are not hard to find. In fact, they can be found almost anywhere and everywhere
in the world. However, great caves are a different matter altogether.
One might ask, "But where would I find great caves?" The answer
is but a simple one - Malaysia "lah" (local slang), where else!
Caves can be found in all Malaysian states. They are home to local fruits,
bats, birds, and beautifully sculpted stalagmites and stalactites. But
perhaps the best most renown of them is the Mulu
Caves of Sarawak, affectionately hailed as the "Magnificent Mulu".
was already ancient when man came into the world and would not yield its
secrets so easily. One of the world's most impressive of its kind, the
cave's network stretches some 200 kilometers through the hills and features
the likes of the world's largest chamber, Sarawak Chamber, capable of
accommodating 40 Boeing 747s or 7,500 buses at any one time. It also houses
the world's largest cave passage, Deer Cave, which houses Southeast Asia's
longest cave, Clearwater Cave, measuring 75km long. Furthermore, caves
that go by the name of Leopard's Cave, Tiger's Cave, Turtle Cave, Snake
Cave, Drunken Forest Cave, Cobra Cave, Cobweb Cave, Tiger Back Cave, and
Cave of the Winds have their own unique characters, thus making Mulu an
unforgettable experience. Scores of other spectacular caves are a speleologist's
paradise. Although opened to tourist, the cave network still remains largely
unexplored and the jungles around it still defy intruders.
Besides the Mulu
Caves, the Niah
Caves, also in Sarawak, are famous for their prehistoric paintings
and luminous rock formations, whilst the Gomantong Caves of Sabah houses
the world's largest bird nesting site, which is the source of the famous
bird's nest used in Chinese cuisine. If you want to mix religion with
exploration, try Selangor's Batu Caves and its Hindu temple, or the Sam
Po Thong Temple of Perak recessed in the limestone caverns of Gunung Rapat.
All are safe and inviting places to quench your thirst for exploring.
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