Finding Tea in Cameron Highlands
If you think you are rich, there are many who are richer than you. If you think you are smart, there are many more who are smarter than you. But if you think you are honest, then you are among the few, and in this instance, it is best to be among the few. - Tunku Abdul Rahman
I don't drink tea, but Brits sure do love it! Our journey to and from the tea plantation was interesting...
Excited and hungry after getting off the bus, we quickly made our way to BB Inn Hotel. Dropping our bags in the room, and making our way to purchase food from the restaurant next door. One thing about restaurants in Southeast Asia are the numerous amounts of menu options. I chose the butter chicken as I was craving my sister's homemade butter chicken. What I ended up getting, definitely wasn't butter chicken. It was chicken with some weird shredded bits on top of it, basically the last time I ever tried getting butter chicken in Malaysia.
Making a pit stop back at our hotel reception to ask for the best way to get to the tea plantation. We were told it would be 4 RM to get there by taxi for all of us. Hailing a taxi was proving to be a bit difficult, but we finally managed to get one to stop except he wanted 16 RM to take all of us. Clearly taking advantage of the tourist, which typically we would say no and try to get another one but it it was hard enough to find that one so we agreed. Jamming all 5 of us (Jake, Liz, Callum, Pringle and myself) in the tiny old car, we were off to the tea plantation!
Now I thought the view of the Bharat Tea Plantation was breathtaking, Pringle on the other hand was disappointed. We decided to make our way down into the tea leaves for a nice game of hide and seek. Liz unfortunately wasn't quick enough to say "not it" so she became the seeker. Off the rest of us sprinted to find a hiding spot. Crouching down within the leaves, I was the closest to Liz but Jake was ultimately found.
After getting some snacks at the tea plantation cafe, we decided it was time to head back.
Now we couldn't be bothered waiting for another taxi so we decided to take our chances and start walking. As we walked we of course still tried to hail a cab. We decided to try taking a cement trail over a hill to cut some of our time off, but in reality it just added to our walking time. The cement trail was actually for drainage, so it wasn't ideal. Jake being Jake decided to walk ahead, and was well ahead when we managed to hail a cab. So basically we laughed as it drove past, but he said he wanted to walk back anyways. This cab cost us 4 RM in total for everyone, he was extremely nice and honest.
Our tea plantation adventure was over for the day, but my dominance of the card game "shithead" was just starting!
Total Cost = 21 RM