It's obvious at a glance that Malaysians love to shop, and nowhere is this more apparent than in its many shopping avenues especially in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it is more fondly known. From the swanky Bukit Bintang area to the famous bargain bazaar known as Petaling Street, the experience to be had is as diverse as the different races of its population.
Little wonder then that Malaysia is a premier shopping destination in Southeast Asia. For the shopaholics, bargain hunters and just about anyone who loves the vibrant marketplace, the best time of the year to visit Malaysia is during the Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival, or Malaysia Shopping Carnival, which typically takes place around June to August when great discounts and promotions whip the country into a spending frenzy and merchants of all manner throw themselves at the feet of customers.
From the world’s top brands to the one-of-a-kind items, from the antique to the exotic, the range
of products available in Malaysia’s shops covers everything you can possibly imagine, and even more.
Malaysia has some of the most sophisticated and impressive shopping malls in the world, designed as a one-stop centre where everything is housed within a single large complex for a complete shopping experience - containing banks, restaurants of all kinds, supermarkets, cineplexes and indoor theme parks, and hundreds of shops offering a tremendous variety of goods.
For the more adventurous or those who like to venture off the beaten path, there are the well-kept secrets of any town comprising neighbourhood bazaars, night markets and roadside stalls throughout the country.
The night market or 'pasar malam', incidentally, is a tourist delight and one of Malaysia’s attractions. It is found in almost any residential area on specific days of the week, offering a colourful variety of foodstuff and fruits, and an assortment of items. Bargaining at the pasar malam is not only acceptable, but expected as most of the prices quoted start off high and should be knocked down to at least three-quarters. But it is all in good fun and adds to the uniquely boisterous atmosphere.
In addition, Malaysia boasts some of the cheapest duty-free items in the world such as audio-visual equipment, branded accessories and cosmetics, electronic devices and computers, and of course, cigarettes and liquor.
Yes, shopping in Malaysia is truly a feast for the senses.
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