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Are you seeking the perfect Asian destination for a spot of retail therapy? Petaling Jaya could be just the place. A short drive from Kuala Lumpur and the area's international airports, "PJ", as the city is known by locals, is a modern urban center that has developed rapidly over the years. And its reputation as a retail destination has developed just as quickly; the city’s sleek new Damansara district is home to a multitude of mega-malls that stock everything imaginable, from designer fashion labels to local specialties. As the tropical sun beats down outside, visitors can spend hours strolling through air-conditioned heaven, stocking up their wardrobes, buying gifts for loved ones or simply window shopping. And even if you’re not into shopping, Petaling Jaya’s malls also have an amazing array of activities and attractions to keep everyone entertained. Book now at Best Western Petaling Jaya and explore all this city has to offer.
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With more than 90 attractions spread across six zones covering 36 hectares of land, Sunway Lagoon is the perfect place to keep the family entertained for a day. Having opened in 1992, the park has gradually improved and expanded over the years, adding a series of new rides and adventures. These include Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon, which became Asia’s first Nickelodeon-themed amusement park when it opened in 2016. There is also a large water park, which features a 350-meter-long lazy river, a 360-degree revolving pirate ship and a six-lane water slide, plus a surf simulator, a 5-D cinema, and a wildlife park containing a pair of white lions.
Petaling Jaya is home to millions of square meters of retail space, providing visitors with a wealth of options to indulge in a spot of retail therapy. Many of the city's most modern malls are located in Damansara, the new city's large northern district. Notable retail areas include 1 Utama, which is one of the world's biggest malls with almost 500,000m² of floor space, plus the upmarket Atria Shopping Gallery, The Curve, Paradigm Mall, Tropicana City Mall and Empire Damansara. The area is also home to a huge Ikea furniture store. Most malls also feature plenty of dining options and other entertainment options, including cinemas, providing a welcome break from the shops.
Forest Research Institute Malaysia
Located just outside Petaling Jaya, the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) is a vast natural research and conservation area which serves as the green lungs in Selangor. Covering an extensive 1,528 hectares of verdant forest, the area features a series of hiking and mountain biking trails that allow visitors to discover the region's native flora and fauna. There is also a dramatic canopy walk, and guests venturing into the center of the reserve can even take a refreshing dip in a waterfall pool. Those wanting to truly immerse themselves in the natural surroundings can camp in the park overnight.
KidZania, the popular children's role-play attraction, is now open in Petaling Jaya. While it is officially called KidZania Kuala Lumpur, the indoor park is actually located within The Curve, a large shopping mall in Petaling Jaya's Damansara district. It is also adjacent to Ikea. Opened in 2012, KidZania Kuala Lumpur allows children to experience what it's like to work in various professions, including a fire-fighter, pilot or doctor. In fact there are more than 60 establishments in which kids can dress up and work, in a full child-sized city that covers more than 7,400m². If you're traveling with kids, this is the perfect place to spend the day.
Created in the 1950s, the Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple (or "Wat Chetawan" as it is more commonly known) is a Thai Buddhist temple located in the heart of Petaling Jaya. Built to demonstrate the good relations between Malaysia and Thailand, the temple project attracted a series of high-profile donors including the Thai royal family and the government of Malaya, as it was then known. Today, the temple complex comprises a series of areas including a meditation hall, bell tower, pavilions, shrines and a pagoda. Guests curious about Malaysia's Buddhist heritage can now visit the temple, make donations and purchase amulets at two on-site shops.
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