Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Kuala Lumpur

Fri May 29, 2009 10:55am EDT
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By Jennifer Henderson

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters Life!)- Got 48 hours to explore Kuala Lumpur? Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most from a short visit to the Malaysian capital.


6 p.m. - When the sun sets, Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown comes to life. Under Petaling Street's red glow, take in the steamy smells of Malaysian Chinese delicacies while looking for the perfect fake designer accessory in the bustling night market. Save your tastebuds for "Ikan Pari," stingray cooked in spicy chilies or a bubbling pot of claypot noodles: just look for the signs bearing the dishes' names at the end of the street.

9 p.m. - Relax above the hot streets of Kuala Lumpur with a local cocktail from Sky Bar ( Situated at the Traders Hotel in the center of the city, the glowing iconic Petronas Towers are visible from your table.


8 a.m. - Start a day of culinary adventure with some hot dim sum from the hawker center "Jalan Ipoh Dim Sum" (Ipoh Street). Each bite of the little parcels is a flavor surprise. Even though the famous dishes draw a crowd, the number of dim sum restaurants will ensure there is a table available.

9.30 a.m. - Instead of buying traditional Malaysian fabrics to take home, make your own. Batik is wax painted and dyed fabric which appears in traditional Malaysian clothing and artwork. Jadi Batek ( in Bukit Bintang runs classes for first-timers to print and dye their own masterpiece. Cloth and all materials are provided but you must book at least two hours in advance.

11.30 a.m. - While your batik dries, hit the streets of Bukit Bintang for some retail therapy. If the stores on the street don't max out your credit card, the nearby Low Yat and Sungei Wang Plazas provide level upon level of everything from the latest technology to fancy underwear.   Continued...

<p>A man stands at Lopo Waterfall in Hulu Langat near Kuala Lumpur January 27, 2009. REUTERS/Zainal Abd Halim</p>