Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur
If you would like to take the walking tour could be started from Petaling China Town, buying some Tshirt as a gift then one important thing is skill of bargaining. Local food and drink is quite okay just take monorail and stop exit Maharajalela you will find Chinatown.
Petaling Street by night has a totally different feel than by day. There are a huge number of extra stalls set up in the middle of the street, and there are just so many more people, smells, things to see and do.
This is a hugely popular area for visitors to dine in as well.
If you are into low quality merchandise like fake sunglasses, watches, bags and jeans it's going to be a paradise for you!
it's a good place to buy souvenirs and Chinese antiques.
I go there only for the atmosphere. for me it's a sight seen more than a shopping place.
During the night is way better and more live.
if you like Chinese food then you will love it here lots of restaurants and street vendors.
What I don't like about it is how crowded it can be and how hard to walk and the streets are very dirty after the rain!
There's plenty of cheap accommodations my friend was staying in a nice and cheap hostel called bird nest.
The souvenirs prices even after bargain are the same like in the mall which I find it weird.
it's easy to get there by taxi or just walk if you are staying close by.
P.S. Don't forget to bargain and don't let anyone try to rip you off.
What to buy: Fake items
What to pay: Depends on your bargain skills
If you are travelling to Kuala Lumpur, don't forget to visit Chinatown market. The athmosphere there is amazing, even if some people won't allow you to leave their shops without having bought anything. So make sure in advance that you are really interested in the kind of goods sold in the shops you are entering.
What to buy: This open market is not huge but big enough to stay few hours; of course there are a lot of clothes and gadgets (like watches, sunglasses or bracelets), 90% of them are fake, but still nice. The quality is quite good and the prices very competitive. Please avoid rolex watches, because even if they look very nice, they don't last more than few months. It is much better to concentrate on t-shirts and other clothes.
Bargains are welcome!
What to pay: few examples (brands are fake):
- oakley sun glasses 5-10 USD
- lacoste t-shirt about 6-8 USD
- football teams towels 5 USD
- good quality tie 5 USD
Petaling Street is the main street in LK's Chinatown district which is located to the southeast of Merdeka Square. It is infamous for pirated branded clothes and accessories such as belts, Rolex watches etc along with bootleg DVDs and CDs but, however, does not exclusively offer pirated products. The main street features several stalls plus guesthouses, hostels, boutique hotels and dozens of restaurants and food stalls. Have your wits about you as you walk through this area as pick-pocketing is common plus also switch yourself into haggling mode if you want to buy something.
buildings are so nice.
chineses here are very rude. For non-chinese If are not interrested, dont try to ask about the price they will force you to until buy or otherwise they will give abuse words. They only give a good treats for chinese only.
The bargains are much more expensive compare to Pasar Malam (night market).
This market here in Chinatown is huge and has everything that you would shop for from jewellry,leather handbags,travel bags ,shoes, men and womens clothing,what I did notice like Bangkok so much of the clothing and goods have pirate names and logos..so be careful what you buy..but so much to choose from ...you will buy something...Prices are good also depending on your bargaining skills..
As I was staying in this area this seemed to be on everyday but is very crowded and bigger on the weekend..There are many restuarants here as well as lots of street food and drink stalls..
Your shopping experience in k.l. will not be complete if you don't go here!This is the best place to buy soveniers.I got some very useful gifts which were reasonably priced.
I also picked up some knick knacks for my house!You can get lipstick holders,pocket mirrors,house slippers,small purses,wallets(all in oriental prints/silk)--these make lovely gifts;serial lights(ideal for decorating the house during diwali,christmas or new year or when ever you choose!!!You could also pick up chinese lanterns etc..
What to buy: just go into the numerous shops here and you will find lots to buy.Be careful while shopping here.it is not one of the safe areas and you will do well not to go too late in the evening in case you are alone or are new these parts.
What to pay: in some places you need to bargain
Heaven galore for fake LVs, Guccis, Pradas, everything couture, you name it!
What to buy: Mostly fake bags, perfumes, watches, shades and occasionally shoes. Lookout for costumes (ie; belly dancing/disco) or cheap local clothes for teenagers at the sidewalks as well.
What to pay: They will definetly charge caucasians/foreigners 200 ringgit to 400 ringgit for a fake handbag when a local can get em at 50 ringgit instead, provided that you're good with haggling. So keyword is HAGGLE HAGGLE HAGGLE, or walk off promptly if theres no signs of lowering the price.
But NEVER change your mind on buying the stuffs once they've decided to deal with you. I've had local friends who got badly bashed up just cos they ended up not buying the stuffs after dealing with the seller!
The central section of Jalan Petaling is closed to traffic and here you will experience a busy, noisy market.
You will be constantly asked to buy DVD's, jewellery, handbags, clothing and watches. It is a bustling market with a distinctly oriental atmosphere.
Where else can you buy Gucci handbags or Citizen watches for less than RM200 ;~)
If you are living around China Town or even somewherelse you must visit this store to make purchases on wholesale prices. You will find everything in this store. The prices are surprisingly the lowest in KL. It is located near China Town towards Pudaraya Bus Terminal and very prominent to find. I observed lots of locals making purchases probably they are aware of the low prices.
What to buy: Almost every thing
Chinatown covers a whole street and is full of stalls and boutiques lining up side by side. Here you can find Class A Imitation stuff ranging from bags, shoes, wallets, belts, watches, jackets, hats, t shirts, lighters, etc. You can also find souvenir items such as key chains, shirts and small figurines off the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower. Bear in mind though, when you ask for the price it will always be very expensive. The trick is to HAGGLE. Haggling is A MUST here. Don't be afraid to
haggle for half the price or even lower.
What to buy: Special items? Souvenirs, I guess. hehe
What to pay: It would depend on what you're buying, of course.
It is special because it is a bargain market that you can find any item under the sun. It is one of the most popular shopping and tourist destinations in Kuala Lumpur.
It is best to come and shop at night as it becomes lively as a bustling market from 7:00PM onwards everyday including weekends. Some stalls open as early as 8:00AM though.
Come visit the once regarded as the Bargain Paradise of Kuala Lumpur
What to pay: Differ from stall to stall
Bewared. DVDs are often blank, scratched or poor quality at China Town. They know that you will be back in your own country when you discover the rip-off but will put them in the bin and forget about it.
Beware, watches, get them adjusted to your wrist before you leave the stand or that cheap watch may need a band when you get back home because there is no way of adjusting it. I have one where the screw heads one the links are damaged and can't be unscrewed. Also take note of the dealer and his position as if you part with A$70 for a better quality copy watch and if stops a few days latter you can go back.
Beware Software, not that there is alot around but you will find out of 10, 1 might, might work. They are riddled with viruses, Trojans, so virus check them on your return. Most have files missing or won't start or install.
Beware of electrical goods, they often have local warranties, come with instruction books which are poorly written and have missing parts you will find you think should be standard but are options.
You want bargains, look for when the sales are on in LK, usually 2-3 times a year and go then. You'll get 50-70% off items making China Town seem like a rip-off.
I picked up a top of the range Casio watch at Iseatan Dept Store, 70% off for A$60.00 and China Town wanted A$50.00 for a copy which will be worthless in 6 months. And my Casio does more than the copy watch does.
What to buy: As I said, if you can, book you trip around the big sales where you will buy clothes, etc so much cheaper.
One thing I did notice that, sure the clothes are made in China, like the ones on the shelf in Australia but the prices are 1/3 - 1/2 the cost without the sale. So trousers I would easily pay $100.00 for in Australia are about A$45.00 in KL and with 50% off at the sales that is a ridiculous A$22.50. And we are talking brad name clothes.
Take an empty bag and old thow away clothes with you. We took an old suitcase, bought two new ones worth $250 each for A$90.00 each at the sales, filled them with clothes, shoes, etc.
We spent A$2000 and I would say we paid for our accommodation and flights with the savings.
We bought most of our DVDs at Sungei Wang Plaza, Kuala Lumpur. The ones from Chinatown were poor quality and badly scratched. Check for scratches before you pay or expect a coaster when you get home. The range was very limited to at China town. You get 12 or more stores selling DVD's at Sungei Wang Plaza. We buy from a guy on the ground floor. When you come from Low Yat into Sungei Wang Plaza, you will go up one set of stairs to get to shopping level. When you walk in, straight ahead is a guy with a corner shop. all 60 dvds we bought worked from this guy.
Watches, well pay your money, take your choice. We bought the more up market fake with Automatic movement. 90 MR Broke down just as we left the runway on our flight home.