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Where to Shop in Malaysia and Singapore

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Shop for fashion goods in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru or Penang. Kuala Lumpur (KL) is a shopper's paradise with numerous shopping malls or complexes selling merchandise from fashion goods such as clothes and bags to books, household item and food. However, visitors should always check out unique Malaysian food, local dry foodstuff and fruits, as they travel around Malaysia. Some of the best Malaysian food are here:

Best hawker and Nyonya food (char kueh teow, hokkien mee, jawa mee, law mee, chee cheong fun)- Penang.....get details in our travel guide and check out where to get best hawker food at myFood domain

Best Cantonese/ Hakka food (tim sum, Ipoh kueh teow, chicken rice, yong tou foo) is in KL or Ipoh (Perak)

Best laksa - Kedah

Best Thai Food - Kedah, Langkawi

Best keropok (chips) - Terengganu

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Shopping Tip for Malaysia and Singapore

IN MALAYSIA

Business hours   Shops usually open from 10am and close at 7pm. Supermarkets and shopping malls open at 11am and close at 10pm. If you shop at roadside stalls or pasar malam (night market), be prepared to bargain (food prices however are fixed).

Payment   Mode of payment at most shops is cash - definitely in small towns, villages and small shops. However supermarkets and some large department stores do accept credit cards (most common is Visa, Mastercard and Amex). Credit cards are common in Singapore and major cities in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Penang) and at hotels. When travelling in Malaysia, be prepared to pay cash. Licensed money changers are usually located at shopping malls. To pay for what you get, bargain when you shop for non food items at open markets (e.g. pasar malam) and bazaars Getting the best bargains.....

Food and Merchandisetropical fruits of Malaysia

Local fruits and fresh vegetables: shop at supermarkets, wet markets or roadside stalls. Prices for food is fixed in Malaysia. Get local fruits from roadside stalls during the fruit season (mid-year and end of year).

Fashionable items:  the best time to shop is during the mid-year mega sales (July/August). Shop at shopping malls where you don't have to bargain. All goods on display in Malaysia is required by law to bear a price tag. At roadside stalls, be sure to bargain. Best place to buy top brands and latest fashion goods is Kuala Lumpur.

Souvenirs, Malaysian and Asian Crafts

Shop for souvenirs at places like Langkawi, Penang, Kedah (Pekan Rabu) Melaka and tourists spots. However,  if you are looking for typical Malaysian items, shop at shopping malls or open markets. What to buy: batik Malaysia, songket, ceramic wear, pewter, weaved products, etc.

Shopping for Kebayas in MalaysiaBiscuits and cakes: Bakery, cake or biscuit shops sell freshly backed products. Fresh Malaysian kuih can be bought everyday from roadside stalls or shops. Supermarkets sell mainly factory produced products. Prices are fixed.

Duty free goods: Shop at Langkawi island or Labuan for duty free items such as electrical goods, textiles branded overseas fashion goods, kitchen merchandise, liquor, alcoholic drinks , cigars, cigarettes and other imported items.

Local foodstuff (such as shrimp paste, keopok): usually available at wet markets or sundry shops are great items to buy for visitors. Keropok and dry seafood are good buys at many fishing villages in Malaysia - Kedah, Terengganu, Kelantan.

Where to buy local products:  Street stalls and open markets, open bazaars or markets (pasar) are the best places to shop for bargains or get local foodstuff but those who cannot take the heat of the sun can shop at air-conditioned shopping malls or complexes. The pasar malam or night markets and pasar tani (farmer's market) are delightful open market and bazaars where you can shop and bargain for all sorts of merchandise - from fruits, vegetables and fish to fashion clothes and bags. In small towns in Malaysia, roadside stalls and wet markets offer fresh food, fruits and local foodstuff. Supermarkets, hypermarkets and shopping malls can be found in every major town in Malaysia

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IN SINGAPORESingapore Chinatown

Business hours   Shops, shopping mall and supermarkets, usually operate from 10 or 11am to 9 or 10pm

When, where and what to Shop for:

- Sales and offers given by individual shops is usually published in the local papers.

- Warehouse sales. There are always bargains held all over the island, often at the Singapore expo. You can great bargains for IT products, hand phones and photographic equipments at these sales.

- Don't miss the Great Singapore Sales, which is held usually between the end of May and end of July, yearly. Its the best time to shop for branded products and to shop at Orchard road, for the fashion conscious.

- Shop at an IT fair (e.g at Singapore expo) if you are interested in it the latest computer or IT products or gismos. IT fair is where you can get great bargains. Or look out and compare prices of at goods at Sim Lim Square.

- To shop for Asian souvenir, go to China Town, Little India or Kampong Glam.

- Shop for great and less pricy souvenir items in China Town and Little India

- For trendy fashion items, shop along Orchard Road, Vivocity, Paragon and many more.

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