Category Archives: Tanah Rata

Hitch hiking to an organic farm in Tanah Rata, Malaysia

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Meeting other travelers is awesome and sometimes going into the unknown with these folks often makes for a memorable experience.

Today was no other when I befriended a nice German girl.  She invited me and two Danish girls to hitch hike to an organic farm in the next town over.

Sure, it would’ve made too much sense to sleep in and take a local bus to the next town….it was far more fun to get up at the crack of dawn and stand by the side of the road for an hour trying to hitch a ride.

 

But eventually, a very nice guy stopped for us.  He was an interesting character who liked to impress us with his awesome driving skills at top speeds around winding mountains roads, narrowing passing other cars  while telling us about his previous nights outing with friends that let them drink heavily and only allowed for 4 hours of sleep.

 

Yes, hindsight is 20/20 but we made it to the next town in one piece…and i will try to avoid hitch hiking if possible in the future…

But we were able to meet up with the awesome farmer…

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He gave us a tour of his peaceful farm…

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And we learned how he grows a variety of crops without pesticides and some of the other practices he uses to reuse materials and reduce the amount of waste the farm generates…

 

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He evejn built a nice pond on the farm, full of vegetarian fish.  He let us feed the fish…

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Finally, he showed us the raft he constructed out of plastic bottles for the pond…

 

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It was nice day with new friends.  Fortunately, the farmer took us back to our hostel.

Thanks for following and stay tuned for more Malaysian adventures!

Who knew a tea plantation could be so beautiful in Tanah Rata, Malaysia

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One big draw of the Highlands are the tea plantations.  Sure, I love tea and  figured I should go see where one of my favorite drinks came from.   The largest tea manufacturer in Malaysia is Boh and the plantations were founded in 1929 by a British businessman during the colonial era.

Here’s a link to the accompanying video:  http://youtu.be/SlTmg4Eu66g

The stepped plantation was alien, surreal, and beautiful…I took so many pictures, it was hard to narrow them down for this post…

 

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We also toured the tea factory…here is some old school tea manufacturing machinery…

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Also we stopped by a strawberry farm…the cool, constant weather also let’s the farmers grow non- tropical crops

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We also gallivanted through the Mossey Forest…

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Here was my exploring buddy for the day!

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The forest was magical looking with all the, well, moss

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High in the sky….

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Then there were cool flowers hanging out with the moss…

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Thanks for gallivanting with me and hang in there for more Malaysian magic-ness!

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Cooling off in the Cameron Highlands in Tanah Rata, Malaysia

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Malaysia is hot and I decided to head north and check out the Cameron Highlands.  The Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations.

hill station is a town usually in Asia, located at a higher elevation that was typically founded by European colonial rulers seeking refuge from the heat…if Europeans wanted to get away from the heat, why didn’t they stay in Europe?

The ‘main’ town in the Highlands is Tanah Rata.  Seriously, you can stand at one end of town and see the other end…

 

at one end you see this nifty clock tower…

 

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the other end you can see a convent with Garfield on it…

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in between these two attractions are huge vegetable statues…

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I haven’t even really gone exploring, but this town is great already…and COOL!!!

 

Thanks for following and hang in there for the real  excitement of the Cameron Highlands!