In the morning we went to the Batu Caves. The KL Kummuter costs 1 ringgit there are 2 ringgits back (that’s how they get you!). It takes about half an hour and leaves every half hour. No kissing on the trains!

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After we bought tickets there, I learned that the minimum wage is 5 ringgits an hour. If you work for one hour you can take a KL Kummuter from KL Sentral and back but not much more. Keep that in mind when things don’t seem to work properly, like only having one working gate taking tickets, or no working gates and just a guy taking tickets.

Upon arrival at the Batu Caves, you will have to cross a round-a-bout/rotary/traffic-circle/circle/whatever-you-want-to-call-it and then you can go straight in, past a few people trying to sell souvenirs and hats. There is a huge green Hanuman (monkey god) right past the first gate, and this was where we saw most of the monkeys. Many people gave them coconuts, but some were dumpster divers and pulled a bag of what looked like scrambled eggs out of a trash can for many monkeys to eat. There were even some babies attached to their mother. One shrine is right behind Hanuman, and another is in front to the left and up some stairs.

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Going past the little stairs, you will come to a pond with a fountain, and a parking lot for tour groups across from the huge golden statue of Hanuman. There were tons of pigeons there as well, and tourists were making them go crazy–shouldn’t they be used to it like the monkeys?

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From here, you can go up the stairs (260 steps) to the top to see the real part of the shrine, which is also filled with monkeys. You can go into the cave and there are two (?) shrines (and many more statues which could be shrines as well) and one you have to pay for. We did not do that as we could see into it and have no religious reason to go there, where people seemed to be praying heavily.

On the way back down the steps we stopped by the Dark Cave (to the right). It was recently conserved more and you can take a 45 minute tour or a 3 hour tour. We decided against that as that cost money and you probably would not be able to see much–it IS really dark, they have to give you a torch/flashlight.

After finishing the climb back down we tried some of the Southern Indian food there, and were not too impressed–either I don’t like Southern Indian food, Rawa Thosai (Onion Pancake), or the shop we went into (and probably the others as well) figured they didn’t have to try too hard at the tourist attraction. They also insisted on giving us chicken which we didn’t want and then charged us for it. I’d say don’t eat in the area and go for something more centrally (sentrally?) located.

Next we went to the KLCC.

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