We arrived here yesterday and stayed at The Lake House in Cameron Highlands. The mock English Tudor style lodging situated high up on the jungle hill overlooking the river. We were able to get the room with prime view of the jungle and the river. It was so isolated as there was nothing else around for perhaps several miles. It was beautiful and serene and the timing was just right as we have been "on the go" seeing as much as we could the past few days. This ias a great place just to decompose and read a good novel. The temperature was just perfect as it hovered around low 70's and the breeze was comfortable and cool! A welcome change from heat and high humid of Vietnam! We trekked for an hour in the jungle above the lodgings and to my disappointment, as we didn't see any wild animals such as tigers, boars or elephants as I so much envisioned when seeing the word "Jungle Trek." Rather we confronted many species of ferns, trees, moss, bamboos and crickets! No Indiana Jones moment for me but I ain't giving up as this dream of mine will come true someday soon! This also is the site where Jim Thompson, a guy who is responsible in making Thai silk popular throughout the world disappeared back in 1970's. It was rumored that he might have gotten lost in the jungle and eaten by a tiger. All I saw around the area were butterflies and tiger beetle. Ummph..things must have changed a lot by then!
Waking up in the morning was a special treat as the view out of the window from the bed was mountain covered with mist. It was cool and just perfect! We visited two small towns, Tanah Rata and Brinchang, and found nothing special about them. They got more farms than I care to count. A strawberry farm here and there, a bee farm here and there, a tea plantation here and there, and oh there's even cactus farm over here and there! 4-hour tour was a bit too long for us and wished we had hired private cab as we could have seen the same thing within an hour and chooses more places to go on our own. Shouldn't complain, as it was part of the package and free, too! ;-)
We have decided to give Ipoh a try and will go there tomorrow as a stopping point to look around before catching a bus and head for Pangkor Island. Am looking forward for beach once again and work on my tan, as I am NOT dark enough, yet! ;-)
Take care till then...