Kwai Chai Hong (literally means “little ghost lane” in Cantonese), is a rustic but unique/instagrammable attraction in Kuala Lumpur (KL). It is a regularly visited touristic place close to hipster cafes (like those found in Vietnam) and other well-known landmarks such as Central Market and Petaling Street. It is essentially a reclaimed abandoned alley which showcases the lives of chinese settlers in Kuala Lumpur in the olden days. The alley/lane leads to several cafes and bars, with accompanying murals documenting the place’s history. Be sure to visit the place at night time as well, since the elaborate lighting/lanterns illuminate the place nicely.
Ho Kow Hainan Kopitiam
There is a famous “kopitiam” (chinese coffee shop) located beside Kwai Chai Hong (Ho Kow Hainan Kopitiam) which is always crowded with long queues forming outside the premise. A tip: be sure to take a queue number and visit Kwai Chai Hong first before coming back to wait for your turn to enter the kopitiam – this saves you time.
For visitors hoping to explore chinatown, it is highly recommended to stay at Four Points by Sheraton which is located opposite of the kopitiam. It is very affordable by the usual Four Points standard with base room (no breakfast) going for as low as USD 40! There is no need to have breakfast at the hotel since there are plenty of cafes and restaurants around the hotel. The hotel is an excellent base for exploring the usual KL tourist hotspots.