1. Fake Stuff Night Market
Yes, we’re talking about nothing but fakes. New Yorkers maybe startled to see a $30 Gucci handbag or $100 Patek Philippe watch sold during wee hours from a tiny kiosk in the street of Kuala Lumpur. But locals know that the fast-talking Chinese peddlers in the area sell nothing but imitation wares smuggled from China.
The clothes and bric-a-brac sold around the Chinatown Kuala Lumpur look uncannily like the original stuff, but they are in fact high grade imitations. The authorities often raid these kiosks for pirated DVDs but the affected kiosks will open up with new stocks within hours after the authorities leave with the confiscated goods in their trucks.
2. Cheap 5 Stars Hotel
Nowhere in the world can you find luxurious 5 stars hotel under $100, except in Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok. In short, staying in KL is about getting a Singapore grade hotel stay at Jakarta price.
Certain destinations like new capital city, Putrajaya are so desperate for tourist money that it is not hard to get 5 star accommodation and service at as low as $70 to $80 a night.
3. Indian Temple with Wild Monkey Playing in the Stairs
Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country like Indonesia. But as religious tolerance is widely practiced (unlike the Taliban in Afghanistan, the local Muslim Malays in the country claim that this is what Islam preaches) Kuala Lumpur is a house to Hindu cave-temples, historical Christian churches and Buddhist monastery.
One of the most famous temples is the Batu Caves, a Hindu temple for the war god located within a cave which you can only reached by 272 stairs. Rising over 100m above the ground, the temple is a major tourist attraction but keep your wallet and food close and wild monkeys play unwanted hosts.
4. Chinatown, Indiantown, Arabic Street and Malay Street in one city
Kuala Lumpur is a city where all 3 major races keep their identities and religious activities in public but tolerate each other as Malaysian.
As a result, this is probably the only city in the world where you have the Chinatown in one part of the street, with Chinese markets and exotic food like frog legs being sold by the street, and Arabic street with hookah equipped restaurant and halal kebab in the other side of the town.
To get a feel of what Madras looks and feels like, you can probably save a few thousand dollars in air fare by just heading on to the colorful Brickfields area or wake up during the wee hours during Deepavali. This is the time to watch Hindu’s devotees carry icons pierced to their bodies from the middle of Kuala Lumpur to 13km outskirt of the city.
5. World’s Best Food
Kuala Lumpur is the worst place on earth for dieters. A melting pot of Indian, Chinese and Malay as well as modernization and influx of western influence sees Kuala Lumpur quickly becoming a home to the world’s best cuisines.
You can eat with your fingers in an Indian leaf-plate curry restaurant, try authentic Chinese food and practice your chopstick tricks in a hawker market, enjoy cheesy pizzas in award winning 5-stars Italian restaurant or try glutinous rice cooked in a bamboo during the festive celebration of Eid.
Apart from that, the selection of fruits is just phenomenal. You can try exotic food of the Asia, from spiky clad durian or hairy rambutan to cheap papayas and pineapples and mangosteen almost all year round from street hawkers and giant supermarkets dotting the city.
In short, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Can you find those in New York?
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