2017 Drive from Singapore to Thailand – Day 14 – The Big Red Strawberry Farm

You can’t go to Cameron Highlands without paying a visit to a strawberry farm and a tea plantation. Well you shouldn’t anyway… the strawberries and tea are everywhere. 

Our favorite strawberry farm is the big one at Brinchang Town – The Big Red Strawberry Farm. You can find it up a very steep slope off one of the side lanes. Plenty of signs around, you can’t miss it. 

The great thing about this place is that you don’t really have to buy anything for your family to enjoy yourselves here. Your kids will have fun posing as giant strawberries and there are plenty of things to see without even paying to pick the strawberries.

There are even kid’s rides at a cheap RM1 which will entertain your little ones while you enjoy a nice strawberry dessert or drink from the cafe.

The scary thing about this place is the steep slope up and down which you have to navigate carefully with your vehicle. Go slow and save your suspension!

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Click here to read about how we navigate the tricky side roads into the beautiful Boh Sungei Palas Tea plantation.

Click here to read from the beginning of my 2017 SG-TH blog series.

Click this link to read my three part blog post from 2016 where I detail everthing you need to know about preparing for a Singapore – Thailand road trip.

My wife and I enjoy having guests over at our place for fellowship and a nice home-cooked meal. So if you would like to drop by to try some of my wife’s wonderful cooking and to talk more about travel and life, do drop me a mail at lenniechua@gmail.com to arrange a dinner date! Everyone welcome!

2017 Drive from Singapore to Thailand – Day 13 – Morning Walk to Parit Falls

Parit Falls is a quaint little waterfall easily accessible from the Taman Sedia neighbourhood in between the two big Cameron towns of Brinchang and Tanah Rata. 

From our apartment at Golden Hills, I took a leisurely morning walk heading towards the waterfall. 

Mornings at Cameron are rather chilly, reminding me of a cool spring day in England, and it is excellent weather to be out and about enjoying the greenery amd scenery all around. 

Along the way, I passed by the golf course and managed to take some nice pictures of the sunrise:

There were also some nice buildings along the way like this All Souls Anglican Church:

And this white colonial building that is now a holiday homestay:

The walk totalled 6km there and back. I didn’t venture very deep into trails within the park, as the ground was uneven and slippery, without railings. I didn’t want to risk a fall and injury. This trip has already been eventful enough! 😛 

The falls itself is nothing out of the ordinary, but it was still nice to hear the sounds of flowing water and the life of the forest. It is a real pity though the amount of trash that can be seen in the water around the falls. Humans really need to learn to respect nature and not destroy it with our rubbish. It really spoils the whole environment and the sense of pristine tranquility. 

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Click here to read the next installment of my 2017 SG-TH blog series where I share about our visit to the Big Red Strawberry Farm.
Click here to read from the beginning of my 2017 SG-TH blog series.

Click this link to read my three part blog post from 2016 where I detail everthing you need to know about preparing for a Singapore – Thailand road trip.

My wife and I enjoy having guests over at our place for fellowship and a nice home-cooked meal. So if you would like to drop by to try some of my wife’s wonderful cooking and to talk more about travel and life, do drop me a mail at lenniechua@gmail.com to arrange a dinner date! Everyone welcome!

2017 Drive from Singapore to Thailand – Day 12 – Flat Tyre up Cameron Highlands

Today, we set off from Jitra on a 340km leg to Cameron Highlands, taking the less winding Simpang Pulai route. We always enjoy the scenic drive up the mountains because of the breathtaking sights of the mountain peaks and the valleys below. The air is also so much fresher and cooler, and we take advantage of this by putting down the car windows to enjoy the natural ventilation.
Everything went smoothly except halfway up the mountain, my car’s warning lights started to flash, telling us that our rear right tyre pressure was low. Oh dear. Not good. This could mean my tyre was leaking air, and I might be facing having to deal with a flat tyre literally in the middle of nowhere. The nearest petrol station was still 40km away and I had not much of a choice. The car still seemed to be driving fine without the bumps of having a fully flat tire. I decided to risk aiming for the petrol stations at Brinchang, while driving as smoothly as possible to avoid aggravating the damage. I had only changed my full set of tyres about 3 months back so I was hoping the damage wasn’t going to be all that serious. 

To make things worse, the skies opened and it started to rain. Drama indeed. 

Thankfully, we reached the petrol station safely and I pumped up all four tyres to the recommended pressure before setting off to collect our apartment keys. There was a cut off time to collect the keys, so that also added to my anxiety. I stopped the car at the side of the apartment complex, collected our keys and then noticed a distinct hissing sound coming from the rear right tyre, clearly audible even through the rain. The tyre was most definitely leaking air and if I don’t get it rectified, it is another battle looming with my inconvenient spare tyre.

We got a recommendation of a tyre shop back in Brinchang, and I was very grateful for the service rendered. They quickly identified the leak, patched it up without even trying to sell us a new set of tyres. Best of all, the cost was only RM10. Thank God. All’s well that ends well. Now, I’m left wondering how long my patched up tyre will last…


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Click here to read the next installment of my 2017 SG-TH blog series where I share about my morning walk to Parit Falls.

Click here to read from the beginning of my 2017 SG-TH blog series.

Click this link to read my three part blog post from 2016 where I detail everthing you need to know about preparing for a Singapore – Thailand road trip.

My wife and I enjoy having guests over at our place for fellowship and a nice home-cooked meal. So if you would like to drop by to try some of my wife’s wonderful cooking and to talk more about travel and life, do drop me a mail at lenniechua@gmail.com to arrange a dinner date! Everyone welcome!

2017 Drive from Singapore to Thailand – Day 11 – Crossing back into Malaysia

Alas, how time flies. It is time to pack our bags and make our return trip back into Malaysia. 
Time for one final group photo for memories sake, and we set off on our 400km journey from Krabi back to the Thai Malaysia border. 

Thank God for good weather and a smooth drive, except for having to emergency break and swerve to avoid hitting a dog who decided to have a sudden dash across the highway.  

The border crossing was also straightforward. Just drive your vehicle directly to the immigration booths:

Slip in a one ringgit “tip” into every passport. After getting your passports stamped, proceed to the next booth to sign and return your vehicle import form. 

After clearing the Thai side, drive up to the Malaysia immigration where each adult might be required to place two index fingers on the biometric scanner for identification. There is also the payment of RM3.60 via the Touch N Go card. Thankfully, no RM20 entry fee required here.

After successfully clearing the customs, we said goodbye to my brother-in-law’s family- They will be headed back to Singapore while we will extend our stay for a few more nights at Cameron Highlands and Melaka.

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Click here to read the next installment of my 2017 SG-TH blog series where I share about my leaking tyre experience halfway on the drive up Cameron Highlands. 

Click here to read from the beginning of my 2017 SG-TH blog series.

Click this link to read my three part blog post from 2016 where I detail everthing you need to know about preparing for a Singapore – Thailand road trip.

My wife and I enjoy having guests over at our place for fellowship and a nice home-cooked meal. So if you would like to drop by to try some of my wife’s wonderful cooking and to talk more about travel and life, do drop me a mail at lenniechua@gmail.com to arrange a dinner date! Everyone welcome!

2017 Drive from Singapore to Thailand – Day 10 – Extended Family Fellowship

Going on a road trip is fun, but having your extended family around to share the experience with you is double the fun!

Our previous two Thailand road trips were on our own, but this year, we managed to get my brother-in-law’s family to join in. Although they couldn’t be with us all the way, we arranged to meet them in Krabi for our three days here. 

We had a great time together! 

My brother-in-law was the person who inducted us into the joys of these long distance road trips. We have so many fond memories of our first road trip together 12 years ago when we tailed his car as we drove together as a convoy to Melaka. At that time, the 200km journey was an adventure to us. Fast forward 12 years, we have ventured on our own further and further north to satisfy our wanderlust, to KL, then Ipoh, then Cameron Highlands, then Penang and then to Phuket. 

This year, we finally did it together again as an extended family, and what a pleasure it has been! Two family units with a kindred spirit, both with a love for the sense of freedom that goes with the pleasure of the long drive. 

Yesterday, I went for a refreshing morning jog with my brother-in-law along the beach. It was great to spend that time with him against such a pretty backdrop of the ocean, the beach, the cliffs, and the islands. 

Today, we brought both our families to Tesco Lotus to shop and eat, and we came back for a nice swim and massage. We ended the day with a dinner in our hotel room, playing Uno, chatting and watching TV! Brings back memories of group chalet stays in our younger days. 🙂

This is truly an amazing way of bringing family and friends together, to give the time amd the platform for the young cousins to bond. Isn’t this what life should be all about? 

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Click here to read the next installment of my 2017 SG-TH blog series where I share about the journey from Krabi back to Malaysia.

Click here to read from the beginning of my 2017 SG-TH blog series.

Click this link to read my three part blog post from 2016 where I detail everthing you need to know about preparing for a Singapore – Thailand road trip.

My wife and I enjoy having guests over at our place for fellowship and a nice home-cooked meal. So if you would like to drop by to try some of my wife’s wonderful cooking and to talk more about travel and life, do drop me a mail at lenniechua@gmail.com to arrange a dinner date! Everyone welcome!

2017 Drive from Singapore to Thailand – Day 9 – Tiger Cave Temple, Krabi

Today, we set off to the famous Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi to climb the 1237 steps to the summit of the hill where the golden Buddha sits. This hill is unique in that the steps, with railings on both sides, make the climb accessible and doable for all people young and old. However, the steps are steep at certain points, and there are just SO MANY of them, that you underestimate the difficulty of this ascent at your own peril. This climb is tough even for the fittest!

The advice is to bring loads of water, and believe me, you will need it as you will be sweating bucketloads because of the physical exertion and the 35 degrees Celsius heat. 

I’m proud to say my 7 year old girl conquered the whole flight of steps on her own steam without having to be carried. She was bouncing around, talking non-stop with her cousins and uncle, full of energy and optimism, proud of her own achievement, and rightly so!

My 5 year old boy on the other hand, made it to the 900 step mark by himself and then started to exhibit signs of emotional distress. He complained and started to cry,  grousing about how he didn’t like the climb and that “this was the worst day of his life”. Yes, slightly over the top I know, but he is a 5 year old boy after all. I had to then play the role of a counselor, coach and cheerleader, telling him how life isn’t always a cakewalk and that we needed to learn to overcome our own emotions and fears to grow in character and strength. 

I also asked him to pray to God for strength in his weakness. Amazingly, he did exactly that, saying a prayer out loud in the midst of his tears, and even more amazingly, the prayer seemed to work! He slowly but surely transitioned from negativity to positivity and from being mired in despair to being filled with hope and confidence. He even insisted on taking the last 30 steps on his own without my assistance! God truly has a soft spot for these little ones and rewards their little mustard seed of faith!

The view from the top of the hill is absolutely incredible, with a 360 degree panoramic view for miles and miles in all directions. The effort we put in was truly worth it. Video of Panoramic View on Hilltop

The route down, while physically less tiring, was a lot more heavy on the knees. The frontal view of the steep descent of steps can also be very daunting and scary, especially for those who are fearful of heights.

Despite all the physical challenges and exertion, I would highly recommend the climb as the views you get are well worth it! What I also love is the cameraderie between all the fellow climbers as you pass them. There is always that friendly tired smile, the encouragement that it is only a short climb left etc. Challenges like these really bring people, even strangers, together as you work towards a common goal. 

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Click here to read the next installment of my 2017 SG-TH blog series where I share about the joys of having family with you on a long road trip.

Click here to read from the beginning of my 2017 SG-TH blog series.

Click this link to read my three part blog post from 2016 where I detail everthing you need to know about preparing for a Singapore – Thailand road trip.

My wife and I enjoy having guests over at our place for fellowship and a nice home-cooked meal. So if you would like to drop by to try some of my wife’s wonderful cooking and to talk more about travel and life, do drop me a mail at lenniechua@gmail.com to arrange a dinner date! Everyone welcome!

2017 Drive from Singapore to Thailand – Day 8 – Phuket to Krabi

Today’s drive was a comfortable 150km journey from Phuket Mai Khao Beach to Krabi Ao Nang. This felt so leisurely compared to our other legs and we were able to thoroughly enjoy the wonderful scenery around us. Take a look at the video we took of part of our journey : Video Footage of Drive from Phuket to Krabi

We stopped for lunch at KFC at a petrol kiosk in Phang Nga, and after that it was an hour long drive to Krabi.

The rocky hills in this area come in such weird and wacky shapes and sizes and very different to what we see elsewhere.

The route is also much improved from last year. Although some portions were still under construction, all the devastating potholes were gone and we had a comfortable smooth ride the whole way through, mostly on dual carriageways.

Upon arriving at the outskirts of Krabi, we dropped by the Tesco Lotus outlet for some shopping. I bought myself some disposable contact lenses to replace the spectacles I lost yesterday because of my waltz with the waves at the beach. We also replenished our supplies of groceries.

We then arrived at our hotel the Ibis Styles Krabi Ao Nang at around 3.30pm.

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Click here for the next installment of my 2017 SG-TH Blog Series where I share about our adventures at the famous Tiger Cave Temple.

Click here to read from the beginning of my 2017 SG-TH blog series.

Click this link to read my three part blog post from 2016 where I detail everthing you need to know about preparing for a Singapore – Thailand road trip.

My wife and I enjoy having guests over at our place for fellowship and a nice home-cooked meal. So if you would like to drop by to try some of my wife’s wonderful cooking and to talk more about travel and life, do drop me a mail at lenniechua@gmail.com to arrange a dinner date! Everyone welcome!