorrow to visit a nearby mountain and tea plantation through Father's Guesthouse (40 MYR/single; 40 MYR--1/2 day tour).
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2006. CAMERON HIGHLANDS, TANAH RATA, MALAYSIA. The Cameron highlands are Malaysia's best known hill station. It's also where Jim Thompson, the American who revived the Thai silk industry, disappeared after going out on a trek. The wet climate and high altitude make it one of Malaysia's most important farming areas, particularly for tea. I took a half day tour today organized by my guesthouse. We visited a nearby forest and mountain, where we learned about the native flora and fauna. Next, we toured the oldest tea plantation in Malaysia, Sugai Palas. It was my first ever visit to a tea plantation (I didn't come across any while in China). In the afternoon, I visited a butterfly farm and local market. The strawberries in the market were absolutely delicious.
Tomorrow, I head south to Kuala Lumpur. My plans are to spend two nights in KL, then two nights in Melaka, and finally catch my flight from Singapore to Sydney on Sunday night.