A family holiday in Cameron Highlands

As I do every Chinese New Year, I pack my bags and head home to Malaysia to spend the holidays with family and friends.

This year, Liz, Orchid and I thought we’d do something different. Instead of having a big family gathering at home, we would have a family vacation in Cameron Highlands – one of Malaysia’s popular highland getaways where the weather is cool and the air is fresh! A welcomed break from Kuala Lumpur’s hot and humid climate.

Clearly not the most innovative plan because just about every other family in Malaysia decided to vacation in Cameron Highlands during the New Year festivities as well. But you’d never tell from these photos that we had to battle, push and squeeze through hordes of holiday makers.

Tailgating – Rooster follows Orchid. We started our journey from
Kuala Lumpur at 7:30am arriving in Cameron Highlands
a little over 4 hours later.
We definitely took our time on the road.

Old English Charm : the Trio and family checked into
Bala’s Holiday Chalet in Tanah Rata town.

This was a school during British Malaysia.
Mr. Bala, who lives on the premises with his family,
converted the colonial style building into an inn for weary travelers.

Picturesque : Can you spot an Orchid amongst the bushes?
The grounds at Bala’s Chalet is gorgeous.
However, the service was… x_x.

Always in bloom: Many flowers that would not usually survive Malaysia’s
tropical heat find sanctuary in Cameron Highlands’ cool climate.

Blossoms: Liz admires the flowers at one of the many
plant nurseries in Cameron Highlands.

Roses galore: Luscious roses of all kinds and colours at the markets.

Teatime: One of the things to do here is to have tea and scones,
a tradition left behind from our country’s Colonial days.

Tcafe in Tanah Rata serves really good scones.
All that’s missing is the real cream.
But you can’t beat RM2.80 a scone when
everything up here is usually overpriced.

Tight Squeeze: The narrow road to the Sungai Palas Boh Tea Plantation
is a treacherous one – accommodating only one way traffic
with tight curves and a ravine on one side.
This drive it best made without nervous parents in the car. ;p

Fields of green: The challenging drive is soon rewarded
when you reach the tea center.

Rolling Hills: Tea never tasted so good while taking in a view like this.

Carbo high: Fluffy butter cakes and pies with our tea.

Spoilt for choice: Liz can’t make up her mind on what kind of tea to get
at the Sungai Palas Boh Tea Center.

Back at the markets: We sampled some of the freshly picked produce from
the farms in the area. Pictured above are oyster mushroom fritters,
steamed sweet potato, and buttered sweet corn.
So simple, so delicious.

Look for the stems: Local oranges are extremely sweet. Be sure to
buy the ones with its stems still attached. The ones without stems
are imports from China, but vendors neglect to tell you this. πŸ˜‰

Memento: Liz bought this strawberry doll as a memento of our trip.
Orchid’s help was needed to support its huge head for the pic. :p

Thanks for viewing our ’09 CNY getaway photo journal with us!

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