Monday, September 26, 2011
The Cameron Highlands
As we drove, the temperatures gradually fell from 31 degrees C to a comfortable 18C in about thirty minutes. Just think Fall Malaysia style. Like most other tourists, we traded in our shorts and t-shirts for pants, socks and jackets. This was a welcome respite from our daily tropical heat and humidity.
We stayed at an historic school transformed to a hotel, Bala's Chalet. It was charming but smelled like a musty basement and served overpriced afternoon tea and scones. Meh.
The "thing" to do in the highlands is to visit Tea plantations, eat strawberries, hike, drink tea and visit the farms where most of the produce is grown. We weren't really interested in seeing how hydroponic strawberries are grown or buying strawberry paraphernalia but we did buy some "homemade" strawberry jam. Other highlights of our trip to the CH include a visit to the BOH tea plantation, butterfly farm, a quick trek in the mossy forest, beautiful mountainous views and lots of traffic!
Since traffic was so bad in the highlands, we decided to hit the road early and drive back to Penang. On the way we stopped at the Perak Tong temple in Ipoh. Perak Tong is a Buddhist temple that is built inside of a large cave. There were several different Buddhas and the cavern was painted with murals. This was a great find and very impressive!
We arrived back in Penang early Sunday afternoon and we were welcomed by a beautiful rainbow!