Chinatown's Petaling Street is one of Kuala Lumpur's most popular tourist destinations. In the evenings, part of the road is ... More
Chinatown's Petaling Street is one of Kuala Lumpur's most popular tourist destinations. In the evenings, part of the road is closed to traffic and it transforms itself into a bustling night market. A line of stalls come to life in front of the pre-war shops, offering products of every description, from fake leather goods to the obligatory Dunhill watches. The area attracts many locals and visitors in search of bargain items, including inexpensive dresses, shoes, fabrics, and souvenirs.
There is lots more to Petaling Street then buying fake goods. In fact, its the last thing you should do there. If you go to the little alleys behind Petaling Street, thats where the locals go to eat. Amazing amazing amazing variety of food. Somewhere around the area there's a big colourful indian temple, a chinese temple and other interesting things to see.
Sadly, most sellers in the street are not chinese anymore, so why issit still called chinatown! and they can be very rude. But if you take your time to explore the area, you will find little shops selling chinese tea, semi precious jewelry, antiques etc that have been there since the beginning! There is alot of heritage in the area which I fear is slowly fading away.
I heard that crime rate in Petaling Street is very low because the traders want to keep the tourist coming back. A friend who works around there told me she saw a pick pocket getting beaten up by some traders.
i visited pentaling strert in feb... yes the atmosphere is crowded and ppl are quite rude and do make fun for the pricing if given..... but i found this place for fake hand designer bags really good. its opp mac donalds entrance it must be the 2nd or 3rd shop
this guys name is max phoon .. excellent guy very helpful in ur shopping and does give stuff free and discounts... pls can anyone help me in getting his email id or phone no. it would be realy great...
The foreign traders were ok, as with Chinese ones, but the Malay kids... geez, what are they doing in Chinatown anyway? I asked for the price, he quoted me 55 for a fake Nike shirt then asked me how much I wanted? I said 20, he began to mock me racially, saying I've no shame loudly and he and his friends kept on laughing. Spoiled my mood if it wasn't for the law I would have kicked his butt easily.
Word of caution: do not goto the Malay kids stall selling clothes at all costs!
Petaling Street is a great fun place to see some colour, I don't know what all these bad reviews are about. If you don't want to get ripped off, don't buy fake stuff in Asia. Simply put. Don't go there for the shopping but the food is good and there are loads of cheap hotels up and down the strip if you're backpacking and on a budget.
In short, highly reccomended.
Nothing to like about this place. Have been to many 'chinatown' but this have got to be the worst. People are rude, food stalls are dirty. There is not a single decent restaurant in the area. Not a very safe place for women daytime/nighttime.
i''ve been to many markets like this - swap meets and flea markets in the US; in hongkong and bangkok. and its true the vendors here are quite rude and the goods are steeply priced cos its SOP. you have to bargain less than half of the price to get fair. and the goods are all copies and even some cannot pass for the genuine. theyre not worth it. really.
I am a Malaysian, I just want to share my opinion about Petaling Street. Petaling Street is a bad place. it is not safe place. Place dont go, all bisness man there, they always lie.
This place not suitable for sightseeing or visit.
Very Very rude sellers everywhere. Don't ask the price if you just want to know it, they will start to mock at you if you don't but.. And if you bargain, but still don't buy, they will become more aggressive and abusive. If you like to windows shopping, don't bother to ask their price. Try to avoid going this place. The quality isn't that good. Not worth for your money. Can still find them elsewhere much cheaper.
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