Caves, hiking, and farewell

Just outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia you can visit the Batu Caves, which is where we went on our second day. The limestone that forms the caves is approximately 400 million years old. K. Thamboosamy Pillay (born in 1850), an Indian trader, thought the impressive entrance to the central cave would be an ideal place of worship. He dedicated a temple to Lord Murugan, the Hindu God of war and victory, inside the caves. In 1920, wooden steps were erected. Now there are 272 concrete steps. The hike up wasn’t too difficult. Be careful, though, the monkeys hanging out there will steal your food if you aren’t careful. We saw a few tourists lose their snacks, but they had a good laugh about it.

After visiting the caves we headed to the canopy walkway outside of Kuala Lumpur, which is part of the Forest Research Institute. Unfortunately it was closed for the day. However, we did go on a small hike since the group thought it would be good for me to get some exercise before heading to Mount Kinabalu for the big climb. It was a wonderful stroll, with some tough bits, but not too strenuous. We had a fantastic day and it was a nice close to our time in KL. The next day we had a flight to Sabah, one of the 13 member states of Malaysia, which is located on the northern part of the island of Borneo. After two great days with our friends, we said farewell, but only for a short time. We had plans to meet up for the last week of our trip.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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33 Responses to Caves, hiking, and farewell

  1. Alastair says:

    Looks an amazing place.

  2. What incredible photos. Those caves! Even the steps are gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Valentina says:

    What a beautiful world we live in. Thanks for sharing beauty.

  4. winsomebella says:

    Quite a place! Thanks for taking me along :-).

  5. Cool pics!!! Doesn’t one of those staircases come with an escalator? Wow!

  6. Beth Ann says:

    Amazing photos!!! Beware of monkeys!!

  7. niasunset says:

    Amazing place… Photographs are amazing too. Thanks and Love, nia

  8. Wow, love the caves!! I would definitely go there :). Natural wonders like that are a must see as far as I’m concerned.

  9. pattisj says:

    Had to laugh at the monkeys stealing the snacks. It looks like an amazing place.

  10. Fergiemoto says:

    Wow, it looks like an amazing place! How cool to experience this! That first shot of the cave is awesome.
    I’m not sure I would be able to make it up those steps, though…272 seems like an awful lot, but I would certainly give it a try and take it slow!
    Looking forward to reading about the “big climb.”

    • TBM says:

      I’m the type that always takes things slow when I’m walking, climbing stairs, or whatever. Gives me more time to look and appreciate–and to catch my breath. With these stairs you can stop as much as you like and not get bored. The monkeys will keep you entertained.

  11. Caroline says:

    This looks stunning. The caves and the steps. Wow.

    • TBM says:

      It was wonderful to see. And the steps, while there were a lot, led up into a cave, which made it much easier to me. Lately I’ve been climbing steps in cathedrals and I hate the twisting, narrow staircases. This one is much more manageable and doesn’t make me dizzy.

  12. The Hook says:

    Cheeky monkeys….

  13. nrlymrtl says:

    Do oyu know why those trees don’t touch? Whenever I travel, I can be just as or even more fascinated by the plant and animal life as by the humans, culture, and structures.

    • TBM says:

      I’ll have to email my friend and ask for the name of the trees. She did tell me that the trees can sense the other tree and their leaves will never touch. When I learn the name, I’ll do a bit more research. Nature never ceases to amaze me.

  14. Novroz says:

    what a huge statue!!
    The stair is a bit scary to climb 😉 I have had the experience of climbibg such stair .. so tiring.

    Great shots, TBM

    • TBM says:

      It’s best not to run of these stairs. My friend, however, goes there once a week and climbs the stairs seven times. That must be a great workout

  15. The Guat says:

    Dude these caves are amazing. I love this whole adventure of yours. I’d like to think I’m traveling along with you through the posts and the pics. I love the first picture of the cave and the one where the trees aren’t touching. Very cool!

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