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Chinatown - Kuala Lumpur
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Ranked #37 of 265 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Sample mouthwatering dumplings, then revel in the shopping fervor and bag a bargain at the lively Petaling Street Market.
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“Kind of crowded”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

Crowded with lots of people. Good food, not too much variation though. If the seller start his bid at 100 you usually can get it for half.

Visited May 2014
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“Not so important for shopping”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Everything is high price when they seems it's a tourist. Nothing worthy except the walking through the market. Very buzzing......

Visited April 2014
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Kuala lumpur
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“Arabic food”
Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

Staying in Chinatown kl. my hotel is bad. The Chinatown inn II. Lots of construction and the usual stuff for sale in the street. Funny how tourist markets have all become so bland. Will see how it looks in the morning. Food is the same as all over have wondered around for an hour and the only thing I have bought are fresh lychees and mangosteens. Then I stumbled across a newly opened restaurant called arabesque. I love Turkish coffee so went in and ended up eating the best babaganoosh I've ever had. Felafels that were great and beautiful Arabic tea flavored with cinnamon and mint. Will be back for more coffee tomorrow. Free wifi and in the midrange 19 ringgits for the lot. Air con inside or sit outside on the street. Made my day. I love good food. The staff were very friendly and polite. I give it four out of five.

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“Where to Base Yourself For Budget Travelers / Great Visit for Others”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Tripadvisor has a separate listings for Petaling Street and Chinatown. I just reviewed the former from my most recent stay which ended just 2 days ago. As these reviews have a lot of people referring to both as the same, it is probably helpful to read the other listing too.

To clarify Petaling Street is the famous road of Chinatown for shopping and eating. But there is more to the city than just that. To cover that first: during the day it Petaling Street is semi-busy but also fairly tame. At that point the shopping is via the building on the road, and stands set up on the sidewalk. A lot of these have price tags and some great deals with things priced as marked. Come night time the road gets closed to automobiles, and carts line it creating a multiple row outdoor shopping mall. Here the attraction becomes aggressive merchants trying to get the most money they can, and tourists having fun bargaining trying to get the price down. Everyone in the area speaks good English so it is easier to do then in some markets other places of the world. This might sound intimidating but can actually be a lot of fun. The eating both day and night is dirt cheap here and absolutely delicious.

As mentioned Chinatown is actually much bigger than just Petaling Street. It can be accessed by both rails. If you’re near KL Sentral, the suburbs, or are out seeing Batu Caves, you would get here on the KTM. The stop you’re looking for is labelled as simply: Kuala Lumpur (Petaling Street is about an 800m walk from here). You can mix a visit here with many other attractions such as those along the KTM. For us we were staying in Chinatown but made the easy trip to Batu Caves which is a top tourist attraction via the KTM. If needing to go somewhere else once done and don’t feel like taking the train, there are taxis on the end of the road.

As for what’s in the immediate area, I’m a big fan of the trendy restaurant Nando’s and don’t live near one, so am happy that there is a chain just a couple minutes (literally so) walk from Petaling street. Really though, I feel almost silly eating here because Chinatown is an absolute food haven and has much better prices that Nando’s at all the street stalls. In particular as a vegetarian a place I love is across from the hotel I stayed 2 nights ago (Hotel Chinatown Inn - not to be confused with Chinatown hotel, or Hotel Chinatown Inn (2) which are also on the same road) in a food court. If making that crossing it is slightly to the left, and the first stall you come to inside the food court has AMAZING self-service vegan food, that is delicious. A full take out container cost me just 6 ringgit. If you’re vegetarian or vegan like me, this is for sure a must try and is cheap. Even non vegetarian/vegans might like this food as truly is like art, but is just a small vendor with a couple serving cart buffets laid out. I can’t however stress how amazing her food is.

Also in the area are a couple temples:

1) Sze Ya Temple - The oldest Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur built in 1882.

2) Sri Mahamariamman Temple – A large Hindu temple that is the starting point for the annual Thaipusam pilgrimage to the Batu Caves.

There are others too but those are the ones that are famous to visit.

A bit more on the shopping, expect at night you’re being quoted at least double, if not triple or quadruple what the vendor is willing to sell for. However, to keep posture some don’t let up at all. When the case just walk away. Here you’ll find all sorts of printed t-shirts, pirated brand name merchandise, luggage, watches, wallets and the list goes on and on.

Also worth a mention is that all of the hotels actually on Petaling Street are cheap to stay in. Around 100 ringgit a night. It is very convenient to access anywhere else in the city via cheap public transit too. For budget travelers, this is a great base. But even for others, there is plenty to see here in the area. We generally travel more upscale, but I now end my Malaysian Holidays right here with the final night a stay on Petaling Street for some shopping and great food as a good way to say goodbye before heading home.

Visited May 2014
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“Overrun with foreign workers”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

This place is no longer malaysian. You will hardly find a malaysian operating a stall selling the bags/ clothes ...etc
It's crowded and shady. keep a hold on your bags.
Fake goods of all kinds are easily available.
The mata kucing drink is a very good thirst quencher for a warm day

Visited May 2014
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