What can I say about Malaysia’s Batu Caves? Very little about caves them self but journey was exceptional. The limestone caves are a sacred Hindu site just seven miles from Malaysia’s modern city, Kuala Lumpur. They are connected to Kuala Lumpur’s metro system and a cinch to reach the actual caves making it a well populated tourist attraction like London’s Big Ben. Only this is more exotic.
On the way to the Batu Caves Station on the commuter train.
The station literally drops you off just feet from the entrance.
The caves are home to scattered long tailed-macaque monkeys which scurry up the stairs and throughout the caves. Like vultures they will pounce on any uneaten food and have been known to swipe sunglasses, cameras, and snacks from tourists who like to feed them.
The idea is to climb up a really long set of stairs leading to the cave. It’s long and steep but frail old women managed. Maybe a reader more familiar with Hinduism can explain why a family is carrying a newborn baby in the orange pouch up to caves? I will reserve any judgment until then.
The Batu Caves. Really just a big open air cave. This is it. Really.
Even worse the only restaurants on the premises are vegetarian only. Good for Indians and hippies. Not ideal for myself and others. But also not the end of the world either.
There you have it. The Batu Caves.
Jason I have a few questions- What was your favorite Asian Country? and what was your favorite Eastern European country?
Locationless Living says
I didn’t visit “many” countries on this trip so I think my opinion is limited. I am still working on new posts about Bangladesh, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Japan so stay tuned for those.
Out of Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic) none of the countries really stood out to me so much. Ukraine had some really cool places to see like Chernobyl and of course I got to experience some Solviet like culture. It was also insanely difficult to travel and I barely even left the capital. The people in Poland seemed really nice and helpful but I was only there for a day in a third-tier city. So what do I know? And Prague seemed overhyped to me. It was nice but nothing exceptional. I have no desire to return.
Out of the Asian countries Japan stood out the most to me. The people weren’t so great but the country had so many cool things to try from food to nightlife, or just walking around. So many small differences like the heated toilets.
Bangladesh was also really interesting to walk around but I would never tell a tourist to go there. Malaysia was pretty good, but not great. I really liked Hong Kong a lot and its a place I wouldn’t mind living. When I eventually return to Asia I could see myself revisiting Thailand and trying some new places like the Philippines.
Have you done any traveling in Europe or Asia. I would be curious to know how my thoughts compare.
Unfortunately I have done very little traveling in my lifetime, but I do have a great interest in it. I strive to be an internet entreprenuer, much like yourself, and live the locationless living lifestyle. I know that I don’t ever want to work for anyone but myself.
I’m trying to study abroad for a semester in the near future- so that’s a start. I was also thinking of teaching English in a different country during summer breaks.
Locationless Living says
That sounds really cool! I hope to hear more about your travels in the future. Have you started thinking of where you want to go study?
Preferably I would want to study in a Spanish speaking country since I am minoring in Spanish and I want to become fluent. So I am considering Colombia and Peru as my top choices. I also thought about Brazil even though they speak Portuguese.