Bat Cave Hike/Crawl

Trip Start Apr 12, 2010
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Trip End Jul 16, 2010


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Monday, June 7, 2010

Today we got up early again to take advantage of the cool of the morning. We decided that morning that it might be better to take the boat (although way overpriced!) to the cave so that we did not have to do the 1.5 hour hike each way. Reluctantly, we paid a guy the full price (60 RM) to take the four of us to the jetty near the cave and got his phone number to call when we want to get back.

He had mentioned to us that it took 15 minutes on the river to the cave but the ride was tops 3 minutes (but we expect things like this by now, especially after the things that happened in Indonesia).

So we got off onto the jetty and immediately we noticed a Orang Asli village (indigenous people living within the park). We were really excited felt a little rude just walking past them but we were excited we got a glimpse of it because it costs a ton of money to do a tour to see them which is a bit too fake and touristy for us.

The hike to the cave was more fun than the day before since it was all flat and it was a cloudy day so the heat was not too bad. We also got to see more jungle action (more cool insects but nothing big). It took only 20 minutes to the opening of the cave.

Once there, we realized that it might be a harder climb through than we expected so we were glad that there was a couple with a guide in front of us. So we got our flashlights ready and started the climb in. Once in we had to plan each move to not slip into the water of the creek running through (I really did not want to get wet!). As you get a few feet in, you also start to see the bats flying around and many times you can feel them pass next to your face. Parts of the climb were a bit challenging but it was really fun. We saw the walls covered in bats and even a snake that had caught a bat and was wrapped around it.

Although it was fun, the girls and I were pretty happy when we saw the opening to the cave above us. So we climbed out and hiked back to the jetty.

When we were close to the jetty, I decided to call the boat man and soon found out that the phone number he gave me (even though I had him look at it and check it) did NOT work (so frustrating)! Fortunately, I remembered that the boat man worked for the first hostel we stayed at and I had that number. So in the end, we were able to make it back.

We got back around lunch time so we still had a whole day and nothing planned. We had already seen everything we wanted to see. So we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon playing cards with Kathi and Corinna at the restaurants on the river.
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