Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I booked this trip quite late, but there was availability in the afternoon.
We were collected from our Hotel at 2.00pm and had one other pick up to make before the Tour began. The first stop was Brickfields, the Indian community in KL. You will recognise the Indian architecture, and there are many shops along the main drag selling gold, flower garlands, Indian food, clothing etc.Second stop is the Batu caves themselves. 272 steps up to the main temple, which at the top has nice views of KL. i felt the grotto's themselves could have been kept a lot cleaner, after all it is supposed to be a place of prayer and pilgrimage, but if you're not really fussy about this sort of thing i wouldn't worry. The monkeys are cute too, and steer clear of you, unless you are carrying cans of soda or bananas/food!
The last stop is the Batik silk shop, where you can see how the silks are designed/painted and if you want, you have the opportunity to purchase. The lady there is very knowledgeable and there is no pressure to buy.
We were dropped back at our hotel after about 3.5 Hours from the pick up time.
The tour guide himself was talking to us all the time we were driving and pointing out sights and local building information. It was almost as if we had bought a City tour too.
Overall, worth a few hours of your time as its a unique sight and the largest structure of this deity in the world.
We were picked up by Alan who arrived a little earlier than expected, but we were ready, so it was no problem. On the way to the boat, Alan informed us of the passing sights and their history etc. The boat tour itself was nice, the main sights are at the end of the trip, and most of the cruise is spent passing various riverside sights down river. But once you have turned around and have passed the Louvre, the trip is all the better, and timed to see the Eiffel tower do its light show on the dot of 11pm. The food is not superb, but its a nice way to see the sights at night and relax on a boat for two hours. Recommend to do it.
We were a little early and assigned boat no1 for our trip, with my wife and I there were a further 5 people plus the guide, but the boat wasn't that crowded and we all got the photos we wanted. Our guide was very informative and told us of the history of various buildings we passed on the grand canal. However if you want to see the canal without hearing any of the dialogue and facts, take a Waterbus for 7 Euros...you can go just as far as the cruise (St Lucia Station) and even further should you wish
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