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Malaysia Megasale Shopping Carnival

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Your journey from one coast of Malaysia to the other is bound to be dotted with shopping adventures of various sorts. As you comb through the country, you?ll find each state offering its own special delights.

 

 
Langkawi - Kedah
 

The northern duty free island offers a wide selection of tax-exempted goods ranging from electrical equipment and gadgets to branded items, cosmetics and fragrances, chocolates, cigars and more. Indulge in duty free shopping at stores at the airport, Jetty Point Shopping Complex, Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall and Langkawi Parade Megamall.

 
 
Perlis & Kedah
 

The border towns of Padang Besar and Bukit Kayu Hitam in Perlis and Kedah respectively are popular duty free zones for travelers crossing the border into and out of Thailand. A medley of little stores selling a variety of tax-exempted items can be found here.

 
 
Penang
 

The Pearl of the Orient has a delightful mixture of old and new shopping opportunities. Georgetown is crammed with shops housed within pre-war buildings, selling textiles, apparels, food, jewellery, antiques and curios. Towards the edge at the Little India district, is its famed Kapitan Kling gold bazaar while on any given day, one is bound to stumble across a colourful night market - one of the biggest being the Batu Ferringi bazaar You?ll also find prize items at the Lorong Kulit and Chowrasta bazaars.

 
 
Langkawi - Kedah
 

The northern duty free island offers a wide selection of tax-exempted goods ranging from electrical equipment and gadgets to branded items, cosmetics and fragrances, chocolates, cigars and more. Indulge in duty free shopping at stores at the airport, Jetty Point Shopping Complex, Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall and Langkawi Parade Megamall.

 
 
Perak
 

Given its proximity to the Cameron Highlands and the surrounding fruit orchards, visitors will find an abundance of fresh fruits here especially ?pomelo?. Perak is also famed for its lovely ?Labu Sayong? or gourd?shaped pottery that serve as water cisterns as well as decorative items. Offshore at Pangkor Island, dried seafood products are popular buys.

 
 
 

Malaysia Megasale Shopping Carnival

Selangor & KL
 

Kiang Valley is awash with shopping malls and departmental stores catering to the local and foreign masses. The shopping triangle of Bukit Bintang alone bears testimony to the popularity of shopping in Malaysia. Other signature shopping landmarks include the Suria KLCC, Mid Valley Megamall, Sunway Pyramid, 1 Utama and The Curve. Even so, many smaller malls and stores sweep through Selangor and Klang Valley offering shoppers not only an endless range of local and imported items but numerous sales seasons to enjoy too.

 
 
Melaka
 

Much of Melaka?s charm lies in its rich range of antiques, curios and wonderful cuisine. Jonker Walk is a must for shoppers looking for exotic souvenirs; here you?ll also be able to sample the famous ?Nyonya? food at sidewalk stalls and little cafes. Head for Dataran Pahlawan, Medan Samudera or the stalls along Jalan Merdeka for some great handicrafts.

 
 
Negeri Sembilan
 

The town of Nilai boomed overnight when it became a wholesale centre for numerous household items. The Nilai 1 section sells a hoard of things ranging from fine woods, rattan and bamboo furniture to textiles, household linens, decor objects and wedding paraphernalia. Nilai 3 is a separate section focusing on textiles alone. Not only is Nilai popular for its wide selection of products, it is also known for its very affordable, lower- than-city centre prices.

 
 
Johor
 

Johor Bahru?s malls like the City Square and AEON Tebrau cater for shoppers from Singapore as well as abroad. The little town of Ayer Hitam is worth stopping over for its jumble of fine pottery, ceramic, handicrafts, local snacks and fresh tropical fruits, while Tangkak town is famous for its textiles and household linens.

 
 
Pahang
 

Pahang jungles provide for a wide range of forest products that the aborigine community can be found selling en route to Cameron Highlands and other parts of the state. The highland?s abundance of fresh farm produce and flowers are popular purchases too. Batik and handicrafts can be found in Kuantan while further south in Mersing, dried seafood products are the main things to look for.

 
 
Terengganu
 

Home to some of the best handicrafts and artwork in the country. Fine ?batik? and ?songket? in textile and apparel forms, graceful ?wau? or giant kites, delicate silver, brass and woodcraft and a whole lot of exotic foods like the famous ?belacan? and ?budu? can be found here.

 
 

Malaysia Megasale Shopping Carnival

 
Sabah
 

Sabah is a treasure trove of unique crafts and souvenirs. Must buys here are beadwork, hand-woven baskets, the ?Kain Dastar? material, jewellery and Sabah tea. Check out the stretch of handicraft shops in Wawasan Plaza in Kota Kinabalu; for fantastic bargains head over to the Handicraft Market located along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens.

 
 
Sarawak
 

The Land of the Hornbill offers a horde of souvenirs like pottery, beadwork, textiles (?Pua Kumbu?), bamboo, rattan and wood work, reed baskets as well as other exotic stuff like salted ?terubuk? fish and the famed Sarawak pepper and pineapples. Most of these items can be bought at sidewalk stores or bazaars in Kuching, Sibu and Miri.

 
 
Labuan
 

Another duty-free island offering a wide selection of goods from electrical items to pens, watches, perfumeries, pearls, chocolates and alcohol. Textiles are of special interest here and along Jalan OKK Awang Besar, shoppers can find Chinese jade and ceramic ware, fine furniture and embroidered material.

 
 
 
 

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