Getting to the Batu Caves
Getting to the Batu Caves was quite simple. From KL Sentral station you need to take the train on line 2 (red line) north towards the Batu Caves. a Return ticket only cost 4 myr ($1 and change) and the train ride is about 30 minutes long.
On the train I noticed so many rules that I have never seen on trains anywhere for. There was also train cars designated for female passengers only, but men still sat there.
When you leave the train station the Batu caves is about a short 5 minute walk. You will see the Hindu Monkey Temple just past the station. It was closed when I went there, so I just took pictures.
This is the walkway to the caves. There are lots of small tents set up with people selling food, delicious coconut water, souvenirs, clothes, etc. It was very hot even though it was later in the day. So, the coconut water was really good because it was very cold and also so delicious. I think I got there around 4 pm so the crowds were non existent.
As I was walking I caught this monkey stealing food from one of the vendors. They didn't even notice it was gone. But the monkey had a great lunch. One of the things I heard about the Batu caves is that the monkey's steal everything so you need to hold onto your valuables.
As I kept walking I finally got a glance and was in awe. Now it actually felt like I was in a foreign country. The Batu caves is the most popular Hindu shrine outside of India. There are 272 steps leading up to the cave. It may not sound like much, but considering this heat it is a lot of steps.
The most annoying part of travelling alone; not having anyone to take your picture. So I took lots of selfies. One thing from women visiting the caves to remember, do not wear short skirts. Modesty is very important here, you should wear shorts, skirts or dresses past your knees. If not you have to borrow a sarong for 5 myr, when you are finished you return it and get back 3 myr. Fyi they aren't that nice.
Going up the steps there were so many monkey's. I love animals so it just made me very excited, hence why there are various amounts of monkey pictures. I tried not to get close to the monkey's because they grab peoples belongings and won't let go. But they are EVERYWHERE.
Well this isn't the very top, but I wanted to take a picture to get a break from walking up the stairs. I was definitely very sweaty afterwards. But the view from the top was pretty nice I must say.
Inside the caves I took a selfie. Inside really isn't anything special, it's just a cave. But it's always interesting to just look at the formation of the rocks and stuff. There was another set of stairs leading to the back section of the caves, where there is another shrine.
The stairs leaded to an outdoor area of the caves. It was really nice to see the formation in natural light.
There was another shrine here as well.
This is what the inside of the cave looks like. Lots of people could fit in here to worship.
After I left the cave I saw more monkey's so I went a little snap crazy. They really eat anything!
Here I am at the top of the steps. To the right of the picture you can see stars leaving to another place called "Dark Caves". Plus you can see all the garbage on the ground. What surprised me most about visiting the caves was the amount of garbage I saw. I know the monkey's steal stuff from people but there should be cleaning up the mess. It looks very unattractive how dirty it was.
I went to check out the Dark Caves. But you actually have to pay 35 myr to do the tour. But I saw a sign that said home to the trapdoor spider and that there are snakes in there than though "Oh HELL no". I hate spiders and snakes, and this is a dark places where I can't see much. But it sounded like a really cool adventure. They had tables set up with dead snakes, bats, spiders and some other creatures in a jar that live in the cave. That also turned me off, I saw a rattlesnake in a jar. But it would definitely be really cool for the adventurous people.
When I was leaving the Dark Caves area these girls were living the monkey's their water bottles for what ever reason. One of the monkey's climbed up on top of one of the signs and started biting the water bottle cap.
Here are the other monkey's with the water bottles. Two of them were fighting over one. The smaller ones are so adorable, those eyes.
On my way down I saw a guy take a selfie with one of the monkey's which gave me the idea. I wasn't brave enough to go close to them because I was scared it might attack me so I did it from afar. The monkey was too focused on the chip bag and would not look for the selfie. I think I spent about an hour and a half at the caves, which was a lot of time for me because there really wasn't much to see. But I think I could have been there a little longer if I wasn't so hungry.
When I came down from the caves there was an influx of people and pigeons. There was one guy putting all the pigeons on his arm to the right. Pigeons to me are like rats with wings they are so gross. I guess he didn't really know much about them.
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