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马来西亚洞穴探密 Malaysia Destination ~ caves exploration

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  Malaysia Destination ~ Caves

 

Malaysia is blessed with a vast numbers of caves, including some of the largest and longest in the world. These caves are nestled within rich rainforests and mangroves, providing sanctuary to amazing wildlife.

Most caves in Malaysia are equipped with marked paths and platforms, however some are only accessible by boat or require visitors to rough it out and crawl on all fours. There was and is life revolving around caves in Malaysia; some are famous archeological sites where artifacts date back 40,000 years, while others contain ancient rock paintings, which are still visible to this day.

Several Malaysian caves support a bird‚€™s nest industry where collectors precariously climb up to the ceiling of the caves using bamboo ladders. These nests are made of bird saliva and fetch a high price for their medicinal properties. The Batu Caves, in Selangor, contain Hindu temples, which still attract droves of worshippers from all over the country. There are also remnants of human burial sites found in some Sabahan caves. Malaysian caves are also home to amazing wildlife such as fruitbats, swiftlets, and invertebrates as well as having other natural attractions like massive stalagmites and stalactites.

Although major expeditions have been carried out, many caves have yet to be fully explored, luring explorers who are up for an adventure. There are guides available at all major Malaysian caves. Seasoned cavers are normally appointed as guides. They may be contacted through the Malaysian Nature Society or other adventure clubs. Most caving expeditions are day trips but visitors can opt for an overnight stay.

No overnight camping is allowed within most caves but rooms are usually available in the vicinity of most caves. Caving is normally conducted during the dry season, between March and October, but always be prepared for rain. Permits are required when exploring some caves. These are available from the respective state forestry departments. Just like any other nature adventures, conservation of stalagmites, stalactites and all cave wildlife are crucial.

Flash photography is prohibited as the light might scare away life forms in the cave. Be aware that there is always the possibility of encountering dangerous creatures such as snakes and scorpions If you are interested in caving, Malaysia offers a wide range of caves to suit any comfort level. To explore the wonders of nature and its mysterious past, the time is now, the place is Malaysia.

 

  Malaysia Caving, tips

 

Always take a reliable guide, who can be hired from National Parks or caving clubs. Many of Malaysia‚€™s caves are unmapped and no one should explore a cave on their own. Groups of four would be ideal. Although some operators offer cave diving, it is a highly specialised sport and should only be undertaken by experienced divers and cavers. Always check equipment before venturing into a cave, especially if you‚€™re planning to do abseiling. Limit your time in a cave to a maximum of eight hours. Plan on how much lighting you will need. One kilogram of carbide will give enough illumination for approximately six to eight hours. Cavers should always carry back-up torches and extra batteries. People with a weak heart condition and those suffering from claustrophobia should limit themselves to show caves. Cavers should be free from allergies related to limestone and bat guano.

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