Shopaholics looking for some great late deals should look no further than Kuala Lumpur (KL). With its multitude of luxury malls and top brand names offering an array of clothes, cosmetics, shoes, handbags and the latest in technological and electrical appliances, the Malaysian capital is ranked one of the World’s best cities to shop in. Visitors can look forward to fantastic exchange rates, duty free status on most items plus two blockbuster shopping events in the form of the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival (currently running until 1 September) and the Malaysia End of Year Sale (16 November – 05 January). With a minimum of 40 percent discount on most goods, this is one shopping experience that’s excellent value for money.
The 1Malyasia Mega Sale Carnival, currently taking place across Malaysia until 1 September 2013, is one big shopping celebration where shopaholics enjoy irresistible offers and big discounts from luxury brands to affordable items at malls and retail stores throughout Malaysia. Later in the year, Christmas shopping is made simple at Malaysia’s End of Year Sale starting on 16 November and running through to January 2014.
KL is home to around 66 shopping malls including world class retail venues such as the Suria KLCC shopping mall, located at the base of the World famous Petronas Twin Towers, and The Sunway Pyramid and Mid Valley Megamall, both equipped with the latest designer stores. The bustling retail district of Bukit Bintang houses its own popular shopping malls such as Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and Starhill Gallery, both offering luxurious brands including Montblanc, Burberry, Prada and Versace. Starhill Gallery is also known as the Fine Watch Retail Centre as it houses the single largest concentration of the world’s leading watch brands.
Those looking for a bargain can head to the many street markets, where a huge variety of local goods and products can be bought including handicrafts such as batik, pewter plates & vases, silverware and woodcarvings. Petaling Street, in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, hosts the Pasar Malam (night market). After 6pm, the market opens and the street comes alive with stalls, restaurants and crowds. Here bargain hunters can buy anything from handbags to souvenirs, watches, clothes, herbal remedies, local trinkets and spices.
Outside of KL, Malaysia also has domestic designated duty free islands such as Langkawi, Labuan, and Tioman, offering an extensive range of items to be purchased at special tax exempt prices. In Kuah Town, the central district of Langkawi, rows of stores can be found selling electronic gadgets, household goods, branded products, cosmetics and fragrances, and the island also has its own megamalls for visitors to enjoy: Langkawi Mall, Langkawi Fair Complex and Jetty Point Duty Free Complex.
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