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Nov 25, 2005 - Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

From Penang we drove about 5 hours to reach the Cameron Highlands, which are an amazing group of villages in the mountains of Malaysia. The last hour of the drive was quite curvey, but so beautiful. The weather is much cooler at this altitude--still quite humid--but the break from the heat was nice. As we got off the bus we were all surprised to see the lovely chalet-style hotels...it almost felt like we were back in Europe! We got really lucky because our hotel was full, so they moved us across the way to some timeshares which were...

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Back at home.

Nov 9, 2005 - Taman Negara Nat'l. Park - Malaysia

Taman Negara Nat'l. Park Nov. 6 - 9 Rainforest - Jungle - Monsoon Season - quickly rising water on the river - longboats - Gibbon Monkeys - Humidity - Thunder - Rain like you have never seen it before (okay maybe on the wet coast on a really bad day). We really don't care much for the heat, the snakes, spiders and leeches. What is it that draws us back to the jungle again and again? Wilderness - Isolation - Simple Lifestyle The bird above us in the tree has now sung to us for at least 5 minutes. We are the last guests here at Nusa Camp...

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Sep 10, 2005 - Strawberries, Roses and Tea

Hi All, Sounds like we prepping for afternoon high tea, but not really. Actually, today we travelled to the central region in Malaysia, the Cameron Highlands. The area is markedly different as the climate here tends to be cooler and the fresh water plentiful thus making for great agricultural activities. The main crop grown is tea. There are many plantations and we visited the largest grower the Boh tea company. The tea processing factory is surprisingly a very simple operation with only 5 steps: pick, crush, ferment, dry and sort. The...

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Sep 1, 2005 - Cameron Highlands

Picturesque is probably the best way to describe the Highlands, particularly the tea plantations. I do wish that we had longer than just one full day there as I really believe there was more to it than tea & scones and the jungle! The problem was that we just tried to pack too much into one day: Tea plantation, moss forest trek, butterfuly garden, weird chinese buffet and a real jungle trek. So - the day started with a Moss Forest Trek. At the Highlands highest point, we went on a short trek around the forest which is surprisingly covered...

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Aug 21, 2005 - Taman Negara

"Taman Negara is awesome, the stuff of legends. A mass of primary jungle over 130 million years old, the park sprawls 4343 sq km and is an adventurers' wonderland. You can trek through the deepest darkest jungle, brave the creaky canopy walk, shoot 'poison' darts through a blowpipe with Malaysia's Orang Asli and explore stunning caves." - Lonely Planet (Southeast Asia on a Shoestring 12th ed.) Sorry I am writing this entry a little after the fact, surprisingly there was not a great deal of internet access in the world's oldest rainforest....

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Jul 28, 2005 - Taman Negara and the leeches!

We headed on to the jungle, to Taman Negara, with a guy Adrian, who we met at our hostel. It was a long day but we met lots of people on our journey! We arrived in the evening and checked into a hostel with Adrian and the 2 other girls we'd met, Emelda and Tiphaine, checked into another room. We all went out for dinner on a floating restaurant that night (after hearing about the London bombs and checking on the internet that everyone we knew was ok). After dinner we watched the rubbish film about surfers (Blue Crush) and then went to bed to...

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Jul 3, 2005 - Malaysia - Taman Negara

Selamat pagi! We've survived the jungle!!!! And that's exactly how we feel, like survivors, because despite all its beauty, it's been hard. Our introduction to this ancient 130 year-old jungle was very smooth. We simply glided in a longboat on the Tembeling River until we reached Kuala Tahan, the main base to access the National Park of Taman Negara, a mass of primary jungle, the stuff of legends! Hardships began the following day when we decided that gliding along the river was too easy and embarked on a two-day trek across the jungle with...

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RTW 2005

Jun 5, 2005 - Taman Negara

So here we are in Taman Nagara national park. It's the oldest rainforest in the world. We arrived last night and just as we were about to get off the bus we drove straight into a massive thunderstorm. We got 'helpfully' led off the bus to a hotel we hadn't planned on staying in cos all of the cheaper ones were 'booked up'. It's not too bad even if it is a little bit more expensive, the room is nice and we got a hot shower which was needed after getting drenched in the rain. We went on the canopy walk today which is a rope bride suspended 45...

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May 24, 2005 - Arrival in Malaysia. Another world!

Straight away Malaysia felt very different to Thailand, essentially due to it being a strongly Muslim country. I have never really been to a Muslim country before and I found it a bit strange at first. I was treated very differently from what I'm used to - for example when we got in a taxi to take us to Kota Bharu, the town where we were staying the night, I asked the driver a couple of questions but was ignored. After a moment I realised that it wasn't just that he couldn't understand me but he was making no response at all to me. I asked...

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May 23, 2005 - Taman Negara, Malaysia

As you will all know by now we are both avid Naturalists or Naturists, never too sure..anyway we didn't get naked but got back to basics with wildlife instead. We ventured out of the big smoke up to the interior of Peninsular Malaysia, a journey that was too take us by foot, coach and boat to our lodgings in the middle of the oldest living rainforest in the world, over 130 million years old and untouched by the recent iceage in the world..oo I sound like David Bellamy! ha ha.. Anyway this is supposed to be the most virgin of all...

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Upshalls on Tour

May 18, 2005 - Another Day, Another Mission

So got the 8 am boat off the island with Wolter, got to Kuala Besut for about ten as the slow boat is just that, very slow. We were meant to get a share taxi with these two girls I had been chatting to on the island but they bitching over the 30 ringgit cost which between us would of meant we were paying a pound to do 60 ks, tight or what. So me and Wolter jumped in the taxi and got to Kota Bharu. Got some food back at main land prices, which was sweet and stocked up on provisions down the seven eleven for the mission ahead into Thailand....

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May 11, 2005 - Cameron Highlands

We are now up in the Cameron highlands... still in Malaysia. It is very different in climate and is a lot cooler and damper, greenery everywhere. nice to get away from the city and into the countryside and as you can imagine for richard, good to be cool after 4.5 months of heat and humidity! A five hour bus ride here past waterfalls, forests and up the winding roads. Staying in a lodge which seems to have about 5 customers at the moment (low tourist season) so we were a bit dissapointed that there was no one in the bar but us! Sat out by...

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