Have you been to a cave? Any cave? Before this trip, the only cave I had ever been to was Batu Caves. And the only reason I went there was because my colleague from Romania was in town and she really wanted to see the place.
Gua Tempurung was my first ever real caving experience. Woke up early. Drove from KL at 6:30am. Arrived there two hours later. Had breakfast at a small food court in front of the cave. Then the exploration began!
Get your tix here. There are 4 types of tours to choose from.
We took Tour 3 = 2.5 hrs + 2.4km + wet!
Listening to the briefing.
Now let’s get in!
Wonderful art of nature.
The early part was easy. Just walking on platforms.
The guide stopped every now and then to brief on interesting spots. But we didn’t hear much as the group was too big.
Up and up we went.
And suddenly.. I saw.. an eyesore! Ugh!
Yet another eyesore! Double ugh!
We had to slide down a slope..
Get into a hole..
Crawl in the water..
Yet still able strike a pose :-D
After 2.5 hours, we saw the light at the end of the tunnel.
A group shot before exiting the cave.
Yummy food waiting for us outside.
So how was it? Tiring but fun! If you wannna give it a try, forget about Tour 1 and Tour 2, those are child’s play. Go for Tour 3 or Tour 4, you’ll be in for a great adventure.
How to get there? Drive up north using PLUS highway and get out at Gopeng exit. As you leave the toll plaza, turn left and drive another 2km or so till you see a signboard to Gua Tempurung. Turn left, go 2km more and you’ll reach the parking space.
What to bring/wear? Quite a bit.
1) Dry bag to store your precious mobile phones and car keys. If you don’t have one, put the stuffs in a zip-lock bag, or a plastic bag, or a Tupperware. Then put them in a backpack you don’t mind getting wet.
2) Waterproof casing for your camera. Red Baby’s bikini, remember?
3) Headlamp. Some points of the cave are pitch black. Normal torchlight works too, but rather troublesome to hold.
4) Water shoes with good grip. The cave’s floor can be quite watery, with sharp stones too. No water shoes? Crocs will do.
5) Gloves and knee pads. You’ll be squeezing into spaces merely 2 feet in height. Unless you are 5 years old, you’ll have to crawl. On sharp stones. Ouch.
6) Thick track pants that doesn’t get heavier in water and easy to dry i.e. those made of lycra. And I repeat, thick. Because you’ll be doing some sliding and you won’t want to reach the bottom with a hole in your ass.
7) A friend told me to wear skin socks to keep leeches away. But I didn’t see a single leech when I was there. Anyway, it’s a good tip to remember.
P.S.: That was only the first half of the day’s adventure. Second half is coming with more water, more energy and of course, more fun!