While staying in Malaysia, tourist can do some shopping as Malaysia is a good place to shop and may be aptly referred to as a shopper’s paradise for tourists. There are few types of shopping place in Malaysia as listed below. Bring back home our local goods and food as souvenirs for your family.

Markets, Malls & Duty-free Locations

Duty-free goods can be found in many locations and the ringgit is exchanged at a good price on foreign markets. Check the current exchange rate. Tax havens in Malaysia are Langkawi Island and also Labuan. Other duty free areas are Pengkalan Kubur and Rantau Panjang in Kelantan and Bukit Kayu Hitam and Padang Besar in Kedah. The airports and city centers in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Johor Bahru also have some duty free shops. Thus, due to competitive pricing, shopping in Malaysia is an enticing option.

Shoppers can shop within multi-storey shopping malls, sidewalk stalls, bazaars, and night markets called pasar malam in Malaysia. Shops generally open from 10.00 in the morning till 10.00 in the night in the large cities.

Malaysia offers a range of shopping products from the Orient, branded designer goods and even intricate local handicrafts. The designer collections, optical items, footwear, watches and good quality fabrics, besides, electrical and electronic appliances are available too.

Traditional Shopping

Cultural Products like Malay handicrafts are what tourists look for while shopping in Malaysia. Here we review some of the handmade products made in Malaysia that are widely known for their beauty and quality.

  • Batik is a very popular Malay traditional silk fabric which is printed on both sides with complex patterns woven on it. These generally are inspired from nature and thus, flowers and sea life are seen widely on batiks. Malaysian batik is of very good quality and is used in making dresses, shirts and even wall panels and bags.
  • Kain Songket is also a silk fabric with silver or gold threads. It looks regal and is very expensive. Consequently, it is generally used on special occasions by the Malays like weddings.
  • Kek Siam fabrics are unique and are special to the Pahang state. It is weaved in a traditional loom and is characterized by tartan designs that are placed in a special way so that the color sequence can be changed sporadically from the warp thread to the weft thread which means from the vertical thread to the horizontal thread. The fabric is custom made to suit both the foreign and local occasions. It is worn by Malaysian people for formal occasions like dinners and ceremonies, weddings etc.
  • Keris made from brass or pewter is a well-liked item to gift someone or it can be used for decoration as well. It is actually a traditional Malay dagger whose different designs symbolize each state. Pasir Payang in Terengganu is the best place to buy these elaborate Malay daggers.
  • Wood Carvings are one of the most popular traditional crafts in Malaysia which also boasts to be the oldest form of word work in Malaysia. In the states of Terengganu and Kuantan, tourists can buy these items as souvenirs as they are carved with care and precision and their beauty is to die for!
Malay's traditional batik
Malay's traditional batik
Keris, a traditional Malay dagger
Keris, a traditional Malay dagger

Modern Shopping

  • The Central Market in Kuala Lumpur catches attention for antiques, ornamental items and decoration shops. It is also the perfect place for window shopping and tasting culinary delights.
  • Souvenir Sanctuary is a colorful night market, a bargainer’s paradise that is laid out near Port Dickson town every Saturday night. All kinds of items are sold here at reduced prices.
  • Langkawi and Penang are duty-free islands and both are regional shopping hubs for international and local products. The town of Kuah, Langkawi is the centre of commerce. During the annual nationwide shopping festivals in August, tourists spend lavishly on beach mementos like shirts, handbags, sandals and hats, boards and floats, beach balls and toys, kites and fabrics.