If you haven't been before, then do yourself a favour and soak up the alluring atmosphere. You'll think you're in Shanghai as you wander through over 60 stalls, with vendors peddling everything from jewellery and clothing to giftware and computer stuff, to the most scrumptious food ever.
There's something for everyone at the Chinatown night market but most importantly – your wallet will breathe a sigh of relief. The stallholders start setting up mid afternoon and the market is open for business from 4 till 11 pm. You'd be well advised not to eat all day because the impressive array of Asian cuisine will have you salivating as you try to decide what to have first.
You'll have to choose from Taiwanese, Malaysian, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Indian and more. Perhaps you could start with Japanese fried octopus balls, Malaysian roti plata, or steamed shiu mai. Let that settle before you sample some crab balls or Japanese pizza. Wash it down with some fresh coconut juice, and go shopping.
If it's fashion you're interested in, you're sure to find some cute designer dresses, scarves or footwear and accessories. There's a fantastic assortment of handmade jewellery and hair ornaments. Without trying, you'll find the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person. There's computer stuff, home decor, fragrances and much more. To complete the feeling of actually being in Asia, some vendors will even let you haggle.
Of course, all this sensory overload can be very draining, so you may like to indulge in a personal massage. In 15 minutes you'll feel brand new again. If you'd like to keep a personal record of how happy you are by now - then why not have your caricature done. And if you visit the fortune teller before you go, I can already promise that you will be back to the Chinatown night market in the near future.