Babel fish on tour

Trip Start May 18, 2003
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, May 25, 2003

The Batu Caves are relatively easy to get to if you know where to catch the bus from. We caught the 11D from outside the Bangkok Bank in Chinatown. There are other buses that go there (we caught the 69 coming back) but the 11D is regular enough at 15 minute intervals (yes even on a Sunday). Walking to Chinatown this afternoon business was no different from yesterday - this city truly is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Some museums are however shut one day a week, usually on Monday.

Once you get there (40mins on the bus) the 272 steps leading up and around to the mouth of the caves is an impressive site. Daniel and I decided to run up to the top but in this heat and humidity we conked out at around 200 steps. My lower legs felt like lead at this point and I knew it was time to stop running.

There were a few monkeys wandering on the steps which I was surprised to see, but they were pretty vicious as they tried to snatch food from unsuspecting passers by (so you didn't miss anything Miranda). Cameras and small bags needed to be kept out of sight.

Once in the main cave it was very striking with its huge suspended formations. Not a bad place to put a temple, but the piped music was a little distracting from the natural beauty. Babel fish made an appearance here much to the amusement of the other visitors. During a particular Hindu festival (in February) over a million people visit the caves; many of them are in a trance state and attached weights to their body but feel no pain.

We seemed to have lost Daniel on our way back to KL, but he had a plane to catch that afternoon so we thought he might have felt the need to make a sharp exit. Getting off the bus in Chow Kit I wondered through some of the local markets and leisurely made my way back to downtown KL. Chow Kit is probably where local people buy their goods and the prices certainly reflected this. I picked up a bargain bag (RM15) at the market and then walking into Sago (high-end shopping mall) I bought myself a fancy solar powered watch (RM219). Maria said that it probably wouldn't work once I got back to England!
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