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Malaysia and Cambodia


This is about my upcoming trip to Malaysia and Cambodia. The first part is pre-trip - information about flights, itineraries, accommodation and all the things that you need to do to plan an overseas holiday. This is my first trip to Asia and I hope it may help others. Comments are very welcome and anyone who has travelled to Malaysia and/or Cambodia, please feel free to comment and offer any advice or tips that you think would be helpful. As of today ( 28th February) , in exactly 11 days (minus 30 minutes) I will be in Kuala Lumpur.

I had the most amazing time and hope you enjoy reading about my trip. Each post is numbered and I'm doing them in order from start to finish - a little like a diary.



101. Mossy Forest

Above: Ginger plant
After seeing Mt. Brinchang, we walked a short way down the hill and entered the mossy forest on the left which is approx. 2,000 metres above sea level. This little ginger plant

Above: Nick, our guide
Nick was very good at showing us leaves and plants and explaining what their use was. Alas, I misremember the name of many, including this one, other than it is some sort of palm.

Above: Pitcher plant (Nepenthes alba)
One of the many pitcher plants. These plants live off insects in the forest attracting them in with a sweet nectar.

Above: Pitcher plant (Tolong Jangan Sentuh)
Once the insect is trapped then it's Kbang! - the lid (trap) closes shut and its prey is caught. More information about these plants can be found here.

Above: Fatimah's plant - (Labisia Pumila)
In Malaysia, Labisia pumila is popularly known locally as Selusuh Fatimah

Labisia pumila (Myrsinaceae), popularly known as "Kacip Fatimah", has been used by many generation of the Malay women to induce and facilitate childbirth as well as a post-partum medicine

Kacip Fatimah has been traditionally used by the Malay women for many generations in childbirth in inducing and eases delivery, as a post partum medication to help contract the birth channel, to regain body strength, regulate menstrual cycle and avoid painful or difficult menstration, and to alleviate menopausal symptoms. The plant is traditionally boiled and the water extraction is taken as a drink. Other traditional uses include treating dysentery, rheumatism, and gennoehoea. It is also used as antiflatulence by helping to drive away and prevent the formation of gas. The plant will also help to firm and tone the abdominal muscles. Scientific studies have established that the medicinal properties and biological activities of Kacip Fatimah are due to the presence of phyto-estrogen (plant estrogen) that is naturally found in the plant.

Above: Boundary marker Pahang/Perak
It was fun to stand here with a foot on both sides of the border.

Above: Gazebo?
This charming little gazebo was down the hill a bit after we exited the forest.


Naemah said...

Hi there. Was looking for something else @ google, but I end up reading your journey to Malaysia & Cambodia. :)

Btw, Pitcher plant is called Periuk Kera in Malaysia.

Tolong Jangan Senton (the correct one is "Tolong Jangan Sentuh") which means "Please don't Touch"

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Thanks Naemah, I have made the necessary correction.

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