Cameron Highlands_ what to do & where to eat

We got the bus from Ipoh to the cameron Highlands (18RM). It’s a beautiful journey but very hard for those who get sick easily, so get ready.

We decided to stay atĀ Tanah Rata justĀ because it has more affordable options of restaurantsĀ and hotels.Ā Tanah Rata is no doubt the most convenient place but don’t expect aĀ particularly charming place.

In town there are many shops/hotels offering tours, but we decided to go on our own. We looked at the different options like renting a bike or a scooter, but that turned out to be difficult. So we sticked with the lastĀ option available hitchhiking ?? and I’m so glad we did,Ā the people we meet were soĀ nice and gave us lots of great tips.Ā Hitchhiking was perfectly safe.

During the time we spend there we visited theĀ BohĀ and theĀ Bonet teaĀ plantationĀ were we did some trekking.Ā The surrounding landscape covered in tea is beautiful.Ā You can visit both for free.

If you like to hike there are many greatĀ jungle treks with streams and waterfalls to be found. You can also hike to the Peak of Brinchang Mountain and explore Mossy Forest.Ā The views are breathtaking.

EAT:

There are some options available however don’t expect any food heaven šŸ™‚

At Tanah Rata there areĀ plenty of Ā indian restaurantes so banana leaf meals and dosas for all šŸ˜€Ā I specially recommend the Sri Brinchang and the restaurant Kumar both haveĀ some variety ofĀ veganĀ dishes and the food isĀ quite tasty.

They also have a small eveningĀ market with a few localĀ specialities, like the Apam Balik (pancakes with peanuts).

Nearby BrinchangĀ we found a local not-for-profit vegan restaurant, and a great vegan buffet restaurant near the night market –Ā Fu Guang Vegetarian.

TheĀ Night MarketĀ at Brinchang its good for cheap local food.Ā They also have a weekend market selling freshĀ fruit andĀ vegetables.

You canā€™t miss Cameron Highlands mostly if you like to hike,Ā the other attractions probably don’t worth the time and money šŸ™‚

photography ā€“Ā all rights reserved ā€“ Ana Rocha

A vegan in Melaka

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We attempted to go toĀ theĀ Night Market onĀ Jonker Street but wasĀ choc-a-bloc with people, soĀ we gave up on that, but not onĀ the idea of finding a good market away from the heavy tourist wave. So we talked with a few locals and cycled to the suburbs to find a great market thrumming with locals and fresh vegan treats, and we also found a good small night market Ā with the bestĀ popiahs in the world šŸ™‚

Malaysia is one of the easiest places in South East Asia to find vegan and vegetarian food,Ā andĀ  Melaka wasn’t an exception. You have great street food, Ā eateries and restaurants,Ā among the places I tried, I do recommend theĀ Soon Wong Vegetarian Restaurant,Ā Ā theĀ Mori Vegetarian Tea House,Ā the indian restaurantĀ SelvamĀ Restrain, and theĀ Veggie PlanetĀ 

Once in Melaka if you want to try something different and delicious don’t miss:

  • Lei Cha, a traditional hakka rice dish,
  • Roti canai,
  • mock meat,
  • fresh springĀ rolls (popiahs),
  • Barley drink,
  • one of this greatĀ sweets, kuih,Ā ondeh-ondeh, putu piring (steamed rice flour cake with gula melaka filling), Putu Bambu (rice flourĀ and shredded coconut with a filling of gula melaka), Apam BalikĀ (pancakes filledĀ with sweetcorn and peanuts),

ToĀ come to the point,Ā we did a lot of really good eating, which always makes us happy. Malaysia and Melaka is full of foodie surprises…

photography ā€“Ā all rights reserved ā€“ Ana Rocha

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