Things to buy in Malaysia

December 25, 2010

Hi i came malaysia 5 months before for doing my project now i finished everything and going back to my native India so what r the best things that i can buy in malaysia that vl be costlier n India.....

December 27, 2010

Krish's answer

Hi there smiley,

Hope you are having a great time in Malaysia and pretty excited about flying back home. We all get excited when it is time to go for shopping and buy stuff we would want to carry back with us. There are some things which you can indeed pick up at Malaysia at cheaper rates than in India. Electronics, art and craft, silverware and wooden items are amongst the categories where you can indulge yourself to some extent.  Amongst the most popular markets are Bintang Walk, Jalan Pasar, Craft complex, Sungei Wang Plaza and so on. There are a large number of specialty stores that sell electronic goods and duty free items.


As you rightly guessed, Malaysia, is indeed a good place to buy cheap electronic goods. In fact, some tourists, vouch for the fact that these electronics are cheaper than they would be in US and UK. A lot of electronic goods are manufactured locally, which is part of the reason, why you might get them for cheap. Cameras from major brands like Canon, Nikon, Casio and Sony are available at good prices. Similarly, mobile phones and mp3 players can be purchased too. If you have a way of carrying these items back, DVD players, laptops and kitchen appliances like rice cookers and coffee makers can all be bought for reasonable prices.


Plaza Low Yat

Low Yat Plaza II (Source: Alex Kovach) 

It is the biggest center for electronics shopping in the whole of Malaysia. There are quite a lot of stores here which cell electronics accessories for cheap. You need to be careful though as you cannot go back for exchange, in your case, if you find a defect. There are stores which offer multiple accessories for free. That would be a better deal. Stick to branded is what I would say.  This plaza is a 5-minute walk from the Imbi Monorail Station. 

2. Imbi Plaza & Sungei Wang Plaza

The good news for you is that you can  finish all your shopping for electronic goods on the same day, because 3 of the biggest centers for electronics goods are located close by, if you haven't already visited them. The Imbi Plaza close to Plaza Low Yat is known for cheaper prices of computers and laptops from Dell, Acer, HP and Sony. Computer peripherals, video grams, software, MP3 players and digital cameras are available in the stores here. Imbi Plaza is known for offering cheaper rates than shopping havens like Singapore and Bangkok too. 

The Sungei Wang too, is across the street from Low Yat. This complex can also offer you a lot of cheap electronics goods. Make sure you shop around and ask prices before you purchase anything. The prices vary a bit and you never know where you could get the best offer.

Imbi Plaza & Sungei Wang Plaza

Peoples Of StarWalk (Source: zaidi zain ibrahim) 

Art & Craft

Malaysia is known for its art and craft. There are a lot of markets catering to people who are interested in local handicraft. You can take a walk around some of the well known markets like Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman area and Petaling Street. Here are some of the things that you could buy for cheap.

Batik Painting, Malaysia (Source: Jim McDougall) 

This is a shopping district in Kuala Lumpur. Most of the shops here are street shops selling local goods. One category of items that you can buy for cheap surely, are leather ware, whether it is shoes, wallets and handbags. 


Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman area

Jalan TAR (Source: Jalan TAR) 

2. Little Penang Street Market

If you are travelling to Penang, one place you would want to check out is the Little Penang Street Market. Remember that this market opens ONLY on LAST SUNDAY of every month between 10 am - 6 pm. This is a must visit place, because most things you would find here are traditional Malaysian. The materials used are also Malaysian to a great extent. You can enjoy some street performances too. For more information do visit here!

3. National Craft Complex

This is the place where you can get the cheapest handicrafts whether it is the Batik paintings, wooden sculptures and pewterware. Unless you are a connoisseur of art and would want some of these adorning the shelves and the showcases, these are traditionally gifts you want to take back for you close friends and family members. 

This store is known for its wood carvings. There are a large number of tropical forests in the region, part of the reason why wood products will be cheaper here, than back home. If you are looking for some more information on these wood carvings and local handicrafts and metallic articles, you can take a look at this site!

Here are some basic shopping tips:

1. Most of the vendors here are a bit pushy, so you might want to make it clear upfront that you are just checking prices. That will help you with a better shopping experience.

2. Don't purchase until you are well aware of the shopping prices in a particular area. Usually the stores in a complex, and the items inside a store are equally crammed with goods. So, if you are looking for cheaper goods, especially electronics, patience is the key!

3. Make sure you check out the airline weight limits and the total cost of goods that you can bring back to India. For example, a brand new SLR camera and a laptop together could mean extra custom duty.

4. Some of the plazas have duty free shops, that you can buy from. 

5. There are other open markets like the night market called Pasar Malam and markets in Chinatown area. However, a lot of the shopping malls are for compulsive shoppers and not necessarily for someone looking to buy items cheaper in Malaysia than in India.

Hope the information is useful. Please feel free to get back to us, if you are looking for a price comparison on a specific product like a laptop or camera and we would be able to provide more in-depth information.

Have a great time shopping!



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