I may be spending 2 - 3 days in KL this June, and I had a few questions about the Little India area. It seems like a cool place to hang around/shop/eat, but is it close to transport (especially to/from the airport)? Also, I don't particularly care about fancy accommodation, but how are the hotels/hostels/guest houses there?
#1 mashreki has been a member since 10/3/2012. Posts: 4
I've not talked to anyone who stayed in little india as most people looking for budget options will stay in China Town - a nice walk up past some of the colonial buildings and city square to little india. Otherwise if you stay in Bukit Bingtang you'll be off the monorail line that connects directly to KL Sentral (there is also a China Town stop that puts you off a little to the south of China Town proper right next to the Guanyin Temple). If you stay in either of those spots you can pick up a 'walking map' of KL and you'll find that everything is really within 20 min walk of everything else. Don't miss Kampung Baru for a great dinner spot if you are in KL, for local Malay food.
Agree with caseyprich.
I was in KL a couple of weeks ago (and heading back in another week) and while we do list a few Litteindia places, will be removing them I think.
If you're a budget traveller, head to Chinatown, even if it is slightly less convenient to public transport. If you're more at a flashpacker level, Bukit Bintang is excellent and very well placed for public transport - there's also some budget digs on Tengkat Tong Shin that are well worth a link -- see the KL guesthouse listings for more info. If you want something close to KL Sentral (for onwards transport to airport) then the Brickfields area is ok, but really the other areas are better in my opinion.
I agree with all the above- we stayed in Chinatown and it was brilliant! Lots of markets, street vendors, reasonably good transport links etc. We did walk to little india but didnt find it as exciting as Chinatown (personal opinion obviously). If you're looking for a place to stay, we stayed at a place called Grocer's Inn. It was pretty basic but reasonably cheap and clean, and located right in the heart of chinatown overlooking one of the main streets below. There's a communal balcony as well as a roof top garden, so you can watch at the hustle and bustle of the markets below. Have fun!
IF you happen to be Indian or of indian descent yourself it may look nice- no other choice re eats and shopping and hardly any budgettraveller as backpacker. Otherwise most likely not. It is very close to Brickfields=around the Sentral stesyen-so optimal for airportbuses and trains. Among the Malays it has the rep of a very seedy and ''dangerous'' area later in the eve and at night- dont know how much that is fairytale or stories from very long ago.
#6 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472
So I booked for 3 nights at Sunshine Bedz in Bukit Bintang. Thanks for the help guys!
RE: The Indian or Indian descent thing...I'm not sure what that's supposed to mean at all. Actually, I'm an Arab Jew...but I don't think any of this has any relevance :p.
Now it looks like I just have to figure out transport from the airport, and some good street food joints to check out. Wooh!
#8 mashreki has been a member since 10/3/2012. Posts: 4