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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur or KL

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Over 8 million people live within the greater KL area which is clearly noticeable by the huge and vast amounts of traffic that goes into the city every morning, and slowly leaves the city in the evening. Kuala Lumpur has many interesting attractions; like Merdeka Square, Chinatown, Petronas Twin Towers and much more. KL is also known as a shoppers paradise; there are are numerous huge shopping malls where you can literally shop til you drop.

Georgetown capital of Penang

Georgetown; capital of Penang Island

In 2008 UNESCO listed Georgetown as World Heritage Site because of the many original colonial (Chinese style) shophouses. Besides the many beautiful historical buildings; Georgetown also has many modern highrise buildings that often contains big shopping malls. In and around Georgetown there are many fun attractions that are absolutely worthy of a visit.

Malacca

Historical town of Malacca

Malacca is one of the most popular tourist destinations within Malaysia. Every evening the famous Jonker Street night market is buzzing with tourists from all over the world. In 2008 UNESCO listed Malacca as World Heritage Site. Besides the many beautiful historical sites Malacca is also well known for its great food. Everywhere that you look you will find places to eat; experts claim the best local dishes in Malaysia originate from Malacca.

Kuching in Sarawak

Kuching; gateway to Sarawak

Kuching is the biggest Malaysian city on Borneo and also the capital city of the state of Sarawak. Kuching is a very popular tourist destination as it serves as entry point to numerous great attractions within the heart of Sarawak. The city has enough to offer to keep tourists occupied for at least a couple of days. Popular attractions around Kuching are among others Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre and Bako National Park. There are daily flights to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bharu.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the capital of the northern state of Kelantan. The city serves as main gateway to visitors that are on their way to visit the tropical island of Perhentian. The are daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu, but you can also opt to take the bus or even the adventurous jungle train. Main attractions in the city are the many islamic museums, and also the day and night markets. Though tourist usually pass through the conservative city; there is enough available accommodation in Kota Bharu.

Shopping in Malaysia

Malaysia is a genuine shopper's paradise. Many popular international brands have their stores in one of the malls in Malaysia. Products range from luxurious designer clothing and accessories to exclusive bags, watches, trendy footwear and every type of electronic equipment imaginable. There are over 50 big shopping malls in Malaysia; greater Kuala Lumpur already has well over 20 malls in total with most of them concentrated within the Golden Triangle (nearby Bukit Bintang). Some malls attract over 3 million visitors per month. Shopping is the favorite pastime of Malaysians; shopping malls are especially packed during weekends, public holidays and school holidays. Roads leading towards the malls are then often congested; there are also heavy traffic jams around closing time as everybody leaves the mall around the same time.

Shopping malls in Malaysia usually follow the same format; every mall contains numerous floors with stores. The lower floors have the most popular international brands; usually fashion brands. The higher floors often contain IT shops (gadgets/computers) and specialty stores. There is also often a cinema, food court and supermarket located somewhere within the mall. Shopping malls in Malaysia are usually opened to public between 10am and 10pm; restaurants are often opened until midnight or even later.

A couple of times per year there are sales at every shopping mall in Malaysia. Tourism Malaysia always uses this to attract more tourists to the country; they have named it 'Mega Sale'. There is one mega sale around Christmas and one around Merdeka (independence day) in August every year. Mega Sales usually last up to two months. For most tourists shopping in Malaysia is already quite affordable due to the conversion rates of their own currency to the Malaysia Ringgit. During these shopping sales there are discounts up to 90% in many stores. Bargaining is usually not the best option in modern shopping malls, but you may always ask for a better price.

At some destinations within Malaysia you can shop without paying taxes on the products. These duty-free zones are Langkawi Island, Tioman Island and Labuan Island. Products that are especially cheap in these places are tobacco, alcohol, chocolate and perfumes.

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Shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur

 

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