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Feb 18, 2008 - Feb 15-18 - Teman Nagara National Park

From C.H. we were ready for an adventure so we took the jungle train to the jungle (how bout that!), although the train ride was not near as exciting as we had imagined. We arrived in Jerantut and had to take a bus to Kuala Tahan - a small town across the river from the park headquarters. The town was small but quite neat as most of the restaurants and stores were large vessels that floated along the banks of the Tembling River. We decided to do some trekking on our own as the tours were expensive, and there were plenty of trails and hides...

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Feb 15, 2008 - Feb 13-15 - Cameron Highlands

Getting to Cameron Highlands would satisfy most adrenaline junkies...the roads were narrow, winding and always situated on the edge of a large cliff. Sitting in a 48 passenger bus doubled the anxiety as we honked before rounding every corner to try to warn oncoming traffic. The scenery was unreal though! We stayed in a little town call Tanah Rata which basically stretched about 0.5km along the main road that brought us from KL. We spent most of our time here eating and visiting the Songai Palas Boh Tea Plantation - which was by far the best...

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Feb 3, 2008 - More Tanah Rata, Malaysia with Travel Hints

Travel hints on the Cameron Highlands (based out of Tanah Rata) -If you are on a budget like us, stay the Father's Guesthouse. Regardless of what Lonely Planet says, it is NOT a party place. Most people were in their late 20's and above and the guesthouse does not tolerate any loud partying. Each evening 2 movies are played in the common room (one at 5:00, the other at 7:00). Our room cost RM 25 - with shared bath that is kind of like summer camp. -Do your laundry in Tanah Rate - 5 kg = RM 8. We used the place near the Travellers Bar, near...

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Jan 31, 2008 - Tanah Rata, the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

We arrived in Tanah Rata just as the torrential downpour was starting, which is a daily occurance high up in the mountains. It is a fantastic, laid back, and cool (both in temperment and temperature). We are staying at Father's Guest House, which is an excellent place to unwind, take in the hikes through the tea plantations, read, and catch up on internet. We will be sure to write about our adventures here in the Highlands. One includes a very wet hike from two days ago. Nick's favorite quote of the day? "Well we can't possibly get any...

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Dec 28, 2007 - Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

We had a couple of days to kill while in Singapore, so we decided to take a little trip across the border. From what we heard, there was a nice place to go in Malaysia called Cameron Highlands. Rolling green hills covered in tea plantatons -- Sounded good to us, so we booked our tickets, jumped on a overnight bus, and woke up 7 hours later in Malaysia. The first thing we did when we got there was eat breakfast -- however, all of the food was labeled in a different language, and we couldn't really figure out what anything was. :) We let the...

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Dec 16, 2007 - Up to the hills - Cameron Highlands

We booked a bus to Tanah Ratah, an old English hill station high in the mountains of Malaysia, and left early on the morning of the 16th. The bus ground it's way along the west coast of the Malaysian Peninsula, past vast palm oil plantations, and turned inland near Ipoh. The highway up showed the best and worst of Malaysia: they built a road into the side of the mountains, a seemingly impossible task, but they chopped away huge parts of the hillside and made them into concrete. We found the Cameron Highlands to be the same: a beautiful...

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Dec 5, 2007 - Tasik Chini, Malaysia

When I got off the ferry in Mersing, I called up James on his cell, expecting him to be 5 hours up the coast, waiting for me so we could head inland to a chain of 12 lakes. Fooled again. When he picked up the phone he kinda sheepishly giggled and said he was just walking into the bus station. See me in 2 minutes. It turns out it was a school holiday in Malaysia and all the express buses were booked solid. He'd been hangin in Mersing, makin different plans and laughing at the way it all works, or doesn't work out. As a result of the delay he...

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Dec 2, 2007 - Pulau Tioman, Malaysia

Finally. That's all I feel I need to say. Finally. But, just for you guys who actually read this, and give a damn, (mom and dad), I will write a bit more. Like I've said a hundred times, Malaysia is where it's at. I love it. Happy, friendly people, warm weather, and beautiful beaches. Unfortunatley, the diving was not so good due to the monsoons, but it'll improve, and I'll come back. Tioman is an island off the east coast of Malaysia, close to Singapore on the map, but worlds away. As soon as I got there I knew it was the right place...

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Nov 6, 2007 - Cameron Highlands (again!)

With a week to kill before our flight back to Gili Air, we decided to return to the tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands. We spent our days visiting different tea plantations and drinking lots of hot tea. Cynthia was sick with a cold so we didn't do anything too strenuous. The guesthouse where we stayed for a few days has a pet bunny rabbit in a cage outside. We took the bunny out of the cage and were petting him in the grass. Cynthia (being a sappy animal lover) wanted to let the bunny hop around a little. This seemed like a good idea...

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Oct 28, 2007 - Cherating

We got an "Express" bus to Cherating this morning. Cynthia wasn't feeling very well so the nice big seats were a pleasant surprise. We stopped at noon at a local bus stop with food stalls for lunch. We found a food stall where Cynthia had the best noodle soup ever and, believe me, we have sampled more noodle soups than I care to remember. We loaded back up on the bus and ten minutes later the bus came to a stop. The "conductor" informed us that this was our stop. We gathered our bags and as the bus was driving away we saw a sign on the side...

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Oct 11, 2007 - Cameron Highlands - Tea country

The Cameron Highlands is an area set high in the mountains of central Malaysia. The elevation is around 4,500 feet above sea level. The main draw is to visit the Tea Plantations. There are two main plantations to visit. On first night that we arrived, we were surprised to find out how cold it got at night. We actually had to pull out our thermal underwear for the first time in almost 6 months. Both tea plantations were beautiful, but the BOH Tea Plantation was definitely the most scenic. We had met a guy in Malacca who recommended that we...

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Jul 13, 2007 - Tea and strawberries in the Cameron Highlands (Matt)

The warm bitterness of black tea lingers on my tongue as I listen to children playing across the little valley from where I sit. I bring the cup to my lips again and its steam carries the smell of dried grass, of hay and sunshine, and I remember summer days at home in Chilliwack. This valley hangs with the massive ferns and heavy thick-leafed vegetation of the rainforest though the temperature is cool. Perfect weather for a walk. We arrived here in the Cameron Highlands three days ago, our bus threading its way through the hills and gaining...

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