Some high lights of the Cameron Highlands
visiting oldest mossy forest,
trekking in rain forest, #butterflyand other creepy crawlies farm.,
|The Penang Bridge from George town to main land Malaysia |
The total length of the bridge is 13.5 km (8.4 mi), making it the second longest bridge in Malaysia and the fifth-longest in Southeast Asia.
Is unlike any other constituency in Malaysia; it is not only home to hundreds of floral species that are rare to the tropics; it is also an area with a substantially different ecosystem.
Developed in the 1930s, the tableland is one of the oldest tourist spots in Malaysia. Apart from its tea estates, the plateau is also noted for its cool weather, orchards, nurseries, farmlands, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, wildlife, mossy forest, golf course, hotels, places of worship, bungalows, Land Rovers, museum and its aborigines (Orang Asli).
We stayed in a small town called Tanah Rata which translates to 'Flat Land' in local language - a reference to its broad and relatively level terrain meandering between the valley.
we took alocal room which was very nice and cost about 75 ringgit... £15
To get to this area takes a lot of winding roads up through the mountainous tea plantations, palm tree plantaions and native rain forest terrain. We travelled from Penang island and it took around 4 hours by mini bus.
It consists of one long street with side roads of it. Along the side of the road there are tons of food shops/stalls with southern Indian, Chinese, western and local Malaysian foods choice from.
Theres a small daily clothes market
|The path was through dense rain forest, fallen trees blocked the way and in some places, the path was very narrow and dropped away, but great to walk even with kids |
|Alisha and seb are fantasic trekkers now
Being told the history of the highlands and its tea production
|The Cameron Highlands|
|Collecting the remains of the tea leaves with a scupper cup after the guy with a big cutter/leaf sucker has been. Few tea plantaions use people to hand pick leaves anymore.|
|The leaf cutter now used. Its as tall as a person and heavy. The guy works for 8 hours each time for little pay. phew!|
CAMERON HIGHLANDS ONE DAY TOUR
We also decided to do a tour because we wanted to see the oldest Mossy Forest there, I must say it was against our better judgment, we dont really like tours. And we were proved right, I would recommend to anyone visiting this area to avoid the tour and take a taxi to forest and then you can spend hour exporing the forst instead of 40 short minutes. The butter fly farm which was interesting was on the way there. The tea plantation on the tour is ridiculous crowded we didnt even have time to join the masive queue for a cup of tea.
|The Mossy forest walkway which keep everyone away from the ground and in return protects8 the inviroment from damage.|
Th Mossy forest
|The moss of the Mossy forest|
The mossy forest is a natural environment that grows only at the highest elevations of Cameron Highlands and other mountain ranges across Malaysia. At such heights, low-level clouds in the sky driven by winds, blanket the forests with constant mist and moisture - creating an ideal biotope for moss, ferns, lichen and orchids. This moist tropical evergreen forest is also a rich repository for a varied set of montane creatures, encompassing insects, snakes, frogs, birds and mammals unique to this chilly atmosphere. Visitors can explore the mossy forest through a boardwalk 2km before the peak of , beginning from a clearing along the main road.
After the Mossy forest we visited a Cameron tea planation, We we so glad we got to visit one on our forest trek the day before because it was so busy here you didnt really get to enjoy the beautiful urroundings or taste the local tea and cake. Shame ....
Cameron tea plantation, the tea queue .... so not worth it.
There were also traffic jams out of the valley ( it was the holidays for Malaysians so the roads were packed. It reminded me of Cornwell or Wales in high season ) but I was able to take a walk along the road and watch the tea pickers at work.... great.
I got to see a centipede wandering around in the plantation gardens.
Once we left the tea plantation we visited a butterfly farm and had a quick peek at a strawberry farm? The Butterfy farm have loads of butterflys, flowers and creepy crawlies . It was a surprise to see so many differnet kinds of small animals. Great for the Kids.
But I think some of the animals could have been looked after better!!
|The leaf frog |
and other animals
|massive leaf stick insects|
The highland have a lot of farms which use plastic to cover their shed roofs. Its gives the land a distintive look when up high. Vietnams town of Da lat was very similar in this respect.
see you there xx