Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Road Trip 3 ( Gua Musang - Kuala Lipis - Home )

Two of my crew having their icecream break at Gua Musang after our long drive from Cameron Highland.
Gua Musang town is surrounded by limestone hills such as this.
The road took us to Gua Musang, the sleepy town is in the middle of limestone hills and we learnt that Gua Musang refer to an actual cave in one of the hill. We did not stop long at Gua Musang as we has decided to spend the night at Kuala Lipis instead.

The drive from Gua Musang to Kuala Lipis is probably the most challenging section of our road trip. The road is narrow with quick elevation changes and bends at some part, coupled with maniacal lorry drivers who seems to be he high on amphetamine made the drive at time a hair raising affair. Thankfully we made it to Kuala Lipis without incident. We arrived at the town after dark and I was totally unfamiliar with the place and have no idea where I can park my campervan safely for the night. Finally, we decided that we will check into a hotel instead of sleeping in our campervan, the endless hot water at the hotel bathroom is a welcome change from the discipline of water rationing in our camper!

The next morning we checked out and set about to explore the town. Kuala Lipis used to the administrative center of the state of Pahang so it has everything a major town should have, hospital, train station even the EPF and taxation office. The center of the town consist of the lower street and upper street along the river bank, the two streets are in parallel to each other and stairway arcade linked them together. We were told that the best noodle in town is found here, so we decided to trust our stomach to it and it did not dissapoint!

The lower street of Kuala Lipis.

The stairway linking the lower street and the upper street is also a food arcade

This is where we have our breakfast at the stairway food arcade. The noodle is good!

After our breakfast, we move on and drove towards Raub, which happens to be the place of my wife's childhood home town. Her aunt still lives there and we decided to drop by for a visit.
Visiting our relatives at Tras, near Raub. The people there has never seen a campervan before. One of them thought that it was a van from the council's dog pound looking for stray dogs!
Fallen tree blocking traffic between Tras and Kuala Kubu Baru. Fortunately the lorries were able to tow the fallen trunks aside to allow vehicles to pass through.
The captain and navigator at the bridge.

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