Planning a night of fun exploring lively bars and clubs? Changkat Bukit Bintang is the place to look out for. Bukit Bintang is the heart of tourist activities in Kuala Lumpur. The famous food street Jalan Alor is located in Bukit Bintang and is a must-visit location for food lovers. The food stalls and restaurants stay open until the early hours of the morning.
Feel the lively vibe of Kuala Lumpur, by walking down the streets of Changkat where lovely girls will approach you for a body massage in one of many parlours located along the road. Stalls of fresh tropical fruit and local delights are lined along the road. Meander through the street to reach the jam-packed shopping malls near Bukit Bintang LRT.
Exploring Bukit Bintang
With recent redevelopment and upgrade of facilities in Bukit Bintang is easily accessible by light rail and other modes of public transport in the city. I prefer to stay in the Bukit Bintang area because of the ease of access to shopping malls, massage parlours, bars and 24-hour cafes.
Bukit Bintang station is easily accessible from Sentral Station using light rail. The train passes through Jalan Imbi and lies on the same track as Bukit Nanas and Chow kit.
Jalan Alor the food street in Kuala Lumpur, has a number of Thai and Malay and Chinese Restaurants specializing in seafood cooked in different styles. Popular restaurants are Wang Ah Wah Restaurant, San Cheui Yan and Hong Heng. I always enjoy grilled chicken wings served at 9 Jalan Alor. Another speciality on this spot includes satay chicken and satay beef on skewers served with delicious peanut sauce.
Local dishes at Jalan Alor are served under RM 10-15. Seafood prices vary depending on the weight and price of the day. Steamed, grilled and stir-fried seafood dishes can be a bit expensive. However, the steamed seafood dishes are quite popular with local and foreign visitors. Both sides of Jalan Alor are lined with staff serving different food specialities ranging from desserts, tropical fruit, fresh fruit juices and seafood snacks.
Jalan Alor in Day time
Clubs in Changkat Bukit Bintang
Changkat Walk is located adjacent to Jalan Alor and is the heart of nightlife in Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur. A number of popular bars like Whisky Bar, Movida, Opium, The Rabbit Hole, Healy's Mac and Changkat Sports Bar.
Changkat in Bukit Bintang stays busy till the early hours of the morning and bars are packed with fun lovers enjoying live music and drinks. Popular Kuala Lumpur restaurant Bijan Bar and Restaurant are located at the end of Changkat Walk.
In Changkat Bukit Bintang there are over 30 venues right next to each other and are equally packed with plenty of European tourists. You might witness an occasional brawl between intoxicated merry-makers, which can be a source of entertainment for on-lookers.
These matters are quickly hushed as tourist police patrol these areas regularly and it is quite safe to walk around at night time.
More trendy Foodie Experiences on Jalan Ramlee in Bukit Bintang
Jalan Ramlee goes along Sungei Wang Plaza and has a number of modern restaurants, international food chains and bars. This area is more classy is quite packed with tourists almost every day of the week. If you like to enjoy continental food in KL, Jalan Ramlee is the hotspot. Walk along this busy street to explore fancy venues like Retro club, Oblique Club and Passion.
One of my favourite Malay fusion restaurants in this area is Bijan.
Changkat Walk is crowded with busy massage parlours and foot spas. An average 45-minute foot massage costs around RM 30. Some cheap hotels are located in Changkat with air-conditioned rooms under RM 80 per night. I visit Zen Element Holistic Health Spa is a good establishment with professional staff and a great relaxing atmosphere.
Massage parlours are a popular attraction in Bukit Bintang. With a huge influx of tourists in this part of the town, Bukit Bintang is also notorious for "sex tourism". You can find a number of girls and ladyboys walking the street. The massage parlours, however, are popular with families and provide foot massage and all body massage services under RM 60 for an hour.
Kuala Lumpur has hot and humid weather and a good food massage at the end of the night is sure to give you a great relaxing sleep.
To best utilize your time in Kuala Lumpur, I recommend booking a hotel close to the places where you want to spend most of the time. Traffic and public transport can be hectic during the daytime.
Bukit Bintang has a good mix of cheap budget hotels, backpacker hostels as well as luxury serviced apartments. These are some of the hotels I stayed at during my previous visits to Kuala Lumpur
- Parkroyal Serviced Apartments - $$$ - Suited for families - Close to Changkat/ Jalan Alor - RM 500+ / night. A great Bukit Bintang Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
- Mesui Hotel - $ - Affordable boutique hotel - Centrally located in Bukit Bintang RM 120 + night. Basis, but well-maintained property.
- Istana Hotel - 5-Star Hotel with amazing service and comfort. Ideally located in the heart of Bukit Bintang. RM 300 - Highly recommended Hotel in Bukit Bintang.
- Furama Hotel Bukit Bintang - 4 Star - Ideally located at walking distance from Berjaya Square - $$ RM 180+. Best value for money in Bukit Bintang.
Pisco Bar is located right next to Mesui Hotel. There are a couple of 24 hours of cafes and restaurants located in the same street where you can find Malay food throughout the night.
Parkroyal Serviced Apartment offers 5-star facilities for families in the heart of Bukit Bintang. Enjoy one and two-bedroom serviced apartments with rooftop pool, breakfast, business lounge and kids play area.
Step down from your room at 2 in the morning and you can find Roti Telur and Tea Tarek for RM3 in the roadside cafes. I love the liveliness of Kuala Lumpur and prefer to stay in this lively part of the town.
The staff at Mesui hotel is extremely friendly and helpful. A new cafe and restaurant opened up right next to the hotel making it easier to get food round the clock.
I highly recommend this budget boutique hotel in Bukit Bintang.