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Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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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RM430
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This tour covers Batu Caves and the KL Tower

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RM160
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This tour covers the highlights of Kuala Lumpur such as Batu Caves, Litltle India National Palace and many more

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RM150


Related Places

Rock-climbing at Batu Caves

You can rock climb at 4 spots of the limestone hill that also hosts the famous Batu caves temple. Climing the walls is free of charge unless you want to take courses.

Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple

Founded in 1873, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. It is situated at edge of Chinatown on Jalan Tun H.S.Lee (fomerly Jalan Bandar / High Street).

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Attractions
Attractions

Koh Lipe, Langkawi

Koh Lipe is a small flashpacker island next to the Tarutao National Marine Park in southern Thailand, about 1h boat ride away from Langkawi

Terengganu State Museum, Kuala Terengganu

Acclaimed as the largest museum in Malaysia and one of the largest museum in South East Asia, the Terengganu State Museum houses century old artifacts and artworks of rich and colorful heritage.