Malaysia is a great shopping destination in Southeast Asia. Malaysians love shopping, which explains the huge number of luxury malls, street-side stalls and stores in the capital, Kuala Lumpur. If you are a shopaholic, the best time of the year to visit is during The Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival, around August – September when the entire country offers large discounts. Please check our listing to find out when the next Mega Sale Carnival is.
From the exotic and antique to modern electronic and audio-visual equipment, the constantly changing product range available in Malaysia includes an extensive collection of designer labels from the fashion capitals of the world. The exemption of duty on a number of items has resulted in more competitive pricing and makes shopping in Malaysia an even more attractive option. Malaysian duty-free zones are on the islands of Labuan and Langkawi. There are also some duty-free shops in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, international airports and city centres. Duty-free items like cameras, watches, pens, cosmetics, perfumes, mobile phones, computers, cigarettes and liquor are among the most inexpensive in the world. Cash is accepted at night markets while major credit cards are accepted in most shops in the malls and shopping complexes.
Local regulations ensure items are price-tagged and prominently displayed, particularly at department stores in shopping complexes where prices are fixed. High-class shopping malls where everything is designed for shopper convenience, contain banks, foreign currency exchange counters, supermarkets, restaurants and hundreds of shops offering a tremendous range of goods.
For light, casual shopping, there are bazaars, roadside stalls and night markets in towns throughout the country. A major attraction is the colourful, bustling night market or 'pasar malam' - found in most neighbourhoods on certain days of the week - which stocks a bewildering variety of goods, local foods and fruits. Shopping at one is a fun experience. Despite the low prices, bargaining at nights markets is workable. It can be quite a humorous exercise as the traders are generally friendly and enthusiastic. For delightful shopping at the great prices, the time is now, the place is Malaysia.
The rule of thumb is that anything with a price tag on it cannot be bargained, generally street stalls are meant for fierce haggling.
A huge range of goods from international designer fashion to affordable local goods. This mall also contains a cinema, salons, a park and several stylish eateries.
Sungei Wang Plaza
This perennially popular shopping centre houses more than 500 retail outlets offering an incredible assortment of goods for all budgets. Main attractions here are photography, electronic and electrical equipment, fashion wear and accessories, bags and luggage, footwear, handphones, bric-a-brac, beauty salons and boutiques.
Adjacent to JW Marriot Hotel, Starhill Gallery is a stylish building with marble flooring and gilded banisters. Covering an area of 280 000 square feet, this upscale shopping mall was designed by architects and designers from Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, USA, France, Italy, England and Germany. Starhill Gallery has seven themed floors, each featuring a different experience.
The Pavillion Kuala Lumpur
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, the newest shopping mall at Jalan Bukit Bintang set to inspire with its fashion, food and urban leisure choices. Located in the Golden Triangle Shopping district, it is spread across 1.3 million square feet.
Mid Valley Megamall has something for everyone under one roof; movie fanatics, fashion and food, IT fans, bowling enthusiasts, charmed readers, health and beauty conscious and many more. It is an exciting discovery everyday.
For a complete list of shopping malls in Malaysia, please click here. (http://www.tourism.gov.my/en/activities/default.asp?activity_id=6).