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Tours in KL: Withlocals

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A traveller we met up with while in Kuala Lumpur recommended we check out the tour-selling platform Withlocals. After a false start, we ended up on an afternoon walking tour through Kampung Baru billed as “the best Asia food tour” with Nadia. The site describes her as being “the charming local”, which she certainly is, though the tour itself did not represent the best value in town.





Once we made the booking and payment, we were passed Nadia’s contact details. She got in touch via text message to sort out where we’d meet and asked about food allergies and so on. Two days later we met out front of the fabulous Chow Kit Market in the northern reaches of downtown Kuala Lumpur. With 20 years in Southeast Asia, we’ve seen my share of wet markets, but Chow Kit is still well worth a look, with a vast fresh produce section and a wet market loaded with beef, chicken and flopping seafood. As the market is halal, pork is not sold.

In Chow Kit Market a jackfruit vendor answers my dumb questions. Photo taken in or around Tours in KL: Withlocals, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

In Chow Kit Market a jackfruit vendor answers my dumb questions. Photo: Stuart McDonald

From the market we started to make our way into Kampung Baru, stopping at a durian stall to sample some Malaysian durian—warm and sticky in the midday heat, we much prefer it as an ice cream especially on a hot day like the one we faced. As we continued, grazing here and there, Nadia chatted about her background and what she likes (and dislikes) about Kuala Lumpur.

Eventually we found ourselves at Chunburi Seafood, a Malay restaurant in the heart of Kampung Baru that I found myself at a couple of times throughout my stay in KL. Famous for its laksam and nasi kerabu—the former a rich fishy broth with fat juicy noodles and the latter distinctive for its blue coloured rice—this was an exceptional meal.

Nasi kerabu: Yummo. Photo taken in or around Tours in KL: Withlocals, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

Nasi kerabu: Yummo. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Over the meal I chatted with Nadia about how things worked with Withlocals and I discovered that I’d misunderstood the premise of much of what they do. I thought Nadia was a freelance food enthusiast who had put together her own personalised itinerary, sold through their platform. In fact, the trip was actually designed by Withlocals, and she was essentially a guide paid by them ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Tours in KL: Withlocals
https://www.withlocals.com/experience/the-best-of-asia-food-tour-c5cb706c/
Admission: 92 euros

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