Petaling Jaya

Travel Guide Asia Malaysia Selangor Petaling Jaya



This is a booming city, which is located practically next to the capital, Kuala Lumpur. Basically, it is a place full of residential houses and condominiums dotted the sky. It is divided into several areas. In the early days, it is divided into sections, with places like SS1, SS2 and so on. Recently, a new area has cropped up and it's situated near to Gombak district. It bears the name of Damansara. For example, there is Pelangi Damansara, Kota Damansara, Damansara Kim, Ara Damansara and so on. Most of the residents in these areas are quite well-to-do.

Petaling Jaya can be considered a business centre. There are numerous factories, hotels, eateries, shopping centres and offices of international companies.



Sights and Activities

One of the activities that one can do is to visit One Utama Shopping Centre. It consists of the old and the new wings and the array of activities in the centre is enough to keep a whole family occupied for the whole day. It boasts of international brands as well as local food.

At the other end of the new wing, it boasts of being a bus hub, catering to local and domestic transportation. The bus companies offer trips from Bandar Utama to Penang and Singapore. One can hop on to the Genting bus to reach Genting Highlands.

Apart from that, one can visit Ikano Power Centre and the Curve which is located at Kota Damansara. Further up, one can visit the newly opened Village Grocer at Dataran Surian. One can experience local food at a more comfortable environment. Please be aware that parking may pose a problem.



Events and Festivals

  • Thaipusam - This annual Hindu festival commemorates the birthday of Lord Murugan. Over a million devotees and visitors throng Batu Caves on this eventful celebration, every year.
  • Chinese New Year - Chinese make up about a quarter of the total population and in honour of the Chinese New Year, Malaysia has declared the first two days as public holidays. In the Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, a date between 21 January and 20 February.
  • Hari Raya Aidil Fitri (Eid ul-Fitr) - This Muslim festival marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is celebrated by 60% of the population. The first two days are public holidays, and most people take extra days off to spend time with family and visit relatives and friends.
  • Mid-Autumn Festival - Alternatively known as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the full moon day (15th day) of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar – usually in September.
  • Deepavali (or Diwali) - A significant Hindu festival also known as the Festival of Lights, celebrating the victory of good over evil. Based on the Hindu luni-solar calendar, Deepavali typically falls between mid-October and mid-November.
  • Christmas - This joyous day is declared a public holiday in Malaysia. Year 2000 census indicates that almost a tenth of the population are Christians.



Getting There

It is easy to get to Petaling Jaya. Depending on the location of hotels, one can use the following ways to reach Petaling Jaya or known locally as PJ.

By Plane

There are two airports serving the Kuala Lumpur metropolitan area, Klang Valley.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (IATA: KUL, ICAO: WMKK):
KLIA, as it is commonly referred to, is a main gateway to the country and Kuala Lumpur. It is also the base of flag carrier Malaysia Airlines and budget airline AirAsia.

The airport is linked to Kuala Lumpur by an express train service which takes only 28 minutes compared to an hour by car or bus. The express train is known as KLIA Transit Train.

The other option is Subang Airport (IATA: SZB, ICAO: WMSA) (officially Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport).
Located 15 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur in the KL suburb of Subang, it was formerly the main airport of the country before the new KLIA was built. It now serves mostly turboprop flights operated by FireFly and other private airlines.

By Train

From Kuala Lumpur you can take the Rapid KL lines. From KL Sentral, hop on the Putra line that heads for Kelana Jaya. The stops to reach Petaling Jaya are Asia Jaya, Taman Paramount, Taman Bahagia and Kelana Jaya.

By Car

From KL Sentral, follow the signboard to Petaling Jaya. It takes about 30 minutes to reach One Utama Shopping Centre from KL Sentral. look out for Jalan Gasing, turn right into Asia Jaya. After about 5 minutes, you will pass Universiti Malaya and Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya on the right. Right up ahead, you will come to a flyover. Take the byway, the one going below the flyover. At the traffic lights, turn right. Go along the road. you'll pass two traffic lights. Then you come to another three-forked road. Take the middle one. You will see Eastin hotel on the left. You will pass a BHP petrol station. Later, you will come to a traffic light. follow the signboard that shows kota dammansara. At the end of the road, you will see One Utama ahead of you.

By Bus

Take Rapidbus with the number U258 Bandar Utama. Please check with the bus counter if the number is still correct.



Getting Around

By Car

It is a convenient way of getting around provided you know your way around it. It would be better to take a taxi. it is cheaper and easier.

By Bike

Not advisable as the traffic is dangerous to bikers.




For food, head over to Dataran Sunway, where one can get a variety of food, ranging from local fried noodles to seafood. Do try "yong tau fu", a mix of meat wrapped in beancurd, bittergourd and etc. there's also hakka and teochew food. "Lobak" originates from penang.




"Cendol", which is a drink made from coconut milk, gula melaka and green-stripped cincau, is a cooling and delicious drink. One should not miss "ais-kacang". It is made from shaved ice with a variety of nuts and topped with milk and syrup.





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Keep Connected


Internet cafés are available in cities and major towns. Wi-Fi hotspots can be found in shopping malls, restaurants, food courts and cafés. Many of these hotspots are provided free-of-charge. Internet cafés can also be found in cities and towns.


See also: International Telephone Calls

Malaysia is on the GSM 900/1800 and UMTS (3G) mobile network. If you have an "unlocked" GSM band mobile phone, you can buy a prepaid SIM card and use it with your phone here for cheaper rates instead of roaming here. Prepaid mobile SIM cards are available cheaply at mobile phone shops and 24-hour convenience stores.

Below are the area codes in Malaysia:

01Mobile Phones (nationwide)
02Singapore (special access code to call Singapore)
03Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor
04Penang, Perlis, Kedah
06Negeri Sembilan, Malacca
080Brunei (special access code for use in Sabah and Sarawak only)
08xSabah, Sarawak (x determines the region)
09Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan
1-300Non-geographical numbers (local call rate)
1-800Non-geographical numbers (free call from landline, local call rate from mobile phone)

Area code is not required when calling a number of the same area code. However, it is mandatory when calling from a mobile phone.

There is no charge for receiving calls on any Malaysian phones. Only the caller is charged for the call made. However, if you're on mobile phone roaming service, you will also be charged for any calls received, by your operator.

To dial out of Malaysia, use the international access code 00 (zero zero), followed by the country code, followed by the area code (remove the preceding 0, if any), and finally the telephone number.
e.g. To call London, United Kingdom, dial 00-44-20-xxxx xxxx; or to call Dallas, Texas, United States, dial 00-1-214-xxx xxxx.
For mobile phones, the plus sign "+" can be used as the international access code.
e.g. Using the previous scenario, type +44-20-xxxx xxxx or +1-214-xxx xxxx and press the call button.

The country code for Malaysia is 60. To receive calls from overseas, that person will have to dial the country's international access code, followed by 60 for Malaysia, followed by the area code (remove the preceding 0), followed by the phone number.
e.g. If your prepaid mobile number is 012-1234567, and someone in the United Kingdom were to call you, the number to dial is 00-60-12-1234567. Those calling you from the United States and Canada will have to dial 011-60-12-1234567.

The emergency number is 999 and can be dialled from any phone, free of charge. The worldwide standard emergency number for GSM mobile phones, 112, can also be used on a mobile phone, even without a SIM card. Calls to 112 will be routed to 999 centres.


Pos Malaysia is the national postal service of Malaysia. Rates for sending a standard letter locally is 30 sen (20 gram) to 40 sen (up to 50 gram). International airmail has minimum rates ranging from RM1.00 to RM2.00, depending on destination. It costs 20 sen to send a postcard or aerogramme locally, or 50 sen to send a postcard or aerogramme to anywhere in the world.

Expedited Mail Service (EMS), branded locally as Poslaju, is available for both domestic and international destinations. Domestic EMS has a next day delivery guarantee. International EMS guarantees mails and parcels to be delivered out of the country by the following day. The time required to arrive at its destination will depend on clearance by authorities and the postal service of the destination country. For most countries, delivery of documents can be done in 3 to 5 days.

If you need to receive mails or packages from home, there is Poste Restante service available at all General Post Offices (GPO) in the country. There is one GPO in almost every capital city of every state, and in all federal territories. Mails sent from Singapore and Brunei will be retained for one month while mails from all other places will be kept for two months, after which if unclaimed, will be sent to the Dead Letter Office.

Generally, post offices are open from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Saturday, except the first Saturday of the month. They are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.


Electricity voltage in Malaysia is 240V AC 50Hz. The UK 3-pin plug is the standard used in Malaysia. European 2-pin plug can also be used on the 3-pin socket by inserting a screwdriver (or any hard object that fits) into the earth pin hole to open the live and neutral shutters. However, this practice can be hazardous.


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