Oliver is…

He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man

…done with Tanah Rata

Tanah Rata, and life for that matter, isn’t all about tea. On one level this is a terrible thing, but if you look deeply enough there are benefits too.

From memory, which is failing and making my ridiculously delayed blogging a bit of a problem, there wasn’t all that much to do in the town itself (although there was an ace, cheap curry place near my pretty cool hostel), and most things were a bit of a trek away. It’s times like this when an organised tour are great. Things I saw on my tour:


Like it or not, be awesome or not, tea’s everywhere and even if you make the trouble to go somewhere special by yourself, an all inclusive tour will take you right back there. Here’s some tea again. What a wonderful sentence.



Apparently on some days you can see things from the hill with the broadcast tower.


Mossy Forest

Wanna know where this forest got its name from? It’s because there’s lots of moss. This, and more like it, is the level of investigative journalism you’ve come to know and love from this blog.


We had the option of walking through the squelchy part of the forest or going along the boardwalk. Our group wasn’t full of idiots so we squelched through and ruined my shoes.


This is a monkey cup because monkeys like to drink rainwater from them. Not pictured: monkey.


Butterfly farm

After that we went to a place that had a huge area filled with butterflies and a few other cages and stuff with creepy crawlies and slitherly slawlies.



snakey-kissHe's meant to go there, right?







Strawberry farm

What’s better to grow: butterflies or strawberries? Strawberries, because they’re tastier. Especially if you get them straight from the farm and even more so if it’s in a juice.


Then it was back on another ace bus down towards Kuala Lumpur for a few days.



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3 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    I might go back here next month, unless there’s somewhere else cheap-ish and not hot within a few hours’ bus ride of KL airport to use as a thrifty extension of our Hong Kong trip and get more wear out of my seasonal clothing before it’s back to perpetual sandals (currently the only footwear I own in the world).

    • Oliver says:

      The only other place I can think of that’s quite cool, but would require a short flight rather than a bus, is around Mount Kinabalu on Borneo. Of course, I won’t know that for almost a year yet.

      • Dave says:

        I had a ‘fun’/wasted morning trying to find budget flight routes that suited me, but since it’s basically the same cost from Hong Kong > main South East Asia bit > Philippines as doing a separate trip would be, we’ll just go back ‘home.’ I clearly love it too much to stay away.

        At least the carols will be over by then. I say ‘carols,’ it’s just Hark the Herald Angels Sing over and over again, all day, sung in English and foreign and played in old-mobile-phone-sounding beeping form coming from somewhere outside. Bah. Merry Time.

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