17.12.2012 - 17.12.2012 19 °C
Not alot has happened today, we spent most of our day on the bus from KL to the Cameron Highlands. We checked out of our guesthouse at KL with no issues and actually managed to find the bus we needed and to get on without a hitch (alhough we did pay more than we thought). By 10:45 we were on our way. The only negative was that we were not sat next to each other on the bus, the seats were arranged in rows of 2's and then single file and our tickets were for the single file seats.
The bus journey was long, four and half hours it took to go around 200km. This was partly due to a stop at a petrol station and another pit stop for a toilet break but mainly it was due to the accent into the hills. We were climbing for around an hour and half. Snaking our way through thick jungle, on one side solid vegetation on the other a sheer drop, at times it appeared we came perilously close to the edge. There were lots of areas where the hills had fallen away due to landslides and there was a lot of people working on the roads reinforcing the banks. The giant bus we were on did not seem deisgned for the twisting road leading up the hill, the driver was constantly blaring his horn, around blind bends, to alert drivers coming the other way as he took up the entire road.
Once we got nearer to our detination the jungle had several clearings with small villages, streams and the occasional waterfall. The few houses along the way were traditional, sat on stilts with wood and sheet metal roofs. After about an hour of driving into the hills we turned a bend and came across our first tea plantation. The whole valley and rolling hills were covered in rows upon rows of tea, it was a postcard view.
By the time we finally arrived at our destination, the town of Tanah Rata, it was quater past three. We stepped off the bus and was immedietly suprised, there was no humidity, it was actually rather cool. Grateful for a break from the heat we went searching for a place to stay. The first place we called at we had seen on the internet in KL and was our first choice, unfortunately they only had a RM55 room left (£11 a night) and this was more than we wanted to spend. The second place we called to had a room for RM40, which we were happy to pay but after viewing the room and washroom we decided to move on as it was in need of a deep clean. The third place was very nice but because of this it was fully booked, the fourth was again too expensive. On our fifth attempt we managed to find what we wanted. Within budget, RM4O, and clean, there are hot showers and good WIFI. The staff also seem very friendly, they have expalined some of the sights and they also provide a laundry service that we have taken them up on.
When we were finally settled we had a shower and went out for something to eat as we were straving. Liam had read about a great Indian that provides spicy food in giant portions so it was a no brainer. We had a selection of different Indian things to eat, rice, chicken curry, vegitable curry, daal, some fried banana crisps, some dips and a popadom. We then took a stroll through town, it is quite toursity as alot of Malaysians come to the hills for weekend breaks but it is still relaxing and very picturesque. Some of the houses and hotels would not look out of place in the Alps. We sat in a cafe had a hot drink and decided what to do with our two full days here.
Tomorrow we are going to be visiting a tea plantation, apparently it offers free tours around the factory and grounds and then we can sit a drink tea whilst over looking the fields and hills. The day after we plan to do a small trek to a waterfall as we have read it is impressive, and then see what we feel like for the rest of the day,