Flight Centre's Jay Dean returns to his favourite destination, Kuala Lumpur. If shopping is your thing, read on. Jay knows where to shop and how to barter like a local. There is so much more to Kuala Lumpur than just the Petronas Towers. Jay also experiences the Hindu Batu Caves and visits the Kuala Gandha Elephant Sanctuary in Pahang. Jay, tell us about your favourite city.
Because of the humid, hot and tropical weather, there really isn't a better place to spend hours on end than in the cool environment of the Malaysian shopping centres. I spent much of my childhood travelling between England and Australia, always making frequent stops in Asian destinations. Shopping was always a big part of these trips, so from a young age I was taught the art of bartering. As well as being the best shopping destination, Kuala Lumpur has plenty of other great sights and great foods that will blow your mind, this particular post however is about shopping!
With the favourable exchange rate of the Malaysian Ringgit against the Australian Dollar, all you're shopping is a bargain! Wake up, feed yourself and strap on your walking shoes, these shopping centres are big! There are at least fifty shopping centres in the CBD of Kuala Lumpur; the question is where do you start? Well, I always start my shopping adventure by heading to the Sungei Wang Plaza right across from the conveniently located Park Royal Hotel. Sungei Wang is great for electronics, DVDs, clothes and accessories. Be sure to barter here! Make sure you don't get lost on one of the eight massive floors. I recommend you try the Teppenyaki restaurant located on the second floor, the salmon is to die for!
Just across the road from the Sungei Wang Plaza is the Berajaya Times Square shopping complex that makes Sungei Wang seem tiny. It features Cosmo World which is Malaysia's largest indoor theme park. Along with the theme park, there are many great shops but the prices are not as good as Sungei Wang. In the same area of Kuala Lumpur there are many other shopping hot spots. If you like to get cool electronics, cameras and laptops head to Low Yat Plaza which is situated just behind the Sungei Wang Plaza. If you're after Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana or Louis Vuitton, head to either the Pavilion Shopping Centre which is just a five minute walk from Sungei Wang Plaza or hop in a taxi and head to the world famous Petronas Towers which have at their base the Suria Shopping Mall.
The shopping nightlife of Malaysia is an experience not to be missed so make sure you head down to China Town's Petaling Street night markets. The smell and ambience when you arrive at the market is overwhelming. It feels like there are thousands of people running around busily. There are fresh delicacies being cooked up in the market stalls that are sometimes delicious sometimes not so delicious. It's all about the experience. As you walk down the crowded streets you will have people offering you goodies. The prices they initially offer you are four times more than you should pay, so always barter furiously. Be sure to get your hands on some freshly cooked satay sticks to give you a taste of some traditional Malaysian food. If you get a bit tired and want to take a break, dip your feet into the ‘foot eating' fish spa located behind the market stalls.
Malaysia is a beautiful country filled with beautiful people who love to share their country with you. The sights, the food and the shopping make Malaysia a perfect destination for a single traveller, couples, honeymooners and families. The best part is that I don't come home with an empty wallet but rather with a new wallet and a smile on my face.
Looking for more information about Kuala Lumpur and its great shopping? Contact [email]text=Jay Dean[/email], an International Travel Consultant with Flight Centre based in Victoria Point, Queensland who can be reached at 1300 173 747 or by [email]text=email[/email].