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What to do in Chinatown

Chinatown - Sentral Hotels

Whilst Chinatown only covers a petite portion of Malaysia’s capital, it packs quite the cultural punch. The focal point of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinese community, it simmers with Oriental culture and heritage, from steaming noodle stands and glowing night markets, to ornate temples dating back hundreds of years. Day and night, the area’s lantern-adorned streets bustle with tourists and locals, who come to gawp at its sites, sample the tantalizing traditional fare, or prowl the markets for bargain-priced goodies.

Things to see

Chinatown is largely centred on Petaling Street, a covered shopping drag that’s abuzz both day and night. Whilst it’s not quite as chic as Kuala Lumpur’s glossy malls, its market stalls overflow with all kinds of everything, from cheap fashion and handmade jewellery, to knock-off designer bags. Entered via a grand Oriental-style archway, the street also offers a cornucopia of eateries and food stalls, which fragrance the air with tempting aromas. A short walk from Petaling Street and you’ll find the Central Market. Crammed with even more bargains, the arty indoor shopping hub offers a wealth of traditional items, such as Malaysian batik prints, embroidery, carvings, and various handmade souvenirs. Sri Mahamariamman Temple is Kuala Lumpur’s oldest Hindu temple, and quite possibly its best looking too. Founded in 1873, its exterior features 5-tiers that are richly adorned with colourful sculptures of Hindu gods. Inside the main prayer hall is equally dazzling, with its onion-domed ceiling and vibrant colours.

Hotels in Chinatown - Sentral

The hotels in Chinatown – Sentral offer something for absolutely every visitor, whether you’re a business traveller looking for style and convenience, or a backpacker looking for budget-friendly crash pad. If you’ve got a big budget then you can live it up in one of several 5-star establishments, which boast swanky amenities ranging from shimmering swimming pools to full-service spas. The more affordable hotels in Chinatown – Sentral have a lot to offer too, and usually provide guests with on-site restaurants, and sometimes fitness facilities and business centres too. For a thriftier stay, the city offers plenty of cheap and cheerful hotels, alongside no frills guesthouses and hostels.

Where to stay

A lantern-strewn sprawl of weathered buildings, busy narrow streets, and scurrying markets, a hotel in Chinatown – Sentral places you in much more characterful surroundings than Kuala Lumpur’s shiny commercial core. Whether its sizzling street food or market fashion finds, much of the district’s offerings come much cheaper here. If you want glossier creature comforts however, then the capital’s skyscraper-studded Golden Triangle area might suit you better. Kuala Lumpur’s epicentre, here you’ll find world-class hotels, stylish gourmet restaurants, and a trove of multi-story mega malls. The area is also home to the capital’s most iconic attraction, the Petronas Twin Towers, as well as the city’s neon-soaked nightlife haven, Jalan P. Ramlee.

How to get to Chinatown - Sentral

For anyone jetting to Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur International is the obvious gateway. A particularly well-connected airport, it serves destinations across Asia, as well as important cities across much of the world too. Whist it’s situated around 45 kilometres south of Kuala Lumpur, getting into the city once you’ve landed is relatively quick and easy. The airport’s KLIA Ekspres train service can get you to Kuala Lumpur Sentral railway station in around 28-minutes. From there Chinatown is just a few short minutes away in a taxi.

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