We made an impromptu detour to Gopeng town on our way to Kuala Lumpur.
It is our first time visiting the ‘tropical tea valley’ at the foot hill of Cameron Highlands. Unlike the traditional tea tree, Gaharu Tea tree (沉香木) is very tall and suitable for warmer climate. 沉香 (白木香) Aquilaria sinensis (Gaharu is Bahasa Malaysia) is a kind of Chinese medicine which contains medical value.
I am a coffee person so I won’t go crazy about tea tree. Some locals disagreed with the tea owner who charge RM10 to visit the plantation and claiming that hugging the tree trunk bring visitors good luck.
I prefer other precious resources around Gopeng that are free. Visiting the Museum Gopeng duriing weekends is free of charge.
we stumbled upon Adeline’s Villa and met Adeline in person. She is a wonderful host and even offered us free buffet lunch. It never happened to me that a resort owner invites us for sumptuous and tasty buffet at no cost. The resort has a peculiar custom: everyone, including the paying guests, have to wash your own plate.
The nice rapid is suitable for white water rafting at Sungai Geroh. Getting wet and having fun at the river is absolutely free.
We were trying to catch another glimpse of the sunrise at the plantation.
The ‘egg yolk’ appeared less than 1 minutes and hidden behind the thick cloud.
Peninsular Malaysia has been covering with haze these couple of days.
I am yet to visit Darjeeling and Sri Lanka. To comfort myself, Malaysia has tea plantation in Sabah and Pahang too. Cameron Highlands is one of the more accessible highlands with great view of tea plantation.
Instead of waking up like a typical morning on weekend, we decided to drive 3 hours and watched sunrise on Cameron Highlands.