Decorations are up, the parties have started, Christmas is on its way, but don’t spend hours trawling the same old stores, head to Malaysia where the annual mega sales launch in November. Bag some bargains and then escape for a holiday with the money you save.
From 20 November to 2 January, stores and malls all over Malaysia, particularly the main shopping precincts of Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Melaka, Johor and East Malaysia embark on a massive sale season.
Shopping is a favourite pass time in Malaysia and great value can be found year round, but it is during the sales that real shopping happens. So whether you are after high-end satisfaction from Gucci, Armani and Jimmy Choo or just a good old Zara or Top Shop booster, Malaysia is where to head.
Malaysia has a burgeoning local fashion scene. Jimmy Choo is Malaysian and there are plenty of shoe makers following suite. Jimmy Choo himself recommends Fion Poon in Central Market. There are also a number of fashion designers making waves internationally including Bernard Chandran, Khoon Hooi and Melinda Looi.
Start at Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur, wander the high-end designers at Starhill Gallery, head to Lot 10 for fabulous shoes and clothes and arguably one of the world’s best Asian food courts and then to Low Yat Plaza to choose from mountains of electronics. If that is not enough, visit Suria KLCC under the Petronas Twin Towers or head to Bangsar for an international fashion fix.
The great thing about Malaysia is that when you are all shopped out, there is plenty to do to relax and revitalise. Take time out at one of Kuala Lumpur’s many spas, relax beachside in Langkawi, Penang or Pangkor Laut, visit Melaka for heritage and delectable food or have an adventure in Borneo exploring Sabah or Sarawak.
Last Minute is running a campaign with flights and accommodation during the end of year sales period.