Friday, 31 December 2010
those strawberries were delicious!!!
and now we are ready to head back to the Smokehouse Hotel but do keep to the edge of the road as there is still a lot of traffic.
as we pass by this residential area with the washing hanging out to dry!
and yes, that is a vehicle driving along the road with six people in the back holding an umbrella to keep the sun off them!
watch out for the motorcycles as they fly up the road towards us ...... that one was close and we were lucky to be able to jump to the side of the road. No wide gutter here like there was before either!
It is still an enjoyable walk to Brinchang and back from the Smokehouse Hotel and certainly we have seen many interesting sites along the way as seen in the previous posts!
At least it is getting easier now with not so much traffic!
ooop's, now there are other obstacles!
Careful of the bee hive ....... you nearly stepped on that, it looks like it has fallen out of the tree above.
..... and lucky I saw this just in time too. So easy to walk into the cobweb with Mr Nasty swinging in the breeze ........
I think we need to get back to the safety and comfort of The Smokehouse Hotel ....
and maybe take some time out and relax in the garden for a Devonshire Tea.
After a good nights sleep we will head off somewhere else tomorrow!
For further blog postings on our visit to the Cameron Highlands, please link thru on all underlined text.
The Smokehouse Hotel is based on the very old English Style Hotel and is what I would probably call a "boutique style' hotel which allows the staff to get to know you and makes for a more intimate hotel experience.
It is situated in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia.
Did you enjoy the walk into Brinchang?
It was interesting to see all the different sights, but we do need those strawberries and yoghurt! Of course everyday is STRAWBERRY DAY in the Highlands and when the season is hot and dry, the strawberry is much sweeter which is during April to June!
Here we are in December and we are ready for those strawberries whatever the season.
Be careful walking up to the Strawberry Farm as you can see the holiday season is upon us and the traffic is incredibly busy.
but it will be worth it once there!
Freshly plucked pink juicy strawberries dipped with thick yoghurt and sweetened honey and have it with a strawberry milkshake ....... decadence!
Yes, the strawberries are smaller at this time of year, but they were delicious weren't they?
Did you know that the Cameron Highlands is the only holiday destination in Malaysia where strawberries are grown and harvested commercially. Strawberry farms can be found almost everywhere in Cameron Highlands and all are open for visitors making them one of the top tourist attractions. The farms offer locally grown strawberries and home made strawberry jams or tarts at a reasonable price.
You even have the opportunity to pluck your own strawberries at some farms. The best season to enjoy strawberries is the driest month which is from April to June. The popular strawberry farms in Cameron Highlands are Big Red Strawberry Farm, Healthy Strawberry Farm, Kasimani’s Strawberry Farm, KHM Strawberry Farm and Raju’s Hill Strawberry Farm.
I think it's time to head back to The Smokehouse Hotel .... are you ready?
But first we need to stop "and smell the flowers", most of the strawberry farms sell plants, cactus, ornaments and other touristy items. But the Hibiscus are worth stopping for a look, they are so big. The Hibiscus is Malaysia's National Flower too.
We need to continue our walk back down the narrow road to the main road in Brinchang, so watch for the traffic.
as we pass by many buildings that house people's homes before reaching the main road.
Best time to visit Cameron Highlands is during the off peak season. Cameron Highlands is normally very crowded during the school holidays, weekends and festive holidays.
You might be caught in traffic jam around the towns and the tourist spots during the peak season. Besides that, it is also advisable to visit at Cameron Highlands on a weekend night, so that you can visit the famous night market at Brinchang.
The weather in Cameron Highlands is cool throughout the year. The temperature there ranges from 14 degree Celsius to 28 degree Celsius. Rain is common all the year round even though the monsoon season is between November and February. However, the dry season is between February and April. If you really plan to enjoy the coldness in Cameron Highlands, you may make your way there between December and February. By the time, the temperature there can drop to 10 degree Celsius at certain places.
we have now reached the main road in Brinchang and we turn towards the right and continue on our walk back to the Smokehouse Hotel....
stay tuned for the continuation of "our walk".
Wednesday, 29 December 2010
We are in the garden of the Smokehouse Hotel having Devonshire Tea, do you think we should go for a nice long walk for some exercise?
Perhaps a walk into Brinchang eh? It is just 2 Klms from the hotel so an easy walk after those scones, jam and cream.
Take a right hand turn out of the Hotel, walk to the roundabout and take the left hand road keeping the golf course on your left.
At the T Intersection turn right and keep walking up the hill but be aware of the traffic at all times. During the holiday season it is extremely busy with many trucks, cars and buses.most of the way into Brinchang there is no designated walkway, so one must walk between the vehicles and be careful of the traffic at all times ...... during the week and out off 'holiday season' it is much easier with less traffic.
it is not only traffic one must watch out for ..... when you do walk along the designated walkways you need to be careful of the ditches and gutters ........ and all the obstacles in the way!
and while we are walking .... watch out for other sights too like a little Muslim girl with a Santa Hat, a 'fairy dress' and cowboy boots on!
and what else do we see?
Hey ... it's a cafe called STRAWBERRY MOMENTS ....... now that does look interesting!
Can we fit anything else in after the Devonshire Tea? Of course we can .... we have just done that walk into Brinchang so perhaps we can call in and see what is on the menu.....
loads of Kilojoules ..... but all I am wanting is a bowl of strawberries and yoghurt. How about you?
Just some strawberries and yoghurt too?
everything on the menu except what we are really wanting.
lets just continue on our way and check out the Strawberry Farm instead....
for the delicious strawberries and yoghurt with a dash of honey?
it really is delicious!
a few links that maybe of interest to you:
Sunday, 26 December 2010
This blog posting does not require any writing on my part, I am leaving the images of the flowers from the Garden of The Smokehouse Hotel to tell their own story!!
I have blogged about this magnificent garden in the past and you can read it HERE.Previous blog post was of the actual coach trip from Singapore to The Cameron Highlands in December 2010.
Have a few more blogs to upload on Christmas 2010 that was spent in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia .....
so stay tuned!!
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