In our quest to try to stay fit we thought we’d do some hiking up to the Tea Plantations. The closest one to us was the Boh Tea Plantation, the largest tea plantation in Malaysia.
Taking the local bus from Tanah Rata, we made our way out of town early enough. The weather was perfect- a sunny day with not a cloud in the sky.
We watched trucks full of tourists zoom past us on their way to the strawberry farms and tea plantations.
The best part of not being on a tour is that you’re not in any rush. We walked along slowly, smelling the breeze, taking pictures, and the views were stunning.
This was the first time we encountered what I thought was the perfect weather for hiking- sunny days but with a mild climate-not humid, not hot, breezy- it was perfect. After a few hours we made it up to the Boh Plantation. We were more than ready for a break.
We thought we’d get into one of the free tours they have of the factory, but the one that was listed up was cancelled. No big deal, they still let us look around and we read all about how the tea goes from the field to your cup.
Since we had to walk back and I have a terrible bladder, I skipped out on the tea (I know who does that?) and had some cheesecake instead. The cafe had some pretty panoramic views of the tea fields below.
A sip of water (and a bathroom break) & were ready for the hike back to the road where we’d catch the bus back to town. I was feeling pretty lazy by then so Mike ran alongside me with the umbrella like that guy that used to hold the umbrella for Puff Daddy (or P.Diddy) and encouraged me to jog it out. It was pretty funny and it made it hard to jog when he was making me laugh so hard.
We decided to be total badasses and walk all the way back into town after getting a ride back to the road by a lone cabbie that stopped to pick us up. That was a great plan until the clouds rolled in, and the rain came down-we stuck to the edge of the sidewalk and shared an umbrella, both of us listening to our ipods. When we got back we rewarded ourselves with 2 hour massages. Perfect ending to the day.
Have you visited this tea plantation? How was your tea?