Friday, November 11, 2011

Shop Malaysia: State Focus (Part 1)

Shopping makes its way to the top of many travellers' list. And in a country such as Malaysia with its myriad cultural influences, it is no surprise that every region has something exclusive to present, making the shopping landscape here as diverse as the numerous journeys a traveller might go on.

Langkawi
Shopping in Langkawi Malaysia
It's more than just sun and sand here! This paradise island is famous for duty free shopping too. Choose from a wide selection of tax-exempted goods ranging from electrical equipment and gadgets to cosmetics, fragrances, chocolates, cigars and more. Indulging in exciting duty free sprees at outlets at the airport, Jelly Point Shoppinh Complex, Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall and Langkawi Parade Megamall.

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Shopping Perlis Malaysia
Perlis/Kedah
The border towns of Padang Besar and Bukit Kayu Hitam in these northern states are popular duty free zones for travelers crossing the border into or out of Thailand. A medley of little stores selling a variety of tax-exempted items, local food and clothing can be found here.
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Shopping Penang Malaysia
Penang
The pearl of the Orient has a charming mixture of old and new shopping opportunities. Georgetown is crammed with shops housed in pre-war buildings selling textiles, apparels, food, jewellery, antiques and curios. The Little India district is well known for its gold bazaar, glamorous silk sarees and aromatic spices while bursting night markets can be found all over the island-one of the biggest being in Batu Ferringi. Along with others, the island’s newest shopping mall is Queensbay Mall and Penang Times Square, offer a string of local and international labels for those seeking the mall shopping experience.
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Shopping Malls Perak
Perak
Given its proximity to Cameron Highlands and the surrounding fruit orchards, visitors will find an abundance of fresh fruits here especially the ‘pomelo’. Perak is also famed for its lovely ‘Labu Sayong’ or gourd-shaped clay pottery that serves as water cisterns as well as decorative items. Off shore at Pangkor Island, dried seafood products are popular buys.
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Shopping Malls Selangor
Selangor/Klang Valley
Klang 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 Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Fahrenheit88, Suria KLCC, Mid Valley Megamall, Sunway Pyramid, 1 Utama, the Curve and The Gardens at Mid Valley City.
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Shopping Malls Melaka
Melaka
Much of Melaka’s charm lies in its rich range of antiques, curios and wonderful cuisine. Jonker Walk is a must for shoppers hunting down 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 interesting handicrafts.
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Shopping Negeri Semblan
Negeri Semblan
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 wood, rattan and bamboo furniture to textiles, household linens, d├ęcor objects and wedding paraphernalia. Nilai popular for its wide selection of products, it is also known for its very affordable, lower-than-city centre prices.
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