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Cameron Highlands: A Green Escape

IMG_2783There’s a place in Malaysia where vibrant green hills extend as far as the eye can see, and high altitudes and cooler temperatures lift the cumbersome tropical heat off your shoulders. In Malaysia, there’s no such thing as seasons, but this is as close to fall as you’re going to get; there’s respite from the searing, sunny landscapes of the lowlands below and it’s definitely a welcomed change. cameronThis area (the size of Singapore) used to be a haven for the British soldiers stationed in Malaysia, and as we drove the old windy road, I understood how this beautiful place could be a nice change of pace for people both then and now. Unfortunately, there’s often cloudy haze of pollution over the larger cities in Malaysia and between them as well. But the farther we climbed up the mountainous road, the clearer the air and the clearer the sky. In that moment, it was easy to forget where we were when the hint of crisp, cool air-filled our lungs and the idea of the haze shrouding cities like KL and Penang seemed far away. These beautiful rolling valleys of velvety bushes are crazy captivating, and that’s just the start of the beauty in the Cameron Highlands. There are endless orchards, mossy forests to trek, farmlands, waterfalls, rivers, lakes and as well as famous tea plantations like Boh Tea Plantation. Things to know? It’s a solid three hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital. Favorite restaurant? This one. Oh, and make sure to try the strawberry yogurt at this lavender farm on your way out 🙂

 

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Stunning rolling green hills as far as the eye can see.

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Highlight of the trip up? Sipping tea on THIS terrace

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Taking a break during our 2 hour trek up the Mossy Forrest. I couldn’t feel my legs at this point.

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Pick your own flowers and stawberries at the lavender farm

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The first night of Ramadan at the Buka Puasa market.

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Delicious small pancakes filled with coconut, kaya, chocolate, and jams from the local farms.

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