|Gua Tempurung & Cameron|
|The plan: to combine a visit of Gua Tempurung with a relaxed overnight stay in the cool climate of the Cameron Highlands.|
The time: September 15-16
The people: 15 Malaysians and 1 Dutchman
After breakfast in the Tapah R&R, we arrived at Gua Tempurung around 9:30 am. Many trips are possible in this show cave, varying from easy to difficult.
We opted for the strenuous "Grand Tour", which would take 3-4 hours and would make us wet, dirty, tired and, hopefully, happy..;-)
The Tour started along a well maintained walkway with steps and floodlight. At the end of this easy part, we plunged into darkness and had to switch on our headlights. Sliding down slopes of flowstone, wading and crawling, we reached the other exit of the cave. After a short rest we went back via a different route. Here we had to enter the black hole and do more sliding and crawling. It was big fun.
After four hours we were back, satisfied but dirty. The shower was a blessing!
Ramadan had started, but we managed to have some lunch in the friendly Malay stall near the cave.
Next destination was the MNS Boh Center in the Cameron Highlands. We took the Simpang Pulai road. Soon it started to rain. We stopped in Kg Raja to taste the strawberries, the delicious sweet corn and to buy vegetables for our dinner.
The MNS center is located in the Boh tea plantation. We had booked a dormitory there. It is basic accomodation, but with superb views of the surrounding tea fields.
Everybody helped to prepare the steamboat dinner. And, needless to say, there was too much food...:-)
It was the beginning of the moon cake festival and Aric had bought Tang Longs for everybody. The locals must have been surprised to see the colorful procession in the middle of the night!
The next morning, after breakfast, we first walked around in the tea plantations and we visited the Boh factory.
Next we visited Gunung Brinchang. Or better, we tried to visit, because not all cars were able to negotiate the bad access road. For those, who managed, the Mossy Forest came as a nice surprise.
After strawberry shopping in Kg Raja and lunch in Brinchang it was time to go home.
A very nice weekend.