It was all hairpin turns on narrow two-way roads during the ascent to Tanah Rata, but the risk was worth the reward: cool weather (a welcome respite from the 100% humidity of the sea-level cities). On Saturday morning I trekked 2000m up Gunung Brinchang. Below, some views from the top.
On the way down I stopped at a tea plantation for a tasting and a brief tour.
I left for Penang early Sunday morning. Going down the mountain is always easier than going up, and with no traffic I thoroughly enjoyed the winding roads. I arrived mid-afternoon, napped, and then headed out to the notorious hawker stalls for what was some of the best food I’ve had in Malaysia. I was too busy noshing to remember to take any pictures, so here’s this morning’s dim sum breakfast:
Not too shabby. I spent a good chunk of the morning at the Thai consulate, and I’m happy to report that I managed to procure a 60 day tourist visa, which should be plenty, and is quite a bit more than the 15 days I otherwise would have received at the border. More soon.