We were sad to leave Penang but excited to visit the highlands as we'd heard and read good things about them. The journey was only 3.5 hrs long (including a stop for Paul to throw up as the steep winding roads were making him car sick!) We finally arrived at our guesthouse which was at the top of a hill and set within beautiful gardens.
Cameron Highlands is so far above sea level and in the centre of Malaysia that the temperature is much cooler than we were used too. Not ideal as Paul send his only jumper home and has lost his only trousers! The Village of Tanah Rata reminds us of a Swiss holiday resort minus the snow. Beautiful Tudor style chalets cover the landscape along with huge fir trees and mossy ground.
As we headed out in the afternoon, one of the gardeners had found a pretty big scorpion and some of the guests were holding it so of course Paul got involved. The evening was pretty cold and raining so we chilled in the lounge area of the guest house and all watched a film; 127 Hours. A film about a climber who gets stuck between two rocks in the remote Utah desert and can only escape by cutting his arm off...... Paul now wants to buy an army knife for "emergencies!"
The next day we followed one of the many walking trails which led us along a stream and through the forest ending conveniently at a beautiful Old English Tudor style restaurant/hotel that we had read about. We could have been in England with its old fashioned pub style interior, wooden beams and colourful gardens. Being tight travellers we wanted to enjoy the scenery but not spend too much so I had a cream tea (and sipped the water in my bag) and Paul had ice cream but splashed out on a coke!
We also did a countryside tour where we spent the morning looking around the various sights of the local towns including a temple, rose gardens, a strawberry farm, butterfly park, bea/honey farm and tea plantations. Cameron Highlands is famous for its strawberries and tea so of course we sampled both at the various stops.