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Sunday, 05 February, 2012 07:34

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

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I departed Singapore on a 10-hr coach to Cameron Highlands.  I was the only passenger; I had the whole bus to myself.  I felt like I was personally escorted like a king all the way to Cameron Highlands! And the coach was new too!  Woo-hoo!

Arrived at CH (Brinchang) at around 7am.  The place was just starting to wake up and it was slightly misty.  Tourists staying at the hotels around the square in Brinchang town centre were making their way to the food court for breakfast.  There was a KFC.  Not sure if it was open at that hour.

Titiwangsa Tours

Was sold by a slick sales rep the various tours organised by Titiwangsa, the main tour operator in CH.   The various tours are

  • Leisure Tour (RM$25 for adults departs at 9am and 2.30pm every day, 2.5 – 3 hours.  Visits House of Potted Plants, Strawberry Centre, Central Market, Honey Centre, Rose Centre – additional RM5 entrance required, Butterfly Centre – additional RM5 entrance required, Chinese Temple)
  • Nature Discovery Tour (RM$60 for adults departs at 9am every day, 4 hours. Visits Gunung Brinchang – the highest point of CH at 2000m, Mossy Forest, Boh tea plantation.)
  • Agro Tour (RM$60 for adults departs at 9am and 2.30pm every day, 4.5 – 5 hours.  Visits water cress farm, strawberry farm, flower nursery, mini fruit orchard etc.  Ends with a steamboat dinner which is included in the price).
  • Sunrise Tour (6-8am everyday) Sunrise views of CH from a high vantage point followed by early morning views of tea plantation.

I joined the Nature Discovery Tour.  I was brought to (in this order) Boh tea plantation, which was pleasant enough and allowed a lot of snap shots of the green tea fields.  Usually, there would be a guided tour on the tea factory and tea processing but it was suspended when I visited.   There was a café where you can sit and enjoy various Boh teas, but it was crowded when I went and the teas on sale at the café didn’t seem any different from the ones you can buy back to your hotel and enjoy in the tranquillity and privacy of your hotel room, especially so since the cakes and pastries available at the café were very run-of-the-mill.

Next Gunung Brinchang.  I had heard that it was freezing up there, but it wasn’t when I went, presumably because I went around noon.  You climb up a rusty, steep tower which allows views of the rolling hills of Pahang and Perak (as CH is situated right between the 2 states).  Nothing extraordinary, except bragging rights that you have visited the highest point of CH.

Mossy Forest.  It did not match the picture in the Titiwangsa brochure nor the description.  The brochure stated a broadwalk where you could appreciate the mossy forest and the picture showed a wide open space.  Instead, you trekked through the rainforest, clutching at tree trunks and branches as you climbed up.  Be prepared for your shoes to be very very muddy.  The mossy “forest” we were led to was just a small clump of moss-covered trees.

Bahasa Melayu

5 Februari 2012

Saya berangkat dari Singapura untuk perjalanan 10-jam ke Cameron Highlands. Hanya saya seorang saja penumpang di dalam bas ini; seluruh bas kepunyaan saya. Saya rasa seperti diiringi secara peribadi sepanjang perjalanan ke Cameron Highlands ibarat seorang raja! Bas juga baru! Woo-hoo!

Saya tiba di CH (Brinchang) sekitar jam 7 pagi. Persekitaran kawasan itu bagai baru bangkit dan agak berkabus. Pelancong-pelancong di hotel sekitar pusat bandar Brinchang sedang dalam perjalanan ke pusat makanan untuk sarapan pagi. Di situ ada KFC. Tetapi saya kurang pasti jika ia sudah dibuka pada waktu itu.

Pelancongan Titiwangsa

Dijual oleh wakil anggota jualan yang cekap di mana pelbagai pelancongan dianjurkan oleh Titiwangsa, anggota operasi pelancongan utama di CH. Berikut adalah pelbagai pelancongan yang ditawarkan

  • Pelancongan Bebas (RM$25 bagi dewasa, berangkat jam 9 pagi dan 2.30 petang setiap hari, 2.5 – 3 jam. Lawatan ke Dewan Tumbuhan Berpasu, Pusat Strawberri, Pasar Sentral, Pusat Madu, Pusat Ros- dikehendaki membayar RM5 yuran masuk, Pusat Rama-rama- dikehendaki membayar RM5 yuran masuk, Kuil Cina)
  • Pelancongan Meneroka Alam Semulajadi (RM$60 bagi dewasa, berangkat jam 9 pagi setiap hari, 4 jam. Lawatan ke Gunung Brinchang- puncak tertinggi di CH pada paras 2000m, Hutan Mossy, ladang teh Boh.)
  • Pelancongan Agro (RM$60 bagi dewasa, berangkat jam 9 pagi dan 2.30 petang setiap hari, 4.5 – 5 jam. Lawatan ke ladang selada air, ladang strawberri, nurseri bunga, buah orchard mini dan sebagainya. Diakhiri dengan makan malam steamboat yang termasuk dalam harga pakej).
  • Pelancongan Sunrise (6-8 pagi setiap hari) Permandangan matahari terbit dari puncak permandangan yang tinggi di CH diikuti dengan permandangan pagi ladang teh.

Saya mengikuti Pelancongan Meneroka Alam Semulajadi. Saya dibawa ke (mengikut sususan berikut) ladang teh Boh, ianya sungguh nyaman dan saya dibenarkan memetik banyak gambar ladang teh hijau. Selalunya, terdapat pembimbing pelancong tentang kilang teh dan cara memproses teh tetapi ianya telah digantungkan ketika itu. Di situ juga terdapat sebuah kafe di mana anda boleh duduk sambil menikmati pelbagai teh Boh, tetapi ia sungguh sesak pada waktu itu dan teh yang sedang mengadakan jualan murah tidak kurang beza dengan teh yang boleh dibeli di hotel dan menikmatinya sambil merasai ketenangan dan masa sendirian di bilik hotel sendiri, terutama dengan kek dan pastry yang dijual di kafe yang sederhana.

Seterusnya saya ke Gunung Brinchang. Kata orang, ianya sungguh sejuk di puncak tetapi bukan ketika saya tiba di puncak. Mungkin kerana saya tiba pada waktu tengah hari. Anda akan mendaki menara yang karat dan curam yang dapat memberikan permandangan bukit-bukau Pahang dan Perak (kerana CH terletak di pertengahan 2 negeri). Tiada yang luar biasa, kecuali anda dapat berbongkak bahawa anda telah melawati puncak tertinggi CH.

Hutan Mossy. Indah khabar dari rupa. Tidak kelihatan seperti gambar yang ada di risalah Titiwangsa mahupun yang tertulis di risalah. Risalah itu mengatakan bahawa terdapat lintasan luas yang dapat kita menghargai hutan mossy dan gambarnya pula menunjukkan ruang yang sugguh luas. Tetapi sebenarnya, anda akan melalui hutan rimba dan memeluk batang pokok sambil mendaki. Bersiap sedia kerana kasut akan dipenuhi lumpur. ‘Hutan’ mossy itu akan membawa kita ke semak-semak kecil.

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