One of the first things you should know about Petaling Street is that it’s the proud central core of Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is also one of the must- see attractions when you visit the Malaysian capital.
If you have not seen a lot of Chinatowns in your lifetime, Petaling Street will astound you. It is a retail maze that’s delightfully bustling and congested, especially during the weekends. Compared to other Chinatowns, Petaling Street is not a very large and extensive neighborhood. As the name suggests, this Chinatown is restricted to one main street, and branching out to a few smaller streets. Although there are already vendor stalls during the day, it’s primarily a night market. Thus, the real action does not start to kick in until sundown. When it’s completely dark, the narrow streets become loaded with several stalls selling everything from cheap pirated clothes, toys, souvenirs to luggage and fashion accessories. These stalls clog up the narrow street, allowing little room for people (a hodgepodge of tourists and locals) to walk around. While navigating through the crowd, expect some random individuals to creep in from nowhere as they try to sell you wooden fruit baskets or DVDs. If you hate bumping into people, this is may not be the best place to visit during the weekend. But the crowd actually adds to the overall distinct atmosphere of the place.