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Petaling Jaya

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Country rank: 5 out of 7 Places To Visit In Malaysia

Sub-Region: Selangor


Ideal duration: 1 day

Best time: November-February (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Selangor (Check Flights)


"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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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