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Highlander Newsletter, Issue #011 -- Of tea plantation, planning your trip and PLUS expressway.
July 23, 2007

Forgive me if I'm way behind in my supposedly monthly newsletter. I must thank you for remaining as my Cameron Highlands travel destination newsletter subscriber. Running this website as a hobby is interesting but at times succumbing to daily work routine and household necessities has well got the better of me. Still I have managed to add some extra articles to my ever burgeoning website. Thank you for making the best website about the cool highlands.

Running a website is not as difficult as you might think. And of course, having a passion and a good dose of determination and motivation do help in creating the ultimate website. I have been using this Site Build It! website system for sometime now, and well if you have the time to spare and looking around for something worthwhile to do, do check it out.

Building a website that works.

Bharat Tea Plantation up close
Making a trip to Cameron Highlands is never quite complete without a visit to the tea plantation. You canít find them in any of the highlands in Malaysia except Cameron Highlands. It is simply unique amongst all the highlands in Malaysia. The wide open space of tea plantation in the rolling hills with its soothing green leaves and the crisp air of the highlands make you want to stretch out your hands, close your eyes and breathe in the wholesome relaxing cool fresh air. Maybe even jump for joy like the Boh advertisement I have seen recently (or was it Lipton? I forget). I may be going overboard with my adjectives here but it's true!

There is the:

1) Boh Tea Plantation and the newly set up tea center,
2) and there is the easily accessible Bharat Shalimar Tea Plantation.

These two are the usual main attraction when it comes to visiting tea plantation. There is another one located in the Blue Valley. Its out of the way location makes it less popular to visit, though some tour operators do provide a tour to this less well known tea plantation. Even for myself, I could not bring myself to explore the Blue Valley plantation because of the distance and myself feeling kind of lazy to drive way out to Kampung Raja and Kuala Terla and beyond. Perhaps you might give it a try?

Trying to stay away from the maddening crowd? Not so if the crowd is like minded. What you get if holiday goers decided on the same holiday destination? You guess it! A travel nightmare. And that's what I experience recently on a trip to Cameron Highlands on a peak holiday season.

This was a trip which I had to go when my Church was organizing a church camp to Cameron Highlands. It couldn't be plan any other time. In order to encourage a good turnout from the congregation, it was arranged during the weekend of a school break. We had to put up with a lot of inconveniences but despite the hardship, we had good company. Read more about at:

Of water woes and traffic jams

And a follow up article on how to avoid encountering this situation and plan for a good trip to Cameron Highlands.

Planning when to go for your trip to Cameron Highlands

It is tiring driving long distance especially for our neighbours from the far south and the far north. The journey from Singapore to Cameron Highlands could take something like seven, eight hours of non-stop driving. With kids in tow you would probably have an earful, "Are we there yet?" repeating like a broken down record. Fortunately, the PLUS expressway is very well maintained for a good smooth ride and they have peppered the highway with plenty of rest areas. Some of these rest areas are rather interesting and make for a good break from your long drive.

Find out more about the interesting PLUS expressway R&R stops and lay-bys in this article.

And if you need more diversion, check out this detour to Bidor Perak.

Until the next newsletter, keep smiling and a have a great day!


P.S.: And as usual, if you know of any friends who might be planning for a holiday trip up Cameron Highlands, do them a favour and let them know about and forward them this newsletter! And if they are not going there? Forward it to them anyway! It might just change their mind!

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