Malaysia – The best place we visited was the Batu Caves!
There are several macaque monkeys that live around the Batu Caves! I was gaping, the signs kept warning of the real hazards for tourists, of the monkeys grabbing people’s drinks, carrier bags and food (classic drama from Rupal – shown in the video bottom). People were fascinated just watching them and some people were afraid to get up to the cave (like me!). We talked to a lovely Asian man who worked in the nearest shop, who said these monkeys won’t bite you but if your carrier bag makes noise they’ll do everything in their power to get it and feed themselves! Though it can be a little dangerous if you hide food for the Hindu idols, one of them grabbed a woman’s boobies just to get the food that she hid lol! It was even more funny when her husband shouted them down in his funny high voice which got everyone laughing.
It is interesting that the monkeys didn’t go near the base all the way up to the entrance of the cave. It looked like they are sticking to eat whatever people give them, or even whatever they can steal! Mind you, the monkeys can be very sly so you must be careful with what you have. While we were walking up the stairs, a European man had a bottle of water stolen from him. The water was in a side pocket in his bag. The monkey jumped up on his back and grabbed the water. Apparently the monkeys may bite if they feel their territory is threatened.
The Hop-On Hop-Off bus service for tourists, was the easiest way for us to the route passes around three dozen local attractions with 22 designated stops. Though we did prefer trekking to see around rather than waiting for the next bus.
- Super cheap transit like 20p per journey and the same for food. Did you know they cook blue rice?!
- A warning sign – beware of thieves and a fruit called Durian not allowed in the hotels. It was explained that the fruit gives out an overpowering and revolting aroma. Interesting ……!
- What I liked was how it was multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. I was surprised to see – all on the same street – a Mosque, Hindu temple, Buddhist temples etc. I also noticed there are very strong family ties.
Poor Rupal, one single mosquito punctured her foot (near the canteen where we stayed), though she was sensitive to bites before. It looked really bad, I’m not going to put up pictures of her wound :). This brought about a hilarious incident where Rupal had seven male staff staring at her alien foot like they never seen one before! They didn’t have a clue what to do and just nursed her foot with a plaster. I couldn’t stop laughing when Rupal signed “oh no what if the plaster makes it worse, it’ll have to be amputated!!”
The next day, they sent us to a doctor with two lovely ladies. Unexpectedly, they then took us to a traditional restaurant then snacks and dropped us to Bati Cave, they were so lovely, wanting to show us around but since it was our last day we didn’t have time. At the end of the day, we were surprised by a fruit basket in our room….. “Rupal, your foot made our day, keep up the good work!” What was even more funny was that she was furious with some guy drooling over her when she asked for his help to carry her suitcase down the stairs (there was no lift). Her olive skin made it more obvious she was a foreigner whereas I mixed in the community easier since I look more like them.