hmm, I think I have lost track when was my last proper posting of my travel trip. One of the places that I have not visited quite long ago is Cameron Highlands. The last time I visited here was during my primary school trip. Hehe and guess its really a long way back. Its also known one of the places that many people love to go for this chill weather up there, eating steamboat, walk at their night market and famous tea plantation. One of the reason did not visit up there is because its pretty boring though.

Decided to pay back a visit here cuz we manage to grab a great hotel deals for that weekend, and it was chaotic during Wesak Day. It was a road trip for all of us whereby KL heading to Cameron and Penang friends coming down to meet.

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We reach pretty early so traffic still very smooth.

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Some facts about Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations. The size of Singapore, it occupies an area of 712 square kilometres (275 sq mi) in the Titiwangsa Mountains. The Cameron Highlands got its name from Sir William Cameron, a British surveyor who was commissioned by the then colonial government to map out the Pahang-Perak border area in 1885.

In a statement concerning his mapping expedition, Cameron mentioned he saw “a vortex in the mountains, while for a (reasonably) wide area we have gentle slopes and plateau land.”

The green quietude of the Cameron Highlands. When approached, the late Sir Hugh Low, the Resident of Perak (1887–1889), expressed the wish of developing the region into a “sanatorium, health resort and open farmland”. A narrow path to “Cameron’s Land” was then carved through the jungle. Nothing much happened after that. Read More click here [source from Wikipedia]

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Upon our arrival, we drove staight up to our hotel to check in and found that our hotel is rather impressive on what we have expected. Hotel De La Ferns Cameron Highlands

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Hotel has quite a classic ambiance on the reception area with fire pit and classic high sofas on the area. Staff are pretty friendly and easy check in for us. This hotel is filled with only 75 well design rooms for reservation. .

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Our hotel is slightly off or 10 minutes away from the main town of Cameron Highlands and one good thing is that we have a little row of shop next to us that includes eatery and some other shops.

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Our room is really spacious as there are 2 rooms in it with one single entrance. It will be a great advantage for huge family. One room is fille dwith 2 queen size bed and another room is filled with 2 single bed.

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Unfortunately when comes to toilet for such many people in the room, they only have one. Not to be sad as their toilet are pretty huge too, and basic toiletries.

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Our room view is not bad, over look all the greens. . The hotel doesnt have Aircon nor fan. So its kinda hot and the set back about this hotel is that its located next to the main road and its pretty noisy when cars or super bikes pass by. Even worst if some one is racing along that road.

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Right after that, we are starving and quickly head to the first market place that we pass by in the morning which is located next to Equatorial Hotel, known as a Morning Market Place.

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Cameron Highlands is also well known for their fresh vegetable and Strawberries which is not to be miss.

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There are a few types of street food for you to hunt for. From Corns. . .

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fish balls, nuggets. .

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Fried banana (pisang goreng)

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As you walked towards the intersection, you will be greeted with more vendors for you to choose from.

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This is what happen when you are starving and you grab some food. .

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Fresh Strawberries and Jambu Apple, something pretty unique that with seasoning also. Pretty sweet as some stalls give you tasters.

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All these strawberries are pluck fresh from the farms and delivery it over to sell  .. some of it taste light sour and light sweet . .

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This is one of the best and we ended up, bought 50 sticks back. . 😀

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Pretty sour as you can see Emily’s expression . . and freshing too. In such hot weather here its one of a perfect item for us to hunt for.

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Flowers here are very fresh with stricking colours.

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Some of my friends did buy some veggies back as the colour and freshness of it  is really good. .

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Not only vegetable is fresh, they even sell honey from fresh bee hives chunk and the suprise is, every stall sells it have different taste. Some is thick and sweet, some is mild sweet yet with hint of sourness . .

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Good stuff. .

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there are 2 types of corns available, steam or bbq with their own special sauce.

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Right after the visit of the morning market, we are are heading to one of the best tourist destination which is the BOH Tea Plantation, whereby the entranc is nearby Equatorial Hotel.

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Its about a 20 minutes drive deep in through this small hill road and at alot corners every one have to be very considerate to allow each car to pass by. This is how near for both cars to pass by.

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Yap, we have to stop here to let some busses to pass and see how close that bus driver make the turning. Impressive right. If you are an inconsiderate driver, you will cause quite a massive traffic and also your car might be damage.

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It is not advisable to come here during public holiday as the whole place is pretty hard to find parking spot and also you have to walk quite a distance.

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Cars are not able to park up there in the main factory or plantation area and you have to park at the open space carpark or like us, park till the main road residential area. This way up to Sungai Palas Tea Center along with Factory tour if you are keen.

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Will need you to do some exercise to hike up abit. .

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This is what I mean  a little hike and this is also what happens to you when you dont do light walking or hiking. They are like OMG! kill me please..hahah~

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Of course a visit to Cameron Highlands would not be perfect or complete if you do not come by this plantation. What is the big buzz or things to come here is only one thing. They really do have quality tea.


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A bit info about Boh Tea Center.

BOH Plantations was founded in 1929 by J.A. Russel, a British businessman during the British colonial era in Malaya. He was optimistic of the tea plantation business due to huge demands despite of the world-wide Great Depression at that time. As a result of the potential, he applied for and was granted a concession of land for his first tea garden in Habu, Cameron Highlands.

Today, BOH Plantations owns three tea gardens – the first garden in Habu, Fairlie Tea Garden and Sungai Palas Tea Garden. To ensure the freshness of its tea products, BOH Plantations also set up a packaging factory near its main garden. BOH tea products are distributed both in domestic and international markets.

The current slogan of BOH tea products is “BOH ada Ummph!” (BOH puts the Ummph!) If you still do remember their TV commercial when you was a kid. (source from cameronhighlandsinfo.com)

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Upon reaching the top, you have two options. One you can visit the tea factory or another direction to have a great tea ..

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As me and many other visitor walking a round through the factory to see what are their actual process of making tea.

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Upon exit, of course like any other tourist area,  you will be greeted with their souvenir shop that sells variety types of tea and I must say that variety of tea that they are selling here are not sell in our normal hypermarket or any chain stalls. Its best for you to grab in here especially on their premium teas. Good Stuff!!

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right after the shop, follow the flow then you will reach their special Boh Tea deck area for a cuppa. . .

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Then there is this place that is crazy pack with people that I saw many of my friends blog and insta about it. This is what happens when you come during long weekend or public holiday.

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We have to queue up at least 30 minutes to reach our turn and the queue was as long as to near toilet already.

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Find that their tea pricing are pretty reasonable. . .

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Grab some cakes and pastries for our afternoon tea. Nothing to shout about and if you can avoid ordering, please do. Best to come here enjoy their tea.

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Bills came to about RM 53 for all those stuff. . .

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Tea is the best option here and sure you would not go wrong.

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This is what happen when you mess with hungry girls. . .Want to Die ah U!

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Although food is not so good, the most important is friends that you are with. 😉

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I am sure you are pretty familiar with these scenery as many people do alot posting to FB and Insta thru here.

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Jeng jeng jeng, what are we doing? spamming my camera and blog with alot of pictures.



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As we are heading back down to the main town, half way thru, we saw this sign board on a strawberry farm, we turn to this one. Moutain STrawberry Farm which is another 10 minutes deep in from the plantation.

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Its also another farm that you must visit when you are here. Some farm offer different package as you pay x amount of entrance fee then you can pluck or eat all you can in there, or paying some service fee for some of their services.

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This is one of the farm that produce fresh strawberries and we can choose what type of taste you really prefer. Sweet end. Sour end. You have the whole farm to play around and pluck and choose one of the range that you really like then attack from there. They are selling it too.

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The service here is amazing with all the trained stuff to do alog of gimic on the photo. They need at least a smart phone camera to do that. what is he actually doing?

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He is teaching us to pose then take a picture by putting the strawberries at the front to make it like you are carrying a huge strawberries.

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This is what they do. Of course all this comes with a tip at the end. It depends on you~

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After that the girls are hungry again whereby another two already done shower and join us after their cycling up here. Up in Cameron Highlands, many people are hunting for steamboat for dinner and we had early dinner. We randomly choose one restaurant to go in and happen to be Restaurant Kwan Kee.

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We are all impress how the steamboat edition here is. With high tube breathing and they are using charcoal too . .

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Ingredients here are fresh too . .

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We choose herbal soup base as the choice to go along under this little chill area. . .

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They just pour everything down in there and waiting for them to cook . .

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Right after the dinner, we walk over to one of a famous night market which is known as The Brinchang Night Market . A great place to hunt for some street food and get some souvenir.

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Its not a everyday thing up there, as this market only appear twice a week, Every Friday and Saturday starting from 4pm and ending  late night. ITs a pretty huge market that they are operating 2 row of tarmac clearings opposite each other across the main road.

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This is also another great market that you can see all races selling their stuff all under one street also helping each other ..

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freshly roast chicken with charcoal . .

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Fried Raddish . .

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this is another stall that sells fresh honey . . .

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this stall is one of the best also cuz the aroma of the fresh honey nice and sweet. NOt too thick texture.

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On the other side of the street, the vendors are selling non food items. . .

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and look how bad the traffic is in this area. Best for you to park a bit far and walk over. I have walk 1 side of the street finish and still see this green van.

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Another great stall that you must not miss is this Nasi Ayam Kukus. Steam rice with fried chicken. We were super full and the nice smell of the fried chicken that attracted us to this stall and the queue here is pretty long.

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Even my best friend Tatt scold us are you crazy. Still eating? Well we make a take away for supper. . .

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Once reach hotel, this is what happen when the aroma of the fried chicken attracted them to eat instantly ..

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Now see who the commenter is saying. Attacking my portion . . .

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At night here is pretty dead and of course you have to entertain yourself. All of them are so serious on building this.

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Kekek, who destroy the tower will have to drink 2 glass neat.

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Since we have 2 bottle need to clear for the  night, next game is pretty fast. 4 of them drunk. whahaha .. .

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I was lucky in the game and woke up early. Great view with morning breeze.

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This 2 are ready to cycle back down that taking that 3-4 hours. . .

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and lastly we stop by at the mid hill area for some dessert.

Cameron Highlands still look the same and there are not much changes for the past 15 years. If you need a short break with friends, one of the place you can consider over 1 night.

While we were on the way back from our great exploration of a homestay that is located in Orchard Heights at Karak (click here), we were introduce by Major Ng there is a restaurant that we need to hunt on the way back we need to stop by Bentong right before into Genting tunnel if you coming from Karak, as to disappointment that restaurant, closed for private function. As for second alternative that we got introduce is Restaurant 126 along the stretch.

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Its a simple Chinese restaurant with plastic chairs and wooden round table.

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This is their signature dish, Pork Noodle @ RM 25 – as the pork slice being deep fried to perfection as every bite is filled with cracking sound if the pork doesnt soak too long in the dark sauce. Can taste that the yee mee noodle is more like a homemade version, springy and we ordered another plate of this with a comment “wah lau, can finish meh” ended up finish also. Highly Recommneded~

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With Something soupy, we  were introduce with mee hoon with fresh ginger chicken. The soup definately taste ginger spicy as they cook along with lots of ginger, and its very nice. Next round I would order less mee hoon more soup.

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Kai Lan with Garlic slice.

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Order Fish slice, with mushroom and vegetable.

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Wild Boar Pork Curry is another dish that we are enjoying with light spicy and pork being slice thin and cook to perfection.

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Second in our top list for the lunch is this Marmite Pai Kuat, well caramelize with sauce and its satisfying. Recommended.

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Who can read the bill please help me translate too. It comes with a total with this for 8 pax. Still cheap.

If you wanna make a turn before Genting, you sureby can stop at this area if you coming from KL, as this row of shop house is located right after Genting Tunnel and you have to drive another 15 mins down hill to find the next U turn. It would be another great pit stop for food. Recommended!


-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 8/10 , Nice dai chow! Recommended! -Stamped-

-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

126 Restaurant
PT3347, Kg Bukit Tinggi
28750 Bentong
Pahang Darul Makmur.
Handphone: (+6012)2251 894

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Not far far away, there located many hills right after Kuala Lumpur a busy city, hidden one private location that is open to many invtesors to purchase land to build their own weekend home or make it as your own plantation is Orchard Heights that is only an hour or 90 mins drive (depends on your speed limit)  away from KL, you will reach this small little Karak Town.

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Driving thru the small road and you will reach this ‘so called huge junction’ where you see this yellowish sign then there’s where you need to turn in.

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Turn in then just follow all the way up till you reach a gate. If they close it cuz its a private property area.

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Give them a ring to notify that you are here and they will send some one to open the gate for you. Do bare in mind that its quite a hidden area here and mobile coverage here is pretty BAD on this particular area at the gate.

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As we drove slowly till we reach this kampung house is also known as a service being offered to public to stay. Hidden right in the middle of the greenery, air here is definitely fresh compare to what we had daily at the busy city.  Orchard Heights is a place we can chill with family on this very relaxing area by fishing, fruit hunting, BBQ, cook in the house, and magnificient view that you would not want to miss with little hiking.

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This place is huge, as its about 187 acres with all plot of land being sold out, at amazing low price RM 200,000 for a 1 acre piece of land. In KL, you cant event buy an apartment with that amount yet here you own 1 ACRE of land. *Sweat. Most of the investors here are building their ideal getaway homestay. This area is gated and guarded, complete with a 8ft high perimeter fencing, comes with  amentias, as electricity, water supply, irrigation water, roads and drains are already in place.

The actual owner Major Ng have this vision that want people to retire healthily therefore its here that he put is flag in. Not only that, those who do not prefer to stay here long, he had came out with a concept of homestay whereby we can just rent this kampung house and hang out with family or friends which makes it Homestay Resort for Orchard Heights.

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Homestay version that he have now is 3 types. The one we are now visiting  is RM800 per night with beds for 10 and those who do not mind to share or sleep in the living room can easily fit another 5-8 pax. This package also includes unlimited durian (if in season), 5 tilapias, and you can eat fruit fresh from the tress as you walk along the paths of the orchard.

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A quick tour that have 3 bed room and all bed are hotel quality type bed.

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WIth huge dining room

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with spacious kitchen.

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If you want to cook here, no problem, all are taken care off as plates, fork, knifts pot, all are provided.

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unless people that are coming here you bring more than what’s allocated.

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Looking right thru behind the kitchen you will be able to see a pond.

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You can picnic at the hut right in the middle of the pond, or stay here doing BBQ at night or fishing in the pond as they r all tilapias.

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We were there ngam ngam at the end of the season and all these durians are fresh. Drop during the morning and the have more unique breed compare to normally on what we eat. D24, kampung durian and many namings that the Major had gotten from.

    • D24
    • D197 (Musang King/Nasi Kunyit)
    • D160 (Tikar) (Chut Keok)
    • D99
    • D158 (Kanyau, Tangkai Panjang) (Which is from Thailand and the stalk is very long
    • and many more

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Eating during is easy when there are people already do all the job for you but to open this bunch of durian is not an easy task with the shell type it have.

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Right after eating durian, we went for a short walk, around the orchard to understand further more what’s being offered.

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I am suprise to hear that the Major came by and plant all the fruit plantation with his team. 50% of the land is planted with rows and rows of Durians, some were inherited, but many were planted within the past 10 years, and nurtured by a committed team of permanent staff.

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We eat it fresh from the tree, with rambutans and Pulasan.

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finally we aim one tree that gives us the sweetness that we want and there is no pesticide used.

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Look at the pulasan here, its huge. . .

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outside could easily sell about RM15 perkg – RM20 perkg

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on that day it was rainy day and we were not allow to head to the peak for safety reason. We hike halfway thru only. If reach the top according to the major you can see all the sharp edge of the hills. Enjoying yourself up there with kids and friends is one of the best thing to relax.


Now How do we get there:

Travel along KL – Karak Highway from Gombak toll ( rate RM 5) , pass by Genting Highland, Bukit Tinggi until reaching Bentong toll gate ( rate RM 3) approximately 60 km from Gombak toll.

Directions: From Bentong toll drive straight pass by Sg Dua, Cinta Manis then look out for Exit 813B on your left side of the highway to Karak town. Bentong toll gate to Orchard Heights Bungalow site will be approximately 25km.

From Exit 813B  to Karak town which is at about 5km ahead. Look for KFC at the main road left side of the Karak town. From KFC to Orchard Heights Bungalowis about 12.4 km.

To reach Orchard Heights Homestay. From KFC drive about 0.5km you will notice a police station on your right and there is a T junction which you need to turn right to go to Orchard Heights .

Look for a Big Yellow sign board of LADANG SABAI on your left after 11.4km from the police station T junction. At the Ladang Sabai signboard turn left across a steel bridge then turn to the left go up to the paved tar road. That is exactly the location.

Lazy with all those, then please key this into your device:

GPS Coordinates: N3 20.866  E102.3.522

Address :- Orchard Heights Bungalow Homestay  Resort

Email : [email protected]

Contact Person : 010-2605123 ( Mr Simon )

Just bout 10 days ago, I went to this stall to have durian buffet with my colleague and since then I updated a picture on Twitter and FB, I was scolded and curse by my friend for why tempt them with such King of Fruit in season which makes them drool just by that picture(click here for part 1). Then during that time I was told by a guy that since last weekend they will have more better quality durians from Pahang as previously it was mostly from the southern part, like Johor. . .Since then I did told some of my friend then they directly ask me to do secound round of buffet and last night, I had organise one again and consider it Durian buffet get together part 2~ or SS2 durian buffet

This round I decided to go more premium as last round I just thought that the max was only RM15 and last night get to discover that RM20 you eat more premium quality durian such as Udang Merah and others that those durians can cost RM12-RM15 per kg easily . . without much hesitation direct jump to that. . . and ask them start opening the durians. .RM 20 durian buffet for this round . ..

RM 9 normal durians – guess its durian Kampung??
RM 15 better grades durians..
RM 20 premium grades durians. . (we have this for this round)

Weekdays all 3
Weekend only available RM 15/ RM 20 ONLY. .

* i think this price is applicable to peak season only.. if durian is getting lesser the price will increase. ..

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I must say that durian on this round taste much better compare to what I had but according to Jolyn n Lyn when they came by as they dine the RM15 they find it much better as to me I find this is much better compare to last round . . I guess seasonal durian makes different taste in each batch. .

Last night, I had most of the durian better quality in its meat more solid, a bit milky, not too sweet yet you can eat alot bitter ones, there are mixture of yellowish and fair mild creamy colour  . .  not so watery base meat . .

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Feeq is another hardcore durian fans as when the durian was open and right infrot of him or I would say right after this photoshoot he just whack the durians like no tomorrow and so fast. . .ko’ed after 20 minutes later. .

*remarks – durians are not meant to eat fast as you eat too fast its hard to digest and feel abit bloated.

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Today, Jolyn is on a mission that she want to filled the whole basket at least..  .and her mission complete? scroll till the end. . . .

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Every one happily eating the durian and great to see all stranges talking in one table just because of durians .. .

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This guy is one of the best guy that he usually serve us. . and he is funny. . also with another guy..

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Verdict: did itu Jolyn Cheah manage to fill up the whole basket ? well, actually she did, not her, is we.. for a pax of 8 ppl we filled 1 basket n another quater of it . .as shown in the pics are 2nd basket arleady . .:D

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This is Jolyn Cheah with her very happy durian in her mouth, that she is a very simple person to cheer, when she is sad just buy her durians, she will go hyper and make you happy. .wakkakaka~ :p

Might have ROUND 3 coming up.. just don know when..of course wont be this 2 weeks, as I had too much durians in a row . .need to take a break . .

Results: we are satisfied with it . .no complain and looking forward to come again . .

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 9/10, si pek good ah~ Satisfied & Recommended -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

SS2 Durians
SS2 – Behind BHP Petrol Station
Selangor .. .
(with a L shape stall at the corner junction nearby traffic light)


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