It’s the first road trip with our puppies. We didn’t really do any pre-planning on this trip because our motive is only to get away from the KL heat and I took the chance as soon as my company gave us a day off over the weekend.Here I am gonna blog about our little adventure with our winter dogs… 😛
As soon as I know I got a day off, I quickly make a call to Valley View Bungalow. A place where I KIV-ed if we are ever going to do a trip there. We stumble upon this place by reading few blogs about it and also recommendation from pooch owners who made a trip there. Mr. William is very nice and his wife too (which I didn’t get her name). The bungalow is very well kept and clean. We booked the whole of upstairs bungalow where it had 2 rooms with queen sized bed and washroom, a living hall, and a fully equipped kitchen. When I say fully equipped, I really meant it as having microwave, toaster, rice cooker, gas stove and all the other cooking utensils. Outside the bungalow, has its own patio to sit and chill, and a garden with BBQ stove. It is a nice stroll along the bungalow estate because it’s planted with very nice flowers around and even roses. The smell of roses will take over your house in the morning and the birds chirping just right by your room window. Two of our monster can’t stop sniffing every corner of the estate. For doggy lovers, Mr William have a pack of dogs of their own too!
The location of this bungalow is between Tanah Rata and Ringlet. For more information, you can check out their blog / website.
May Flower Steamboat Restaurant, Tanah Rata
We had our first meal at Mayflower Steamboat restaurant. We settled down and we were hungry and with two dogs. There were no markets around as we were residing near Tanah Rata. We thought to put our dogs inside the car with windows open as the weather is cool and breezy. Then we stumble upon this steamboat restaurant and we ask if we can bring our two medium sized husky down for a lunch? The owner said yes! We did and then we attracted a lot of people. We were too hungry to take any picture at that time. While we were eating, a few locals passed by and talked to us about dogs and husky and also who in the locals are dog breeders as well and suggested some place for us to visit. Thus we concluded, the locals (chinese mostly) are very pet friendly.
(picture is taken from Google, since I did not snap any picture). Recommended in this place is their steamboat, bak kut teh and chicken rice :). Their location is at Tanah Rata, the same area as Maybank is.
Jasmine Cafe, Tanah Rata
Mr. William suggested us to go to Jasmine cafe if we’re bringing our dogs. So we did for next day’s lunch. The 1st time we went the day before, the outside area was full and we aren’t able to try. So the next day we made a call before we go to reserve a spot for ourselves. The owner breeds toy dogs (not sure what) but he’s a dog crazy himself. Cloudy sniffed him and were OK with him, so i think he’s a nice person. LOL. Anyway, they served fusion food, western and chinese. The price is on the high side for cameron highlands, but is not too bad as the taste is good and they allow your pooch. Try the grill duck… RM28, and is recommended! I do suggest you call and make a booking before you visit. The place can be quite pack for lunch time. They served food all day, so you can go there for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Oh, they served alcohols too.
They are also located at Tanah Rata. If you’re coming up from Ringlet, they’ll be on your left of the 1st row of shops at the far end corner. If you’re coming from Brinchang, then they’ll be on your right at the last row of shops (heading to convent school).
For breakfast, we decided to stay in. Initially we bought some cereals and milk for breakfast but I woke up early as 7am and decided that I should walk to the opposite and see what I can find. After all the air is so fresh in the morning. The flowers were blooming and the birds were chirping. What’s not to walk for just a short distance. Just right outside our bungalow and turn to the right corner and you will see a small store ‘Sinar Pagi’ just slightly off the roadside. They are no dog’s allowed because is a Malay owner and cook. But anyway, is so nearby, so just bungkus boleh-lah. We ordered 2 nasi lemak with egg and brought it back to our bungalow, sat and eat at the patio in the morning with a cup of coffee. They also serve bihun goreng, mee goreng, and etc. So you know you won’t get hungry for breakfast!
Bee Farm and handpicked strawberries
When in cameron highlands, you need to get strawberries for yourself and as souvenirs. We didn’t have the chance to go to morning market and night market to get fresh farmed goods. That is because we were so relaxed at our stay we didn’t want to get out from there. I mean, who would pay RM400 to not stay in a nice place where my doggies are happy running and exploring? 😛 Anyway, as we were on our way back to KL, we decided to stop at Ringlet for this Bee Farm where handpicked strawberries can be done too. They sell half KG at RM18. (I’m not sure that’s the market price)… but it’s fun picking strawberries of your own.. LOL. The place is pretty open and with some sunflowers. The owner has a dog too. So I assume they are dog friendly and yes they are after I asked the owner when I paid. I didn’t bring my monsters down because at that time there were a few strays roaming around which they got extremely excited, so I left them inside the car while i quickly picked strawberries. I would bring them along if there aren’t too excited. LOL.
Boh Tea Plantation
Many knows this is a tourist spot. And I would not want to visit packed tourist spots especially I’m with two monsters. But since it is on the way where we checked out the Bee Farm, we thought to just take a drive to check out the plantation scenery. It was a narrow windy road drive up, but the view was awesome. My monsters are not very fond of windy roads (now that I found out) so they missed out the head popping out window moment. When we arrived, true enough it was packed with humans. We managed to get a parking just by the side of a grassy area up the hillside. And when we were there the wind was blowing so strong all the time, so it was rather cold. We opened our car window for the dogs to enjoy the cold wind. They seem to have calmed themselves and so we let them out to sit on the grass. Later on, for a bit we walked them around to sniff some grass and take some pictures. The cafe and the factory is no pets allowed, so we just hang outside which is already awesome enough for us! Then we sat back at the grass area where our car is parked and we bungkus some scones and tea for a short picnic. And our view is spectacular of course 🙂
After a night stay, we head back home to KL.
Then we hit a detour to Ipoh because of chicken rice. So we took a 30 minutes drive to Ipoh from Tapah and have chicken rice … LOL. We parked our car right where we sat at the roadside and our windows down while we quickly grab our early dinner. And yes, the owners are OK with doggies too! 🙂
That ends our weekend getaway!
Some places the locals suggested is dog friendly
- Crest Valley steamboat at Tanah Rata
- Cactus Valley Farm
- a chinese restaurant on the way to ringlet (which we didn’t manage to go) I forgot what’s the name, but can ask Mr.William
- Some place in tanah rata kopitiam, you will see the jasmine cafe owner there drink morning tea with his dogs
- a local told us that there’s this man in one of the farm owned 5 huskies and he took it to the mountains to run. Not sure how true.. didn’t met him 😛
- Rainforest Inn (I previously called up before and it’s a forest stay on long houses. A pretty unique adventure for your pooch) You gotta take the deluxe room which you may call to for booking.
The next trip to Cameron Highlands, I am gonna bring them for a jungle trekking. LOL. My friendly dog lovers / travelers. I hope now you have a clearer picture on what to expect when you plan to bring your pooch up north. Please do keep in mind to clean up after them and to keep them calm at all times. I’m sure you wouldn’t want them to ruin the spectacular view and flowers… teehee.. 😛
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