Our last day in KL was all about shopping. And no better venue for us to do it than Petaling Street. Located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown, is a colorful and bustling shopping area that features all sorts of stuff from Chinese herbs, clothes, accessories, pirated DVDs, and whole lotta knick-knacks. Known to be a hunter’s paradise, Chinatown is filled with hundreds of stalls offering all kinds of goods at really low prices, that can be brought lower still if you just know how to haggle. Deeply immersed in Oriental culture, heritage and history, Chinatown is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia.
After breakfast, we immediately took a taxi to bring us to Chinatown. Despite the taxi drivers outside the hotel being so pushy in bringing us again to the chocolate factory, or offering to bring us at a factory outlet that they claim is selling cheaper goods than in Chinatown, we still argued our way for them to bring us there. I was actually pissed with the way that they were being pushy to bring us to that stupid place. It came to a point that I actually raised my voice and said “I don’t care! Bring us to Chinatown”. I warn you, those guys were an absolute pest.
We separated in two groups and our taxis dropped us off at the Kasturi Walk near the Central Market, which was just a few steps away from the main area of Petaling Street. I was really happy to see that they were selling those sling bags that I thought can only be seen and bought in Bangkok. So happy that I bought 3 of them and the rest of the guys bought some too, lowering the price some more since we are ordering in bulk.
Chinatown is all about the rows and rows of stalls selling all types of merchandise from food to clothing at bargainable prices. It’s not as big as the Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, but the place is still a shopping paradise and probably the cheapest of all the markets I’ve been to in Asia. So cheap that Mona ended spending P5K all in all despite the fact that she vowed never to do that much shopping in Malaysia. I lost count of all the plastic bags we were carrying with all the stuff that we’ve bought and we were actually not done yet.
What I also loved about Chinatown was the street foods available. From fruits to chestnuts to waffles to bacon. Imagine how happy I was when I saw this stall selling huge strips of bacon, which as you can see with the way I talk about it, is my most favorite food in the whole wide world. There are hawker stalls, refreshment stands and restaurants scattered here as well, also selling at reasonably low prices. We stayed here until around 2PM and went back to our hotel to pack all of the stuff we’ve bought and spent the rest of the day strolling and walking around the Bukit Bintang area and inside the Pavilion Mall.
We spent our last dinner at Jalan Alor around 7PM and checked out around 9PM, took a taxi to KL Sentral to catch the Skybus to bring us back to LCCT. We actually took the Aerobus instead, which was the competitor of the Skybus. We were having that Amazing Race moment that we didn’t care what bus it was as long as we’re gonna make it to KL Sentral before midnight since buses don’t operate after those hours anymore until 3AM. I didn’t want to risk coming in late for our check-in, and since we probably won’t be able to sleep at the hotel anymore, it’s better we stay at the LCCT and spend the rest of the night there before we check-in for our flight.
And for the first time ever, we are literally going to sleep in the airport. It wasn’t really uncomfortable as some people might think. We are not that high maintenance. Especially me, FYI, contrary to what some of my friends and other people might think. Some of the guys actually slept on the cold floor, using the newspapers we took from the hotel as floor covers, while the rest of us slept on the benches. It was a pretty cool experience that made me feel like a nomad. Though I didn’t get to sleep much during that time, I ended up roaming around LCCT, just “sightseeing”, checking out the other passengers sleeping around the airport benches and floors. Good thing there’s a number of 24-hour restaurants and coffee shops available and a nearby bookstore that’s open as well, that I ended up shopping for some more travel books and magazines.
The counters opened at around 4AM, woke the rest of the guys up and checked all of our luggages. We left KL around 6AM and arrived in Clark around 10AM, took the Philtranco bus back to Manila and spent the rest of the afternoon roaming around Makati before our flight for Iloilo left at 8PM.
All in all, it was a solid vacation. Pretty tiring, yeah, but all worth it. What made it more enjoyable were the people I went with. It was never a dull moment and we will surely be back here again in no time. We never expected to love the place that much. The food, the people, the sights, and the very fact that it’s seriously cheap, makes me wanna book another flight to come and visit this place again.Follow @iamthegarysia