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"The Beautiful Little Satellite Town for Peace & Serenity"

Petaling Jaya Tourism

Located close to the capital of Malaysia, Kualua Lumpur, Petaling Jaya is a little township which has developed into a city. Locals fondly call it 'PJ'. It is also supposed to be the rainiest area in all of Malaysia, having little to no dry seasons to speak of. Nonetheless, it makes for a lovely experience on account of its charming little neighbourhoods.

Petaling Jaya is is considered to be the richest among all the cities in Malaysia. It is a truly commercial zone, punctuated with lots and lots of shops, shopping malls and the like. However, it was given the status of a city only later, in 2006. The city is characterized by its most popular landmark, Kota Darul Ehsan. This is an arch that is the boundary between PJ and Kuala Lumpur. It is also well-known for its frequent night markets, where tourists can snag a great deal or two.

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Currency in Petaling Jaya

RM is the currency of Petaling Jaya. Sometimes, credit cards are accepted here. However, it is not difficult to find places where yo can exchange currency for RM, at.

Exchanging Money in Petaling Jaya

There are banks, a few ATMs and even licensed currency exchange services in PJ. Most of these licensed services are located inside shopping malls such as Utama Shopping Centre, The Curve, Mid Valley Mega Mall, etc.

Daily Budget for Petaling Jaya

If you're on a budget trip, your daily cost would come up to RM 50. For a mid range trip, it would be RM 85-90. A luxurious stay at Petaling Jaya would come up to RM 120 or more.

Religion of Petaling Jaya

Chinese is most prevalent here. Malays, Hindus and Muslims come next.

Petaling Jaya Customs

It is said that the people of PJ are a little snobbish. However, most people in the service industry here are polite and hospitable. People have their own sense of style here, so you can dress comfortably without worrying about upsetting anybody. Tipping isn't mandatory, but is considered polite, especially if the service provided is of a good quality.

Language of Petaling Jaya

Mandarin, Malay, Chinese, Hokkien and even to an extent, English and Hindi, are the languages that are spoken in Petaling Jaya.

History of Petaling Jaya

Petaling Jaya was built during the colonial period due to the excess population in Kuala Lumpur. When Kuala Lumpur became a federal territory in 1974, PJ was incorporated into Selangor. A step forward was the construction of rhe Federal Highway (1974) from Kuala Lumpur to Klang, through Petaling Jaya. PJ was officially declared a city in 2006.

Nightlife in Petaling Jaya

In terms of nightlife, there are a few places to hit up for a spot of fun. There are bars that even remain open for 24 hours! Some good places to visit are Sanctuary, where you can take in the Ice Bar and hang out with the youth of the city, Uncle Chilli's, which is a very popular resto-bar with live bands and Laundry, a new pub and bar, with good music.

Shopping in Petaling Jaya

Pasar malams or night markets are common in Petaling Jaya. They are also frequented by tourists to a large extent, on account of the popularity. These markets sell everything from fresh food items to clothes and electronic devices. You can test your bargaining skills at these markets as well, with good deals offered for bulk purchases. You can also visit malls like PF's first mall, Jaya Shopping Centre and Sunway Pyramid Megamall.

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How to Reach Petaling Jaya

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You can get to Petaling Jaya by air, train, road and even rail. It is quite a well-linked city.

How to reach Petaling Jaya by flight

The airports that are situated closest to PJ are Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Batu Berendam Airport. All the three have both international as well as domestic flights coming in daily.

How to reach Petaling Jaya by road

You can choose to rent a car to take you into the city. However, there are also several metered taxis available to take you to PJ.

How to reach Petaling Jaya by train

Take the Kelana Jaya railway line which travels from Kuala Lumpur to central PJ. The main stops are Taman Jaya, Asia Jaya, Taman Paramount and Kelana Jaya. Another option would entail taking the KTM Komuter electric trains and getting off at any of PJ's various stations.

How to reach Petaling Jaya by bus

Buses come into Petaling Jaya from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Klang, and more. There are metrobuses as well as other more comfortable ones like the Aeroline, which has a double-deck. The main buses from Kuala Lumpur stop at Asia Jaya, Damansara Uptown and Bandar Utama. There are also stopa along the Federal Highway, where you can get on.

Local transport in Petaling Jaya

It is easy to get around in this city. Roads connect PJ to all the important locales and there are major highways here, making things all the more convenient. A train line, the Kelana Jaya Line, zips between Kelana Jaya and PJ New Town. Bus services include Metrobus and Rapid KL, with a widespread network taking you to all the popular and not so popular routes. Shuttle bus services are available if you are put up at the Hilton, Crystal Crown, Armada, Eastin or Royale Bintang, to take you around. Metered taxis are another option. You can flag them down or arrange for the hotel to call one for you. Motorcycles can also be rented. However, considering the traffic in this city, it is better to let somebody else do the driving!

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The Kota Darul Ehsan arch over the Federal Highway, as seen from the Kuala Lumpur side.

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FAQs on Petaling Jaya

What is the best time to visit Petaling jaya?

The weather at Petaling Jaya is generally hot. Beginning from November and going upto February, the weather is relatively better, with a slight chill in the air in the evenings. Sometimes, it even rains during these months. All the other months are not advisable, as the weather will be extremely hot.
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What is the local food in Petaling jaya?

The locals of PJ enjoy meals with spices, noodles and sauces, including coconut flavours. Broth is consumed here on a large scale, as well as soups with thick noodles. Rice items like fried rice topped with an egg, chicken rice, etcs are also very popular and well-liked.
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What is the best way to reach Petaling jaya?

You can get to Petaling Jaya by air, train, road and even rail. It is quite a well-linked city.
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What are the top hotels in Petaling jaya?

There are 694 in Petaling jaya which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Petaling jaya are A Suites, Shah Alam Homestay, Homestay Ara Damansara (Arahome), Atria Cozy Suite PJ Damansara, Eve Suite @ Ara Damasara PJ, Suriamas Condominium by Ryla House at Bandar Sunway. You can see all the hotels in Petaling jaya here

What are the places near Petaling jaya?

The top places near to Petaling jaya are Kuala lumpur which is 10 km from Petaling jaya, Melaka which is located 127 km from Petaling jaya, Georgetown which is located 293 km from Petaling jaya, Genting highlands which is located 39 km from Petaling jaya, Selangor which is located 10 km from Petaling jaya

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