Bike along the peaceful countryside lanes of Bau’s historical gold mining town to the enchanting Wind Cave and Fairy Cave.
You will be picked up from your hotel by your guide, who will take you on a 45-minute car ride out the city of Kuching and to the historical gold mining town of Bau. With a long and turbulent history, Bau has much to offer to visitors in terms of historical sites, many of which are linked to the gold mining activity of days past. Bike along the long stretches of flat roads past kilometres of green pasture to abandoned gold mines and two of Bau’s most popular caves: Wind Cave and Fairy Cave.
Wind Cave is made up of three dark tubular passages, providing a stimulating environment as visitors would only have their torches to see by. The darkness of the cave is to keep its resident bats undisturbed. You will walk along 1000 metres of a planked walkway through the cave with the guidance of rails all along the path with reflective stickers on them to further aid you, and you will find educational notice boards at intervals which inform you of the different species of bats at Wind Cave.
Home to thousands of bats such as the Dusky Fruit Bat and nesting swiftlets, the cave is rich in sounds and atmosphere. It is recommended you wear a cap or hat to shield your hair from bat guano dropping from above, as these bats line most of the cave’s roof. Visitors are welcome to have a picnic by the subterranean stream near the cave. Wind Cave is the easier cave of the two to visit, as accessing its entrance is rather straightforward.
Fairy Cave, on the other hand, presents a little more of a challenge to its visitors. While perhaps much more beautiful than Wind Cave to many, it hides its beauty almost 40 metres off the base of a cliff. The climb up to the entrance of Fairy Cave consists of a four-storey concrete staircase, with over 100 steps. The great thing about how high up the cave sits is that visitors will be treated to a bird’s eye view of the valleys, forests and fields down below.
Inside Fairy Cave, you will find interesting rock formations, stalagmites and stalactites. A rock formation near the entrance of the cave has been said to resemble that of Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Near this rock formation, you may find joss sticks that have been stuck into cracks and crevices by Buddhist visitors. The walls of the cave are mossed over to a vibrant pretty green, and the inside of the cave is well-lit by sunlight streaming in through a large opening.
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