Arriving at the Batu Caves north of Kuala Lumpur, you're immediately struck by the colossal golden statue of Lord Murugan standing guard near the entrance. Some two hundred and seventy-two rather steep steps lead to the top (not an easy climb on a hot and humid day), where hawkers sell trinkets and souvenirs from stalls. From here, a short set of steps descend into a large cavern before ascending again into another room where a yawning chasm opens overhead and lets the sunlight in. There, the smoke and smell of incense fills the air as Hindus pray at a small shrine while monkeys climb the walls and beg for snacks from tourists. A must see for anyone in KL for a few days.