Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
The Batu CavesArriving 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.