Arriving late meant I could not sample the city’s monorail at night, instead opting for a taxi. A tip for anyone stuck in KL Sentral after the trains have finished: go upstairs to level two and look for the coupon taxi stand (near a 7/11). You buy a pre-priced ticket and get a genuine driver rather than the over priced (one quoted three times as much as I paid) ones on the ground floor.
After trawling the bustling streets near Chow Kit, I found my hostel; Hotel Cosmopolitan. The area itself has a grungy feel but full of life. Street markets and constant fireworks; I’m in Malaysia during Ramadan, only beginning to realise the extent of the Muslim culture here.
I headed out to try some street food in the market just outside. Using the old trick of watching what the locals buy, I had a mix of Indian chaats and oozing coconut jelly. On a local’s recommendation, I took the metro into KLCC; a very westernised area of shopping areas (they even had Topman!) and tourist attractions. With a few mandatory shots of the admittedly impressive looking Petronas Towers and gardens, I hit the eastern side of Chow Kit.
Invoking the second trick of looking for the busiest restaurant in the Malay village surroundings, I had a chicken dish (and drink) for less than £1. Worried about a “tourist tax”, this was excellent and definitely recommendable. Look for Jalan Raja Muda Musa (near Kampung Baru station) if you get the chance.