Reasons to Visit Chinatown
Chinatown is centrally located and based around Petaling street, a long street packed full of merchandise, food and fantastic bargains. It has become extremely popular with tourists who want to take advantage of the amazing deals to be had.
You have to do a bit of haggling to get the best possible price and you will be hassled to buy something at every single stall, as the locals work hard to sell their goods. The delights of Chinatown are a wonderful experience for any traveller, so make sure you stop by on your next trip to Kuala Lumpur.
You will be amazed at the amount of food on offer in Chinatown. You can get everything from fresh vegetables and meat to local noodle dishes and sizzling grilled street food. Grab some food on the go or stop and enjoy your food while you soak up the lively atmosphere.
If you are feeling brave then try some of the weird and wonderful food or tuck into some tasty barbecue food. Chinatown is immersed in traditional Chinese culture and this is certainly reflected in the food, there are lots of Chinese dishes on offer.
You can also get lots of different types of meat and if you have a sweet tooth then there are some street stalls selling different deserts.
If you love shopping around for a good bargain then Chinatown is the place to be. It’s not for the faint hearted though, you will get hassled to buy something at every stall. The local people selling their products will not give up, so you have to be firm and move on to the next stall.
You can make your way down the street and take your pick from the wide range of products on offer, from handbags and clothes to DVD’s and jewellery.
Take a moment to watch the salesman at work, interacting with lots of bargain hungry tourists. You could pick up a few tips from watching them, but the basic rule of haggling here is to walk away if they don’t come up with the price you want. If you are prepared to barter then you will leave with some really good deals. The locals will try and convince you that they are selling genuine products from big name brands, but the reality is most things sold here are cheap alternatives.
Chinatown can get very hot and busy during peak hours, so you probably want to avoid these times. It’s cooler and quieter in the evening, if you want to do some serious shopping then this is the best time to go.
You can pick up lots of souvenirs to remind you of your time in Kuala Lumpur. Buy some local clothing, fascinating antiques or items of jewellery to take home with you. A lot of the stalls will sell similar products so be sure to shop around to find the best priced souvenirs.
If all the shopping and bargain hunting gets a bit much and you need a break, then take some time out to have a massage. You can practically get one on every corner as the vendors try to lure you in. If you like a bit of pampering and enjoy massages then it’s worth buying a massage at a very reasonable price.
Eat and Drink
There are lots of eateries in Chinatown where you can sit back and watch the world go by. It’s refreshing to enjoy a nice cold drink while you watch other tourists meander through the stalls. Sit with the locals while you have a few ice cold drinks and absorb the atmosphere.
If you are looking for a budget hotel then there are plenty in the Chinatown area. These hotels are located right next to the busy market where it all happens. You can be right in the centre of the action and close to the city centre and some of the main attractions in Kuala Lumpur.
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