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Kuala Lumpur/Damansara and Hartamas

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Damansara and Hartamas are two middle- to upper-middle-class suburbs which lie to the west of Kuala Lumpur. Although largely residential, both have pockets of good restaurants, watering holes and even some clubs. Desa Hartamas is particularly popular with the expatriate community.

Damansara runs right up to the border between the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor state and virtually merges with the city of Petaling Jaya. And just to create some confusion, many areas in the northern part of Petaling Jaya also deemed to be part of Damansara.

Sri Hartamas and Desa Sri Hartamas

Whilst there is nothing typically touristy to see or do in Sri Hartamas this is a fantastic place to really get a feel for Kuala Lumpur. Desa Sri Hartamas in particular has developed into a fantastic little eating area where you can experiment with a wide variety of international food relatively cheaply. The most appealing aspect of this is that most of the food retains its national identity. Of particular interest is sitting down to a korean BBQ- order bulgogi or sam giup sul, going for steamboat, or joining in the foodcourt when it starts to become busy after eight in the evening.

There is also a reputable dive shop in Desa Sri Hartamas that has a thriving little dive community behind it and runs regular trips out of Kuala Lumpur to a variety of diving spots.

Take a taxi, about 10Rm from the center of KL and about 10minutes. Ask to be put down at Desa Sri Hartamas. Taxis are easily hailable to return to the city. Within walking distance is Mont Kiara, an area of towering condominiums, that has a few nice bars, reasonable restaurants (that are more expensive than Sri Hartamas) and a growing expat community.

Get in

By car

This is probably the easiest way to get into the Damansara or Hartamas region. Local train (KTMB) or LRT does not run to Hartamas, and local bus run sparingly into this area and are often unreliable.

From the city centre, head on to Jalan Kucing going northward and then connect to Jalan Duta, then get into Lebuhraya Sprint and follow the Sri Hartamas sign. Alternatively, one might also use Jalan Parliamen and it will eventually lead to Jalan Duta and Lebuhraya Sprint.

See

  • The New Palace. Apparently, the previous ruler's of the country (Yang Di-Pertuan Agong) has complained that the present palace at Jalan Istana is small and due to that, a large scale project in underway to build a larger Palace for the Ruler. Although not yet completed, the general outline can be seen from the main road at Jalan Sri Hartamas 1. To get there, head on to Jalan Sri Hartamas 1 instead of Sprint Highway and the Palace can be seen from the main road.
  • KL Court Complex. It is said that this Court Complex is the second largest in the world behind the one in India. Although not overly touristy, the arial view of the court resembles a Y-Wing Plane from Star Wars. To get there, Head on to Jalan Khidmat Usaha from Jalan Duta and the court can be seen at your right.

Do

Reflexology

Desa Sri Hartamas most probably have the most number of Reflexology Centre per unit area than any other place in KL.

Buy

Eat

Budget

  • Safiz Corner. Most probably the cheapest dining outlet in Desa Sri Hartamas. Safiz Corner serves a variety of mamak dishes with good taste and quality. Satay is also available here.

Mid-range

  • Carnaval Churrascaria (Carnaval Churascarria), Atria, Damansara jaya, [1]. 1PM-11PM. Just for meat lovers. The name of this game is MEAT! Lots of it! Amazing Brazilian meat serviced until you are too full to walk.

Drink

Sleep

  • The Royal Bintang Damansara, 6 Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara. Beautiful high-scale hotel 30 min from the airport, with 6 restaurants and a spa. RM 235- 3,000.
  • Peninsula Residence All Suite Hotel, 10, Jalan Semantan, 50490, 03 2084 1515, [2]. Studio and peninsula suites, all equipped with air-conditioner, Internet access, cable TV, and mini-bar. Facilities and services are fitness room/gym, sauna and spa, outdoor swimming pool, and car rental. From MYR 167.93.

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