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Chinatown

Petaling Street © Andrew Lawson
Petaling Street © Andrew Lawson

Chinatown is an intoxicating jumble crowds, colours and authentic food. The central section of Petaling Street is closed at night, when the area is transformed into an exciting, brightly lit shopping experience. Vendors spread their wares onto the pavement, displaying anything from toys to t-shirts and jewellery. Shoppers will need to be careful, though, as many items are fake. Also, bargaining for the best price is expected and part of the fun. Many stalls operate during the day, but Chinatown is more special at night. Shoppers should be mindful of pick-pockets, regardless of what time of day they visit. Culture lovers should note that the area is also home to some tremendous Chinese temples.

Transport: Putra LRT to the Pasar Seni stop and walk across to Petaling Street, or a short walk from the central bus station