Last batch of our Singapore-Malaysia vacation photos. About time too, it’s been 4 months since our trip! But at least I finished blogging about it before the year ended 😄
On our 2nd day in Malaysia, we decided to hire a guide to take us around Kuala Lumpur. We made arrangements to meet at our hotel lobby at 9am, but he arrived an hour late. (Obviously this didn’t sit too well with us, but our guide was really apologetic so we forgave him.) Our first stop was Batu Caves, which is actually outside KL, but not by far. It’s a famous limestone hill with several small caves inside. Some of the caves house a few Hindu shrines so it’s also a place of worship for some people.
The first thing you see upon reaching the place is this HUGE statue of Murugan, a Hindu god. According to Wikipedia, the statue is 140ft, making it the tallest statue of Murugan in the world.
The second thing you will notice is the number of pigeons that surround the place:
They’re used to people so you can sit down next to them and take pictures. You can even buy bird seed from some vendors and feed them.
Ckloy kept chasing them around, trying to take close up shots but it was hard because there were a few kids there who kept running around trying to make fly away.
He did get this though:
To reach the caves, you have to climb up 272 steps (that’s right, *two hundred and seventy two*) so make sure you eat a hearty breakfast to help you get you through it. Also, it’s a good idea to wear shoes with plenty of traction because the steps are really small and some are a bit slippery. I have itty bitty feet and even I had trouble climbing them. Some people had to walk sideways so they wouldn’t fall.
At the foot of the stairs you’ll see more Hindu statues:
Up we go:
The climb up was tiring but amusing because there were several monkeys running around begging for food.
Once again, Ckloy was mesmerized by the animals. He really should consider a career as a wildlife photographer, lol.
He took these pictures:
Don’t let those innocent eyes fool you, they can be extremely aggresive when they want to be. If they catch you with food, they’ll run up to you and grab it out of your hands (or pockets), so be careful. While we were climbing up we heard this loud shriek coming from below us. For a while we thought that someone had fallen off the steps but it turned out that a monkey had just grabbed some food from a tourist.