Finally, a reprieve from the sweltering heat that is Southeast Asia!! Just when I thought all hope was lost for me not having a dry shirt after a day of sightseeing, we went to the cooler climate of the Cameron Highlands. The break from the heat couldn’t come at a better time because Robbie and I were both battling colds. During our stay in the Cameron Highlands we got some good rest, drank some great tea and made some new friends.
The Cameron Highlands is home to beautiful tea plantations, tasty strawberry farms and great trekking. However, Robbie and I realized that we wouldn’t be able to do everything there is to do. I was dreading the time that we would get sick on our trip, thinking it would be due to food poisoning, but instead it was a cold. When you’re traveling from place to place, you want to be able to see the sights, especially when you’re not in one place for a long period of time. However, we were able conquer our desire to do everything and actually stay in and get some rest.
The times we were able to go out, we took it slow and tried not to over exert ourselves. On our first full day in the Cameron Highlands we visited a tea plantation. The views of the tea plantations are spectacular. We had never seen mountains covered with so much green! But don’t be fooled by the easy access to the plantations, they take tea very seriously (they’re not plucking around)!
On our second day we went on an excursion, but only a half day! There are tons of excursion tours to choose from, including guided treks through the mountains to more relaxed trips like the tea plantations. We picked one in between, which included a visit to a tea plantation and a short guided trek through the mossy forest. It was really interesting to hike through a forest so different from the ones we’re used to in Colorado. The forests are tropical environments so there are different hazards and sights. We learned about different types of moss, poisonous centipedes and even saw some carnivorous plants! In the end, it was a good trip. Although we didn’t get out as much as we would have liked, we were able to recuperate from our colds and start the next leg of our trip with more energy.