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  • Day66

    Auf in die Highlands

    November 7 in Malaysia

    Wie es der Titel schon sagt sind wir heute weitergezogen. Etwas vor 9 verliessen wir die Unterkunft und nahmen unseren Bus in die Cameron Highlands.
    Mit zwei Stunden Fahrt war es eine vergleichsweise sehr kurze Reise. Die Highlands sind bekannt für ihre Tee- und Erdbeerplantagen, die grünen Wiesen und das kühle Klima. Bei unserer Anfahrt fallen uns überall zugedeckte Gewächshäuser auf. Durch die grauen Wolken wirken auch die Felder nicht so grün. Unser Hostel liegt in einer ganhen Strasse voller Backpackerunterkünften und gefällt uns sehr. Endlich haben wir mal wieder Betten mit Vorhängen und sogar für jeden einen Miniventilator. Nach der Ankunft fällt Stephan auf, dass sein E-Reader Ipoh nicht verlassen hat. Da Hostel hat dies glücklicherweise auch bemerkt und schlägt uns vor, den E-Reader morgen einem Busfahrer mitzugeben. So geht Post in Malaysia. 😉
    Hungrig gehen wir direkt vor dem Hostel bei einem Streetfoodstand etwas essen. Es zeigt sich, dass wir uns bereits gut an das heisse Klima gewöhnt haben. Wir tragen bei etwas über 20 Grad unsere Pullis, Turnschuhe und Annatina 3/4 Hosen.
    Zurück im Hostel der nächste Schock: Wo ist Stephans Hut? Ist er mit dem Bus zurück nach Ipoh gefahren? Bevor wir dies klären können bleiben wir erst mal 2h im Hostel, planen den morgigen Tag und warten darauf, dass der Regen endlich vorbei ist. Bei etwas Niesel machen wir uns auf den Weg zum Busbahnhof, wo Stephans Hut bereits in einem Büro auf ihn wartet. 😅 Wir hoffen morgen ist nicht die gleiche Frau im Büro, wenn wir den E-Reader holen gehen. 😂
    Zur Feier gönnten wir uns je ein Stück Kuchen. Der Blackforest Kuchen stellte sich übrigend als Schwarzwälder Torte heraus. 😂
    Zum Abendessen nahmen wir den anstrengenden Weg aus dem Hostel und 3 Meter nach links zum nächsten Restaurant in Angriff. Das Restaurant ist für sein Steamboat bekannt. Dabei handelt es sich um einen grossen Topf mit Brühe in welchen nun verschiedene Zutaten geworfen werden können. Wie Fondu Chinoise aber mit zusätzlichem Gemüse, Nudeln und Eier. Zum ersten Mal erleben wir, wie auch die Einheimischen mal längere Zeit essen.
    Zum Abschluss des Abends gönnen wir uns noch ein Bier in der Bar 10 Meter rechts vom Hotel 😅 und gehen dann zurück. Wir wollen ja fit sein fü unsere Wanderung morgen.
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  • Day252

    Cameron Highlands

    May 29, 2017 in Malaysia

    In de Cameron Highlands genoten we van het koelere klimaat (eindelijk eens niet voortdurend zweten) en de prachtige theeplantages. We stopten ook bij een van de vele aardbeienkwekerijen en een tuin vol insecten.

  • Day143

    Von 35 Grad auf 18 bis 20 Grad......brrr....Wir sind heute von Ipoh mit dem Bus in die Cameron Highlands gefahren. In 1,5 bis max 2 Stunden sollten wir die Strecke von knapp 90 km geschafft haben....heute haben aber die Schulferien begonnen und die Camerons sind auch ein beliebtes Ziel bei Einheimischen.....also standen wir immer mal wieder im Stau und brauchten 3,5 Stunden.
    http://www.busonlineticket.com/bus-from-ipoh-to-cameron-highlands
    Die Natur unterwegs war absolut beeindruckend. Der Dschungel hat die Berge einfach nur überwuchert, die riesigen so gerade gewachsenen Dschungelbäume ragten immer wieder heraus und dazwischen stehen große Farnbäume....was für ein Anblick. Und dann kamen viele viele Folienzelte für den Anbau von Erdbeeren, Gemüse und Blumen....
    http://we2ontour.de/cameron-highlands-tops-und-flops/
    Als wir in Tanah Rata ankamen stand schon ein Auto von unserem Mentigi Guesthouse da, um uns abzuholen. Was für ein Service.😊
    http://www.mentigi.com/
    Die Temperaturen waren mit 24 Grad richtig angenehm....und auch nicht zu kühl für uns in kurzen Klamotten.
    Hungrig waren wir....also schnell eingecheckt und runter in die Stadt....mit Regenschirm...es tröpfelte...
    In Tanah Rata gibt es ganz viele indische Restaurants und viele Steamboatrestaurants, eine Art Fondue. Währenddessen es in der Nachbarstadt Brichang mehr chinesische Restaurants gibt.
    Wir wählten ein Restaurant mit einem Tandooriofen...und es war superlecker.
    Viel gibt es nicht in Tanah Rata, man kann die paar Straßen mit Geschäften, Restaurants, kleinen Tourenanbietern und Cafes langschlendern....und eine Tour mieten, was wir auch taten. Morgen früh fahren wir zu den legendären Teefeldern, zum zweithöchsten Berg der Highlands, zu einer Erdbeerfarm und und und....wir lassen uns mal überraschen....
    https://de.m.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Tanah_Rata
    Bis zum frühen Abend hin wurde es immer kühler und feuchter......bei 18 Grad steigen wir dann doch mal auf lange Klamotten um...
    Die Cameron Highlands waren zu Kolonialzeiten ein beliebtes Erholungsgebiet der Engländer....und das sieht man am Baustil....manche Bauten könnten auch in der Schweiz stehen....
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  • Day41

    Kletterpartie mit dem Reisebus

    February 11 in Malaysia

    Bis Ipoh hatten wir es gerade mal auf eine Höhe von 60 bis 70 m NN geschafft. Um hoch in die Cameron Highlands zu kommen mussten wir aber dann innerhalb von 50 km über 1400 weitere Höhenmeter die Berge rauf ⛰🚎💨 Jetzt sind wir in Tanah Rata, also quasi „Cameron Highlands City“🔝 Hier oben sind es nur noch 14 °C ❄️

  • Day33

    Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands

    October 25, 2014 in Malaysia

    We came to the cameron highlands 2 days ago but didn't do much because Karsten was a little bit sick. So we put in an organisational day.

    But today we finally did what we came here for. Trekking! We went on a four hour hike into the rainforest. This time we didn't see any animals though, except for leeches. Since it being the raining season those little worms are everywhere in the jungle and are quite funny. Once they smell sweat they lift their heads and rotate towards the source like a periscope in a submarine. And then they can move quite fast once they locked in on you. But we didn't go to find leeches but set out to see the giant Rafflesia. Advertised as a huge flower it is basically a giant, red, flowery mushroom. Banana for scale. Very interesting to see was the red soil which is typical for the tropics. Ask the next geographer you can find what this is about.

    The cameron highlands as such are basically a hilly version of the netherlands. Greenhouses everywhere in which they grow strawberries, lettuce, flowers, cactusses and all kinds of vegetables. Without greenhouses they grow mostly tea. You can visit strawberry farms, butterfly farms and tea plantations. We made it to a strawberry farm today where the main attraction is definitely the attached cafe. There you can find beauties like the strawberry sundae, strawberry milkshake, fried ice cream or a hot chocolate with fries (wtf?).
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  • Day25

    Cameron Highlands ️

    October 27 in Malaysia

    Für den heutigen Tag haben wir eine Tour durch die Cameron Highlands gebucht, welche sich wirklich mehr als gelohnt hat! Die Tour begann bei der Boh Plantage bei der man etwas übrr die Prozedur der Teeproduktion erfuhr, es gab eine Shop, bei dem wir natürlich ein bisschen Tee kauften und ein Cafe, in dem wir den berühmtesten Grüntee der Cameron Highlands probierten. Natürlich spazierten wir auch durch die Highlands, die sich über 712 Quadratkilometer erstreckt. Unser zweiter Stop war bei einer weiteren Plantage, wo wir den Arbeitern zusehen konnten und unser Guide erzählte uns ein wenig über sie und ihre lebensweise. Der letzte Stop war der Mossy Forest. Auch hier bekamen wir ganz schön viel Imput -vorallem über Bäume und Pflanzen - von dem ich schon nach 10 Minuten die Hälfte vergessen hatte. Ich kenn ja kaum deutsche Bäume und Pflanzen und weiß erst recht nicht wie sie Aussehen 🤣. Zum Abschlusss machten Cari und ich uns noch auf eigene Faust auf zur "Big Red Strawberries Farm" 🍓🍓🍓Read more

  • Day102

    Day 102: Into the Highlands

    September 25, 2016 in Malaysia

    Time for some more exploring! Had a hotel breakfast before our rental arrived at 10:30am, personally chauffeured in by the owner of the company, Mr Leeong. I think it's a small company. The car itself is a Proton Saga, a small four-door sedan that's probably about 10 years old. Protons are sold in Australia, and are actually Malaysia's national car! The government set up the company to provide manufacturing jobs in the 1970s, and they're still around today and reasonably successful! The car itself isn't anything flash, but it goes OK and has air conditioning which is enough for us.

    First things for today: there were a few sights around the edges of Ipoh that we were keen to see, but weren't really able to access without our own car. So off we went! First stop was the Lang Mountain Recreation Area, which had some nice rugged limestone hills, a large man-made waterfall, and a huge lake with parklands and stuff on the other side. Lots of people queuing up for the shuttle boat to spend their day picnicking and relaxing across the lake, but since we were on fairly limited time we opted not to join them. Beautiful little spot though!

    Next up was a group of Chinese Buddhist temples built into hill caves. Each of the three temples had a distinct facade over the cave entrance, and different decorations inside. It's interesting to note how different Chinese Buddhist iconography is from its Thai counterpart: Chinese Buddha is usually very fat, laughing and looking joyful, while Thai Buddha is usually very skinny and very serene in appearance.

    One temple had a staircase hewn into the rock of 550 stairs, climbing to the of the limestone mountain where the temple was located. The sign promised a great view of the Ipoh Industrial Area, so we thought we'd give it a shot. 20-30 minutes and many gasps of breath later, we discovered they were right! Factories and warehouses as far as the eye could see. Lovely! Back down we went.

    The final temple we visited had a large pond out the front, heavily decorated with rocks and arched bridges, in that very distinctive Chinese Garden way. Beautiful stuff. This cave actually went entirely through the mountain, and on the other side was a large pool of tortoises as well as a large temple-style building that was entirely fenced off and with large drifts of leaves on the stairs. It looked it like hadn't been used in years - very mysterious!

    Temples done, we headed off towards the Cameron Highlands, with one final stop along the way. This stop was a large "castle" built by a wealthy Scottish immigrant in the 1890s and 1900s named William Kellie Smith. He moved to northern Malaya in the 1870s and made a lot of money in the commodities of the time (tin, rubber, oil and some foodstuffs), and started using his money to build an enormous castle. Unfortunately for him he died unexpectedly in 1905 and his castle was never finished - his wife and children moved back to Scotland and the house was left to decay. It's since been tidied up and made into an interesting tourist attraction.

    We spent an hour or so wandering around the castle - it's not enormous, basically an oversized 5 bedroom manor house with rooms off a central corridor, but it was cool to see the little hidden staircases and escape routes built in for some reason. Apparently there are also tunnels branching out from the house that emerge hundreds of metres away - very paranoid guy I guess!

    Back in the car and it was finally time to head for the Highlands. They actually aren't that far from Ipoh, only about 80km, but the road was very steep and windy in a lot of places. A few holdups when we got stuck behind trucks, but I started overtaking them Malaysian style (across double-lines, around corners etc). Not dangerously, but with a fair disregard for whatever the rules might be.

    Eventually we arrived in the highlands and we were both dismayed - there were ugly buildings everywhere, industrial plants like concrete factories, terraced farms that were entirely covered in awful grey tarpaulins, crowding and cars everywhere, and a general sense of grime and neglect. For probably the first time since we left Australia I was completely and utterly disappointed with a new place. But we pressed on through the first village, to our hotel in the second village.

    We'd booked somewhere about 5 minutes out of town, so we arrived, parked and settled in to the room briefly before heading in for a little wander and some dinner. This town was a little better than the first, but still very heavy on construction sites and dirty shops. It's also quite a bit colder up here, which wasn't helping my mood! We looked at a few menus before eventually settling on a cheap Indian restaurant and heading back to the room early. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day!
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  • Day103

    Day 103: Highlands Exploration

    September 26, 2016 in Malaysia

    Hoping for a better day than yesterday, we crossed our fingers that the Highlands would look nicer under a fresh dawn, piled into the car and headed off. Stopped at the same Indian restaurant for breakfast (roti canai is just as good for dinner as for breakfast!), then drove southwards towards our first stop: the Cameron Valley Tea Plantation.

    This was more like it! The company had set up a store, cafe and outlook point not far from the town, on the edge of a sharp drop into the valley overlooking their entire tea plantation. It stretched out for miles and miles, across to the other side of the valley and almost out of sight in both directions. Great view, very vivid green colours, and far more in line with what we'd expected from the area! We wandered around a little bit, but you couldn't venture that far down into the plantation as it was very steep in places. After a little walk around we retreated to the cafe and had a cup of tea - unusual for me as I'm not much for a tea drinker! We also bought some tea bags from the store as they were quite cheap and hopefully very tasty.

    The Highlands are known as Malaysia's breadbasket, and it's easy to see why. The tropical latitude means they don't have distinct seasons, while the cooler climate in the hills allows for consistent growing. And the young volcanic soil makes it very fertile - basically everything grows here and they don't have to worry about seasons spoiling crops like in other parts of the world! As we drove we saw various fruits and vegetables being farmed, including strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, corn, lavender, beans, cabbages, grapes, watercress, potatoes and other root vegetables, and many more besides.

    Since we were down the southern end of the populated area, we dropped in at the Lakehouse Hotel which we'd heard did excellent high teas, but unfortunately they didn't start service until 3pm - doh! Though we half expected that to be the case, so not disappointed. We drove back northwards and randomly turned in at a signposted bee farm, which also had many other small crops (though mostly strawberries). Lots of honey for sale and several bee hives to check out which were quite interesting.

    By now it was lunchtime so we returned to town and had a quick sandwich at a cafe, along with a fruit juice. We also dropped by the hotel to pick up our rain jackets as the weather up here is quite changeable, though we hadn't been rained on just yet!

    Our afternoon task was to drive up Gunung Brinchang, the tallest mountain in the highlands at 2032 metres tall. Although we'd considered hiking, we eventually decided on driving to the top instead! Partway up the steep and winding road, some western guys flagged us down and asked for a lift - they had been dropped off at the bottom by a taxi driver and had no real idea of how far it was or where they were going! Since there were three of them (two Germans and a Scot), they piled into the back seat and off we went.

    Our poor car had been pretty gutless most of the time, and with five people on board it was really struggling up the hill! There were a couple of points where I considered asking them to push, but we made it up okay. It's a fun drive too, lots of switchbacks, hairpins and blind corners for you to blast your horn (hoping that anyone coming the opposite way will hear you and stop in time!).

    At the top there was an observation tower and several large communication towers. We climbed the observation tower and had a look - the view was excellent although the cloud ceiling was very low above us meaning our photos don't look that great. The tower was a bit of an adventure as well - probably four stories high and very rusty! Sturdy enough though.

    We spoke to some hikers who'd finished the climb via the walking track (not the road), and they strongly recommended to our new friends that climbing down was a bad idea - apparently some parts basically required abseiling! They were all very muddy too, so it looked pretty miserable all round.

    Near the summit is an area known as the Mossy Forest which we headed over to: it's basically a forest that faces into the prevailing winds, and so it's constantly damp and, well, mossy, owing to fairly constant rain. Thankfully it wasn't raining when we were there, but it was definitely high up in the clouds and we couldn't see much. The walking trail through the forest was quite nice though, lots of trees and moss to check out.

    We had a good time just chilling out and chatting with our new friends about various places in Asia we'd all been to. The Scot was travelling for a year and soon to head to Melbourne and hopefully pick up some work, while the Germans were spending six weeks in Malaysia and Thailand over their uni holidays. Eventually decided to head back down and the guys piled in too, which didn't bother us at all.

    By the end of the 25 minute descent the brakes were a bit smelly, but not on fire or anything. Felt very sorry for a pair of Italian girls we'd seen hiking in the Mossy Forest - they were muddy and tired looking, having evidently walked up to the summit and were now descending via the road. They flagged us down to ask for a lift as well, and looked absolutely crushed when they saw we already had five in the car!! Almost considered going back for them once the guys had bailed out of the car back at the main road, but they were a bit too high up. Sorry girls!

    After a quick stop back at the hotel to change a bird-poo-splattered shirt, we headed south again to the Lakehouse Hotel as it was now approaching 4pm. We ordered the high tea special and took a seat overlooking the very brown lake (and the main road, doh). Happy to confirm that the High Tea was excellent: various sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, grapes and strawberries, carrot cake, banana cake, and lemon tarts. And of course unlimited tea! I've had more tea today than in the past year I think.

    Had to move inside during our high tea as a downpour moved through, but we rather enjoyed the interior of the hotel as it was done up classic mountain chalet style. Very old school furniture and decor with big fireplaces, and for all we know the items may well be genuine antiques! It certainly didn't feel fake.

    After a good long relax and unwind, we headed back to the hotel around 6pm resolved to have a very small dinner. After a snooze and a Skype with the Cleavers (where we discovered Schnitzel was in big trouble for digging up and eating some expensive tulip bulbs!!), I headed out and grabbed us some takeaway naan for dinner. I guess that counts as a light meal?

    Overall a much better day today than last night's entrance had promised. We'd also realised that Sunday night probably meant traffic jams of Malaysians on weekends away (or even just day trips), and that during the week things were likely to be a bit quieter. Again the tourists here are mostly Malaysians and Europeans; no Australians or Americans to be found, and the Chinese tour buses just seem to stick to the same handful of places. There's hundreds of strawberry farms to look at, so we can easily avoid them! Perfect.
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  • Day104

    Day 104: More Exploration

    September 27, 2016 in Malaysia

    Second day exploring the Highlands. Back to our favourite food haunt again because why not - the food's cheap and quite tasty! First stop on the agenda today was a waterfall just north of the main town.

    We parked the car and hiked the 500m or so out to the waterfall but it was a bit depressing: lots of rubbish floating in the plunge pool, and plenty more garbage in the rapids, so we didn't stick around. Back to the car where we headed further north to another tea plantation, this one just near the mountain road we'd driven up the day before. Very similar set up, with a cafe, a viewpoint and a store, but this one also had the processing factory and a decent museum about the company and the tea-making process. Quite interesting, though the view definitely wasn't as good as the previous day.

    Stopped in the cafe for an early-ish lunch of tea and savoury pastries - Shandos liked her spicy sausage roll, but my chicken pie was a bit average. We drove further north to a Lavender farm, where obviously huge tracts of lavender are grown. They also had a lot of other crops like strawberries, grapes, and a few types of flowers like petunias and gerberas. We hung around here for a while and enjoyed a lavender ice cream, which was nice but a little like eating one of those fancy soap stores!

    On our way back south to Tanah Rata we stopped at a marketplace designed almost entirely for locals. Lots of fruit and vegetables for sale, and hardly any tourist crap which was nice. We bought a punnet of strawberries for 3 ringgit, and then headed back to the hotel for an afternoon rest, enjoying a cup of tea with our strawberries.

    By now it was around 3:30, and we were realising that we'd explored most of what the Highlands had to offer; at least in terms of what we were interested in! So we chilled out in the room for a couple of hours, before heading out to dinner. For a change we decided to have Chinese steamboat, which is basically a large pot of broth on a small gas burner in your table. You get raw ingredients (meat, noodles etc) and put them in the boiling broth, fishing them out once they're cooked. Then you eat the ingredients with the soup - delicious. And just what we needed to warm up on a cold, blustery evening.

    Back to the room fairly early for bed - it's our last night here and we're not sure where we'll be sleeping tomorrow night!
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  • Day65

    Regenerieren in Tanah Rata

    June 4 in Malaysia

    Nachdem die letzten Tage wieder viel passiert ist, gönnten wir uns heute mal ein bisschen Ruhe. Fotos und Videos gucken, Texte schreiben, Küchlein essen und wieder indisch schlemmen gehen. Beim Erkunden der Stadt fallen wieder viele Missstände auf. Neben den konzeptlos hingeklatschten Wohnkasernen (die aber aufgrund ihrer Fachwerkimitation gar nicht sooo hässlich sind), existieren hier auch wieder reichlich Bauleichen. Highlight war eine riesige Shopping-Mall, in der etwa drei Läden in Betrieb waren. Wow... die ganzen Neubauten, egal ob Wohnung oder Lifestyle werden einfach nicht genutzt. Wer weiß schon wie hier die Investitionen getätigt werden. 😐⁉

    Nun zu etwas völlig anderem: Nachdem wir einige unserer Klamotten in Khao Sok derartig vollgeschwitzt hatten, dass diese gelblich/rote und Waschmaschinen-resistente Flecken bekamen, hatten wir noch in Penang Backpulver als empfohlenes Hausmittelchen besorgt. Nach der Anwendung wurden die Flecken noch intensiver und hartnäckiger. Also mussten härtere Geschütze aufgefahren werden.. Bleiche! 😈 Erstmal Anleitung übersetzen: "Als Test verwenden Sie eine Bleiche im Embryo und schauen nach 5 Minuten" ..Oookay.. 😂
    Nach einem aggressiven Einsatz dieses ungeliebten Chemiecocktails verfärbten sich die Flecken weiter zu einem intensiven, schrillen Pink, als hätten wir Lippenstift darauf verschmiert. 💋 Was zum... damit haben wir wirklich nicht gerechnet. Die guten T-Shirts! So sind sie leider unbrauchbar. 😖
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