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.