Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
Don't be tempted by the "half day" trips to the Batu Caves, unless you want to spend 3 hours looking around factory shops and half an hour actually at the caves.
The caves themselves are certainly worth visiting, especially for some great photos and if you like getting up close and personal with macaques, but we thought the organised tour was a bit of a rip off and would have liked to have spent a bit longer at the caves and less time on "shopping opportunities"!
Unique Suggestions: Hire a car or take public transport, so you can spend as much time as you want at the caves and not have to rush up the several hundred steps at the entrance.
These limestone caves are 7 miles out of the city Kuala Lumpur and are the sacred place for the Hindus in Malaysia. The place looks wonderful from the outside but after climbing 272 steps to the top we were very dissapointed at the state of the caves which were littered with all kinds of rubbish everywhere that monkeys were fossicking in and scaffolding everywhere. The caves were bare. The only thing of interest were the monkeys, but beware these can turn very nasty as I found out.
Don't waste your time climbing all the steps.Just take photos from the bottom it looks much nicer.
Unique Suggestions: Visit the couple of shops or stalls there at ground level and just take photos from there.
This "must-see" is nothing but a huge staircase with some Hindu statues at the the end of it in a sort of cave (which isn't even e REAL cave). Nothing special and not worth the 30-40 mins busride from downtown KL.
There is one day you DO have to go there. And that's with Thaipusam. That is a Hindu religious day somewhere in Januari or Februari during which over a million devotees come to the caves to honour Lord Muruga. Really spectacular!
Unique Suggestions: Go there during Thaipusam.
Fun Alternatives: The Buddhist Pagoda in the Brickfields, the National Mosque or one of the smaller temples in China town.