Your idea of a perfect vacation? If it is a souped-up shopping spree that you cross borders for, then we hear you. After all you take time out to travel and you take time out to shop – and you do it separately. Why not combine the two and gift yourself the ultimate pleasure of a shopcation?
Imagine yourself, with nothing to do but shop, and why not? More countries are advertising shopping festivals that rain discounts and unbeatable deals so that tourists from far and near converge on their malls with the sole purpose of cleaning the stores out. Malaysia is one of these countries and hosts the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival every year for your shopping pleasure.
The 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival spans the entire country, but the greatest retail buzz is in and around the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Here is what to expect during the sale, what all to buy, and where to stay if you decide to go on a shopcation to Kuala Lumpur!
The 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival
The 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival will take over all things shopping from 15 June 2017 to 31 August 2017 throughout Malaysia. If you have a shopping list and are planning a vacation, head to capital city Kuala Lumpur and redo everything starting with your wardrobe and gadgets.
Kuala Lumpur, with its supersized malls and dedicated shopping areas, is a shopping dream destination in ordinary times, so you can well imagine what happens when the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival takes over! Read on for which areas to hit and what to buy in Kuala Lumpur.
What to buy in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur shopping lists are typical – any mall crawl in Kuala Lumpur must include visits to electronic stores to upgrade your electronics stash; pewter ware stores and stores that sell Malaysia’s traditional handcrafted batik fabric for that quintessential Malaysian souvenir; and traditional Chinese medicines and herbs if wellness is on your mind.
Foodies can add Malaysian snacks stores to their lists as well. The fashionable lot will find that overhauling their clothes cabinets will not cost too much; in fact, there will be ample budget left over for shoes and handbags too. Once these are taken care of, complete the look by hitting the stores that sell sunglasses and prescription glasses – you will be surprised at the deals!
Tips for shopping in Kuala Lumpur during the 1Malayia Mega Sale Carnival
1. Check prices
2. Be patient and do the rounds before you buy
3. Some plazas have duty free shops; buy from them if you are flying back
4. Keep your airline weight allowance and extra baggage rates in mind when deciding whether or not to buy something on impulse.
Shopping areas in Kuala Lumpur
The list of shopping areas in Kuala Lumpur is exhaustive, but like any shopping Mecca, there are a few key areas. Focus your efforts around the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), Bangsar on the outskirts of KL, and in Petaling Jaya – a satellite city near KL.
Where to go in KLCC
While in KLCC, your first stop should be the Suria KLCC Shopping Complex in Jalan Ampang. Find everything upscale, expensive, and branded at this swanky mall located at the foot of the Petronas Towers. Every international brand has a store at this address, from Louis Vuitton to Gucci and Dior.
You’ll also find top-notch local brands like Farah Khan rubbing shoulders with the international heavyweights; multi label stores like Naquirkee that bring in brands from around the world; a Harrods store; trendy boutiques; jewellers and a number of specialty stores. If you are looking for that souvenir in pewter ware we mentioned earlier, a good, albeit expensive, place to buy it at would be the Royal Selangor store at Suria KLCC. Choose from bar accessories, beer mugs, photo frames, keyrings, and cufflinks.
Across from the mindboggling Suria is a more manageable Avenue K with a huge H&M, a top of the line Leica store, fashion brands like Cotton On, Muji and Midi Shoes, and a host of cafes and restaurants.
Read on for some delightful homestays in KLCC
1. Fully furnished studio located in the Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur
This vacation rental for two is ideally located for the shopcation of a lifetime! Placed 15 minutes on foot from KLCC and the Petronas Towers – which is where you will get most of the stuff on your shopping list – this apartment is also strategically placed in terms of other locations. It is between 5 and 10 minutes away on foot from both the Bukit Nanas Monorail Station and the Dang Wangi LRT Station. Let your hair down at the conveniently close local eateries and bars after your daily shopping spree.
Average price per night: SGD 63
2. Centrally located apartment overlooking the Twin Towers
This modern vacation rental, in the heart of KLCC, is 5 minutes from the Twin Towers and its major shopping malls. The one-bedroom place is suitable for up to 3 guests, and is a short walk away from Ampang Park LRT Station. You will be perfectly placed for your shopping vacation; even the view from the apartment will be of the Petronas Towers!
Average price per night: SGD 64
3. Service apartment next to KLCC
Take off for your shopcation from this two-bedroom vacation rental that is perfect for up to five guests, or large families. Bright and sparkly, its décor brightens up your day, even before the retail therapy begins. Located less than a kilometre from KLCC, it will completely eliminate time and expense for travel. The apartment is also close to a lot of dining and nightlife places as well as public transport.
Average price per night: SGD 100
4. Huge apartment in the Golden Triangle
If you are planning to travel to Kuala Lumpur with a large group of friends or family, then you have come upon the ideal vacation home for your stay. This 7-bedroom home in the centre of Kuala Lumpur can accommodate up to 14 guests.
Being right in the middle of all the action, it has convenient access to restaurants, bars, public transport, and all the malls in the area. The reds, yellows and blues across the house, make it the ideal place for a house party after the shopping sprees. Happy shopping and partying!
Average price per night: SGD 390
Where to go in Bangsar
Bangsar is the bargain capital of Kuala Lumpur. Get everything trendy in clothes, shoes, and bags at its popular hip boutiques that are famous for being clued into the latest fashion; visit the multi brand boutiques; browse through the quirky at Bangsar’s hipster local brands; indulge yourself with high buys at brands like Ted Baker, Furla and Massimo Dutti. Malls to visit in Bangsar are Bangsar Village I and II, Publika, Gardens Mall, Mid Valley, and Bangsar Shopping Centre.
Some brands to look out for include Never Follow Suit, Sha Shaari, Variante and House of Doll.
Read on for vacation homes that are perfectly located for your shopcation!
1. Duplex near Mid Valley Mega Mall
Staying at this 2-bedroom vacation rental will make your bargain hunting in Bangsar much easier. Located right next to the Mid Valley Megamall, one of the top locations in the area during the 1 Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival, the apartment also comes with a car park facility.
If all of Bangsar is not adequate for your shopping needs, you can actually come back home and shop some more – below the apartment is Scott Garden with about a 100 local and international retail boutiques!
Average price per night: SGD 67
2. Studio at Scott Garden
This cosy one-bedroom apartment is ideal for up to 4 guests and perfect for your stay during the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival. It is located only 5 minutes away from the Mid Valley Megamall, which is a great place to go shopping to during the sale; and also directly above Scott Garden, a retail centre with over a 100 local and international brands. With a supermarket in walking distance, you can whip up breakfast to focus on the job of the day – shopping!
Average price per night: SGD 83
3. Studio apartment at Happy Garden
This cosy and modern studio is an extension of the main apartment but totally independent of it. Small yet fitting your needs if you are looking for affordable accommodation near your shopping areas. The single bedroom apartment comfortably accommodates two and provides for a pull-out couch in case of a third guest.
Average price per night: SGD 43
Where to go in Petaling Jaya
Petaling Jaya is a satellite city outside KL, but for all practical shopping purposes it is a part of Kuala Lumpur. Its monster malls have made it quite the shopping destination, starting with the six floors of edgy fashion at One Utama. Expect to shop at brands like Armani Exchange, Miss Selfridge, Zara, Forever21, and Bebe.
Petaling Jaya also has an IKEA store near One Utama. The other massive shopping complex that you must visit in Petaling Jaya is the Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall with its numerous high street fashion stores, shoe stores, and department stores.
Read on for vacation rentals that will keep you in the vicinity.
1. Cosy studio apartment neat the IKEA store
If you have decided that the items on your shopping list might be crossed off in Petaling Jaya, then this studio vacation rental makes for a convenient base for your retail excursions. Located close to the area’s major shopping malls like One Utama, the apartment is also near IKEA, The Curve, Cineleisure, Ikano, and Tesco. On the top floor of its building, it also has an infinity pool you can soak and relax in after your exhausting day of retail therapy!
Average price per night: SGD 40
2. Comfortable one-bedroom apartment in Petaling Jaya
Comfortable and luxurious, this one-bedroom apartment is furnished with modern space saving furniture. We totally dig its snazzy décor! Along with the sofa bed, it can accommodate up to four guests. Well priced, it makes for a great deal when your sole intent for the Malaysian holiday is shopping.
Average price per night: SGD 60
3. Cosy penthouse for a large group
This five-bedroom vacation rental is ideal when travelling with a large group of friends or family. The spacious apartment can accommodate up to 10 guests. With all basic amenities and services provided for, the large beds are perfect for discussions around who got the best deal in the shopping spree of the day. Show-off time!
Average price per night: SGD 308
4. Studio apartment near IKEA in Petaling Jaya
This cosy one-bedroom setup is creatively done up and aptly described as the Yellow Mustard Studio. After all, what’s a home without some style? The yellow walls also offer the perfect backdrop for pictures as you try out the new outfits you pick up at the sales.
Ideal for up to three guests, the place is affordable, clean and very conveniently placed near IKEA and The Curve for all your shopping sojourns. Well connected by road to other major shopping areas, it takes between 5 to 20 minutes by road for you to get to Bangsar or to KLCC.
Average price per night: SGD 34
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