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Cameron Highlands

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Our next stop after Penang was the Cameron Highlands. This place is famous for tea plantations, strawberry farms, and tea and scones! Very British! The guesthouse we found had rooms/cells for a mere 5 pounds a night, but after spending the night feeling like extras on 'banged up abroad' we decided to check in somewhere a little more civilised. 4407650081_62c7af5cfb.jpg
The food options in the Cameron Highlands are pretty limited, with Chinese and Indian being pretty much the only options. We tried a local dish called a 'steamboat' which basically involved the waiter dumping a gas stove in front of you so you cook your own food for the night, that's not what I go to a restaurant for! And a 'banana leaf' with cold Indian food, my worst nightmare! However, we found a nice cheap restaurant run by a cute old couple so we ate there pretty much everyday.
The next day we signed up for an 'Adventure Trek' which involved finding a 'Rafflesia', the biggest flower in the world, the guide assured us we'd have a 4x4 vehicle to help us out along the way. We set off in search of this damn flower and after two hours of uphill trekking (no 4x4 in sight) we finally found it. Not sure how excited you can get over a flower but it was pretty damn big.4416005281_a631315321.jpg The guide encouraged us all to have a look at the flower and then gathered us all for a chat. The chat basically involved telling us that this flower we'd just spent two hours trekking to find wasn't actually a flower but a fungus, and it wasn't even the biggest fungus! Bit of a letdown! On the way back we visited an Orang-Asli village where they showed us how to use a blow pipe. I'm happy to say I got a bullseye! At the end they offered us the chance to own our very own blow pipe for a mere 5 pounds. It is with regret that I have to inform you that Adam is a shopaholic, so the prospect of owning his own blow-pipe was something he couldn't let pass by. Not sure we'll have much use of a blow-pipe, and I'm pretty certain its journey will end at Australian customs. Next stop was a tea plantation where Adam continued his Where's Wally joke and I was too tight to buy a cup of tea.4440158784_b0faedfc84.jpg Then a strawberry farm where I was too tight to let Adam have his own milkshake. Then a butterfly farm, that involved an entrance fee which I was too tight to pay. A good day had by all!
After a couple more days of walking and generally stuffing our faces we headed to Taman Negara for some hardcore jungle trekking.

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