We also visited the batu caves just north of Kuala Lupur. We were lucky because the night we got in was the last night of the thaipusam festival. This is a hindu festival where devotees give thanks for the blessings they've had thoughout the year. What was different about this was they'd perform pain inflicting tasks like carrying milk pots attached to their head with spikes or huge cages decorated with peacock feathers up 272 steps to a hindu shrine in the batu caves. We saw some people almost fainting as they go up the stairs. Apparently they go in a trance like state that prevents them from feeling pain. The custom is actually banned in India. stef and I climb the stairs to the top. It wasn't a bad climb except for the heat and the amount of people at the festival. I hadn't realised that there was such a large amount of Indians in Malaysia. Turns out that it was 8% and we probably saw all of them at the batu caves! There were so many sweet foods and vegetaian foods. We had something to eat and the food was soooooooooo spicy. I couldn't eat it!
Stef and I are taking off on our month-long adventure to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Toyko. We're leaving on Jan 10th and returning Feb 8th. We plan to stay 2 weeks in Thailand, 1 week in Malaysia, 2 nights each in Singapore and tokyo. We'll try to update this blog as much as we can...so this would be the place to check out. Leave us a comment or two, we'd love to hear from you. Cheers!... full info