World Travel 2013-2014, Exploring Batu Caves

As we were checking out today (and I was getting much more worn out than Takeshi from all the walking everywhere!), today was going to hopefully be an even slower paced day than our ‘slow day’ we had planned for yesterday.. which didn’t really happen. The morning was spent at Sri Mahamariamman Temple, taking a look at the inside of the temple. It’s a rather beautiful Hindu temple, with lots of colour and statues throughout the temple. It’s very easy to find if you’re in the Chinatown area of KL, and is worth a visit – just make sure you leave your shoes outside at the shoe rack.

After we checked into our new accommodation, we decided to head out to Batu Caves. I had read a little online about how to get there; however, it was much easier than I expected. All up, our transport for the day for two people was 10 RM (about $3 AUD, or $1.5 AUD per person) for two light rail journeys, and then two train journeys (one to Batu Caves and one back to Sentral Station). Certainly a lot cheaper than the tours we had seen heading out that way, and we were able to stay as long or as short as we wanted to. The area reminded me a lot of Lantau Island in Hong Kong, and is reasonably commercialised, but is still worth a visit if you have the time.

If you wanted to head out to Batu Caves, I’d recommend doing it yourself; however, leave yourself plenty of time as it sounds like the trains can be a bit hit and miss regarding how on time they are (we were very fortunate and didn’t have to wait more than 10 minutes for a train).

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