I used to think I didn't like touristy places. They're cheesy. Crowded. Overpriced.
Yet while Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown is always clogged with folks juggling camera lenses and maps to the embarrassment of their husbands (ahem) there's a certain grittiness and unplanned chaos that draws me back again and again.
It's advertised as a great place to bargain hunt, but it's one of the few places I stop hunting. There's durian available here any time of year. It's now one of my favorite places to simply hang out, share some durian with a newbie, and watch the constant flow of humanity.
After all, a big part of being a tourist is taking the time to look around and notice people.