I had scrambled eggs for breakfast. I don’t know how they do it here but it’s not the same – good, but it seems like it has cheese in it? If it does then cheese in scrambled eggs is a good idea.
I took a tour from some Chinese man in a stall. All the companies do the same basic tour for RM25. I was in a group with a French family all wearing cotton scarves tied stylishly about their necks. They looked like Algerian colonists from 1927. The first stop was overlooking the tea plantation, where 5 other groups were.
We moved on to the factory itself, which is very small considering it processes 4000 tonnes a day or some other such huge amount. The tour takes about 5 min.
If you are a tea connoiseur this stuff is about as strong as lapsang souchong. If you have too much money you can sit in the tearooms eating scones for RM7.
We moved on to the honey bee farm. Is something wrong with the word apiary? But when I saw it I thought that it didn’t really qualify as one. The hives are funny little boxes and there are all these giant concrete bees everywhere!
If you want you can buy honeycomb here. It’s more expensive than NZ. I had a bit, but it didn’t taste that nice.
From there it was on to the next tourist trap
There are a lot of strawberry farms in the highlands, all hydroponic. You can pick your own at a few, but this one had 2 rows open to view before sending you off to the Shop. The milkshakes and jam, however, are very good. The fresh strawberries are a bit of a letdown – having been grown hydroponically seems to make them bland.
After this we went to a rose garden. This had an entry fee of RM4. It’s a bit like a garden centre that happened to be built somewhere with a good view, so they decided to charge for entry and forget the plant selling.
It’s all built on a hill, which is a bit of a climb, but has a view of a large area.
The garden also has a large number of bizarre concrete statues. The shoe for the Old Woman who lives in one? Snow White and the dwarves?
From here the tour went to the Chinese Buddhist temple at the request of the French. I was not bothered either way but am over temples.
But it did have a good view of Tanah Rata, the town I was staying in.
The tour ended about 1.30, so I had a lunch of lamb naan for RM6
I messed about all afternoon not doing anything particularly, then went for a run! There are footpaths here – not often seen in Malaysia. So you can run, unfettered, to the next town, 5km away. If you go in the other direction for 10km there is a fitness trail, but Tanah Rata has a large playground so I used that instead.
For dinner I had THE BANANA LEAF SPECIAL for RM8