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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

Fraser’s Hill

Hill resort spread along 7 peaks at 1,200 - 1,500 meters above sea-level on the Titiwangsa mountain range, about 100km north of Kuala Lumpur. Originally it was set up as a tin mine in the 1890s by Louis James Fraser (hence the name) until the tin ran out in 1913. A few years later the area was rediscovered as British-colonial hill resort. The cooler temperatures made it popular getaway destination from the hot and humid weather for the British. To this day Fraser’s Hill still retains its colonial charm. The area is recognized destination for bird watching with over 250 species recorded. Other activities include jungle trekking, golf, horse riding, archery, boating and mountain biking.

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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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