Trekking the steps at Batu Caves

Trip Start Jan 22, 2014
Trip End Feb 17, 2014

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Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Central Market Kuala Lumpur
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Jalan Petaling Kuala Lumpur
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Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur
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Flag of Malaysia  , Federal Territory of Kuala Lum,
Saturday, January 25, 2014

Woke up at 6am by the locals praying, next to the hotel. It was all speaker'ed up so we heard every word, which sounded like a song. It lasted for a good hour so there was no getting away from it. It was like listening to a peaceful alarm clock.

We headed to the pool at 7am and I swam two laps and my heart was pounding haha everyone knows I hate swimming and claim I can't but I can really. Just don't like water (I beat China in a race).

Batu time.

We got the subway to KL Sentral from KLCC and it was easy enough to use, traveled with the locals. Then got on another train and headed towards Batu. As soon as we got out of the station the smell hit me, nearly making my eyes water. It was crazy and it wasn't as busy as previous days as hundreds of thousands have visited to make their offerings to Lord Murugu. It was a festival called Thaipusam and people had kavadi's all over their body carrying milk to the top of the steps (google it).

It instantly made me feel on edge as there was so much going on everywhere you looked haha and I was a little nervous about the monkeys and my bottle of coke, I read before the visit that they try to grab them off you, so it was hid.

The climb to the top looked like a punishment, 272 steps to the temple cave, people throwing up on the stairs, others stopping and sitting, blocking your path and no sign of monkeys yet. We where recommended to NOT climb the steps at midday as that's when the sun is blazing down on your neck, I wish we listened. By the time we got to the top I was sweating like a mad man and it just wouldn't stop. I would claim it was the booze coming out but we hadn't drank haha.

The view from the top was awesome and as we headed into the cave, it was like something from Indiana Jones, then the monkeys appeared. I spotted one on the move heading towards us and thankfully it ran straight past and headed towards a local kid, with a skin head and some paste/powder thing covering his head (not sure why but every bald person had it - google it). Anyway the monkey was heading straight for him and as soon as he seen it, he had a fit. Rather him than me. We got a few small presents from the top for people and headed back down. It was even a challenge coming down because the steps where so small.

We had a walk into the market and it was like being in an oven, 30 degrees+ on the outside and it felt like 40+ on the inside. Every man on the stalls asking "where you from?", we just kept on browsing. Overall it was a good experience but the smell in some areas was intense! China said its nothing compared to Bangkok.

Time to go catch the train..

We went for a walk around Petrona towers and followed a path which lead to a kids park (Best park we had ever seen in our life!) it was like seven parks in one and it was empty.. As we kept walking round the path we came across a free outdoor pool and it was packed with locals. So we had to dip our feet in for a bit.

Soaking in the limited amount of sun KL get, China has a nose bleed haha no bag on her means no tissues, and no tissues in sight I asked her "do you want my sock?" Lmao "okay.." There was no other option for her really. I asked what it was like and she said it smells. We had done the Batu steps not so long ago, poor thing.

I felt like I was going to be bad and started feeling weak so we went for something to eat as we hadn't eat since breakfast ages ago. We came back to the hotel for a rest and I was nearly falling asleep. I needed a livener, so I downed a Barocca! It sorted me right out.

We headed to the Central Market and checked out the stalls for a bargain, we both needed a bag to carry small stuff instead of packing our pockets. China spotted a tie-dye bag she loved so she got it and I couldn't find any thing. After mooching for about an hour we had a look around the area and couldn't find out. As we where about to head back we seen the lights for Chinese New Year so we headed over. We found the place everyone had said go to.. Jalan Petaling! It was hectic as expected and we had a sugar cane drink in a bag, China had told me about, it was mint!!! We stopped and watched these dudes dressed up in costumes dance and didn't know what it was all about and then noticed, it was advertisement for the chicken shop we where stood outside of (check the video down below). The bars where packed and no seats so we headed back. The taxi driver tried to offer us a ride for 25MYR when we had just paid 15 to get there. And I told him an he claimed "Nightshift"lol I said no and he said 20, so we just got in. Now this taxi driver was impatient, beeping at lights again. We came along the road we next to Petronas and there was bars all along like a strip and we had only jut spotted them, excited we got out and went into the Irish bar 'Healy Mac's'. We got our usual Tiger beer but on draft. There was football on so I got my fix, we stayed for a few hours before heading for food. As we got outside there was kids running up to people begging for money and a young lass ran up to China tapping her on the arm with a rose. We just kept on walking and came across a bar full of what looked like western men all sat with their prized Asian women haha wonder what that bar is for?

We came across a food centre which was right next to our hotel so we went in. All locals looking glaring at us which was a bit uncomfortable but we needed feeding. We ordered Chicken Tikka, Garlic Nan, Egg rice, Two Cokes and this dip... It was one of the best Indians(?) I have had!! China didn't really enjoy it as she had to use the ladies room which was saturated in piss haha what made it even better was the fact it was 27MYR and that is around £4.90, yes £4.90!! I was buzzing!

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Ariff Ahmad on

You should go to Penang! Then go Langkawi

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