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    Cameron Highlands - anyone been?

    Suggestions of touristy things to do, see, etc will be very helpful.

    Have seen pics of the tea plantation, strawberry farm, hiking trails... Will do a minor hike if my knee is healed by then.

    Plan is to spend a few days in KL then head up to Cameron for some countryside & mountain breeze. I've been to KL 2x so have seen the usual sights, but the BF hasn't, so will show him around. (KLCC, Batu Caves, Bukit Bintang, etc). It will be over the Xmas holidays, so I'm anticipating crowds and traffic - can't be helped, since that's our common free time.

    Looking for ideas. Thanks in advance!

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    The wife and I spent four days there about 18 months ago. Loved it. Can share some photos and ideas this afternoon katie. (Heading into Nan for shopping and my mega burger fix.) You'll need to have a car to get around. Have you booked accommodation yet?

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    ^thanks, Bogan! No, haven't booked accoms yet. Still debating whether to spend more time in KL or Cameron.

    No car either, plan to go up there by bus (3-4H, says wiki travel). Wiki travel also says there are local buses that go around the town? If not, is Grab available there? I've read a bit and it says Tanah Rata is better than Brinchang as a base? Or??

    TIA

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    Love the Cameron Highlands. A bike or a car will help up there. Spend time in both towns. Brinchang is higher and smaller, but Tanah Rata has more to see and more accommodation. So not choose Daniels Lodge as a cheap place to stay. The worst mistake I have ever made in internet booking. My wife and kids are still giving me shit 10 years later. Great steamboat dinners with tons of fresh hydroponic vegetables is very nice indeed. Plus many on the street Tandoor restaurants. Great hiking and some cool tours of the tea plantations.. 4 nights easy and fun.

    Pretty much a perfect climate.

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    ^thanks for the tips, AO!

    Climate would be similar to Baguio City here, I think - both high elevation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Climate would be similar to Baguio City here
    Very much the same Katie. I have escaped to both during hot season.

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    If you do hire a car be extra careful on the roads. The local veggie estate workers tearing around in ancient beat up land rovers are absolute nutters on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    It will be over the Xmas holidays, so I'm anticipating crowds and traffic - can't be helped, since that's our common free time
    Aren't they mostly Muslims in KL?

    Go in the week.

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    Hi Katie, back from Nan and still weighed down by a great burger from Crossroads Nan.

    The wife and I went in late January last year. The elevation and rain made it a wonderful change from the previous month spent in Singapore, Malacca and KL. We drove up from KL on the E1 and then road #59. In a bus I'd say four hours. If you get motion sick then take some precautions as #59 is very windy. We stayed at the Strawberry Park Resort Brinching. I'd say it was at the lower end of the better class of resort up there. Several blocks of nice accommodations, three restaurants, gardens, convenience store and own tours using Landrovers. It is sort of an older colonial style place. On the afternoon we arrived we had a late a la carte lunch in the all-day restaurant sitting outside on a deep balcony looking at a nearby mountain while there was torrential rain and low cloud blowing through the valley. Lovely cool air and so green up there.

    Since we had a car we had no interest in the local transport options so cannot help you there. Plenty of companies will pick you up from the hotel for tours. We spend two full days but think three would be better, so a four night stay.

    We visited the Boh Tea Plantation, Big Red Strawberry Park and the Cameron Highland Tea House 2. We tried and failed to find the Mossy Forest which TripAdvisor said was the number two attraction. A tour company will obviously have been luck with that.

    I'll post a few photos.

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    Next few are from the Boh Tea Plantation.



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    Next several from the Big Red Strawberry Farm.




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    We didn't get to the Mossy Forest but our resort did take us for a walk through its back paddock. The guide knew a lot about the animals, plants and natural history.




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    I was last there in 1985. It looks the same today. Nice

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    @Dillinger - as I'm sure you know, Malaysians are moderate Muslims. I looked at BLD's Malaysia thread and they had a Xmas tree in KLCC Mall! I guess even if the country is Buddhist or Muslim, tourist $$$ trumps religion, esp in SEA.


    @Bogan - Thank you very much for the tips and pics! Very nice - now I know what to expect. We even got glimpses of Mr and Mrs Bogan!


    Mossy forest - I've seen many of those during my recent hikes, so not too keen on that.

    I've done strawberry picking in La Trinidad, Benguet (near Baguio) many moons ago, as a teen. Also visited a new-ish strawberry farm in my province last year. For both farms, the strawberries grew on the ground. First time I've seen them grown in pots. Cheers!

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    Bet you were disappointed the mullet hair was gone!
    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post

    @Bogan - Thank you very much for the tips and pics! Very nice - now I know what to expect. We even got glimpses of Mr and Mrs Bogan!


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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    La Trinidad, Benguet
    Went there in the 60s. Some mighty fine smoke grown there.

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    @Norton - I wouldn't know, especially back in the day. I was a very good Catholic girl.

    @Bogan - yep, was surprised to see the mullet gone. I was kinda expecting you to sing, I come from a land down under!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    @Dillinger - as I'm sure you know, Malaysians are moderate Muslims. I looked at BLD's Malaysia thread and they had a Xmas tree in KLCC Mall! I guess even if the country is Buddhist or Muslim, tourist $$$ trumps religion, esp in SEA.
    Malaysia is a relatively secular country with Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Animists, Sikh, Hindu etc... The three main celebrated religious public holidays are for Islam, Christianity and Hinduism

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    ...what about Chinese New Year? That's always good for a couple days off from work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Malaysia is a relatively secular country with Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Animists, Sikh, Hindu etc... The three main celebrated religious public holidays are for Islam, Christianity and Hinduism
    Hardly secularism.

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