This is an awe inspiring place. The main central cave is huge. I've been to some caves in the UK but the size of this one dominates anything else I've seen. It was RM5 per person (non-Malaysian) to enter so the price was very reasonable. However you have to have a good pair of knees to survive this place. Everywhere is steps, and these are not your average steps, and they are all quite uneven, so if you are a little unsteady on your feet, this is not the place to come. At the beginning there is a rather large set of winding steps to climb, then there are two sets of ladders to climb (of which is the way out too). So it was a little intrepid. We also went when it had been raining quite heavily in the morning, so not only were the ground and steps uneven, but wet and slippery too. I felt I had to spend more time looking at my feet and where the ground was than being able to look up at the beautiful scenery. Also, make sure you take a good torch with you, as in the darker areas lighting is not provided, so had it not been for the torch on my phone, I wouldn't have been able to see where I was stepping in some parts. I'm sure there was more to explore in the cave but my torch was not strong enough to give me the confidence to go further in. I think you can pay a lot of money for a guide but you are probably talking RM400+ per person and I'm not sure it's worth it. There are no guides at the actual caves and you enter at your own risk (according to the signs). Many of the hand rails are non existent and the ones that remain are covered in bat poo. Oh, and if you are screamish about bats...well. .. I would say it's definitely a place to go and experience, but do it on the cheap, take a torch and plenty of water, as it is extremely humid in the cave (I came out looking like I'd just got out of the shower in my clothes). There is a little shop outside that sells water, drinks, a few snacks but they also cut fresh coconut!! A wonderful refreshment after the caves. To make more of a day of the hour trip out from Kuching, there is also the town of Bau and a local lake. There is also the Wind Caves but we decided not to go to those ones as apparently they are not as good as the Fairy Caves... and we were too hot!
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