Top 5 Caves in Malaysia
When it comes to the ultimate caving experience, spelunkers are spoilt for choice in Malaysia. Our top 5 list includes a UNESCO World Heritage Site and some of the best tourist thrills in Southeast Asia.
Deer Cave, Sarawak – Photo credit
5. Gomantong Cave
The Gomantong Cave system is world famous for its city-like agglomeration of nesting swiftlets. The nests serve as the main ingredient for birdâ€™s nest soup â€“ a delicacy throughout Asia. Given that these come with a high pricetag, nest harvesting is a lucrative, if not hazardous, trade. A visit affords glimpses of the precarious gleaning process, in addition to tours of the cave’s rare flora and fauna.
Where to stay: Sabah Hotel Sandakan
4. Perak Cave
A panoramic view of Ipoh City awaits visitors to Perak Cave who are willing to climb 450 steps. Perak Tong, which was built by a Chinese Buddhist priest in 1926, houses Buddha statues that are strategically installed between stalagmites and stalactites that are thousands of years old. But the main attraction is a 12 m golden Buddha surrounded by wondrous murals. Totally awe-inspiring!
Where to stay: Belum Rainforest Resort Pulau Banding Perak
3. Batu Caves
A visit to Kuala Lumpur is not complete without a stop at the Batu Caves. For one, it is one of the most popular Hindu temples outside of India. It is overly busy once a year when throngs of people head to this limestone hill to celebrate the colourful and eccentric Hindu Thaipusam Festival.
Where to stay: Ritz Carlton Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Borneo, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, is home to some of the most spectacular caves in the world.
2. Deer Cave
What sets the Deer Cave apart from the others is its magnificent cave passage, the largest in the world. Discover the Garden of Eden with the aptly named Adam and Eve showers that shoot out 30 m columns of water. It is also famous for the hundreds of thousands of bats that stream from its mouth every evening between 5:00 p.m. â€“ 6:30 p.m. Those who stay to watch cannot help but stare in awe at how the night sky is engulfed in shadow when the bats take over.
Where to stay: Miri Marriott Resort Spa
1. Gua Nasib Bagus (Good Luck Cave)
Gua Nasib Bagus, or Lubang Nasib Bagus, is one of the most outstanding caves in Gunung Mulu National Park. It houses the Sarawak Chamber, the biggest known underground chamber in the world. It is so big that it is commonly described as capable of holding up to 10 jumbo jets nose-to-tail within its walls and 60 m high roof. A cave stream is likewise inviting and perfect for a quick splash to rejuvenate the senses.
Where to stay: ParkCity Everly Hotel Miri