Thursday, January 19, 2012
COOLING IT OFF AT CAMERON HIGHLANDS
Halfway travelling from Spg. Pulai towards Cameron Highlands you may already in the cloudy mist at times.
Now with new easy access via Spg. Pulai and Gua Musang cool Cameron Highlands still proves to be an exotic spot attracting voluminous traffic during holidays.
Back then in 1965, L.L. John Pillay (my former English teacher at Tunku Besar Secondary School, Tampin), Din Merican (Bank Negara), K.C. Vohrah (Ipoh) among many others visited C.H. as indicated in the guest book kept by the local tourist bureau.
There are about 50 old time bungalows, a number of which found perched on hilltops and ridges quite hidden from view by trees and topography.
Familiar tudor-designed landmarks are The Olde Smoke House by the golf course, the Foster Lake House, Habu are still magnificient and well kept.
The Olde Smoke House (L) and Foster Lake House (R).
Not to be missed is the BOH Tea Plantations where you get the whiff of tea leaves being processed at the factory and also the panoramic view of the plantation at its tea outlet.
Tea was first introduced to CH by the Department of Agriculture at its station in Tanah Rata (now under MARDI) when it was just established in 1926. One year old tea stumps of Assam and Manipuri tea were originally planted. E.A. Cutler was the first resident Agricultural Officer in charge of the station.
The colonial government encouraged private enterprises to open tea estates and by 1940 BOH had planted 1500acres, the largest. Others include E. Auker (600ac), Shum Yip Leong (270ac), Cheong Kim Sang (44ac), A. Huntsman (40ac), Mrs. E.A. Lyford (12ac), Suparshad & Bros (12ac), Shozo Matsukawa (10ac), Lew King (10ac), and Ng Ying Fong (9ac).
Compared to my small farm (2ac) yet rented out to grow cabbages, am a very late starter indeed. But then the farm is the highest in the clouds of CH.
Shall I build a loghome to replace the current hut? Not unless I want to stay isolated up there!
In the meantime if you are looking for a fully furnished 3-bedroom holiday apartment right in Tanah Rata town, contact me for booking:
Tel: 013 3763857
Parkview Apartment, Jln Camelia, T. Rata (1st floor, facing garden).
R - Spacious living room (far end), dining and kitchen.
Rate (which may depend on the number of persons):
Weekends/public holidays: RM350