After two nights in the Genting Highlands, it was time to head back into Kuala Lumpur. Since there was the mishap with the lost Touch ‘n Go card the previous day, this day would begin with a visit to the Batu Caves. It is a bit tricky to get here in part because of traffic and the confusion of multiple roads for exits, plus the GPS wasn’t always clear about which lane to be on, so it took a little extra time to get there, but by all means, it was worth it!
The Batu Caves is home to a Hindu Temple that was built into an old mine of one of the limestone mountains on the outskirts of KL, which originally had a wooden staircase to get up into the cave. Since then, it has been replaced with a more permanent staircase that gives a very colorful walk up into the cave, ascending over 200 steps to the top.
Getting into the cave itself, you find out quickly just how incredible this place is with the limestone formations inside of the cave, and with the temple built inside of it. There are also many decorative pieces inside as well to admire.
Something that was a personal highlight for me here was the presence of monkeys! Much like at the Lost World of Tambun the previous day, there were a ton of them here, although these guys would get much closer to people than they did at the park. These monkeys were not easily scared by the people as they had probably gotten pretty use to them, especially if people have been feeding them.
While it’s never a good idea to feed wild animals as they tend to develop a behavior which makes them dependent on people, if there is one bright side to them being a bit less timid of people, it allowed for some AWESOME pictures of them, including some that had babies with them!
Having gone to the Batu Caves, I was caught back up on the original plan, making the drive to the other side of KL to visit the next theme park, Sunway Lagoon. This park is part of a massive development called Sunway City which includes a large shopping complex, the theme park, and multiple hotels. The park advertises six different experiences for the price of one as admission allows you to enjoy their waterpark, the Nickelodeon themed water park area, an animal area, the amusement park, a scare zone and an extreme park. Like some of the other parks in this trip, it wasn’t that crowded in the park, so there wouldn’t be much waiting to ride.
To kick things off before getting changed to enjoy the waterpark, I took a spin on the park’s lone roller coaster, Lost City of Gold. This ride comes from the company Soquet, and it was a pleasant surprise as it had some moments of airtime I didn’t anticipate in the first half of the ride.
After getting changed, I went ahead and enjoyed some waterpark time. Visiting the water park offers a large number of slides to choose from and multiple pools to choose from as well.
On the other side of the large lagoon in the middle of the park is the Nickelodeon themed waterpark area. While it featured multiple slides themed after different Nickelodeon characters, the most prominent of them all was Spongebob as there was a large water play area themed after the popular character.
One of the real treats of this place is the large suspension bridge that goes all the way across from one side of the park near the Amusement area, over to the opposite corner near the extreme park. This really gives you a sense of just how MASSIVE the Sunway City complex really is!
At this point, I was ready to head to the hotel to get checked in before continuing to explore, which would be at the Holiday Inn Express City Center of Kuala Lumpur. This was were I really had the true KL traffic experience, with a lot of just sitting in place for several minutes. As soon as I got to the hotel, I couldn’t wait to park the car and just leave it. Before heading out for a bit, I had a chance to get into the room, which offered a really neat view of the city.