Tomorrow Randal and I are going off for 3 or 4 nights to the Cameron Highlands where it will be a cool 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit.) Normal daytime temperature in George Town is between 88 and 91. Too hot! The Cameron Highlands are a 4 hour van drive south east of George Town in the very north west corner of Pahang province. We signed up with a local tour company for transport to the highlands and then a half-day tour of the area. We’ll meet our van at 6 am at the marina entrance so will arrive about 10:30 am. Our tour will be the same afternoon we arrive. We’re planning to stay at Fathers Guest House which we were told housed religious "fathers" at one time. Not really sure if that’s true. We’re not booking ahead, but this is slow season so hopefully it will all work out.
"The Highlands were named after William Cameron, a British colonial government surveyor who discovered the plateau during a mapping expedition in 1885. The fame of Cameron Highlands then grew during the colonial era when British planters realized the potential of its fertile mountain slopes for growing tea, then a prized commodity. Cameron Highlands is still home to many tea plantations, being Malaysia’s largest tea-producing region. With its many farms the area is also known as a major supplier of legumes and vegetables to both Malaysia and Singapore, and is one of Malaysia’s prime tourist destinations.
Apart from the cool weather, key attractions in Cameron Highlands include a butterfly farm, strawberry farms, rose gardens and vegetable gardens. There are also the Brinchang Hindu Temples and the Sam Poh Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Temple. Other features include Cactus Point, Cactus Valley and the BOH Tea Plantation."
Our half-day tour takes us to just about all of those places.
We’re not taking our computer and not sure what email services we’ll find there. (It will definitely be good to get away from the agony of following the Red Sox. The season is still very young.) But I’m sure I’ll have lots of photos to share when we get back.