If you are in the area of Kuala Lumpur then Petaling Street or otherwise known as Chinatown is a place that is sure not to be missed.
At the Petaling Street, you can find great deals even in the daytime. However the best time to visit Petaling Street is still during the night time. The area is not open to traffic which means that you do not have to worry about cars and especially motorcycles whizzing past you (which may happen often in the streets of Malaysia).
Petaling Street is not only a place to get deals on a variety of items but it also functions as a tourist attraction. As mentioned before the market opens throughout the day and comes to life at night bustling with activity.
The area is serviced by many types of public transport, so you do not have to worry about getting there. Taxis are widely available throughout the city but make sure that the taxis use meters (if they don’t, insist that they do). There are also numerous bus companies going through that area or you can even take the LRT and stop at the Pasar Seni station, Petaling Street is located a mere 5 minutes walk away.
Unfortunately what Petaling Street is famous for is not what Malaysia wants to be famous for – the selling of imitation goods. Here you will be able to find a wide range of items such as wallets, t-shirts, shoes and other sorts of things.
Having said that Chinatown does sell other things as well but what is important is your bargaining skills. In fact you should apply your techniques in most Asian countries and Petaling Street is no exception. So if you have never bargained before then there is no better chance to do it than in Chinatown, you may even just get that ideal piece of accessory at a price much lower than the initial one.
If you do not like crowded places and noise, then Petaling Street is not an ideal place for you but if that is an environment that you strive in then you should definitely come here and soak in the atmosphere. Speaking of soaking, the crowd mixed with the Malaysian weather will definitely have you soaking in your own sweat so make sure you wear something comfortable but if you feel thirsty you can be sure to find a variety of stalls selling refreshing cool drinks throughout Chinatown. With crowds there is also a danger of pickpockets so even when you are out sightseeing and having fun be sure to be vigilant about your personal belongings.
Another attraction of Petaling Street is the Chinese pharmacies where you will be able to find a wide range of traditional medicines which can heal all sorts of ailments. Again you can use your bargaining skills here, in fact it is advisable that you visit not just one shop but take time to look around and try to gauge the average price so that you know you are not cheated.
And what would a visit to Petaling Street be if you do not try the food here, a variety of foods are sold here. You can choose to either visit the stalls or the restaurants each offering a different dinning experience.
If you are going to visit Malaysia, be sure to drop by Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur for shopping and great food.