Car sick to the Cameron Highlands
After a few weeks in the warm, humid Kuala Lumpur we went looking for something cooler and we found it in the Cameron Highlands. For us a big difference, from 35 degrees in the city to a pleasant 25 degrees in the highlands. Besides the pleasant temperature, this area is popular with tourists and the locals for a very different reason.
From Kuala Lumpur, enough buses leave for the Highlands. We took the bus from nine o’clock in the morning and four hours later we were 1500 meters higher with a temperature of 25 degrees. For this one-way ticket (on this website), we paid RM22, which is even less than €5. For that price, you are in a roller coaster for four hours. The bus goes pretty fast and throws you back and forth, at least that’s what I thought because I didn’t see anyone else surprised that we were driving through the bends at such a speed. Especially the last hour, when you go up into the mountains, can cause a lot of nausea. The Malaysians were not bothered by anything and were snoring quietly in the seats next to us.
Gateway to Nature
We stayed in the town of Tanah Rata, a nice town where it gets busier especially in the evening. From Tanah Rata, many (jungle) tours leave for the tea plantations. This is a must to do! For half a day you will be on the road with a guide who will tell you all about the plantations and stop at the most beautiful viewpoints. To reach the top, you sit (okay me) for three-quarters of an hour with sweat on your back because of the narrow road that leads to the top. We had an old, but strong van that could easily handle this route, but to do this with your BMW seems less suitable. Yet it happens! We booked the ‘Gateway to Nature’ tour the day before. The next morning our van left at half-past eight and at the beginning of the afternoon we came back to the hotel.
Route 3 and 9
Enough time to go on the road ourselves. There are several routes that you can easily take without a guide. It is useful to ask your hotel which hikes are fun to do and how to get to the start of the hike. That is not always clearly indicated. We have done routes 3 and 9.
Hellish bus ride
If you are in Kuala Lumpur a bit longer and you want to see more than just the city, plan a trip to the Cameron Highlands. The view is fantastic and with or without a guide there is plenty to do. It’s worth the hellish bus ride and sweat!