|The cool, wet Cameron Highlands in the centre of the Malay Peninsula|
|A flagged but slippery path into the jungle|
|Poisettia Tree, near Tanah Rata|
|Golden Balsam, Impatiens Ocidioides, near the Robinson Falls|
|Giant snail hauled down to head height, near the Robinson Falls, Cameron Highlands|
….and a small multi-legged creature, presumably a caterpillar. We had never seen anything like it, and even Francis was stumped.
|Unidentified caterpillar(?) near Robinson Falls, Cameron Highlands|
|Robinson Falls, Cameron Highlands|
|Sometimes the path was wide and muddy, Jungle Walk 9, Tanah Rata|
|Sometimes the path was tucked into the edge of valley, Jungle Walk 9, Tanah Rata|
The path had been dropping from the start but now began to descend more sharply as it twisted along the valley side.
|The path begins to drop more sharply, Jungle Walk 9, Tanah Rata|
‘Orang Asli,’ Francis said. Most of the local members of Malaysia’s ‘original people,’ he told us, had moved into town. Three old men continue to live in the old village – Francis pointed up the valley side – they cultivate some land and hunt a little. Occasionally one of them ventures into Tanah Rata to collect plastic bottles in return for a few coins from the recycling company.
A little further along we marvelled at the steep, almost imperceptible, track on which the old man had descended the valley side. Francis had been young, he told us, when he first encountered the man who seemed old then. Now admitting to be well over forty, Francis had no idea how old the man was.
The traditional world of the Orang Asli was as incomprehensible to us as our world was to him, but he was also a source of wonder to Francis; he may have lived close by geographically but his life style was much closer to ours.
So I have no picture of one of the Original people, but I offer some wild ginger flowers, instead.
|Wild ginger, Jungle Walk 9, Tanah Rata|
|Descending through the cabbages, Cameron Highlands|
The extremely unpleasant Malaysian Cherry Red Centipede, Cameron Highlands
This was as close an encounter as any sane person could want
|BOH tea factory, Sungai Palas, Cameron Highlands|
|BOH Sungai Palas Tea plantation, Cameron Highlands|
|Restoran Sri Brinchang, Tanah Rata|
|Mutton Varuval, Restoran Sri Brinchang, Tanah Rata|
|Tanah Rata, unofficial capital of the Cameron Highlands|
Part 3: The Batu Caves and North to the Cameron Highlands
Part 4: The Cameron Highlands, BOH and Curry
Part 5 coming late July/early August