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Jun 1, 2017 - The Cameron Highlands

So our trip to the Cameron Highlands started rather ominously when our hotel emailed to tell us that the last two hours of our four hour bus journey was up a winding road and to have a safe journey. In truth we hadn't read much about the Highlands other than the weather is cool because it's 2,000 metres above sea level and they have numerous strawberry farms and tea plantations which was enough to persuade us to take a 6 hour detour from our original plan. It turns out the hotel wasn't lying... The journey was pretty awful with hairpins up...

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Mar 9, 2016 - Bukit Fraser and the Titiwangsa Range

The heat & humidity slowly wears (melts?) you down, and so we went in search of some relief. It was found at Bukit Fraser (BF - henceforth), aka Fraser Hill, which is about 100km NE of KL. Getting there by train, or bus, & taxi would take a few hours, while by only using a taxi a couple hours, and less than $50. After exiting the expressway from KL (~ an hour) we pass through the nearest big town of Kuala Kubu Bharu, and then begin climbing up into the Central Highlands of Malaysia. This Central Mountainous Range runs from the Thailand...

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Feb 6, 2014 - Frasers Hill

Well folks, we had our final swim this morning in the China Sea at 8:30am. The water wasn't as warm as it has been and it was very calm. Left the hotel after breakfast at around 10:30 and headed for the motorway. This is a toll road but only cost 21 RM ; around £4. We filled up with petrol a couple of times just to make sure we kept a full tank in case there wasn't petrol stations on the way up the hill. The jungle has been decimated in places along the motorway to make way for palm plantations. Bit sad really that the jungle has to go in...

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Feb 5, 2014 - 4th and 5th Feb

Ok, this is our very last morning staying at this idyllic place, Summerland. Had breakfast and hit the road driving to Chetaring near Kuantan. Arrived at the Legend Resort. Our room is large and overlooks both the beach and the pools. Wifi's rubbish as usual, only in the hotel lobby. We went on the beach for a little while then found that it's happy hour all night and ladies drinks are free (local spirits). Had dinner which was ok but certainly not as good as Summerland. 5th - after breakfast we booked our final 2 nights hotel. We're going...

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Apr 8, 2013 - Malaysia - 08/4-28/4

13/4/13 - With no visa left & Langkawi only 45mins away from Ko Lipe, it seemed the sensible option to come here even though I was here in January. I've now been here for a few days, having to make the most of the beach (of course!) & planning my next move. Keith & i have said our goodbyes this morning & he's left for Thailand for the water festival as his end of trip clock is ticking but I'm going to hang around in Malaysia for a little while. Ciao Hun, enjoy the rest of your travels, keep in touch & stay safe! & then there was one. Ok,...

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Feb 14, 2012 - In cerca di fresco... e di un pò di fango

In questo mio viaggio alle Cameron Highlands ho imparato una cosa molto importante: prima di unirsi con qualcuno in un trekking, informarsi sempre su chi sono e cosa fanno le persone con cui stai per intraprendere un’ardua camminata. Perché se vedi un ragazzo alto più di 2 metri che viene dalla Nuova Zelanda, dovresti immaginare che nel suo sangue scorre la forza degli All Blacks, o se ce n’è un altro dall’Australia, non è così strano che sia un campione di surf. E così se il taxista, mentre vi accompagna al punto di inizio del trekking, vi...

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My Big Trip

Jan 4, 2012 - Malaysia - Day 30 - 32 - Rafflesia (World's Largest Flower) & Traditional Poison Blow Pipe

an. 2nd: We arrived in Cameron Highlands just a little after 5pm. There are 5 towns that make up the entire area of Cameron, we are located in Tanah Rata. The Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations. It covers an area of 712 square kilometers (275 sq mi). During the day, the temperature seldom rises above 25 °C (77 °F); at night, the temperature can sometimes drop to as low as 12 °C (54 °F). We walked down the street to our guest house and checked in for three nights. Dressed in warmer clothes, we actually put...

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Jan 1, 2012 - Malaysia - Day 29 - Bathed baby elephants on New Year's Day!

We caught a 9am bus to Lanchang, about an hours and a half drive from Kuala Lumpur headed to Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Center. It is the only center in Malaysia dedicated to elephant translocation and conservation. Visitors get to feed, bathe and ride the elephants for free, providing you get the 'yellow' ticket, which we did because Jason called and reserved four for us. It's mass disorganization and it was more like a zoo than a conservation center however we still enjoyed our time at the park and loved every minute we got with...

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Apr 27, 2011 - Sweat, blood and tea

We spent the night in a place called Jerantut, found sone tasty food at the only stall with a menu translated into English. Then again not sure what pluffy is supposed to be! We cruised out early the next morning to catch our boat up the river and into the jungle. We got pretty excited when we saw sone big buffalo bathing in the water, and overly excited when we thought we saw a tapir, turned out to be a wild boar :(  On our arrival we headed straight into the park to spend the night in a hide in the jungle with our jungle essentials. Turns...

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Apr 12, 2011 - Kuala Lipis

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Kuala Lipis was a gold mining town for some time before the British arrived in 1887. Things really started looking up when it was declared the capital of Pahang and construction began on many governmental colonial buildings. A separate area was established for the Chinese and Indian migrants, and today, the old shophouses add a touch of character and colour to the area near the confluence of the Lipis and Jelai Rivers. Even today, a large percentage of the population is Chinese and Indian and they use English, as a...

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Apr 11, 2011 - Taman Negara

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND The jungle at Taman Negara is reputed to be the oldest on earth (130 million years old). There have been no volcanoes, no geological activity and even the Ice Age failed to leave its mark on this terrain. The Taman Negara covers 4343 sq km of the Malaysian peninsula with damp, shadowy, impregnable forests. The vegetation can be overwhelming, the world’s largest flower, the rafflesia grows here, but there are animals here too and chances are they will see and not be seen. Most visitors who stay long enough to do some...

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Apr 10, 2011 - Jerantut

@@@@@@@ We had set out for the Taman Negara National Park from Kuala Terengganu after picking up our rental car and getting a little lost in the city, trying to find the highway that led away from the coast and into the interior. I won’t go into any detail here, but I will admit that I’m a nervous passenger, and sitting in the back seat trying to be the official navigator wasn’t the easiest role imaginable. Once we were out of the city, we were on a narrow highway with tons of oncoming transport trucks, no shoulders to speak of and a speed...

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