We start early to feel the soothing morning air and light jetting through the Mossy Forest. We will access the area via boardwalks, which can be slippery in the wet weather condition. Set on the highest point in Cameron Highlands- creating an ecosystem of pitcher plants, lizards, creeping vines, and deep green mossy trees, this is a photographer's heaven. After an hour or so, we proceed to visit the BOH tea plantation- established in 1929 by a British merchant- where we will tour through the plantation and learn about the processes of tea production. We will also have the opportunity to sample the produce in an outdoor café while enjoying views across the vast plantation.
Now, we set off on a journey of nearly five hours to Penang, with a lunch stop at the historic mining town of Ipoh before traveling to the Perak Tong Cave Temple. Built-in 1926 by a local Chinese couple, this beautiful temple features brightly colored murals as well as a large standing Buddha. From here, the Georgetown in Penang is further two hours.
In ancient times, traders from India stopped here for rest and restocked on their long journey to China. Penang came under British rule in the 18th century, and today, Penang-a UNESCO heritage still attracts visitors from all over the world. Its natural shores, distinctive cuisine, and colonial charm are always alluring.
After wash up and change at your hotel, head out to Little India, where the smells of curries, burning incense, Bollywood beats, and an array of colors welcome you whole-heartedly. Take a short but vibrant walk along the “Street of Harmony.” We can experience diverse cultures like Hindu, Muslim, Chinese, and Christian cultures culminating in one that provides a great introduction to Penang.
There is a range of local choices for dinner tonight, and your guide will be able to offer many suggestions depending on your requirements and interests.
Overnight in Penang.