From Cameron Highlands

Peninsular Malaysia: Sample 1-Week Itinerary

We never intended to tour around Malaysia that month. Our original destination was Siem ReapCambodia but an unfortunate event forced us to drop the idea. Our connecting flights were in Kuala Lumpur so we figured, Why not explore Malaysia instead? So just a couple of days before the trip, we found ourselves rummaging through the Internet for travel ideas. After a night-long research, we listed down the destinations we wished to visit and most of them are located near the West Coast. Our initial list had five cities but, wait, that was too many stops for a 6-day trip! Since I had been to Malacca and Kuala Lumpur in separate occasions, they got the cut. We settled for three destinations — Langkawi, Penang, and Cameron Highlands.

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Kang Travelers Lodge (Daniel’s Lodge): Where to Stay in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

There was a bonfire in the far end of the Jungle Bar, where guests were gathered around. Selina, a British lady I met on the road, pulled a chair, invited me to sit beside her, and introduced me to the rest of the group. The bonfire was providing the warmth on that chilly evening, but a different fire sparked within me as our conversations went on. For the first time ever, I was able to break out of my bashful bubble and make friends with other travelers on my own.

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Rosette Cafe: Where to Eat in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

The hunger that was tormenting me was starting to burn a hole in my tummy, but I was sure I won’t be having a meal any time soon. My travel buddy and I stared at the menu for more than five minutes, deciding on what to have for dinner. We arrived at the restaurant to try their steamboat feast, but the Western dishes on the menu were making the task difficult.

“Not ready?” asked the waitress whose impatience leaked despite a very polite facade.

“Not yet,” I answered. “Give us five more minutes.” And with that, the waitress rushed to the next table. She’s the only server on duty at the time.

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Malaysia: 10 Places to Visit on a Cameron Highlands Day Tour

“Forgive us for talking loudly non-stop,” Kuya Rey apologized for everyone in the middle of a highly lively conversation. “It’s just that it’s not often that we meet fellow Filipinos here in Cameron Highlands. There are only 11 of us here.”

Kuya Rey works as a travel agent in Cameron Highlands in the state of Pahang in Malaysia. The weather was rather gloomy, but the bright energy filled the atmosphere in the town of Tanah Rata. We were fortunate and thankful that in our 3-day stay there, we were able to come across six OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) in the region.

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Rose Center: The Hunt for the Blue Bud in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

I was the biggest cliché in Cameron Highlands that time. From the moment I spotted a big dark crimson rose that sat in a green throne of leaves in that petal paradise, I whispered the rhyme Roses are red, violets are blue like my entire life depended on it. Before I knew it, over an hour had passed and I realized I had stayed longer than I should. Ah, such is the power of flowers over me.

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The Mossy Forest of Gunung Brinchang: Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

All that was missing was the Big Bad Wolf and I would have been convinced that I was in a Grimm fairy tale.

There is something haunting about the Mossy Forest of Gunung Brinchang, the second highest peak in Cameron Highlands and the highest point in Peninsular Malaysia that is accessible by road. Even from afar, when I was looking at the area from the 50m tall Lookout Tower, I could feel the eerie atmosphere it fostered as it slowly welcomed the blanketing thick sheet of low-lying clouds. At 2000 meters tall, the summit of Gunung Brinchang regularly catches a lot of rain and constantly embraces mists and clouds, ensuring a moist and dewy environment, to the satisfaction of the wide array of plants that cover its slopes.

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BOH Tea Plantation: My Cup of Tea in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

A French couple meandered in the middle of the tea plantation, squeezing their way in between the shrubs that make up the hedgerows. The man stopped upon finding a good spot and the lady asked him to just stay where he was. She grabbed the camera dangling from her neck and aimed a shot at him, who flashed a sincere smile. Before she could press the button, however, the man let out a loud sneeze. In utter embarrassment, he froze and she mildly beamed. Neither said a word. The lady walked toward the man and planted a deep, wet kiss. They both laughed as they prepped up to take another photo. The day just turned brighter for the two lovers.

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