First port of call
11.06.2007 - 11.06.2007
Actually, Kuala Lumpur hasn't a port, it is Port Klang where the ship docked. I had done some research so we could make the best of our time, that meant catching a taxi to Port Klang train station, and then a train into Kuala Lumpur. We enjoyed the train trip in, then made the decision to catch a taxi to Batu Caves which I had read about.
Batu Caves are limestone caves thought to be 400 million years old. They were discovered in 1892 and are 400 metres long, and 100 metres high, the first religious caves I had been too.
There are three of them altogether. The biggest cave is called Cathedral cave, and its here where you find a Hindu Temple. This a very sacred place for the Malay Hindus and is their focal point for the Thaipusam Festival, which attracts 1.5million people.
What you need to know is there are 272 steps to climb, so you need a reasonable amount of fitness, I sat down and had a rest several times on my way to the top. There are lots of monkeys, do not feed them and make sure you have a good grip on your camera, handbag and anything else, as they are good thieves and can become quite aggressive.
I enjoyed the caves which are located 13km north of Kuala Lumpur.
The rest of the day was spent on a Hop On Off Bus tour. We sat in a modern Double Decker Coach from which we had good views and wonderful look around the city. We stayed on the bus for the whole loop as we didn't have enough time to get off and have a look around, but we will be back as what we saw, we liked.
It was back on the train and to the port for dinner, show and a good sleep ready for the next day.