Kuala Lumpur and Cameron Highlands (2-8 March 2008) Back to Valhalla's Adventures
We made a trip to Kuala Lumpur (KL) to obtain a US visa for Rose. The Cameron Highlands, a tourist destination in the mountains north of KL, had been on our agenda for several years so this seemed a good opportunity.
Our transport for this trip was by bus. These Scania buses are very comfortable. Shown here are the ones used by MaraLiner (http://www.maraliner.com.my) which offers e-ticketing and advance seat reservation. We departed from Bandar Penawar, a 30 minute taxi ride from Sebana Cove Marina. With a few stops for additional passengers and rest breaks we arrived at the Pudaraya Terminal in KL five hours later. Our hotel, Swiss Inn, was a short walk away in the heart of Chinatown.
The visa application process in KL was surprisingly efficient and consisted of a morning interview (several hours waiting for a ten minute interview) then free time until the next afternoon to pick up the visa. This gave us time to visit the Suria mall at the Petronas Towers.
Another bus ride from Pudaraya to the Cameron Highlands was on the Unititi Express.
The bus was similar to the ones used by the Maraliner and the trip took 4 1/2 hours.
Our accommodations were at the Equatorial Cameron Highlands.
This resort/hotel is quite fancy but was quite empty. At 1628m/5,300ft above sea level it was a bit cool for our tropically acclimated bodies.
We did a day tour which began in the clouds. The highlands are famous for the tea plantations and it was interesting to see the process of harvesting, mainly with small machines imported from Japan.
At the processing factory we sampled the tea and scones, and had good views of the surrounding fields. We loaded up on tea to add to the boat provisions.
Other attractions included a butterfly farm where there are an abundance of the Rajah Brooke Birdwing. This birdwing was discovered by the British naturalist Alfred Wallace during one of his expeditions to Borneo in 1855. He named it in honor of his friend Sir James Brooke, the Rajah of Sarawak.
Both the cactus and strawberry farms were exceptional and we brought back a small aloe vera plant for the boat. Plus 'home made' strawberry jam, of course.
Rose was impressed with her first view of hydroponic farming ... she says she was salivating while looking at the lettuce!
Our trip home was a reverse route including an overnight stay in KL, again at the Swill Inn which had stored our excess luggage.