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Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

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Batu Caves

address: Middle Ring Road II (or MRR2) at Batu Caves, Phone: +60 3 2287 9422
batu-caves-Lord-Murugan.jpg, Limestone hill in the north of Kuala Lumpur with a series of caves and cave temples. They are a sacred place for Hindus in Malaysia and the location of the famous Thaipusam celebrations at the end of January attended by up to one million devotees.
statue of Lord Murugan and stairs up to Batu Caves
Limestone hill in the north of Kuala Lumpur with a series of caves and cave temples. They are a sacred place for Hindus in Malaysia and the location of the famous Thaipusam celebrations at the end of January attended by up to one million devotees.
  • Climb up 272 steps to the main caves and watch lots of monkeys on the way
  • The 42.7m high statue of Lord Murugan (at Batu Caves) was unveiled in Jan 2006
  • Open daily from 7 to 21h
Links:

History of Batu Caves (journeymalaysia.com)


How to get to Batu Caves
Take Intrakota bus No 11D from the Central Market or the Cityliner bus No 69 at Jalan Pudu to get to Batu Caves. Taxis are also available anywhere around city. Currently the metre price for a taxi from Bukit Bintang to Batu Caves is RM17 (Oct 2009).
Batu Caves can now also be reached by KTM Komuter train (Batu Caves station).




local bus stop in Chinatown (in front of Bangkok Bank) where the bus 11D leaves to Batu Cave


Batu Caves KTM train station
Batu Caves KTM train station, the KTM commuter train connects Batu Caves with the city centre (KL Sentral and Kuala Lumpur station)

 

Thaipusam Festival
Thaipusam Festival, photo courtesy: Konni & Matt


the 272 steps going up to the main cave
the 272 steps going up to the main cave

 

inside Batu Caves
inside the main cave
 


view of Batu Caves rock from Ampang


Batu Caves Tours:

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This daytrip includes a visit to Batu Caves, the Elephant Conservation Centre and the Fireflies Tour

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6-hour private tour covering the highlights of Kuala Lumpur including Batu Caves, Thean Hou Temple and much more

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a shared 6-hour tour that covers the highlights of Kuala Lumpur such as Batu Caves, National Palace and many more

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RM85


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