March 1, 2012 in Category Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia,Scarlett Adventures...

Knee Deep In Monkey Shit, Kuala Lumpur…

The preparations I made for visiting the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur were a prime example as to why you shouldn’t trust everything you read on Tripadvisor

After reading a review (posted only two days before I arrived) saying, and I quote, “The steps are swimming with monkey faeces,” … I quickly came to the conclusion that I don’t have enough clothing that is suitable for wading knee-deep in monkey shit.

In my panic I managed to create a fashionista’s nightmare with the ugliest skinny jeans/boy trainers combination – along with pockets full of plastic bags to cover my feet, hands and anything else that could potentially come into contact with the poo-bath that awaited me…

…and what did I find, well this, my friends, was the “pool of shit” I had been so concerned about…


Seriously.

Talk about overreacting.

Honestly, I was almost disappointed… until of course I remembered that it’s not a good thing not to have to wade through poo on a hot summer’s day.

Which reminds me, if you make a visit to the caves make sure that you take some water with you, because climbing 272 ulta-steep stairs isn’t the easiest of tasks in the midday-sun.

 Just make sure to keep tight hold…

The caves themselves were completely breathtaking, (couldn’t hold a candle to the pure comedy hosted by the monkeys of course, but more about that another time) and I could completely understand why Hindu’s hold them in such high spiritual regard.

That said, you can’t help but get the feeling that the shrines and sculptures have been left there accidentally. Almost as though someone was having a temple-clear-out and thought, “I’ll just store my shit in the cave for a few days, no-one will know” and now can’t get them back in fear of being accosted by tourists… and monkeys.

…See what I mean?

Nevertheless, the caves are awe-inspiring and by far the most beautiful place I visited in Kuala Lumpur… (I just loved those monkeys so fucking much…)

For more photos, click here 

25 comments… read them below or add one

Stefanie March 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Wow, that is absolutely beautiful! And thank God for no monkey poo. Don’t monkeys usually throw their poo? I could sit on those steps and watch those monkeys all day. What a fun trip!

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Emma's Bucket List March 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Ahahaha! You do crack me up… So jealous I was going to try to go to the Batu caves when I was supposed to go to KL in December, but my flight got changed and I didn’t have a layover there any more :(

I know the monkeys are cute, but remember they’re still wild animals and they can carry rabies. They are known for becoming aggressive at times (especially with children) because tourists feed them.

Ironically I only just finished writing about my trip to visit the Big Buddha Statue in Phuket where we also saw wild long tailed macaques (which is what those monkeys in your pictures are)… A friend of mine was bitten by one a couple of months ago and had to self inject rabies shots for weeks afterwards, with no guarantee that it will stop him from contracting rabies (which is a killer)!

This is my post http://emmasbucketlist.com/2012/03/01/thailand-part-2-the-big-buddha-phuket/

One of the monkeys in the picture I took on that post became very aggressive and attacked us to steal our food!!!!

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Scarlett July 19, 2012 at 6:41 pm

That’ crazy Emma – what a nightmare!! You do have to be careful x

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Beverley | Pack Your Passport March 1, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I think you should put that picture of you pointing to monkey poo in every post Hun 😉 BEAUT!

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Scarlett July 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Haha I’ll have to change my Gravatar to it! x

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Cari March 2, 2012 at 3:40 am

Girl, did not know what I would see, but that’s hilarious. Have you traveled everywhere, so jealous. Cute little monkeys.

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Scarlett July 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Thanks Cari! x

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plantdotty March 2, 2012 at 11:20 am

How beautiful those caves are! Truly awesome!xxx

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Scarlett July 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm

They really are Plantdotty x

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Annie March 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Wow, they’re so cute…invest in some muck boots 😉
xo Annie

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Scarlett July 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Aren’t they Annie! I think I’ll have to! x

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Erik March 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Ahhh, Asia truly is another world :-)

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Scarlett July 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

It’s incredible isn’t it! x

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Emme Rogers @ Roamancing March 3, 2012 at 10:15 pm

What a beautiful place!

As for what to wear for dealing with the likes on monkey poop or whatever else might be in your path, that is the beauty of our red boots. They look glamourous and are functional at the same time.

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Scarlett July 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I LOVE your red boots – I want some!! x

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Tim Casey March 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I have to admit I never research my destinations, I love diving in warm water so I go tropical a lot. I just maintain a high level of awareness. Glad I can take monkey shine off my list of worries.

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Scarlett July 19, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Lol Tim! x

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Kathy March 6, 2012 at 8:46 am

LMAO, you are funny wading through monkey shit in the search for a good time! Love it, and your awesome pictures!

Kathy
http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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Scarlett July 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Haha thanks Kathy! x

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D.J. - The World of Deej March 8, 2012 at 2:32 am

Just wanted to say…I follow a lot of blogs, and your titles are always the best:)

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Scarlett July 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Haha Thanks Deej x

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Nate @yomadic March 16, 2012 at 2:45 am

ha, totally agree with Deej, I was thinking the same thing. I’ve been to KL almost more times than I can count, and havn’t yet made it to Batu Caves. Now that I know it’s clear of monkey doo doo, I’ll have to make the trip 😉

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Scarlett July 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

You definitely should Nate, it’s wonderful! xx

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101 Things Before You Die March 16, 2012 at 3:25 am

Still beautiful, despite all the monkey poo.

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Scarlett July 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

It really is Jess! x

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