Cameron Highlands (25-26th February 2017)

This was me and the wife’s first visit to the hill site retreat of the Cameron Highlands. We were here to attend our friends’ wedding reception and took the opportunity to tag on a couple of nights stay to do some site seeing.

Discovered by Sir William Cameron in 1885, the Cameron Highlands consists of three districts, namely Ringlet, Tanah Rata and Ulu Telom. All are Situated at elevations ranging from 1,100 metres (3,600 ft) to 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) above sea level, resulting in a highland climate with cool temperatures and high rainfall. It is home to flora and fauna that are rare in a tropical country and has an almost European countryside feel and look.

We stayed at the Smokehouse Hotel, a mock Tydor-style guest house with a traditional English style feel. The interior is reminiscent of a typical English country house with open fireplaces and wood-panelled walls. :

The Smokehouse Hotel

After a Friday evening visiting the night market in Brinchang and then enjoying a few alcoholic beverages at a bar in Tanah Rata, we awoke on Saturday to a traditional English breakfast, complete with real bacon and pork sausages:

English Fried Breakfast (the wife had already passed her sausages to me)

English garden flowers, The Smokehouse Hotel

After breakfast we set off to visit the nearby Mount Batu Brinchang (Malay: Gunung Batu Brinchang), the highest mountain in the Cameron Highlands that can be accessed by car. In fact, the road leading to the summit of this mountain is also the highest road in off and proceeded to make our was along the mountain road to near the summit.  Along the way there were numerous tea plantations and farms with associated agricultural vehicle traffic, mainly old Land Rovers:

Vintage Land Rover with truck surfing farm dog …!! 

We finally reached the car park and the start of the Mossy Forest trail:

Signpost and Map for the Mossy Forest Trail

We then proceeded on foot along a delightful and well build wooden walkway that took us right into the forest and in-between the summits of Gunung Brinchang and Gunung Irau. The path took us to 2000m above sea-level:

Elevation sign marking 2000m above sea-level

The trail gave us good sight of the surrounding mountains and associated valleys:

Views of the valley below

Sign pointing the way to Perak and Pahang States

Views of the Mossy Forest

Gunung Brinchang Mossy Forest

We wanted to go all the way to the summit of Gunung Irau but the wooden walkway ended and the path became too wet and muddy without appropriate walking shoes. So we decided to head back down the mountain and visit the Sungai Palas Boh tea factory and plantation in the valley below.

View of tea plantation as we headed down the mountain road

Sungai Palas Tea Plantation

After the morning and early afternoon’s exercise and adventures, we headed to the Cameron Highlands Resort, overlooking the Cameron Highlands golf course, for traditional English afternoon tea:

English afternoon tea

The afternoon tea was excellent, comprising pots of Boh tea, smoked salmon, egg and cucumber sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and an assortment of pastries. After tea we had to head back to the hotel to get ready for and attend the evening’s wedding reception.

We awoke on sunday to another English breakfast, before packing the car and heading back to hot and steamy Kuala Lumpur.

The Smokehouse scenery and flowers

Last picture before departure

It had been a vey pleasant, interesting and relaxing trip. It was nice to experience some traditional British fare and style, together with British temperatures and weather …..!

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