Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur
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
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.
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!
chinatown is a cluster of shops on a connecting street.extremely crowded and noisy onaccasions comes to life during evening and peaks till 10pm.however if you want to bargain at leisure select afternoon time when it is just beginning.
it has two rows of shops. one is the original housed in buildings and the other encroaching on the roads.
clothes apppeared a bit costly to me and actually looked to be used ones being recycled.
imitation watches keychains sunglasses and perfumes are a steal here. although one shd remember its imitation that you are paying for.
i bought a set of 5 keychains for 10 MR watches for 10MR each perfumes davidoff imitation i suppose 10 MR
if you buy in quantity haggle for more.
What to buy: watches perfumes sunglasses bags childrens clothes and trivia
What to pay: dont pay anything more than 10MR for basic stuff thats the limit.other items only your judgenment can tell.have some time. dont buy ina hurry. BE SELFISH.
Chinatown is a semi enclosed market that only really comes to life from about 4.30 onwards. When we first arrived to Chinatown we were surprised as it was a street with some small shops on both sides but what we didn't realise was they hadn't even started. As we walked down the street at about 4.00 - 4.30 people seemed to emerge from nowhere setting up stalls and within about 20mins the place was heaving with stalls and merchandise and of course shoppers. It was very comfortable walking around at about this time but come 7.00 it was hot and congested. The hussel and bussle along witht he sights and smells of chinese cooking make this a great place to come to whether for shopping, cheap food or just to take photos and soak up the atmosphere.
What to buy: The type of things to buy here are clothes, shoes, leather goods, DVD's, CD's...all "designer" and not a fake among them !
It is good fun bargaining. The dealers were friendly and engaged in a good deal of chat to make the sale but were not aggressive or overly pushy in any way. The other good thing about this market was that if they asked you to look at their stall and you said no thanks they did not continue to hassle you or try to drag you in as I have experienced in other countries.
What to pay: On the bargaining I found that if you divide the asking price by between 4 and 3 and ultimately settle in that range you have done well. Once you have settled on your final price be prepared to walk away...don't worry they will usually come after you to close the deal on your price. However as you are paying they wil try to add a few mor ringgit to the sale by saying we agreed say 40 whereas you had actually agreed 30. It has to be said this is not done in any bad way and the people I met were genuinely friendly and of course good dealers. (e.g. usual sob story its a good deal for you but not for me etc.) On the other hand remember its their livlihoods and you're tourist so occasionally throwing in the extra few rinngits goes a lot further in their pockets than yours.
Petaling Street is a place that never sleeps. Adventurous visitors should not miss a walk on Petaling Street. Even in daytime you have great bargains and certainly an eye-opening experience for tourists.
If you're looking for cheap clothes, fabrics, souvenirs, electronic items, watches, DVDs, bags, T-shirts and more? Then Petaling Street is the place for you. To get the best atmosphere you must go at night!
Petaling Street is famous for its all-day parade of stalls that sell imitation goods of all sorts such as wallets, handbags, t-shirts, watches, shoes and many other things. You can buy imitation goods of Rolex, Seiko, Cartier, Christian Dior, Adidas, Nike, Calvin Klein, Armani, Gucci, Prada, D&G, Louis Vuitton. You can get anything from food to bags and sunglasses to handicrafts all along Petaling Street.
Bargaining here is an absolute must. Bargain hard! It's the ideal place to test your bargaining skills.
What to pay: from RM1....
Chinatown which is also known as Petaling street which is imitation paradise in my opinion. You can find anything here from fake watches , fake designer bags to pirate dvds to almost anything. There is so many things here and if you plan on buying anything I suggest you bargain hard. Don`t accept any price given to you by the vendors and if you can`t get your price just simply walk away and you`ll see how quickly they`ll drop there prices so that they can sell there goods. There is so many stalls thats selling the same things so don`t just stop to buy at the 1st stall you see you might just kick yourself when you find out that the same items is cheaper at the next stall.
What to buy: You can look for soveniors here of KL.
What to pay: Bargain hard.
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
One of my main reasons for coming to KL was to find these so-called pirate dvd bargains. A local suggested that I go to Chinatown and escorted me there. We were greated, almost immediately, by men holding folders or small binders filled with covers. Some just had a simple list of titles. In either case, these were the hawkers. Keep in mind, they work as part of a syndicate. Even though they are in different parts of the area, they are all linked.
What to buy: I recommend the dvd9s over the dvd5s. Quality is usually better and you have a better chance to actually get some of the special features. Choose older films that have already been released on dvd. Newer titles have probably been filmed in a theater and the quality is terrible.
What to pay: I bought a bunch, so it was cheaper. I paid 7 Ringits per dvd9. I also had to pay my hawker a small commission of 5 Ringits. Other people who came up to peruse the boxes filled with product were paying 10 Ringits. Be discrete and don't boast of your price to other customers. Also, if you say you will buy a certain amount, make sure that you do - you could be hassled if you try to buy less. The starting price was 12 Ringits.
I bought a few music cds as well and paid 5 Ringits per. Another local I met said that he usually got them for 3 for 10 - so I'm not sure if I overpaid or what. He did confirm that my dvd price was the same as local rate.
Keep in mind, as a dark skinned traveler I may have "qualified" for additional discounts!
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.
Well, there are many stalls set up by the vendors. In the morning about 9 to 10 AM, it's a sight where we can see all these hawkers & vendors pushing their stalls, starting the business for the day...
The photo shows the entrance of Chinatown that we, Malaysians (KL-lites) love to shop at ! The big blue canopy just added recently which to many people has taken out the allure of The Old Chinatown...they are certainly NOT wrong !
What to buy: In the early evening & up to the night, about till 10 PM, this place would attract many people, locals & tourists alike, walking through the stalls; looking, browsing, bargaining, buying all the stuffs that their eyes desire...
From belts to (pirate) softwares are available here...
What to pay: BARGAIN !
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.
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
My latest visit to Chinatown in 2006. Much more clean and hardly any DVD sellers. Well, most of them are mobile carrying a folder with latest titles. Honestly, I recommend you do not purchase from them. Half the stuff they have are very unclear copies.
As for other items, Shoes Bags and more available.
What to buy: Shoes, Bags, Shirts, Watches, Fruit...
What to pay: RM10 onwards
What makes it so special?! Diversity of goods they offer and PRICE!
REMEMBER: as everywhere in a market here especially always bargin and walk around before buying. You can always get a better deal somewhere there. If you know someone local let them do buying for you. They did it for me and they got extremly good prices compering to starting price or price at a local shop.
CAUTION: when you decide you want something and start to bargin for it be sure you want it! Don't bargin if you don't want it! If you bargin with them and then you don't buy they can get REALLY nasty!!!!!!!!!!
What to buy: Tell me what you need and you'll get it. Lots of things but not everything. You can buy clothes, shoes, wristwatches, electronics, audio/video discs, gifts etc.
What to pay: As little as 1 ringet to as much as your imagination goes!