Faces of
Malaysia
Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

Tioman

Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Petaling Street (Chinatown)

address: Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
chinatown-kuala-lumpur-petaling-street.jpg, Chinatown in KL is one of the oldest parts of city. The main attractions is the roofed street market along Petaling Street which is popular for selling for fake branded goods like bags, shoes, clothes and watches.
Chinatown in KL is one of the oldest parts of city. The main attractions is the roofed street market along Petaling Street which is popular for selling for fake branded goods like bags, shoes, clothes and watches.

The street market on Jalan Petaling is open every day from 10am until around 11pm in the evening.  Most stalls sell pretty much the same items so it keeps repeating after a while. That means you have the chance to haggle down the prices quite a bit because of competition (up to 70% if you are talented in negotiating). Most common items on sale are - almost entirely pirated versions of - branded watches, handbags, t-shirts, shoes, belts and DVDs.
There are also a few good places to get Chinese food in the area.
Chinatown and the surrounding area is very lively, especially Petaling Street itself with the narrow space between the stalls can be overcrowded, during the day until about 11pm when the street market closest. After that the area turns quiet.

More about the history of Petaling Street (Wikipedia)


Getting There
Chinatown is centrally located closed to the old colonial centre around Merdeka Square. From Bukit Bintang you can walk here in about 15min or take the Monorail to Maharajalela station which is around the corner of the southern end Petaling Street. If you are coming from KL Sentral or KLCC, you can take the LRT and get off at Pasar Seni. The Pasar Seni station is just to the west of Chinatown.


street market near Petaling Street selling fake designer items like on this picture handbags and wallets


Kuan Yin Temple
The Kuan Yin Temple just next to the Maharajalela Monorail station marks the southern beginning of Chinatown



a traditional 5-foot-way of a Chinese shophouse in the southern part of Petaling Street (in the distance you can see the gate to the street market)


Guan Di Temple
Guan Di Temple on Jalan Tun HS Lee


Reggae Bar
Reggae Bar and the western entrance to the street market on Jalan Tun HS Lee



Related Places

Central Market

The indoor market and the Kasturi Walk in front of Central Market is a paradise for souvenir hunters, art and handicraft etc.

Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple

Founded in 1873, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. It is situated at edge of Chinatown on Jalan Tun H.S.Lee (fomerly Jalan Bandar / High Street).

Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Central Lodge

Hostel / Guesthouse in Brickfields, near KL Sentral railway station

Reggae Mansion

Located in 3-storey colonial building with a roof-top bar, the Reggae Mansion is a party hostel and the biggest hostel in Kuala Lumpur

Attractions

Luna Bar, Kuala Lumpur

Super-chic breezy rooftop bar with a pool in the middle (but you cannot use it unfortunately) and one of the best night views in town

Old Railway Station, Kuala Lumpur

The old railway station is a moorish-style structure that was built in 1910. Long-distance train don't stop here anymore but at the nearby KL Sentral station.

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.

Colonia District / Fort Cornwallis, Penang

Penang was the first british settlement in Malaya so many colonial building can be found like the remains of Fort Cornwallis where Captain Francis Light stepped ashore in 1786