Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

Plumes of smoke curl upwards from smouldering coils of incense, flower garlands hang like pearls from the necks of Hindu statues and the call to prayer punctuates the honk of traffic. The temples and mosques of the city’s Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists are crammed shoulder to shoulder in this atmospheric neighbourhood along the Klang river that epitomises multicultural Malaysia. Don’t miss eating at the daytime Madras Lane hawker stalls or savouring the bustle and fun of the night market along Jln Petaling.