Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Malaysia 5-Day Itinerary: Day Three

5 Day Itinerary in Malaysia

Read Day 1 here - Malacca
Read Day 2 here - Kuala Lumpur
Read Day 3 here - Cameron Highlands
Read Day 4 and 5 here - Georgetown, Penang

Cameron Highlands tea plantation
Cameron Highlands destinations
Day 3

We went to Pudu Sentral for our 8:30am bus with Unititi Express to Cameron Highlands. Upon first sight of the bus it already made me nervous because on one side was a huge dent that was the size of a bed. The ride had inconsistent air conditioning which meant sometimes it got very warm and other times too cold and the bus was uncleaned. We finally arrived in Cameron Highlands at 12:30pm at the information centre in Tanah Rata.

Our lodging, Orchid Lodge was only a 5 minute walk behind the information centre. The temperature difference from KL was so welcoming since it was around 23 degrees Celsius here. Orchid Lodge was the most comfortable stay during my Malaysia trip. The place was clean, the manager was very hospitable and even the other guests were pleasant. The manager was cleaning parts of the flat at all times of the day when we saw him and he was always open to chat about where to go and what to see in Cameron Highlands. Highly recommend! He's going to open another place soon called Backpacker's Hostel so check that out if you see it on the internet.

It's not convenient to cover distances without a vehicle in CH since there is no public transport system. The manager helped us book a half-day tour (RM 25) and we were on the mini-van in the next hour!

The tour was a mini-van with a driver that took us to a rose centre, a butterfly farm, a honey farm, BOH tea plantation, and Big Red Strawberry Farm. It wasn't a tour where the driver would explain this destination and that, he only drove and answered questions when we had them. The original tour was supposed to go to a Buddhist temple but we wanted to visit the strawberry farm so we switched to that instead.

Rose centre

Absolutely loved the view at the tea plantation. We only had 40 minutes here but I wish that I could just sit and observe for the afternoon.

BOH tea plantation

Big Red Strawberry Farm

I've been to strawberry farms and picked strawberries before so the fruit portion wasn't that special although the display was very neat and cute. What I really wanted to try was the completely strawberry menu that they had! I got a strawberry juice and a strawberry pancake :)

At the end of the tour we requested to be dropped off at the Brinchang night market that was happening that weekend instead of at the hotel. The space between the stalls were crowded with people and there was a lot of food, produce, and souvenirs sold. I tried apam betal for the first time and loved it. We also bought back murtabak and goreng satong to eat at the lodge. The 6 minute taxi ride from Brinchang to Tanah Rata cost RM 10 though the manager told us it would probably cost RM 6-7.

End of Day 3!

Read Day 1 here - Malacca
Read Day 2 here - Kuala Lumpur
Read Day 3 here - Cameron Highlands
Read Day 4 and 5 here - Georgetown, Penang
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