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Shopping in Malaysia
Malaysia is a shopper's paradise. Shopping in Malaysia is an adventure of discovery. Since it is situated at the crossroads of Asia, it presents visitors the best that the region has to offer. It has rare treasures of the Orient, branded designer goods, and even intricate local handicrafts.The Malaysia Ringgit exchange is comparatively lower, thus enabling tourist dollars to be stretched much further here. The exemption of duty on certain items has also resulted in more competitive pricing and made shopping in Malaysia a much more attractive option.
A mix of duty free shops can also be found at city centers and airports in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, and Penang. The things that are uniquely Malaysia are handicrafts of local origin. They range from intricate silver, brass, and pewter items to pottery and rattan. The bold designs and dazzling colors of Malaysian Batik set it apart from others within the region.
Kuala Lumpur
Shopping in Kuala Lumpur is a shopping paradise with an eclectic spectrum of retail opportunities, from air-conditioned mega shopping malls right through to the frenetic street markets. Prices are excellent in both and haggling is the norm in the street markets and even in some of the shopping malls, where bulk discounts are also on offer. The city overflows with shopping malls, the scale of which is impressive bowling alleys, discos, cinemas add a surreal element to the shopping experience. Many of the shopping malls are located on Jalan Bukit Bintang and are marketed under the umbrella term of Bintang Walk.
A experience for overseas visitors is the night street markets or pasar malam which begins in the late afternoon. These open-air markets feature hawker stalls that sell a variety of local produce, foodstuff, clothing and cakes. Bargain and Haggle is a common practice. Street artists and traditional medicine vendors are an entertaining sight here.
The Mega Sale Shopping Carnival held three times a year in Kuala Lumpur and other major cities in Malaysia is an opportune time to pick up great bargains.
Suria KLCC Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur
Suria KLCC shopping mall is one of the best shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. Situated underneath the Petronas Twin Towers, the shopping mall lives to its tagline – always something new. The ground floor is dedicated to the prestigious designer labels like Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Prada, Bally, Escada, Chanel and Cartier.
Here, you can virtually get anything you want. With two anchor tenant – Isetan and Parkson Grand, and a multitude of retailers, from fashion to computer peripherals, Suria KLCC is just the place to be. Visit the mall at the end of the year where most boutiques like Gucci, Escada, Giorgio and Emporio Armani, Miss Sixty and more are having their End Season sale.
Not only does Suria KLCC provide you with an ultimate shopping experience, you'll get to see what were once the world's tallest buildings. Suria KLCC is probably the most diverse of its kind in Malaysia . There are many different activities to participate in and there's something for the young, the old and everyone else in between. One of its main features is the Dewan Philharmonik Petronas which is home to Malaysia 's very own Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, Petronas also has an art gallery and a science centre for the less musically inclined. Aquaria KLCC is a 90 meter underwater tunnel that is home to 150 different species of fish. Suria KLCC wouldn't be one of the top shopping malls if it didn't have excellent shopping facilities. The shopping experience is just average because it caters mostly to the big spenders. People looking for good bargains wouldn't exactly find this place attractive. KLCC Park is located right outside the doors of Suria KLCC and it is the perfect place to rest those aching feet after a day of fun and shopping.
Shopping in Selangor
With its proximity from Kuala Lumpur, Selangor has a few of Malaysia's leading shopping malls. Sunway Pyramid Shopping MallOne Utama Shopping Mall and Shah Alam Shopping Mall are just the highlights of them. Night Markets, held in some residential areas once a week, is an excellent way to experience the local culture. There are nine night markets held in the Petaling Jaya main residential area and five each at Subang Jaya, Shah Alam and Klang. Remember to hone your bargaining skills before making a dash for the goods.
Chinatown, Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur
Petaling Street, the centre of Kuala Lumpur’s original Chinatown, maintains much of its traditional atmosphere, particularly at night when vendors fan out their merchandise along the street. This quaint cluster of makeshift shops in the middle of town bustles with life and resounds of bargain from noon until night. It is a great place to stroll along as you will never know what kind of bargained goods can be founded along these crowded avenues. While you can shop for anything from gems and incense to toys and t-shirts, the true allure of this night market is in wandering about and enjoying its sights, sounds and energy. Food is plentiful here with many scrumptious varieties to choose from some of the restaurants here have been in business for generations. Locals flock to Petaling Street primarily for bargain accessories and great Chinese food.
Along the way, you will find heritage buildings such as Lee Rubber building, Kwong Siew Association, Sri Maha Mariammam Temple, the Old High Street Police Station, the Old Victoria institution, the Old Post Office, the Old China Cafe, the Police Sikh Temple, Chan See Shu Yeun Association and ends with the hawker stalls on Petaling Street.
Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur
A forest of high-rises, the Golden Triangle is central Kuala Lumpur‘s business, shoppingand entertainment district. Encompassing an area of several square kilometers, it extends north from its base along Jl Imbi to its apex at the landmark Petronas Towers.
Most of Kuala Lumpur‘s luxury hotels and several nightspots are spaced out along Jl Sultan Ismail, where it intersects Jl Bukit Bintang, with the biggest concentration of shopping malls, mid-range hotels and eating establishment in Kuala Lumpur.
Starhill Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur
Adjacent to JW Marriott Hotel and just behind Lot 10Starhill Shopping Mall is a stylish building with marble flooring and gilded banisters. Starhill shopping mall has a large chandelier hanging from the ceiling and the interior is decorated with glittery lights and wooden trimmings, making it resemble a European shopping avenue.
This one-stop six-storey shopping haven is one of the newer take on the many shopping complexes in the city. The building stocks a wide range of branded products and fine dining restaurants. Anchoring the shopping mall is CK Tang, the renowned Singapore-based department store.
Sungei Wang Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur
Sungei Wang Plaza offers a nice range of products to shop, including branded clothing for teenagers, fashion accessories, DVDs, souvenirs, household decorative items and much more. The ground floor is a good place to shop for cell phones as there are booths which line the balcony that overlooks the lower ground floor, forming a square in the centre of the mall. Here, mobile phone dealers constantly compete to provide the latest hand phones and you'll be spoilt for choice.
Right up at the top on the 6th floor is a series of fashion shops. This is where you can get Hong-Kong styled fashion clothing for youth, along with some toy shops and restaurants. There is a Parkson's department store which occupies a side section of the mall, and a local hypermarket on the lower ground floor. Connected directly to Sungei Wang Plaza is the Bukit Bintang Plaza , which shares the same building. Its a quieter version of Sungei Wang.
Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru is the capital city of Johor in southern Malaysia. The bustling city of 'JB' is a significant regional transport and manufacturing hub of the Malaysia. Some of the worth seeing tourist attraction in this city include Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque, Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Palace Museum, Sultan Ibrahim Building, Orchid Valley and Haji Ali House.
There are other  tourist attractions for which you can make your time such as Old Townand New Town of Ipoh, Kellie's Castle, Tunku Abdul Rahman Aquarium, National Zoo and Limestone caves.
Utama Shopping Centre
Utama, is undoubtedly one of the best shopping malls in the country. With 6 floors covered by 5 million square feet of retail space, there is much to see and do here and most of it involves shopping. The mall is basically split into two sections. The locals prefer to call it the old wing and the new wing, with the new wing being an extension that was added in December 2003. Many international brands have set up home at Utama and most of them can be found at other large shopping malls in the city. You'll be able to find everything you need to furnish your house, fill your wardrobe, fix your car and stock in the fridge. Other entertainment options such as a bowling alley, a Cineplex, a fitness centre and a rock climbing gym are also available. Food lovers will also be happy to know that many dining outlets are spread all over the mall.
Mid Valley Mega Mall 
Located at Mid Valley City is Mid Valley Megamall, a mega complex that houses office buildings, 2 hotels and one huge shopping mall. It is one of the newer shopping malls that is worth a trip. The mall is a one stop-center for all your shopping needs with 4 anchor tenants, Carrefour, Jusco, Golden Screen Cinemas and Metrojaya. The beauty of this shopping mall comes in its organization. The lower ground floor is for food enthusiasts with dining outlets serving food from all over the world. The ground floor and the first floor is a heaven for shopaholics with international and local brands under one roof. The second floor is mostly dedicated to home appliances and decor which the third floor is usually called the entertainment floor.
Sunway Pyramid
Sunway Pyramid might not be the best place to shop, but it makes up for it with its Egyptian theme. It is one of the only themed malls in Malaysia and it has chosen a theme that attracts the interest of both tourists and locals. The main feature of Sunway Pyramid is the pyramid itself which is located at the main entrance. Together with it is the large head of a lion which stands tall and proud to greet its visitors. Another interesting attraction would be the ice skating rink. It is Malaysia 's first skating rink within a shopping mall and many flock to the ice to get away from the hot and humid weather outside those walls. There are many shopping and dining outlets but its offerings are less attractive compared to the earlier mentions. Nonetheless, there are some common international brands such as Esprit and Levi's present and dining options might be a bit limited compared to the more popular malls but it is sufficient. In any case, a trip to see Malaysia's very own version of Egypt and a whirl around the ice skating rink would make up for it.
Star Hill Gallery
The Star Hill Gallery provides a gallery of rich experiences with its international and local designer stores and its fine dining outlets. With a meager 280,000 square feet of space to spare, it attempts to provide a shopping experience of a different kind, the expensive kind. The entire mall is chic, luxurious and classy. The tenants are no different. With names such as Prada, Gucci, DKNY and many more, you'd have to be a big spender to relish in all Star Hill has to offer. Star Hill has recently experienced some changes, particularly to its dining section which is located on the lowest level. Many additional establishments have been added and most of them provide dining of the fine kind. Located at the fringe of Bintang Walk, the Star Hill Gallery is visited by many tourists and locals. It is exclusive, posh and looks like it is catered to the nobles and royalty. But even if you can't afford the lavish items within, a stroll around the place will give you a out of country experience. It would feel as if you've warped to France or New York for some afternoon shopping.
Berjaya Time Square
Berjaya Times Square is an huge mall with about 700 specialty retail shops, 1,200 luxury service suites, 45 food outlets for every taste and unique entertainment attractions such as Asia’s largest indoor theme park and Malaysia’s first-ever IMAX 2D & 3D theatre. 
Well known shops include ALDO, Timberland, Bossini, Voir Gallery, Titan , Esprit, Blush!, Dockers, Levi’s, Tag Heuer and Dior, DeGems as well as household and furnishings, Best Denki and Sony Vaio, electrical goods, bridal showcases and an IT mall. 
Berjaya Times Square's main anchor tenant is the enormous Metrojaya Department Store which is an household name in Malaysia and renowned for its wide ranges of lifestyle fashion and home furnishing products.
For the kids there is Cosmo’s World Theme Park which is the largest indoor theme park in Malaysia. There are 14 rides in total including the 800m long ‘Supersonic Odyssey’ roller coaster, the 30m high ‘Spinning Orbit’, the swinging ‘Space Attack’ and the human ‘DNA Mixer’.

With all these facilities, services and attractions, it’s a wonder why Berjaya Times Square isn’t making its mark as a shopping and entertainment destination. It has become the white elephant of the city. The theme park has been labelled “cheesy” and the shopping as well as food outlets are nothing out of the ordinary.
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