Thursday, August 15, 2013

Day Trip from Kuantan - Genting Highlands - Bukit Tinggi - Kuantan

This was our 2nd day trip this year after our Kemaman and Cherating trip in May earlier this year. Due to the success of the first such day trip, we were all excited for the second one.

A temple with a view. Chin Swee Caves temple complex at Genting Highlands, Malaysia

No day trip is complete without the company of great friends who help to make it a peaceful and enjoyable time. Thanks to Kenny, Grace and Sharmayne for spending the day with us and Kenny for being the driver for the day.

The drive from Kuantan to Genting took around 3 hours including one stop at a rest station for a bite to eat. We left home at 7am.

During the course of the day I took a lot of photos. I'm not going to share them all (if you're friends with me on facebook, you will have seen them already!), but I will pick out some of the better ones for this post.

As seems to be the custom in Malaysia, while ascending the hill to Genting Highlands we wound down the car windows, stuck our heads out, and enjoyed the cool breeze which we don't get to feel anywhere else!

Windows down, I snapped this photo half way up the hill to Genting Highlands

The hill to the summit is steep and has many twists and turns, it's like riding a roller-coaster at times! You can ascend by car, taxi, bus or cable car

The first place we visited was the Chin Swee Caves temple complex located almost at the very top, around 6,000ft above sea level, and it was cold!!!

Entrance to Chin Swee Caves temple complex, Genting Highlands, Malaysia

Temple entrance

Mist swirled around the temple complex. Reminded me of life in England!

The mists came over the hill and covered the temple courtyard. A lone tree stands against the weather. I was surprised to see some people in shorts and t-shirts!

Soon the weather cleared up and this stunning pagoda was clearly visible under blue skies

Here's another view of the pagoda from a small window in a tunnel of caves

Took Lauren and Sharmayne up for a walk around the caves at the Chin Swee Caves temple complex

Great landscape of a settlement at Genting Highlands, Malaysia

Spotted this lady looking out over the hills from Chin Swee Caves temple, and had to snap a photo


Incense is burned outside the temple

And large joss sticks burn against the hills of Genting

Next stop was a nice lunch at a roadside restaurant. The food was great, but in the space of 10 minutes we had encountered 3 different people trying to sell us things or get us to donate money for something, basically harassing us while we waited for our food. This is a common occurrence in some places here. The best thing to do is politely wave them off.

The Genting Highlands Strawberry Farm was the next place we visited. On the whole I was really disappointed with the very small strawberries, so we didn't pick any.

Strawberry Farm entrance

Let's play 'Spot the Strawberry' . . . ok, there are a few to the left!

Family photo at the Strawberry Farm
Perhaps the most interesting part of the Strawberry Farm was the Lavender Garden. A small fee is charged to enter (RM3 for adults, RM1 for children) and there are many beautiful flowers and a large field of lavender to admire.





Fie in the Lavender Garden

Rows of flowers decorating the wall

Sharmayne, Lauren and Leah pose for a photo in the Lavender Garden

The next part of our day trip took us back down the hill from Genting and up the next hill to Bukit Tinggi. Bukit Tinggi is not at the same altitude as Genting Highlands (it's only around half way up).

Colmar Tropicale, the French-themed village at Bukit Tinggi



Inside Colmar Tropicale, Bukit Tinggi

We bought our fridge magnets at Colmar Tropicale and then hopped on a bus to the rabbit farm.


Leah watches as Sharmayne feeds a rabbit

Sharmayne and Lauren trying to feed already full rabbits!

Briefly went to the Japanese Garden. Lovely scenes of nature, but Fie and I were too tired to walk much further!


The final photo is a viewpoint I looked at admiringly from the Japanese Garden at Bukit Tinggi. Love the hills on the horizon:


We left for home at around 5:30pm, stopped for dinner at Karak, and arrived in Kuantan at around 9:30pm. Had a little nap in the car on the way back home. It was a tiring trip but very much worth it!

Looking forward to the next day trip :)


14 comments:

  1. Bonjour Duncan !!!

    Je connais Genting Highlands ! j'y suis allée plusieurs fois avec ma petite famille et je connais Colmar Tropicale aussi !!!!

    Ce sont de beaux endroits et tes photos sont très BELLES ! MAGIQUES !

    J'adore voir ta joyeuse famille !!! :o)

    Bises de Bangkk ! Bye ! :o)

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  2. Beautiful scenery, I especially like the Japanese garden. Those bunnies must get plenty to eat!

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  3. Fantastic pictures, that mist looks quite eerie. I'm glad it lifted so that you could enjoy your long and rather tiring day.

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  4. Lovely views up in the mountains - and such different things to see.

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  5. Wow, what a time out and what wonderful spots! I'm sure there will be great memories out of this:)

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  6. It's a nice escape from the heat.

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  7. These pictures are very nice, great place to spend a lovely holiday!

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  8. Fabulous composition on top! Love those rocks with the golden writing too.

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  9. It sounds like a fantastic day, Duncan. The photo of that lone tree in the mist is a real stunner! Your girls are growing like weeds :-). Get your shotgun ready, Daddy. They are going to be beautiful young women. I hope your weekend is off to a great start. Blessings...Mary

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  10. Last time I went to Bukit Tinggi was in 2001, my school field trip as I took French language for my 3rd language course. How I miss the place :)

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  11. This is a very nice serie Duncan.... specially that first shot it's a GREAT ONE.

    greetings, Joop

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