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Jan 8, 2006 - Tanah Rata: Cameron Highlands

08-10 JAN: SCOTLAND RE-LOCATED (WEATHER AND ALL) Okay Mum, I ditched the remaining brittle from last night. Satisfied? WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? MICHAEL SCHUMAKER? Bus 25 was to take me to Sungai Nibong bus station to catch a bus to Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands, a simple journey for a change. This particular bus was piloted by a young bandana-wearer with sunglasses perched on his head. I could detect his swagger even when he was seated. He drove the bus round corners at such a pace that one particular left turn caused my big pack to...

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Jan 5, 2006 - In search of Beauty

I can't say why or how but the last 3 weeks has gone quickly and we've covered a lot of ground. We were in Kuala Lumpur till January 3rd. We spent New Years at the hostel then out on the town w/some Sweeds we met. KL Square was crazy on New Years, Packed, 3 sets of fireworks from different corners and everywhere you moved you got sprayed with canned snow. KL was really just a big city like so many others. We spent a day and took the city bus to the Batu Caves (a Muslim temple) inside a huge Limestone cave. Spent another day in Chinatown...

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Dec 24, 2005 - Santa comes to Cameron Highlands!

Ho Ho Ho...recognise anyone??? He came for a cup of Boh tea... Text and photos to follow... UPDATE: As the Germans, Austrians and Swiss celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, we thought we'd share in their festive custom and do the same. Plus, the Cameron Highlands were just the place to do it! But first, let me take you through the day's events. First, the bus ride up to the highlands. If one slept on a bus, train, boat, pick up truck, etc. they were not safe. Inevidably there would be someone sitting nearby, lippy/eyeliner/gloss/magic...

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Nov 28, 2005 - Cameron Highlands

The taxi complains as it makes the now familiar ascent to the Bala guesthouse where we have now stayed since Friday. It's a 1965 Mercedes and in surprisingly good shape too. It's dark and the only light in the cab is the "blinker" as we turn onto the driveway. The fare is more than reasonable - 5 RM (1 US$). We usually walk downhill to the town, Tahan Rata, and catch a cab back. The Lonely Planet guide calls Cameron Highlands "the place where busses go to die" As they are also driven by former Malaysian rallydrivers (or so it seems), we...

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Oct 13, 2005 - Cameron Highlands

Today we had a short drive and so a lazy start. We went swimming in the hotel pool at 7 a.m. And then down to breakfast at 8. Just before we left the room the phone rang and it was the press asking for me and about our itinerary for the day. At breakfast I scanned the newspapers and sure enough the 'Star' had an article about the rally and a photo and some comments from me. We extracted the page from the hotel copy, but it promptly got covered in yoghurt when I showed someone else. (However we bought a pristine one at a petrol station later...

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Sep 25, 2005 - Goodbye to Malaysia...

Hey all! We are currently in Georgetown on the Island of Penang for our last night in Malaysia. Although it was tough to say goodbye to the Cameron Highlands, we're very excited to see Phuket. Speaking of Cameron Highlands... We arrived in the town of Tanah Rata after a very long bus ride through the "mountains" (1500 m). It looks like the Canmore of Malaysia. Very cute and an awesome change from KL (clean, cool air and blue skies). We spent the next morning hiking through the jungle with great views of the town and surrounding highlands....

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Sep 19, 2005 - Cameron Highlands (16-18/09/05)

La région des Cameron Highlands, du nom de l'Ecossais qui a développé cette région au début du 20ème siecle, est une région de (grosses, altitude entre 1300 et 2000m) collines où l'on cultive le thé (superbes paysages de plantations de thé à la Arthus-Bertrand, voir photos) ainsi que de nombreux légumes et même des fraises, comme en Bretagne... De plus, c'est aussi une station climatique où l'on peut faire des randonnées, du golf, etc, sans perdre toute son eau à chaque mouvement (ce coup-ci, j'exagère un peu...). En effet, l'altitude...

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Sep 18, 2005 - The Journey from Kuala Lumpur to the Cameron Highlands

A Refreshing Exit from KL The bus from KL was due to leave at 10:30. We walked to the station from the hotel down the lovely main road. After munching a few smog cookies we finally reached the station to find a ticketing system that screamed bad design. We had to search for a particular ticket booth amongst approximately 100! Booth 89, right where's the dude? He eventually turned up to sell us the tickets and give directions to the bus. The journey lasted around 5 hours. We stopped at a service station which contained smells which I never...

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Sep 12, 2005 - Tanah Rata

High up in the Cameron Highlands at about 2000 metres is Tanah Rata. It's just a little town in the middle of the Malaysian jungle. The road up here is VERY windy and it takes a while, but it's a really nice place with good walking, massive tea plantations plus strawberry and butterfly farms. I was in a big dorm room which meant that I met a lot of people and I was able to do some decent walking in the jungle. It's best not to go alone, some bloke from our hostel had gone out the previous week and spent three nights in the jungle before the...

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Aug 19, 2005 - Malaysia - Cameron Highlands

Just a quick note to say that we're now in the Cameron Highlands in central Malaysia. We didn't plan on coming here but a guy we met in Singapore really recomended it so here we are. Its a lovely little place about 5,000ft above sea level so is quite cold (well its not really but we've become a bit climatised to the heat so it feels cold) We're staying in nice little hostel that has drinks and sing songs around a bonfire every night, we have met loads of people here. Today we went to a tea plantation and factory, Kate was so happy as she...

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Aug 19, 2005 - Cameron Highlands

Hey, ok so we arrived here yesterday after 5hr coach journey from Kuala Lumpur. Travelled up through the mountains where we passsed a big waterfall which I love and some gorgeous scenery, however we did get stopped by armed police who took someone of our coach which was scary. We are staying in 'Daniels Place' a charming little hostel in the mountains. Stayed up late last night talking around the bonfire with other travellers was very pleasant, met someone who was born in Harpenden but now lives in Germany and someone who went to St Albans...

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Jul 30, 2005 - Cameron Highlands

The Cameron highlands is a really beautiful hill station, we are staying in a town called Tanah Rata. On arrival at the bus station after about 6 hours bus ride from Penang, which was incredibly windy for the last 2 hours. We were met by a load of representatives from different guest houses, we went with one of the ones we liked the look of from the Lonely Planet called Datehrs Guest House, it is really friendly. On our first day we caught a local bus out towards Boh tea plantation about 8km away, we got off the bus, and had about a 2km...

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