Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dropping by Cameron Highlands

Last weekend, my husband and I made an impromptu decision to go to Cameron Highlands on Sunday morning. He wanted to bring me there since I've never been to this famous tourist attraction spot before and I have been dying to get out from my house for sightseeing in somewhere further than Kuala Lumpur.

Cameron Highlands is located in Pahang, about two hours away by driving from Kuala Lumpur. Expect slight headaches and nausea feelings when going up there since have to go through 45 kilometers of narrow roads and blind corners in mountainous area to reach the destination. The weather is cooling and it's a heaven for farmers. Flowers and strawberries, in particular, are grown beautifully up there.

Here are some quick snapshots of my 2D1N trip to Cameron Highlands. Famous places I visited will be posted separately since I have a lot of beautiful flowers photos I want to show off here. My husband purposely brought two cameras to Cameron Highlands as he wanted me to practice taking photos with his semi-pro camera.

Sunday 12.00pm - Had lunch at a small town called Bidor, aiming for its famous Duck-Thigh Noodle. This food is available at 品珍酒楼, a famous restaurant located on the town's main street. This place is a well known eatery for tourists going to Cameron Highlands. My husband ate the popular Duck-Thigh Noodle but I opted something else since I don't really like the taste of Chinese herbal soup in general.

The yellow building on the left is 品珍酒楼, Bidor.

Me trying to eat the popular Duck-Thigh Noodle. It costs RM 7/set.

Sunday 3.30pm - Reached Cameron Highlands. Visited a Bee Farm in Ringlet and BOH Tea Plantation and Tea Centre.

Sunday 6.00pm - Checked-in at the Planters' Hotel in Tanah Rata, the administrative center of Cameron Highlands. We didn't make any prior reservation for the hotels in Cameron Highlands as it was Sunday and we believed that there would not be so many tourists on Sunday. This hotel was recently built and only started in operations on last Chinese New Year. The deluxe room costs RM 150 nett/night. It was a really decent and clean hotel to stay. The complimentary breakfast they provided was not bad either.

Sunday 7.00pm - Had a steamboat dinner at Tanah Rata and visited its night market for souvenirs shoppings for a while. Since strawberry serves as Cameron Highlands' icon hence strawberry-shaped magnets, key chains, pillows, bolsters, sandals, bags and dolls were sold everywhere.

May Flower Restaurant, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands.

Steamboat at RM 14/pax.

Monday 10.00am - Visited the Cactus Valley and Big Red Strawberry Farm in Brinchang, the biggest town of the retreat.

Monday 12.00pm - Had a Chinese food lunch at Brinchang's Main Street (a bit expensive though).

Monday 2.00pm - Said sayonara to Cameron Highlands. On our way back from Cameron Highlands, we dropped by a popular stop on the way to Cameron Highlands, Lata Iskandar Waterfall, and snapped a picture there. It's impossible to overlook this waterfall on the way to Cameron Highlands as souvenir shops and food stalls are everywhere in front of the waterfall.  My husband and I should have visited this place when we were about to go up to Cameron Highlands but we didn't.

The Lata Iskandar Waterfall.

I'll definitely come again to Cameron Highlands for some serious shopping of potted flower plants and sweet corns!

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