4-5 Hour Bus Ride
In life, we should not build walls around ourselves - Sudirman Arshad
Typically, we don't purchase bus tickets from our hostel as they tend to be over-priced. But this time it turned out to be the same as the travel agency selling the bus tickets. We were told that the ticket was 40 RM and an additional 3 RM for a bus to get to the bus station since it was far away. I've learned that Malaysian's have a warped sense of distance.
We were to be picked up at 8 am from Mansion hostel, as that was were the British gang were staying. I was staying at Kimberley House and was told by the house-keeper that the reception would be showing up soon in order for me to get my key deposit back of 20 RM.
Receiving a message from Callum that the shuttle bus was already there and I needed to hurry, I decided to leave and forgo getting back the deposit. With bags in hand I made my way to Mansion hostel to the already cramped mini bus. Honestly, I could have just waited for the reception since we had to wait for others at each hostel to get their deposit back as well. Actually, we didn't even need the mini bus ride as it literally dropped us around the corner where the big bus was parked! Basically a waste of 3 RM.
Once on the big bus which had a very 70's-esque interior we waited until around 8:45-9 am for the bus to depart. There were assigned seats - I think - but we sat where we wanted. The bus made two stops, one at a gas station where we purchased snacks and another time at another bus depot. The trip took around 4-5 hours give or take, and the scenery leading up to Cameron Highlands wasn't anything special until you reached the hilltops of Cameron Highlands. The vast array of tea plantations, strawberry farms and other agriculture were spread within the valleys of the hills. It definitely was a sight to behold, well for me anyways, for Pringle it was nap/movie time. We finally arrived at Tanah Rata were we disembarked to find our hostel.
Total Cost = 50 RM