03 Feb - 06 Feb 2009 Tanah Rata

Tanah Rata
Basic double room in a genuine WWII Nissen hut for MYR 30.- or US$ 8.40 per night.

Click below for an interactive road map of Father's Guest House in Tanah Rata, which we would recommend, and for directions:

Exploring the pleasantly cool Cameron Highlands, a large hill station (between 1,300 m and 2,000 m above sea level) which takes its name from William Cameron, the surveyor who mapped the area in 1885 CE und who was soon followed by British tea planters, Chinese vegetable farmers and Tamil labourers.

Bush-whacking with a tracker-guided and chauffeur-driven Land Rover Defender from Kang Tours & Travel +6054915828 in the muddy rainforest near Gua Musang, hiking through dense jungle for hours, and finding eventually a beautiful red exemplar of the rare rafflesia flower (Rafflesia arnoldii) in full bloom, the world’s largest flower which gives off a smell of rotten meat to attract flies in order to carry its pollen to other rafflesias; many thanks (i) to our orang-asli native tracker Man (for teaching us field craft), (ii) to our orang-cina driver Spencer (for his superior driving skills) and (iii) to our orang-putih Czech friends Katarin & Petr (for being great buddies).

"And on the 8th day God created Land Rover."

Visiting Boh’s (Malaysia’s dominating tea brand) plantations at their Sungai Palas Tea Estate and extending our knowledge about the processing of tea leaves via tea bags into our favoured brew.

Meeting a non-headhunting tribe of native Orang Asli people in their jungle village, learning about their life and their culture, which includes a very impressive target-shooting demonstration with a well-used hunting blowpipe (loaded with poisoned darts, firing range up to 80 m), and Konni giving her best blowjob ever on camera.

Climbing the summit of Mt. Gunung Brinchang (at N 04° 31.09' E 101° 22.97' and 2,031 m above sea level) and enjoying magnificent views from the top onto the misty Malaysian rainforest.

Taking the Kurnia Bistari express bus (business-class like “snoozer seat”) +60320318307 from Tanah Rata back to Kuala Lumpur’s Puduraya Bus Terminal for MYR 30.- or US$ 8.40 per person for the smooth 210-km ride.

Click below for more blog entries about Orang Asli
22 Jul - 23 Jul 2011 Kuala Rompin
23 Jan - 24 Jan 2010 Dabong

Click below for a summary of this year's travels

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