I’ve never seen wild monkeys in my life, so visiting the Batu Caves was high on my list of things to do in Malaysia. The caves are also a Hindu shrine to Lord Murugan – as you can see by the enormous statue erected to him. We took a 30-minute $5 Uber ride out to the Batu Caves (returning via public train, which was super easy). Luckily, we were there early enough that there weren’t many tourists, and the monkeys were fairly tame.
I had seen pictures of this statue before, since Stéphane previously visited. But nothing can do it justice. Imposing and glistening in the morning sun, a mist rising from the mountain behind, the statue catches your focus fully as you approach.
No shenanigans were to be had on this visit, unlike Stéphane’s previous visits. I was also prepared for the monkeys, but it was just so neat. They were everywhere, climbing the gates, stairs and rocks above. It was more than a little magical. We climbed the steps, explored the grounds and had a lot of fun following the monkeys around, taking photos and enjoying the atmosphere of the temple and caves.
I love “Monkey, Meet Monkey”, mostly because of the juxtaposition. Seeing the tourists (monkey-like) meet the monkeys, taking pictures, and goofing around. Of course, I recognize I’m a monkey too (okay, okay — ape, I know).