Posted by: James Shannon | July 5, 2012

Photo: Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown By Night

 Chinese lanterns lighten and liven up a street in Chinatown in KL, considered by many to be the city’s true downtown.

If you’re like me, a budget traveler trying to stretch your savings in a city that is more expensive than most locales in SE Asia, you aggressively seek out appropriately priced accommodations wherever you can find them. Fortunately, it seems that most cities around the world have hostels/guesthouses/budget hotels right next to their cultural and entertainment meccas, adding value per dollar spent in spite of the lack of amenities offered in said accommodations.

This is especially true in Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur, where the highest concentration of the metropolises’ backpacker digs can be found here, alongside bustling markets, Chinese coffee shops, and delectable Indian eateries. All that action, right outside your door, for minimal $$$ output … now that’s what I call a deal!

Just don’t forget to pack your earplugs, eh? 🙂


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