Since we had missed our bus to Perenthian and my travel buddies were running out of time- we decided to head up to Cameron Highlands and spend more time together.
Sweating like crazy in Georgetown it was time to chill down a bit up in the mountains.
If you google “Cameron Highlands” you’ll see plenty of beautiful tea plantations, a lush green scenery, beautiful skies and a lot of strawberries, but do those pictures live up to reality?
When we got out at the bus station we realized that our hostel was just across the street. Our happiness about not having to walk that far soon vanished as we walked up the stairs to our hostel. I won’t mention it’s name here to be fair, because the people went out of their way to be welcoming and helpful, but the rooms were … well hahahaha not the best. We could barely move, there was no toilet paper and David’s disgusted face in the bathroom followed by a “no seriously – how on earth is this going to work out?!” Made me laughingly explain the use of the hose right next to the toilet seat.
We wanted to die.
Feeling even dirtier after the shower we decided to find some food and that’s what we basically did all day: we ate a LOT. Hahaha I mean you are reading this now, but can you picture us sitting at the table not being able to move, because we had so much delicious food in our bellies? The food was great and I do believe that we should all take a minute to celebrate Indians. Neither for their way of approaching women nor for their bathrooms, but indeed for their food, which is heavenly delicious. And there’s plenty of Indian restaurants in Cameron Highlands – or let’s say Malaysia in general.
The next morning we hiked some trails up the mountain. And uuuh damn that was exhausting! We’ve been walking through the forest with a lot of sweat and heaps of mosquitos. I wanted to die. It would be worth the view I thought…
The plants on the way were amazing. There was moss on the ground and it made you feel like walking on a carpet. It felt like being on a fairy tale and I loved it.
To save some money we decided to hitchhike to The Cameron Highlands Tea Plantation. We waited and waited and everyone laughed at us, but we didn’t get a car. Hahaha. We got a cab driver instead who drove us there for 15 MYR instead, we went out of the car, got our entry ticket 4 MYR (?) and started walking down the fields.
The views were amazing, if you blocked out the tourists. There were just too many- us included. (I took the pictures after some heavy rain, don’t expect it to look that empty)
We walked and walked and finally decided to take a path less touristic, but a bit further away. I wanted to fly my drone, but actually wasn’t allowed to do so. The further away the better, we thought …
And then it rained. It rained down so heavily we were hiding under a rain poncho until we could find shelter below a tin roof. Luckily I always pack my drone equipment in waterproof cases. We however weren’t packed in proper waterproof gear and got soaking wet.
After about 30 minutes the sky cleared and I quickly flew my drone up. And damn I forgot to put my storage card back in, but luckily I could save some pictures on my phone. And as the area was a bit dodgy down there and the locals who had passed us before weren’t the friendliest ones, I was happy to land it soon.
The night ended with lots of beer and some “Never Have I Ever” Games with more Germans. (By the way there are SO many Germans in Malaysia, I stopped to count. WE ARE EVERYWHERE, hahaha).
The following morning started with a huge hangover and a bus ride that was way too long.
Kuala Lumpur it was to be. We decided it would be just about right to book ourselves into an AirBnB with an infinity pool. And there we went- ready to linger in luxury… hahaha. And maybe, just maybe three strawberries would not cost 6 MYR.