When you tell people you’re going to Malaysia, they’ll probably tell you to visit the Batu Caves. It’s a limestone hill with several caves and cave temples, about 40 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur by car and 25 minutes by train. If you’re traveling in groups of 4, better get car service (UBER or GRAB) so you don’t have to wait for the train. Getting there is very convenient and totally worth it.
I’ve been to the Batu Caves several times, roughly 6 times since 2012. We always bring our guests there, but the uphill climb is really not for everyone. If you’re afraid of heights, you can still go the other caves and enjoy the views from below.
Some travel tips:
Go there either early in the morning (before 10:00 AM) or late in the afternoon (after 4:00 PM). But if you can bear the heat, go ahead.
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. I’ve seen Chinese tourists (and some Koreans) go up the 272 steps in wedges and even high heels. It’s a steep incline, better wear flats, better yet, running shoes.
You can wear shorts and sleeveless blouses but they’ll ask you to cover up. You can bring your own shawl or rent one for MYR 5.00.
Bring your own water. They sell bottled water. But better bring your own to save some cash, you know.
DO NOT FEED THE MONKEYS. Seriously. Sure, they look cute but they grab shiny things so better hold on to your cameras, smartphones, and sunglasses.
Leave a donation. There is no entrance fee to the main caves, but do leave a donation.
Interesting tour stories.
When my husband’s best and his friend visited Malaysia, we took there to the Batu Caves. We were surprised to see the cave temples being renovated. They asked us to carry one brick up the hill. One brick = one tourist. Nice way to delegate some work to the tourists!
When two of my closest friends from Manila visited, a pigeon poop on my friend’s shoulder. They say it’s good luck. J Just don’t open your mouth when you look up to marvel at the sights.
Our first trip to the Batu Caves was in 2012. We saw a statue of a half woman, half goat. My husband and I joked about the “angry tits.” You just couldn’t miss them! When we returned sometime in 2014 or 2015, they had the “angry tits” covered up with a black bikini top. I guess they were too “disturbing.”
You can also check out surrounding attractions like the Dark Cave and the Ramayana Cave. One couple friend took the Dark Cave adventure and said the cave is so smelly (from bat shit), it’s not worth the entrance fee. Ramayana Cave is the safer choice.