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Southeast Asia is a shopping haven, with shopping mall after shopping mall devoted to international and local designer and mainstream goods. For Westerners who have favourable exchange rates on their side, shopping in Southeast Asia usually means picking up brand and designer goods at significantly reduced prices. These standout Southeast Asian shopping cities – with their air-conditioned shopping megaplexes – provide unrivalled shopping experiences.
If you’re a shopaholic who equates ‘holiday’ with ‘retail therapy’, then consider adding these Southeast Asian shopping hubs to your next holiday itinerary!
The Bangkok skyline is littered with multilevel shopping megaplexes that are crammed with fashion stores, global brands, book shops, specialty stores, accessory stands and luxury designer lifestyle goods. These modern and air-conditioned shopping malls can be a welcome reprieve from the Bangkok heat and the bustling street markets. The hardest decision when shopping in Bangkok is where to go. CentralWorld boasts the title of Bangkok’s biggest shopping centre, Siam Paragon and Gaysorn house luxury designer brands and the legendary MBK Centre has 2000 shops spread over eight levels that sell everything from electronic to cosmetic goods. It’s impossible to go home empty handed! There are a number of cheap flights available to Bangkok from Australia.
Hong Kong is a shopper’s dream, with a number of different shopping districts and goods available. From luxury designer wares to local designer boutiques, Hong Kong is the perfect Southeast Asian destination to update your wardrobe! Pacific Place is a palatial mall offering only high end designer and luxury goods. At the heart of Causeway Bay is Times Square Mall – one of Hong Kong’s busiest and most popular. Inspired by Times Square in New York, it offers a mainstream mix of European, American and Japanese stores. The city’s biggest mall, Harbour City is overwhelming in size. At over three kilometres long the mall boasts nearly 800 shops. For a more alternative and relaxing shopping experience head to Festival Walk which has been designed according to Feng Shui principles.
Singapore is often described as ‘one big shopping mall’. Shopping is a Singaporean national pastime and one of the country’s biggest attractions for foreigners. For the ultimate Singaporean shopping spree, head to Orchard Road, which is lined with shopping and lifestyle malls. Wear comfortable shoes as it will take a while to get through the never-ending procession of shopping complexes. Other shopping experiences can be found at Raffles City Complex in the Marina Bay area and Suntec City Mall. Make sure you time your trip with the mid-year Great Singapore Sale for the best shopping deals.
Both locals and international visitors flock to Kuala Lumpur’s modern shopping complexes which house a variety of international and local designer brands. The Suria KLCC shopping mall is nestled between the world’s second tallest structures, the Petronas Twin Towers. It’s provides an up market shopping experience. Bukit Bangwang’s malls offer some of KL’s most popular shopping, including the Sungei Wang and BB Plazas, Pavilion and Starhill Gallery.
Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are shopping meccas that offer unrivalled shopping opportunities. Whether you add on a few shopping days to your trip or plan a visit to specifically indulge in some retail therapy, you won’t be disappointed with the shopping experience! If you like getting things on the cheap, holidays to Southeast Asia provide the perfect opportunity to pick up affordable goods, from clothing to your electronics.
If you’re looking to shop-til-you-drop in Southeast Asia, flights from a number of Australian cities can get you to these Southeast Asian shopping capitals.