One of Kuala Lumpur's most dynamic suburbs, Petaling Jaya is a forest of glitzy shopping malls, interspersed with traditional restaurants and temples - all just half an hour or so from the center of Malaysia's capital.
Petaling Jaya (or PJ as locals call it) is Kuala Lumpur's shopping hotspot thanks to mega malls like the Sunway Pyramid and 1 Utama. Alongside stores, these complexes house everything from cinemas to climbing walls.
Petaling Jaya isn't just a modern commercial hub. There are also some tranquil historical sights to enjoy, not least the impressive Wat Chetawan Temple and the Blue Mosque in nearby Shah Alam.
Malaysians sometimes seem to be food obsessed, and Petaling Jaya is a great place to discover their passion. Don't miss sweet and sour crab at Fatty Crab as well as wan tan noodle shops like Ho Weng Kee.
Getting to know the locals is easy at the numerous 'mamak' stalls, which serve cocktails and beer until late, while bars like the Great Beer Bar offer brews from around the world.
Central KL is a delight. See the Petronas Towers, ride the Genting Skyway, and bar hop in Brickfields before heading back to Petaling Jaya for an evening meal.
The best time to visit is probably between November and April, when the rains are scarce and humidity is low.
Kuala Lumpur International (KUL) is the closest airport. From there the Airport Bus takes 1 hour 24 minutes and costs RM17. Taxis should cost around RM100.
Trains run from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Jaya (22 minutes, around RM5).
If you are driving from central Kuala Lumpur, take the E23 directly to Petaling Jaya.
Metrobus and Rapid KL run buses from the center of town to Petaling Jaya and take around 40 minutes.
Leading hotels in Petaling Jaya include the One World Hotel, the Hilton Petaling Jaya, and the stylish Qliq Damansara.
Damansara Utama - one of Petaling Jaya's northern suburbs, Damansara Utama has some great eateries (like the Asian Food House) and is slightly quieter than other areas as it lacks a major shopping mall.
Taman Megah - right next to Kelana Jaya train station, Taman Megah is 20 minutes from downtown KL and has excellent places to eat and drink like Fatty Crab.
SS7 - SS7 is shopping heaven thanks to the presence of the massive Paradigm and Kelana malls.
Rapid KL runs a public bus service in Petaling Jaya and KL. The best ticket option is to pick up a MyRapid Smart7 card to get in and out of the city.
Taxis charge a meter drop of RM3, followed by RM2 per mile.
Car rental options in Petaling Jaya include Mayflower and Euro Rent A Car. Packages start at around RM30.
It's all about malls in Petaling Jaya. Some of the best include the Paradigm, the Sunway Pyramid, and 1 Utama, although there are plenty in the area and they all offer something slightly different.
Local supermarkets include Giant and HERO, and 12 eggs should cost around RM6.
Local favorites include Choong Kee Claypot Chicken Rice in Damansara Jaya, Fatty Crab in Taman Megah, and Gerai Nora Sate and Soto in SS14. Expect meals to cost around RM25.