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Published: June 22nd 2017
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After quite a nice sleep-in we ate breakfast then went straight to the Batu caves.
We'd organised to get a taxi last night so it was all ready and waiting. Once there we got out and the taxi driver showed us to the ticket booth. We bought our tickets and went in, little did we know that we'd only brought tickets to an art gallery thing and to see a few snakes. Neither of us were interested in this so we just walked straight past it trying to find the entrance. After walking back and forth many times and asking three different people for help we found the steps.
After walking ten or so flights of slippery (it was raining) stairs we were both stuffed. We stopped for a minute and looked and going the other way was a one-legged man on crutches going down the steps, now that's determination for you! The top of the stairs wasn't all it was made out to be, there was a small temple where Muslims were praying and the walls were limestone, but nothing compared to Reed Flute Caves in China.
The only good thing at the top was the monkeys, there
was probably fifty of them and they were all so cute but very naughty. One climbed up someone for a banana, another knocked someone's can over and drunk it. They were fighting, walking around, eating or just sitting down.
After the caves we came back to the hotel and I had a sleep - but that wasn't quite what was planned. We went to the Pavilion and got some lunch at a Thai restaurant, but it wasn't anything like food in Thailand. We looked on all the floors and only ended up buying one top for me.
At 6pm we caught a taxi to the FireFlies. It took 2 hours drive but it was well worth it. We ate dinner at a seafood restaurant. This was the taxi driver's choice and it didn't suit me one bit. One, it was a seafood restaurant and I don't eat seafood, two, it smelt like fish, and three, the whole restaurant was on a pier, I hate piers. But we had no choice so we ate there. We had an omelette, chicken something and fried rice. I've definitely tasted better food in my life. It took about twenty minutes from the restaurant to the
fireflies. It cost RM 40 which included four free bottles of water. Then we walked to the pier, put on a life-jacket and hopped on the boat. The taxi-driver said it was usually full of tour groups but there were only four other people and us there. We got a boat to ourselves, it was a rafty kind of boat and a man was rowing it but he had a very strange technique.
The fireflies in one word were 'amazing'! They just went to particular trees and it looked like white Christmas lights. We went so close to them we could put them in our hands and one even made home in my hair. They didn't seem to like being in my hands but they loved mums.
(Kate) It was amazing having this 'thing' that was so so small sitting on my finger making such a bright light. We caught the taxi back to the hotel. Our driver was wonderful – he spoke English well so we were able to ask him lots of questions – why do most number plates start with W? (W = Kuala Lumpur. If it starts with M it means they are from Malacca, P =
Penang etc), are seatbelts compulsory (yes but in the front only as families with more than 3 children can't get around if seatbelts were compulsory in the back seat). We found out heaps of information.
Up to the room. Mel wrote most of this then went to bed and left me to finish this and to check-in for our next flight – to Hong Kong. This time we have seats near the front of the plane (23A and 23C – there is no 'B' seat).
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