For Culture Vultures: Petaling Street
Also known as the Chinatown of KL, this is area is perfect for those who are looking to experience the authentic, raw side of Kuala Lumpur. At first glance the whole area seems dressed and geared up for mass tourism, but all you need to do is to step off the tourist trail a little to find the cultural gems. It is also a great place for souvenir shopping and to get some retail therapy.
There are many cultural hotspots around in and around Petaling street. From century old temples and mosques to old colonial buildings, there are plenty of attractions, all within walking distance from each other. For instance, take a short walk to the Masjid Jamek or Masjid India area to immerse yourself in authentic Malay and Indian culture. Merdeka Square which is home to the tallest flagpole in the country and the beautiful Sultan Abdul Samad buildings is also just around the corner. There are also lots delicious local food outlets and stalls, literally at every turn of the corner.
Petaling Street and its surroundings the oldest part of the city and while it is perfectly safe, it can be a little of a rough and tumble area. The area is highly congested with people and traffic day and night, and is bustling with activity wherever you look. While this can be invigorating for some travelers, this may not be your cup of tea if you are looking for a relaxing weekend. There are plenty of hostels, budget and mid-range hotels in the area. There is not a single 5-star hotel in the area though. Here is small list of recommended accommodations in Petaling Street and its surroundings:
- Hotel Geo (3 stars)
- Five Elements Hote (3 stars)
- Hotel Ancasa (4 stars)
- Backhome Hostel
For Shopaholics: Bukit Bintang
Whether you are into posh shopping complexes or bargains, the Bukit Bintang district has it all. With at least 8 major shopping complexes within walking distance of each other and hundreds of retail shops, food stalls and restaurants along the streets, this is the place to be for all hardcore shopaholics.
Besides that, it is also extremely well located. There are 3 monorail stations within the area. Tourist attractions such as KL Tower and Chinatown are just a couple of stations away. There is also a new Skybridge, an air-conditioned elevated walkway that can connects Pavilion Shopping Complex to the KLCC Twin Towers.
There are also no shortages of accommodations in the area. Some recommended hotels include: Marriott, Ritz Carton, Royale Bintang, and Sahabat Homestay.
For the Glitz and Glamor: KLCC
KLCC is easily one of the poshest parts of Kuala Lumpur. Dotted with 5-star hotels, luxury shopping complexes, posh restaurants and glamorous venues, it is the place to be for those who are big fans of the finer things in life.
The Twin Towers in itself is a multiplex of attractions. Besides the iconic Twin Towers, it also houses the Suria KLCC shopping mall, the Malaysian Philharmonic and the lovely KLCC park. The complex is also connected to an LRT train station. Many of the country’s top hotels congregate in this area. Hotels such as the mandarin Oriental, Grand Hyatt, Inter Continental and the Doubletree Hilton, just to name a few, are all located within a stone’s throw away from each other.