28 June 2014 3 of 3


MALAYSIA

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
TEMPLER PARK

After Templer's Park we drove the short distance to the Batu Caves, a limestone escarpment containing a huge cave complex, one of the most important Hindu temples outside of India and an important pilgrimage site. It is dedicated to Lord Murugan but to visit the temple involves a fairly stenuous climb up 272 steps.

Inside the temple visitors are greeted by many street vendors and rhesus macaque monkeys. The street vendors are only after your money, the monkeys will steal anything you are carrying, cameras included, and you won't get it back, so visitors take care.

Having been to Batu Caves before I decided to take a rest in the minibus to combat my jet-lag and let the others make the excursion.

Batu Caves and the 42.7 m (140 ft) high
statue of Lord Murugan
The first of many monkeys eye up their 'marks'

 

 

After Batu Caves we made a short stop at the 452 m (1,483 ft) Petronas Towers, which houses a Kinokuniya bookshop amongst its many stores, before returning to the hotel to rest before dinner at a local cafe.

A fish-eye view of the Petronas Towers What is it with 'selfies'?


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