Backpacker’s paradise – Chinatown
The place boasts of cultural diversity in terms of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures. KL, as it is fondly called, employs every charm to lure a backpacker like me. Independent travel is popular as the city has a very low crime rate and English is widely spoken.
Main entrance of China Town.
Every city worth the name must have a Chinatown and KL is no different. Situated mainly on Petaling Street and neighboring areas, Chinatown is the most popular area for backpackers to stay in KL.
Accommodation ranges from a simple bed-and-breakfast inn with communal bathrooms to air-conditioned star hotels and trust me, at times it is difficult to get a good place since they are almost always fully booked.
Another advantage of staying in Chinatown is its proximity to Pudu sentral bus station for buses going to other cities in the country. Being within walking distance to the KL Monorail station and also the STAR LRT station near the Central Market also means no burning a hole in your pocket by traveling in taxis.
Variety of food and a smile for you.
You may have come here from a far off world with a different palate; but multi cuisines at very nominal price will never let you down. The place has one of the best cheap and hygienic food to satiate your taste buds. Roti canai, nasi lemak, jus tembikai or teh tarik, you decide the combination and have it for as little as RM6! Oh, not yet ready for experimentation? Walk down to 24 hours McDonald at Kota Raya or go to other similar established eating joints.
Chinatown is also a cultural hub, having Chinese and Hindu temples which attract hundreds of people everyday. Even if you make a day trip to Chinatown, I assure you of a good time with shopping, a must do on our list. Eat local fruits, have a drink, buy Chinese made souvenirs or get a Thai massage done; the streets of Chinatown await you.
Much of KL’s beginning originated from these parts; so much so that I can not visualize Kuala Lumpur without Chinatown. And believe me, backpacker or not… nobody’s trip is ever complete without a visit to this place.
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