This road trip of ours spanned 14 days, 5 days of which was Church Camp in Putrajaya. Incorporating Church Camp into an extended holiday period was a good idea--it gave us a chance to be fed spiritually intensively while the kids also got to learn about God and hang out with their other friends.
By the end of Church Camp, we were spiritually recharged and physically recovered (Esther & I had fallen sick!). Hence, our drive up to Cameron Highlands, although 3-4 hours long, was very smooth and enjoyable.
One of the highlights of Cameron Highlands was seeing the stunning views of the BOH Tea Plantations at Sungei Palais. We just couldn't get enough of these gorgeous views and were trigger happy!!! Doesn't this scenery look like the rolling hills of the UK? Here are the other highlights of our Cameron Highlands stay:
1. Driving to the highest point of Gunung Brinchang, some 2000m above sea level, using just our good ol' Toyota Altis!
Everybody else had hired 4WD jeeps to take them up, and stared at us curiously when we made it to the top in our lau-pok-chia. At the top, there is a tall tower, which Husband scaled with the kids. The views were nice and it was cold! Check them out here.
2. Walking through the Mossy Forest. This is a recommended activity for families--the Mossy Forest is up Gunung Brinchang, though not at the highest point of course. The entrance to the nice, clean & well-kept boardwalk into the forest is about 10 minutes below the highest point. It was a very enjoyable stroll through the treetops, and the forest was indeed very mossy, with great views! More pictures here.
3. Visiting the BOH Tea Plantation at Sungei Palais. The plantation has a lovely viewing gallery and cafe, as well as exhibits & videos explaining the tea making process.
4. Discovering the large playground at Tanah Rata, next to Pines Hotel. Although it was a very old-school playground, it was clean, well kept and very large. The kids had so much fun here that we ended up coming here two days in a row! Check out the pictures.
There were two other highlights--for the kids, one highlight was the lovely playground at Strawberry Park Resort where we stayed. The boys described it as an obstacle course, and used it to train themselves for NS. Indeed, there were ramps, ladders and ropes, quite cool! Even Esther had fun!
The other highlight for me was the abundance of strawberries everywhere--I loved trying strawberry food items, like Strawberry ice baby, scones with strawberry jam, strawberry sundaes and strawberry tea! Of course, we also plucked strawberries and ate them fresh. However, I think I was really a lot more into it than the kids. Guess there's an old English fart in me after all! :P More on strawberries in the next entry!