How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves - Tips for Traveling With Kids

On our way through Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Mlaysia, one of our main goals was to visit the Baku Caves. These caves are, along with the Petronas Towers, the main image that pops up in our head when we think of Malaysia and is a must see for anyone visiting Malaysia.

When you arrive, the first image that jumps in sight is the impressive golden statue of God Murugan, about 42 meters high. To reach the largest and main grotto and visit its religious temples, get ready to climb a staircase of 272 which, with the characteristic heat and humidity, will surely look more like it.

We recommend that you drink plenty of water, it will very hot and, as you will be accompanied by many monkeys along the way, we also recommend that you do not eat or feed them, otherwise you will quickly find yourself surrounded by many who will not give up easily until they explore all possible sites were you can have food.

When you reach the staircase, you will easily find that there are specific paths to climb, and others to descend. If you have any questions, go after the crowd ...

The Batu Caves, located only 15 kms from the center of Kuala Lumpur, are easily accessible for those who want to visit from the city center, being a great destination for those who, like us, travel with children, who will certainly not leave. to be fascinated with the monkeys, among many other beauties of the place.

We also wanted to advise not to hold this visit during the Thaipusan Festival, which usually takes place at the end of January and attracts thousands of visitors, which makes the place very confusing.

How to get to Batu Caves from the city center


Train - KMUTER

The possibility that we have used and, more frequently, passes by train from the main train station of Kuala Lampur-KL Sentral to the station named Batu Caves.

To get to the KL Sentral train station is easy, as there are several lines that finish / start your journey here. Arriving at the station, in the central lobby you should look for the KTM Komuter Line line and, easily visible, you will find the ticket office, where you must purchase the ticket for the Batu Caves. The ticket price is less than RM 3, price 2018, less than 0.5 USD or Euros.

From KL Sentral to Batu Caves

After buying the ticket, simply follow the directions that lead you to KTM Komuter and head for the 3rd platform, Batu Caves, easy to find.

Then just wait for your train, on the right platform. During the busiest hours, the trains run every 15 minutes and, at the other times, every 30 minutes, starting the first KL Sentral train at 6H54M and the last departure from Batu Caves takes place at 11pm (please confirm the updated time schedule).

The train journey takes about 30 minutes and it is impossible to miss it, because you will have to leave at the last station, named after the caves: Batu Caves. When leaving the station, there is also no possibility of deceiving, because the caves are a few meters from the exit of the train.

Taxi, Grabcar (NOT Uber)


Another possibility to visit the Batu Caves is using Taxi, Grabcar. These services work very well and are very affordable. Sometimes it is possible to negotiate the price under certain circumstances, and even arrange to be expected to bring it back to its destination. They are more expensive than the train option but nevertheless not overly expensive and the trip is comfortable and it takes less than 30 minutes. In the case of taxis, we recommend that you negotiate the price before starting the trip, as there may be a tendency to abuse the fact that you are a tourist.

Please, be aware that since 2018 Uber has ceased to carry out its service in Malaysia, so your app will not serve you when you arrive.

Tours


And finally, there is always the possibility of visiting the Batu Caves with your family through a tour. Although not very expensive, it is much more expensive than the possibilities mentioned above and we do not think it deserves the money. In addition to being more expensive, it also has the drawback of not being able to make your own hours and in some cases still take you to other places after the visit which only serve to try to sell you something. In our opinion, this is not the best option, but if you wish, a quick search on the internet will help you evaluate the different possibilities and compare prices.

Other informations


Price:
Main batu Cave: Entrance is free, but you can leave a donation in the boxes designed for this purpose;
Cave Villa: RM15;
Ramayana Cave: RM5.
(2018 prices)

Schedule:
Open every day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Dress Code:
Do not wear short skirts or shorts, the knees on display are not allowed.

Where to eat?


Fortunately, there are several options in the surrounding area, so do not worry you will have several possibilities to dine nearby, as well as buy water and coconut water. Just prepare yourself that prices are generally higher than in the city center.

We hope that our information helps you plan your trip, especially if it is a family trip, we are sure your children will love the experience. For us, it was an unforgettable visit. If you need to know how to ger from Klia2 (International Airport ok Kuala Lumpur) to the ciry center, see it here

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Iceland Route One with Sigur Rós

As we have already mentioned in previous posts, it was the music of Sigur Rós and their videos that awakened our curiosity for Iceland, a curiosity that evolved until we made our trip through its magnificent landscapes.

A few days after our trip, at the summer solstice of 2016, the Sigur Rós hosted a 24-hour live broadcast on Icelandic public television, which consisted of a "slow tv" show in which a car made Route One during the 24 Times of Day.
This trip, with 1332km around the whole Iceland, was transmitted live on Iceland National TV and on Youtube, making use of 4k 360º cameras. It is possible to see normally on a computer screen, tablet or TV, but what we recommend is to make use of Google Cardboard Virtual Reality and your smartphone, and feel as if you are exploring the idyllic landscapes of Iceland.

To make the experience even more fantastic, it's all performed to the sound of Sigur Rós, with the transformation of a band's music. As Iceland lies right on the edge of the Arctic Circle, on that day the dark night does not even exist's, so the experience is even more great. It's a great way for anyone who, like us, has already visited Iceland and wants to "visit" again or, for anyone planning their trip, to get a first picture of what their trip will be along Route One, a perfect destination for a family trip whit your childrens.

You can see all the videos here:

We hope you like it so much as we did. If you want to discover more about our family trip on Route One in Iceland, see it here.

Best things to do for free in Singapore when traveling with kids


When we travel to Southeast Asia from Europe we do so on the assumption that we will find affordable prices, but when we land in Singapore, we find that we are in one of the most expensive cities on the planet. For start, the lodging is expensive, which limits the family budget. In addition to this, there are several attractions that can mean a huge gap in our budget.  But, on the other hand, Singapore also has a wide range of activities that a family can do without spending money and that is what we wanted to write about in this post.

So let's talk about what, in our experience in Singapore you can do more interesting with your kids for free.

Merlion Park
One of Singapore's trademark images is Merlion, the lion with a body of a fish, which pours water into the beautiful Marina Bay, that is an Singapore's symbol. Situated on the opposite muddy Sands Bay Marina is a must do on an trip to Singapore and a perfect place to take "that" picture of Singapore.
Often there are free concerts and shows that, if you have the opportunity and watch, will further enhance your visit.

Marina Bay Sands
Strolling along the wonderful Marina Sands Bay is also a free ride and be sure to do so and marvel at the futuristic architecture of this location. At the end of the day it becomes even more impressive the view, when the lights of the buildings begin to gain color. Also with a huge visual impact is the ArtScience Museum, be sure to admire its structure designed to resemble a lotus flower.

Helix Bridge
Also free access is the Helix Bridge, it is something that you can not miss on your visit. Inaugurated in 2010, it is a masterpiece of engineering, based on the DNA chain, which also gains even more life when its lights come on.
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is the place where futuristic trees stand, which are also one of Singapore's trademark images. This is an impossible spectacle to fail to anyone visiting Singapore. The walk through the garden is free but entrance to the pavilions is payable. You can access more information about prices and scuedules here.
A must-see is the wonderful light show that takes place at 7.45 pm and repeats at 8.45 pm at Gardens by the Bay. This spectacle, which you can watch for free, turns the already fantastic trees into an explosion of colors, lights and music that will fascinate you. Unmissable. This was one of the reasons why we decided to end the day in this area of ​​Singapore.

There may be slight changes in schedules, so please verify the exact time here.

SPECTRA - A light and whater show
Another free spectacle that takes place at Marina Bay Sands is SPECTRA, the water, lasers, fire and light show taking place at Marina Bay, directly across from the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. It's also free but you should get there early to get a good spot.

Stroll through the ethnic neighborhoods of Singapore

One of Singapore's main characteristics, perhaps less well-known, is the fact that in a city-state different ethnic groups live, all linked to the history of Singapore. Since the days when they were a British colony, the different ethnic groups were located in different districts which, even today, reveal distinct marks of their culture. And this is a tour you can undertake, through the different neighborhoods of Singapore.

Chinatown
Chinatown was our best experience and, in our opinion, the most interesting of Singapore's neighborhoods. Unlike the image we have of Chinatowns from other cities around the world, this is very organized, neat and clean. We recommend walking along South Bridge Road to Masjid Jamae (also known as Chulia) which is one of the oldest mosques in Singapore and a landmark in Chinatown.

Shortly thereafter, you will arrive at the Sri Mariamman Temple, a wonderful Hindu temple, and we advise you to try to be there at 6:00 p.m., as you can attend a very interesting free ceremony.
Then we suggest you go to the Thian Hock Keng Temple, a temple of 1821 which, although not very large, is very beautiful and certainly deserves a visit.

After the visit, we propose that you continue your tour of Chinatown towards the, in our opinion, the most beautiful attraction of the neighborhood, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, where they say that a Buddha's tooth is stored.
Chinatown Complex Food Center
A visit to the Chinatown Complex Food Center is not free but if you want a cheap and quality option to eat, this is the place to go. With a wide offer and very attractive prices, let yourself be amazed and, being in Singapore, we can not fail to recommend that you sample the Crab but be careful, it can be spicy.
It is in this hawker that has the possibility to go to the Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice Noodle, and eat a plate awarded with a Michelin star. It is the star-award-winning restaurant serving the world's cheapest meal. The queue can be huge, so be prepared, but if you're not waiting in line, you have a vast and delicious offer all around you.

Little India
Little India is no longer as organized or impressive as Chinatown but it is well worth doing and in our opinion especially to visit the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, which is situated on the main avenue of Little India, the Serangoon Road.

Its exterior and interior are stunning and for those who, like us, had never entered an Indu time, we were fascinated. Also worth visiting and, just 700 meters up the street is the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, also worthy of a visit. The interior is interesting but, you can not access everything but only the visit from abroad is worthy of visiting.

Arab Street
This is a very well organized street, full of commerce, and is a good walk. In our opinion, its main attraction is the Sultan Mosque (also known as Masjid Sultan, one of the most traditional mosques in Singapore. It is a beautiful place, whose entrance is free and should be done through the main door for tourists. You have to take your shoes off at the entrance and, if your clothing is not suitable, you can ask to loan you clothes for the visit. We were warmly welcomed, in an cordially way. You can find out more about timetables here.
It is possible to take a guided tour but, for this, you must make an appointment, which you can do here.

Malay Heritage Center
Near the Sultan Mosque are the gardens of the Malay Heritage Center. To enter the Malay Heritage Center you need to pay admission but only the visit to the gardens is worth it and it's free.
Singapore Botanic Garden
This park, free and open from 5:00 am to midnight, will certainly surprise you. Despite being a little away from the center, it is easily accessible by MRT and you can spend a good few hours walking in this green oasis that will make you give your time well.
Fort Canning Park
This is a park that, in the midst of the hustle and bustle, will know wonderfully well to be able to relax and feel in the middle of the vegetation. Full of history, it's a great walk to relax before heading back out into the middle of the action.
You can see our 2 days itinerary in Singapore here.