Faces of
Malaysia
Brunei

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

Sandakan

Sandakan is a starting point for ecotourism destinations such as the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary,Turtle Islands Park, Kinabatangan River and Gomantong Caves.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bukit Bintang

address: area in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
kuala-lumpur-jalan-bukit-bintang-cny.jpg, Main shopping, dining  and entertainment area of Kuala Lumpur. Many backpacker accommodations are here too.
shot from KL Tower over Bukit Bintang area with Times Square (upper right)
Main shopping, dining and entertainment area of Kuala Lumpur. Many backpacker accommodations are here too.

Bukit Bintang
Bukit Bintang at night
aerial view from Times Square of the area with food street Jalan Alor, Clubbing and dining area Changkat Bukit Bintang, Lot 10, Sungai Wang and Pavilion shopping malls and the Monorail station and the MRT subway station


Bukit Bintang
big advertising screens, junction Jalan Bukit Bintang / Jalan Sultan Ismail


Jalan Sultan Ismail
Monrail track along Jalan Sultan Ismail

Bukit Bintang is one of the districts of downtown Kuala Lumpur. It is part of the Golden Triangle - a term that is frequently used by travel guide books but not really common by locals. Bukit Bintang is one of the liveliest areas Kuala Lumpur - at day or night - with countless of shopping malls, restaurants and food stalls, pubs and clubs, and hotels and hotels.

How to get to Bukit Bintang
Bukit Bintang can be reached by public transport with the Monorail. The Bukit Bintang station is at the junction of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Bukit Bintang. It has direct connections to Lot 10 and BB Plaza / Sungai Wang shopping malls. The Imbi station hast a direct connection to Time Square shopping mall.
The closest LRT stations are Huang Tuah (with a direct connection to the Monorail) and Plaza Rakyat (just behind Pudu Sentral bus terminal). It is a 10min walk to Bukit Bintang from both stations. The construnction of an MRT line has started which will bring an underground MRT station to Jalan Bukit Bintang in 2016 - just next to the Monorail station.
The main stop for local buses is on Jalan Sultan Ismail - between Mc Donalds and HSBC.
From Chinatown or the KLCC area   you can also walk to Bukit Bintang in 20 minutes.

Jalan Bukit Bintang
Jalan Bukit Bintang


Jalan Bukit Bintang
Jalan Bukit Bintang
 


Jalan Bukit Bintang
Looking down Changkat Bukit Bintang from Jalan Bukit Bintang with the KL Tower in the distance
 


Bukit Bintang MRT station
Bukit Bintang MRT, entrance to the underground station


Lot 10
this space opposite Lot 10 shopping centre and next to the Monorail station is a popular place for buskers

 


view from Pavilion Shopping Mall towards Starhill Gallery, Fahrenheit 88, Picolo Hotel and Lot 10 along Jalan Bukit Bintang (from left to right)

Melting pot of cultures
Bukit Bintang used to be a predominantly Chinese area but has tranformed into a melting pot of cultures in the past years. You can find tourists and backpackers from all over the world here. There are also Pakistani (running several guesthouses along Tengkat Tong Shin) and Bangladeshi (also running restaurants and retail shops and stalls), Nepali, Indonesian and Burmese communities in the area. There are also a lot Arab / middle eastern tourists here, especially during the summer months of July, August, September. There are many middle eastern restaurant along Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail. The city even designed a little square with middle eastern elements - Ain Arabia (Arab Square) to attract more of this wealthy group of tourists.

The Chinese heart of Bukit Bintang can still be found on Jalan Alor, probably the busiest food street of Malaysia. The whole street is filled with Chinese restaurants and sundry shops and gets really busy at night as table and chairs are put out on the street. Jalan Alor stays busy until the early morning hours.


Jalan Alor
the popular food street Jalan Alor


Clubbing at Changkat
Adding to the contrasts of cultures and lifestyles in Bukit Bintang are the restaurants and clubs along Changkat Bukit Bintang and its side streets. Changkat became the most happening night life area in KL in recent years. The restaurants, pubs and clubs along the street draw in large crowds of local yuppies, expats and tourists every night.


A backpacker hub
Bukit Bintang has countless of Hotels and guesthouse. It is also the backpacker hub in Kuala Lumpur besides Chinatown. Especially along Tengkat Tong Shin backpackers can find affordable accommodation. We recommend checking out Red Palm Hostel and Travellers Palm, if you are looking for small hostels with a personal touch.


Tengkat Tong Shop shophouses
row of pre-war colonial shophouses on Tengkat Tong Shin

 

 


Walking Tour along Tengkat Tong Shin
(including footage of Chinese New Year Celebrations and local businesses like the Beef Noodles stall, TG's Nasi Kandar, Gooi's grocery shop, Restoran Kam Fat, SK Corner and others)

 

Shopping, Shopping, Shopping
Shopping is another thing that attracts tourists and locals alike to come to Bukit Bintang. The area has an unbelievable density of shopping malls. There are 7 major shopping malls in the area and countless shops and stalls:

  • Sungai Wang / BB Plaza
    Located next to the Bukit Bintang Monorail station is one of oldest and busiest malls in KL, with many small shops and cheap prices. It feels more like a market compared to the newer malls. There is a cheap food court on the fourth floor of Sungai Wang.
  • Berjaya Times Square
    Times Square has 10 floors (!) of shopping and an indoor theme park with a roller coaster.  It is a good place to look for a affordable clothes and fashion. Times Square has a direct connection to the Imbi Monorail station.
  • Pavilion
    This newer and elegant mall has many expensive brand stores but is very popular for the GSC Cinema complex and the outdoor restaurant area. The Food Republic food court is hugely popular and should not be missed.
  • Starhill Gallery
    A shopping mall catering to the super rich just across Pavilion. The spectacular designs of the restaurants at lower ground level are worth a look.
  • Fahrenheit 88
    Latest addition to the list of shopping malls in Bukit Bintang. Fahrenheit is catering to the "young and trendy urbanites"
  • Lot 10
    Shopping mall next to the Bukit Bintang Monorail station with mainly branded designer stores. The Chinese-style Hutong Food Court at the lower ground level is worth a visit.
  • Plaza Low Yat
    For all technology and gadget freaks, Low Yat is heaven. 4 floors of technology-only shops selling anything from computers to smart phones / tablets to cameras and equipment and spare parts. If it has a chip in it, you will find it here.


buskers on Jalan Bukit Bintang
buskers on Jalan Bukit Bintang


Changkat Bukit Bintang
the night life area at Changkat Bukit Bintang with lots of fine dine restaurants, pubs and bars



Related Places

Jalan Alor

Food Paradise in Bukit Bintang. Jalan Alor turns into a giant open air street restaurant at night

Changkat Bukit Bintang

Changkat is a street of mostly 2-storey pre-war colonial buildings which are turned into pubs, restaurants and clubs. It is one the most happening nightlife and clubbing areas in Kuala Lumpur.

Pavilion Shopping Mall KL

The Pavilion is another addition to the already densely populated shopping district of Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur. It opened in February 2008 and the Pavilion Elite wing opened in 2017. The chic mall houses mostly designer stores, a Golden Screen Cinema complex and the popular food court - the Food Republic.

BB Plaza / Sungei Wang

Sungei Wang, located in Bukit Bintang, is the oldest shopping complex in downtown Kuala Lumpur. The connected BB Plaza was shutdown in 2015 because of the MRT construction to make way for a new high-rise building.

Bazaar Ramadhan Bukit Bintang

Street food market in Kuala Lumpur during the month of Ramadhan at the junction of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail

Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Sahabat Guesthouse

Guesthouse / small hotel in an residential side street in Bukit Bintang, just behind the clubbing street Changkat Bukit Bintang

Travellers Palm Lodge

One of the last remaining small and personal hostels in town. Located right in the middle of Bukit Bintang.  Run by owner Suzy for almost 15 years.

Attractions

Pasar Malam Taman Connaught, Kuala Lumpur

This predominantly Chinese night market claims to be the longest in Malaysia. It is located alang Jalan Cerdas in Cheras, a part of KL southeast of the city center.

Ampang Lookout Point, Kuala Lumpur

TheLookout point along on the hills of Ampan at the eastern edge of the city offers a magnificent views over the entire city with a few roadside food stalls after the closure of the former restaurant and lookout area.

Attractions

Chinatown, Penang

Georgetowns large Chinatown, dotted with temples, mosques, markets and traditional shop houses, is interesting to walk around at any time of the day. It is centered on Lebuh Chulia

Rose Centre, Cameron Highlands

extensive flower garden in a beautiful setting offering good views