What is malaysia famous for shopping: 16 Malaysian Things to Buy as Souvenirs in Kuala Lumpur


20 Souvenirs from Malaysia – List of Malaysian Things to Buy

Hailed as a dreamland for the shopping enthusiasts, Malaysia is teeming with different kinds of products to buy. From the local shops lining the boulevard to quirky boutiques of art and craft to dazzling shopping malls, options are endless. However, like every country, Malaysia has a few things special and unique to itself – things which are a must-buy if you are on the island. 

Here are 20 souvenirs of Malaysia that you can bring back home – 

1. Batik

Malaysian Batik (Source)Batik is one of the very significant souvenirs of Malaysia, both for yourself and as a gift, since it represents Malaysia deeply. It is perhaps the frontrunner of traditional crafting done in the country. The fabric is printed using beeswax and natural colours from plant leaves and flowers. Their designs and patterns are many, and they come in bright, vivid colours. From fashionable scarves and shawls to everyday wear blouses, bags and purses, even hair accessories – there is no piece of fashion that Malaysia cannot make with Batik silk.  

Approx. Cost: From RM 20 to RM 100+ depending on the type of product
Where to find
a) Koleksi Melayu, Central Market Annexe, Kuala Lumpur
b) Batik Boutique, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur
c) Penang Batik Factory
d) Nearly all textile shops across Malaysia

2. Pewter Products

Malaysian Pewter Products (Source)Malaysia is among the leading producers of tin products; therefore, top quality in pewter products are guaranteed. Pewter products are made from an alloy that is 85-90% tin, 5-10% antimony, 2-5% copper, bismuth and sometimes silver in the best standard products. There are endless options to choose from in pewter products. Flower vases, stylish coffee and beer mugs, key chains, showpieces, pen stands, photo frames, spice containers, cigarette cases, and wall decor are some of the popular pewter goods to buy in Malaysia. But the most-bought pewter product in Malaysia would be the replica model of its famous landmark, the Petronas Towers.  These souvenirs from Malaysia are cheap and a mainstream representation of the country. 

Approx. Cost: RM 100 – RM 500
Where to find:
a) Royal Selangor, 4, Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak Jaya
b) KL Pewter, 34, Jalan Mewah
c) Kuala Lumpur International Airport

3. Dodol

Malaysian Dodol (source)Dodol is Malaysia’s unique, sticky-soft toffees. It is the sweet that everyone brings back as the truly Malaysian flavour for their friends and family. The toffee is traditionally dark in colour and comes in interesting flavours like Pandang and durian. Pandang is a type of leaf with a charming scent, while durian is a popular tropical fruit in South-east Asia that closely resembles a jackfruit. Dodols sold as loose souvenirs in Malaysia and in pre-packed boxes. 

Approx. Cost: RM 15 – RM 30 (for boxes)
Where to find:
a) Tan Kim Hock Product Centres
b) Ana Dodol (Perusahaan Dodol Melaka)
c) Chowrasta Market 
d) Pak Lang Dodol, Central Market Annexe, Kuala Lumpur
e) Small confectioners across the island


Chocolates and Cakes

Durian Chocolate (source)Thinking of tourists for whom the smell and taste of the raw Durian fruit might be too much, Malaysia came up with an entire range of Durian-flavoured products. This range of durian souvenirs from Malaysia is available as sweets, cakes, candies and chocolates to cater to your sweet tooth.
You could also pick up some ruby chocolates, which are Malaysian speciality chocolate crafted by a local chocolatier, which has a nice rosy hue, without the addition of any artificial food colours. The pink ruby chocolates were first launched in 2017 and have a flavour that is sweet and tangy; quite similar to citrus-based fruits and berries.

Approx. Cost: RM 8 – RM 20, RM 25 for ruby chocolates
Where to find
a) Pak Lang Dodol, Central Market Annexe, Kuala Lumpur
b) Confectionary shops all over the country
c) You could find ruby chocolates at various supermarkets



Songket shop in Malaysia (source)Songket is a traditional textile of Malaysia having roots in the Kelantan State. Trade relations with China and India during the 12th century gave birth to this material. It is a type of brocade that comes with a rich and sophisticated look because of interwoven gold and silver silk threads upon other colours. Pieces of various lengths can be bought of Songket and later be used to tailor salwar suits, blouses for saris, Kurtis, or even use as curtains and tablecloths for special occasions. 

Approx. Cost: RM 40 (for short length) up to RM 100 (for long length)
Where to find:
a) Shops of Wisma Yakin
b) Koleksi Melayu and Peninsular Arts & Borneo Crafts in Central Market Annexe, Kuala Lumpur
c) Atikah Songket, KLCC

6. Sabah Pearls

Sabah pearl (source)Found in the crystal clear waters off the shore of Sabah, Malaysia, these lovely pink pearls are cheaper in Malaysia compared to anywhere else. Provided you get your hands on an original seller; you are guaranteed to end up owning an everlasting piece of treasure with a Sabah pearl necklace, bracelet, ring or earrings. You can also buy them loose if you choose to make DIY jewellery with them.

Approx. Cost: A single pearl can cost from RM 10 – RM 50. Readymade ornaments depend on size, number of pearls used, making charge and other costs. 
Where to find
a) Borneo Pearls shops in Central Market Annexe, Kuala Lumpur, and several other outlets
b) Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Sabah

7. Cucuk Sanggul

Cucuk Sanggul (source)Originally Cucuk Sanggul is a traditional Malaysian hairpin made of gold or silver and studded with precious stones. The accessory was to be worn by women to keep their bun up during weddings and special occasions. The uniqueness of the hairpin is that it had the face of a mythological creature at the broader end of the pin. Staying true to the style but with cheaper materials, antique Cucuk Sanggul hairpins are now one of the popular souvenirs from Malaysia to bring back as gifts.

Approx. Cost: RM 150 – RM 300
Where to find:
a) Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex
b) Tuah KTC, Central Market Annexe, Kuala Lumpur
c) Fashion accessory shops island-wide

8. Kerongsang

This refers to a piece of jewellery which acts as a brooch that is worn by the Malay women and forms a part of their traditional attire. The kerongsang doubles up as a fashion accessory besides helping hold the dress together. It usually comes in a set of three pieces, and each one is of a different size. 

Approx. Cost: Range starts from RM 20
Where to buy:
a) Zakir Batik
b) Jalan Hang Kasturi – Kuala Lumpur, Central Market Annexe

9. Spices and Sauces

Stacks of spices in Malaysia (source)Malaysia is famous for its spices and sauces. One can find loose spices being sold on many local shops lining the streets. Basic condiments such as pepper, turmeric, paprika and saffron are available at pocket-friendly prices. To keep a South-east Asian touch, you can go for curry powder mix or a bottle of Satay sauce. Nutmeg oil is a common product used in the country, not just for flavouring but for medicinal purposes as well. 

Approx. Cost: Between RM 5 – RM 20 depending on the product
Where to find:
a) In any departmental store and supermarket 
b) Any streetside grocery store

10. Local Art and Handicraft Items

Handicraft market in Malaysia (source)Local handmade crafts are a huge attraction in Malaysia. Decorative items like showpieces, mats, coasters and fashion accessories like bags, purses and hats made from bamboo, coconut, pandan leaves, rattan, mengkuang etc. are much-favoured low-cost souvenirs from Malaysia to take back home. If you are an art enthusiast, there are paintings available depicting the vibrant frames of the local tropical scene. There is also a variety of utility and decorative bamboo handicraft items made by local tribes of Malaysia are available in various shops in the local markets of Malaysia. There is a wide range of products like boxes, holders, lamps etc. to choose from, making it a memorable takeaway from the Malaysian lands.

Approx. Cost: RM 5 – RM 10, RM 25 for bamboo handicrafts, depends on the brand
Where to find
a) Asli Kraft at Central Market Annexe, Kuala Lumpur
b) Several local shops across the island

11. Tea

Old Town White Coffee bar in Malaysia (Source)The wide range of hot souvenirs from Malaysia is quite underrated. The largest tea producer in Malaysia – BOH plantations have their massive tea gardens along the Cameron Highland slopes. Boh Tea is the most famous, selling tea in various unique flavours like caramel, peach, mango, mandarim, ginger, and lime. A special variety would be Malaysia’s own Teh Tarik or pulled tea, which tastes richer and creamier if made properly. Sabah Tea is another name, which specialises in tea made from organic, preservative-free, handpicked leaves. Old Town White Coffee is also a favourite brew of the nation, made out of select Arabica beans and added flavours. 

Approx. Cost: RM 5 for 200 grams of loose tea and RM 10-15 for a pack of 20-25 tea bags
Where to find:
a) In any departmental store and supermarket 
b) Any streetside grocery store

12. Instant White Coffee

The iconic OldTown White Coffee from Malaysia (Source)The Malaysian coffee continues to remain a hit amongst the locals. The speciality lies in a unique roasting technique which includes margarine. The result is a rich, creamy aroma which is liked by many. Some of the famous brands are Oldtown, Aik Cheong and Ah Huat.

Approx. Cost: RM 15 for a packet containing about 15-20 sachets
Where to buy:
a) Supermarkets
b) Coffee shops

13. White Curry Instant Noodles from MyKuali Penang

White Curry Instant Noodles from MyKuali Penang (Source)This variety is ranked seventh in the world’s spiciest instant noodles of all time. Each pack contains noodles along with soup powder, chilly paste and a sachet of non-dairy creamer. When mixed together, it results in chewy noodles dipped in aromatic soup broth and gives a fiery zing to the consumer’s taste buds.

Approx. Cost: Approx RM 7 – 10 
Where to buy: Supermarkets like Giant, Aeon, Sogo, NSK

14. Various ‘Gamat’ Products

A unique kind of a souvenir to get back for people who are willing to try out alternative medicine. ‘Gamat’ simply refers to a species of sea cucumbers known for its healing properties. These primarily come in two types – one is available in a liquid form which can be consumed & the other is a mixed type (gamat oil) which can be used for external application. Gamats are known to cure toothaches and in healing injuries, cuts and burns.

Approx. Cost: Depends on what product you buy
Where to buy
a) Pharmacies and supermarkets
b) It is recommended that you purchase it from Langkawi, which is home to the gamat industry


Nutmeg Oil (from Penang)

Nutmeg Oil from Penang (Source)This is prepared from the nutmeg seed extracts and has strong medicinal properties. It is traditionally used as a pain-relieving oil to relieve headaches, stomach aches, muscular and joint pains etc. Cheong Kim Chuan is a popular brand.

Approx. Cost: RM 12  for a 20 ml bottle
Where to buy: Any store/pharmacy specially in Penang and pharmacies across the country.

16. Cooker for Half-boiled Eggs!

One of the most offbeat takeaways which are seldom given attention is the half-boiled egg (favourite breakfast of the Malaysians) cooker. This appliance helps in making perfect eggs with soft egg whites and runny yolks and eliminates the need to fiddle with timers and stoves every morning.

Approx. Cost: RM 10
Where to buy: Supermarkets

17. Congkak

The traditional game of Congak (Source)Congkak is the traditional Malaysian board game – played by two players and is normally played using marbles, seeds or pebbles. The board game is designed in a way that it can be folded into half and be easily carried along and comes with a set of instructions for the players.

Approx. Cost: Starts from RM 45
Where to buy:
a) Ka50
b) Asli Kraft
c) Central Market Annexe

18. Pua Kumbu

Pua Kumba (Source)Native to Malaysia, it is a woven textile made using special weaving and dyeing techniques. It is considered to be sacred and is treated as the ceremonial cloth for the Iban people. But now, it is commonly used as bed covers or blankets.

Approx. Cost: Starts from RM 75
Where to buy: Aseana Gallery – Kuala Lumpur

19. Labu Sayong

Labu Sayong (Source)One of the most commonly sought and liked souvenirs by tourists, but probably difficult to carry is a jar (ceramic water containers) shaped like a gourd. These are used for keeping drinking water cool. Besides, labu sayong is also known to have healing properties.

Approx. Cost: RM 20 and above
Where to buy: Asli Kraft, Kuala Lumpur

20. Baju Kebaya

Baju Kebaya (Source)Made of either Batik or Songket fabrics, Baju Kebaya is a traditional attire of Malaysian women. It comes as a complete set of blouse and skirt, but one can buy either of the two and pair it with any top/ bottoms of their choice.

Approx. Cost: Starts from RM 100 for an entire set depending on fabric quality
Where to buy: Zakir Batik

If you are a veteran shopper, you can scour the streets and stores in Malaysia to find your favourite products at discounted rates. There are often big-time sales in the country around specific times such as the summer sale from Mid-May to July end and the winter sale from November to December. However, do look out for touristy entrapments – do not pay exorbitant amounts for anything, but also do not fall for incredibly low prices. That might mean the products are damaged or counterfeit.

~ Written by Anwesha Nag and Parthivi Joshi

Famous Things To Buy & Top Markets

Malaysia is a well-known tourist destination in Asia which is a tropical paradise boasting of its stunning beaches, quaint islands, rich heritage sites and a skyline brimmed with modern skyscrapers. Going to Malaysia and not indulging in shopping would not do any justice to your trip. Shopping in Malaysia is so much fun as the vibrant markets of this place are full of traditional pieces, food items and a lot more that can be brought back as a piece of souvenir. Check out this blog to find out the best things to buy from Malaysia and also the best places to shop to bring out the shopaholic inside you.

Malaysia is a great place that is true to its traditions and customs. You will find a great variety of products to shop from in the local markets of Malaysia. Here is a list of the best souvenirs to buy from Malaysia.

1. Pewter Products

One of the best things to buy in Malaysia are pewter products as Malaysia is one of the largest producers of tin in the world, hence one can find good quality pewter products in the shops of Malaysia. Pewter is a product that has a composition of 5-10% antimony, 85-90% tin, and 2-5% copper, silver or bismuth. There are various things that are made using pewter-like coffee mugs, pen stands, decorative items, wall hangings, vases, cigarette cases, food containers and many others. These are great souvenir options not just to bring for yourself but also as gifts for your friends or family.

Where to Buy: Kuala Lumpur International Airport and KL Pewter, 34, Jalan Mewah

2. Batik

While exploring the best places in Malaysia, do not forget to check out some local shops here where you will find some amazing pieces of batik which is a kind of print on fabric done using beeswax and colors extracted from flowers and plants. You will find batik fabric and clothes at almost all the textile shops in Malaysia as these are quite popular in the country and also considered traditional clothing. Batik comes in different shapes, designs, patterns and colors mostly vibrant as they look much more attractive. Batik can be seen in products like shawls, bags, hats, and blouses.

Where to Buy: Penang Batik Factory and almost all textile shops in the country

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3. Dodol

Your Malaysia shopping would be incomplete without buying some dodol. Dodol is a locally sold chewy toffee that comes in different colors and flavors. The two most popular flavors that come in Dodol are durian which is South-east Asia’s tropical fruit that is similar to a jackfruit and the other flavor is pandang which is a kind of leaf with a different smell. Dodols are sold loose or in fancy boxes at almost every market in Malaysia. What makes dodol a great souvenir to bring back from Malaysia is its unique texture, flavor and also the fact that it can be stored for a longer time.

Where to Buy: Central Market Annexe, Chowrasta Market, Tan Kim Hock Product Centres

4. Sabah Pearls

One of the most treasured items to bring back from Malaysia are Sabah pearls which are found off the shore of Sabah and are light pink in color. As these are originally found in Sabah, Sabah pearls are sold at cheaper prices than any other place in the world. Some gold shops in Malaysia also sell Sabah pearls but it is recommended to buy these from authentic sellers as the real ones have a great treasure value. You can get these loose or in different jewelry items like rings, pendants, and bracelets that look chic and also serves as a great souvenir to gift to friends or family.

Where to Buy: Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Sabah and Borneo Pearls, Central Market Annexe

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Handcrafted Items

Every place is known for its specialty in art and tradition which is reflected in the local handcrafted products found at that particular place. Some of the local products used in handcrafted items in Malaysia are coconut shells, bamboo, pandan leaves, mengkuang and rattan which are used to make various products like hats, wall décor, dreamcatchers, baskets, mats, coasters, bags and purses. These handmade items can be best purchased from the local shops in Malaysia where you will find them at great prices. These products are made by the local artists and craftsmen of the country and the people of local tribes.

Where to Buy: Shops in Central Market Annexe

Go Shop In Malaysia From These 5 Best Markets

Get traditional hand-crafted items, sweets, jewelry and a lot more from these local markets in Malaysia.

1. Petaling Street

One of the best shopping markets in Malaysia is Petaling Street where you can shop for almost all the famous things in Malaysia. Petaling Street is located in Chinatown and has everything from bags, accessories, flowers, electronics, clothes and others. Bargaining is the key to shopping in this market, the more you have good bargaining skills the more chances of you getting the product at the bargained prices. Once the sun sets down, the market comes to life as it is one of the most famous night markets in Malaysia. Not just shopping but you will find several local food vendors and restaurants here where you can relish great food.

Location: Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Timings: Open 24 hours

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2. Central Market

The best shopping in Malaysia can be done from Central Market which is an air-conditioned market and is divided into different zones based on the product specialities like all the Chinese stalls are located in Straits Chinese, Malaysian stalls at Lorong Melayu and Indian stalls at Lorong India. One of the most intriguing attractions of this market is its art lane which is based on art concept with painted pictures and prints. You will find products like batik prints, beadwork, metal crafts, paintings, songket fabric, pewter products and many other products which are unique to different zones. Near Central Market, you will find some of the best hotels in Malaysia.

Location: Lot 3.04-3, 06, Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Timings: Saturday to Friday: 10:00 am to 06:00 pm

3. Taman Connaught Night Market

Famed as the longest night market in Malaysia, Taman Connaught Night Market is a 2 km long market in Malaysia that is brimmed with retail shops and food outlets. Come here at night for shopping or a casual outing with your friends or family. You will find everything here from the best Malaysian souvenirs to clothes, bags, shoes and home décor. Not just shopping but you will also find many food outlets here selling different cuisines like Thai, Malay, Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese.

Location: Jalan Cerdas, Malaysia

Timings: N/A

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4. Kasturi Walk

If you are not a fan of crowded markets and like to shop from places where there is peace, then Kasturi Walk Market located beside Central Market is an ideal place for you to enjoy shopping in Malaysia where you will get copy of renowned brands, handbags, watches, clothes, shoes and a lot more. You will also find local vendors here selling local street food items that are quite popular in Malaysia along with freshly cut exotic fruits. The entrance to this market is quite fascinating as it features Malay kite that looks like a butterfly.

Location: 32, Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Timings: Opens 24 hours


Kampung Baru Market

One of the best shopping places in Malaysia is Kampung Baru Market which is a great place to shop for all the authentic Malay products as the whole market is dominated by Malay sellers. From apparels to Malay souvenirs and traditional handicrafts, you can shop for almost everything and anything here. Not just shopping but this market is also great for relishing Malay cuisine and popular Malay street food items. The market is dotted with many local food stall vendors selling street food at very cheap prices.

Location: Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kuala Lumpur

Timings: Saturday evening to Sunday morning

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Malaysia is a great place to enjoy a perfect family vacation or a honeymoon. You just need to book your flights to Malaysia to marvel at its great skyline, exotic beaches, delve into adventures and explore various heritage sites. Also, if you visit this place do not forget to go for some Malaysia shopping excursions to find some unique pieces at great prices. We hope this guide to shopping in Malaysia would be of little help to you, giving you an insight into the local markets there and what to shop for.


Q1. What are the best souvenirs to buy from Malaysia?

Some of the best souvenirs to buy from Malaysia are: Pewter products, batik, Sabah pearls, dodol, songket, local handicrafts, spices and sauces, Sarawak layer cake and traditional Chinese pastries.

Q2. Which are the best malls to shop from in Malaysia?

Some of the best malls to shop from in Malaysia are:

  • Suria KLCC
  • Pavillion Kuala Lumpur Shopping Mall
  • Mid Valley Megamall
  • Starhill Gallery Kuala Lumpur
  • Sunway Pyramid
  • Sungei Wang Plaza

Q3. Can we bargain at the local markets in Malaysia?

Yes, you can bargain at the local markets in Malaysia. Vendors do not mind bargaining unless and until you have quoted a price worth the value of the product.

Q4. Which are the popular local markets in Malaysia?

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Some of the most popular local markets in Malaysia are:

  • Petaling Street
  • Chow Kit Market
  • Gaya Street Sunday Market
  • Central Market
  • Taman Connaught Night Market

Q5. How many days are enough for a trip to Malaysia?

Around 3 to 5 days are good enough for an ideal trip to Malaysia.

Q6. Which is the best time to visit Malaysia?

The best time to visit Malaysia is from December to April to avoid humidity and heat.

Q7. Which are some popular hotels in Malaysia?

Some of the most popular hotels in Malaysia are:

  • Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
  • Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
  • InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
  • The Danna Langkawi
  • The Magellan Sutera Resort
  • Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur
  • Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur

Q8. Is Malaysia expensive?

Malaysia is not a very expensive country. If we talk about food, then on an average, having complete meals in Malaysia would cost you around RM60 to RM64 per day.

Shopping malls in Malaysia | Wonderful Malaysia

Malaysia is a genuine shopper’s paradise. Many popular international brands have their stores in one of the malls in Malaysia. Products range from luxurious designer clothing and accessories to exclusive bags, watches, trendy footwear and every type of electronic equipment imaginable. There are over 50 big shopping malls in Malaysia; greater Kuala Lumpur already has well over 20 malls in total with most of them concentrated within the Golden Triangle (nearby Bukit Bintang). Some malls attract over 3 million visitors per month. Shopping is the favorite pastime of Malaysians; shopping malls are especially packed during weekends, public holidays and school holidays. Roads leading towards the malls are then often congested; there are also heavy traffic jams around closing time as everybody leaves the mall around the same time.

Shopping malls in Malaysia usually follow the same format; every mall contains numerous floors with stores. The lower floors have the most popular international brands; usually fashion brands. The higher floors often contain IT shops (gadgets/computers) and specialty stores. There is also often a cinema, food court and supermarket located somewhere within the mall. Shopping malls in Malaysia are usually opened to public between 10am and 10pm; restaurants are often opened until midnight or even later.

A couple of times per year there are sales at every shopping mall in Malaysia. Tourism Malaysia always uses this to attract more tourists to the country; they have named it ‘Mega Sale’. There is one mega sale around Christmas and one around Merdeka (independence day) in August every year. Mega Sales usually last up to two months. For most tourists shopping in Malaysia is already quite affordable due to the conversion rates of their own currency to the Malaysia Ringgit. During these shopping sales there are discounts up to 90% in many stores. Bargaining is usually not the best option in modern shopping malls, but you may always ask for a better price.

At some destinations within Malaysia you can shop without paying taxes on the products. These duty-free zones are Langkawi Island, Tioman Island and Labuan Island. Products that are especially cheap in these places are tobacco, alcohol, chocolate and perfumes.

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Best Souvenirs To Buy In Kuala Lumpur | ItsAllBee


As with any capital of Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur has large shopping centers and areas where you can do your shopping without blowing your budget. In Kuala Lumpur, it is easy to come across decent quality copies of the world’s leading international brands, if you would rather save money on things like electronics, clothes and shoes.

Though there are many high-end shops and designs to choose from too. Well, it all really depends on what it is you’re after. When it comes to gifts and souvenirs, there is a pretty big variety of things to choose from. In case you are looking for a perfect gift or souvenir to bring home from your travels in Kuala Lumpur, this post is here to help. We will list the things you can find in the city, and some areas where you could find them.



Best Souvenirs From Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Whatever your itinerary in KL, there is not missing out on some of the coolest markets and malls to explore in Malaysia’s captial. There are plenty of bargains to score and grab some cool souvenirs to bring back home from Kuala Lumpur.


Traditional Malaysian Garments – Batik

Scarves, blouses, dresses, paintings…  Batik garment is a truly unique gift, reflecting Malaysian culture, which is worth learning about. Batik is a method of decorating textiles through dye resistance, in which designs are created by preventing specific parts of a textile from being exposed to dye. The most popular motifs are leaves and flowers.

Malaysian batik depicting humans or animals are rare because Islam norms forbid animal images as decoration. However, the butterfly theme is a common exception. The Malaysian batik is also famous for its geometrical designs, such as spirals. For men, Batik can be worn at dinner functions. Even the ladies wear the fabric as formal dress, combining batik with modern fashion. The Malaysian government even encourages civil servants to wear batik during the 1st and 15th day of the month. It is obvious that batik garments are an inseparable part of Malaysian culture.

Sculpture cut with laser. The Knick-knack Arch store specializes in portraits cut with Asian laser hair and patterns, made of wood plate and covers to create a 3D effect. You can buy these works of art in the form of framed paintings, portalapices, even slings for telephones. For a broader selection, visit the main store Arch in the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery.


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ARCH – an official souvenir of Kuala Lumpur

ARCH is a premium Malaysian brand represented by an extraordinary range of Made In Malaysia gifts that aim to capture the uniqueness of the world’s greatest landmarks. ARCH was founded in 1989 to fabricate architectural scale models. In the late 90s, using the same expertise, technology, and machinery, ARCH diversified into the gift industry – filling the much-needed vacuum for premium quality corporate and tourist related gifts with distinctive detailing.


Antiques, vintage clothes, jewellery

With their quirky wares and the potential for hidden gems, various flea markets in Kuala Lumpur can be a great opportunity to find something unique, even with a long history. Apart from being an incredible shopping experience, flea markets are a great opportunity to learn about the way of life in Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur, its history, as well as to find a perfect gift or a souvenir for a loved one. You may look for kids’ toys, picture frames, various antiques, artwork, books, records, clothes… The beauty of flea markets is that you never know what you’ll find—and there’s always a chance you’ll find something fabulous. So, why not do it in Kuala Lumpur?



Sabah Pearls

Sabah, the state located in the Eastern part of Malaysia, is famous worldwide for its lovely clear waters and marine life. It is possible to purchase high quality Sabah Pearls here in Kuala Lumpur at a bargain price. Try checking out the central market.


Kerongsang brooches

Kerongsang is typically worn by Malay women with their traditional Kebaya or Baju. This brooch usually holds the dress together in a decorative fashion. Embedded with colorful beads and stones, this is the perfect present for anyone that likes pretty little things! You usually buy Kerongsang as a set of three separate pieces, where each one is a different size.


Cucuk Sanggul

Another idea for a traditional souvenir is Cucuk Sangul, a hairpin made of silver or gold with a decorative end. Some have designs, others have images of mythical animals and creatures. The price ranges from at least RM100 to RM300 ($ 22-74) and more depending on the quality of the material. You may have to go to a specialty store to buy one. Normally, you should be able to find it in any wedding shop, as they are a popular wedding gift in Malaysia.


Handicrafts of the indigenous people

Asli Craft at Central Market sells handmade craft products by Malaysia’s different indigenous groups including rattan baskets, pandan bags and beaded purses from Sarawak, Mah Meri headpieces, blowpipes and fish-trap bamboo lampshades. Pandan is a wild plant of great cultural significance, used in a variety of ways. Pandan is used to add fragrance to food, such as rice and desserts, to wrap food before cooking, and of course to make woven products. Any of these products that you find will serve as a perfect souvenir from this country.


Wau – handmade kites

Before the arrival of the internet and virtual games, the children of Malaysia used to fly oversized kites as a form of entertainment, especially in smaller towns and villages. This would create a spectacular view, as the kites would sometimes fly so high they could be seen from the neighbouring villages. The structure of the wau is usually made of bamboo and is made by hand, while the intricate patterns and motifs, made of rice paper, are carefully glued on top one by one.

The Wau kite is quite large in size and it won’t be possible for you to carry one on board en route back home. Understanding this, shops like Ka50 at Central Market offer miniature Wau’s of different colors from RM20 or US$7 to RM30 or US10 apiece. Certain kites may go for up to a few hundred RM.


Boh Tea

Malaysia’s all-time favorite instant tea mix renowned for its zesty ripeness and rich (juicy/fruity) taste. Available in various flavors, including peach, lemon lime, caramel, teh tarik (hot milk tea) and more. Great tea experience for true tea lovers! Genuine product of Malaysia.


Traditional Malaysian Curry Paste, Spices & Sauces

A pre-cooked concentrated spicy paste from ground fresh spices, one of the best known delicacies of Malaysia! Made of natural ingredients, suited for vegetarian and vegan diet. Easy to handle – just mix the substance with boiling water, add coconut milk and bring to quick boil. Great addition to many dishes, especially noodles.


Chocolate with tropical fruits

Flavours include the famous durian as well as jackfruit and many others. You may not be able to bring the fruit back with you, but you can do it in the form of chocolate!




Places to look for gifts and souvenirs In Kuala Lumpur

The city offers more than 60 shopping centers to choose from. The most expensive places are in the big shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur, that are generally open from 10.30 to 21:30 (22:00). There you can find many top international and local brands. For high end fashion, the Bukit Bintang and KLCC areas provide the most variety, with upmarket malls such as Pavilion KL and Suria KLCC home to international brands such as Jimmy Choo, Diane Von Fürstenberg and Louis Vuitton. Meanwhile, shopping centres like Low Yat Plaza and Berjaya Times Square are great places to spend your ringgit on tech-related products, and indie fashion finds.

For those who are looking for a more unique and ethnic shopping experience, try Jalan Petaling and Central Market in Chinatown or Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Kuala Lumpur’s Little India – also known as the old Brickworks area.


An important tip for shopping in the markets:

As with the rest of Southeast Asia, you need to bargain in the markets to get a good price. But, only try your haggling skills in markets without fixed prices. Any shopping malls, supermarkets, restaurants, food courts and smaller shops with a price is what you pay. Just remember that if you get a receipt, you can’t ask for a lower price.


Some other interesting shops you can visit…


… if you are not a big fan of wandering through the maze that markets and huge shopping malls are:

Batik Boutique

The Batik Boutique promotes the ancient art form of batik, while partnering with local communities in Southeast Asia to bring about holistic transformation. Hand-made, beautiful batik products with a cause – empowering artisans in Malaysia. Products include scarves, bags, travel & accessories, home décor, corporate gifts, and even clutches.


Kinokuniya Book Store

A huge book store located at Suria KLCC. Popular with bookworms, Kinokuniya offers a large selection of books catering to almost every type of reader here. It’s rare that you can’t get the book you want, but the efficient staff is always on hand to assist with orders. With two floors, the upper level is specifically dedicated to art and design books and magazines, with a cosy cafe in the corner too.


Peter Hoe Beyond

Peter Hoe Beyond is a store along Jalan Doraisamy (also known as The Row KL) with a lovely collection of homeware, clothes and souvenirs. It’s divided into three colourful sections: a retail store, boutique and café. Fusing Asian and modern style, some of the best things to buy here include colourful, woven rattan baskets and place mats in bold colours and designs as well as flowery shirts, batik print pareos and scarves.


Kia Klemenz Gifs & Souvenirs

The perfect boutique for your all-season shopping, with carefully selected crafts, unique gifts, souvenirs, batik paintings, garments and decorative items.


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Malaysia Shopping – Shopping Centres in Malaysia

For those who have never had the pleasure of shopping in a South East Asian country before, get ready to get an eyeful! You’re travel mates will literally have to drag you away from the thousands of fantastic deals you’ll surely find during your Malaysia holidays. Malaysia shopping comes in a huge variety from fashionable department stores to street markets brimming with hawker stalls.

Definitely expect to bargain for prices, unless they are clearly marked on goods. In this area of the world bargaining is a regular thing and expected by locals and tourists. Be respectful, polite and friendly. Make fair offers and know your Malaysian currency, the Ringgit, and what it’s worth or you’ll find yourself arguing over pennies. Malaysian currency rates change so keep up on them. The Pound Sterling will get the best exchange rates but the U.S. dollar is widely accepted as well.

Rivaling Honk Kong and Singapore, Kuala Lumpur is a hot shopping destination. The best know mall here is Suria KLCC complete with beautiful fountains, a piazza and manicured gardens and is full of well-known couture shops. The center is one of the largest shopping centres in Malaysia and close to the Petronas Twin Towers where you can get the best views of the city from the Sky Bridge. Transportation is unnecessary as you can walk over in a few minutes.

The largest of shopping centres in Malaysia is Times Square. Here you can find any variety of gift shop Malaysia offers, leading fashion stores, book stores, cinemas, dining facilities and more.

Lot 10 and Star Hill are also popular shopping centres in Malaysia. Jalan Batar and Petaling Street are at the center of busy Chinatown where Malaysia shopping is fantastic! Textiles, clothes, handbags and shoes are a few of the many goods offered at unbelievable prices!

Chinatown is also know for beautiful jewelry crafted with gold and silver and embellished with gemstones of all kinds. Exotic, indigenous jewelry, striking wall hangings, teapots from Myanmar and India, curios, ornaments and more can be bought from the many Nepalese traders frequenting the area.

Other popular Malaysia shopping areas include Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Ampang and Jalan H.S. Lee. When you get sick of shopping (if ever!), consider a half-day trip to visit some of the area attractions such as the impressive Batu Caves or take a load off tired feet at one of the excellent Malaysia spas in the city.

Langkawi and Labuan, both islands in Malaysia, are well-loved duty-free zones for Malaysia shopping. Watches, cosmetics, pens, cameras, perfume and other electronic goods are all offered. Specialty goods in Malaysia include silverware, pewter, batik, brassware and pottery. You can find out about getting cash back on duty-free goods at Malaysian Royal Customs. Duty-free areas can also be found in Padang Basar, Rantau Panjang, Pengkalan Kubur in Kelantan and Hitam in Kedah. When visiting Langkawi Island make sure to browse through all the bazaars, sidewalk stalls and night markets for the best of the best.

In Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur and Penang there is more of an eclectic mix of duty-free shops where you can spend your Malaysian currency. When inside a gift shop Malaysia souvenirs of all sorts can be found. Gift shops are full of colorful art, handmade clothing, carvings, jewelry and a host of other items. When looking for batik hit a specialty gift shop Malaysia has where they obviously specialize in the craft to get the best quality and selection of vibrant colors.

Kuala Lumpur shopping: 10 best places for a bargain

(CNN) — From the massive malls that line Bukit Bintang to the backstreet stalls of Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur is a shopaholic’s dream. But if you’re in town for only a few days, deciding where to start can be rough.

Here’s a look at the top 10 places to shop in Kuala Lumpur:

1. The Curve

It might be located way out in west KL, but The Curve beats many of its competitors with its indoor/outdoor layout, range of al fresco dining and pedestrianized walkways.

Add to the mix Kuala Lumpur’s only Ikea, as well as an adjoining Tesco, and you have the most family-friendly mall in town.

This explains why it fills up on weekends with parents pushing strollers. But there’s still ample room to shop.

2. Mid Valley Megamall

Inside the Mid Valley Megamall.

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While it can’t match Bukit Bintang malls for high-end luxury, Mid Valley is one of KL’s most popular malls for its abundance of affordable shopping — not to mention a huge array of stores and restaurants (430 and counting), 18-screen cineplex, large Metrojaya and Aeon department stores and exhibition center.

There are two food courts, but those in the know head to Oasis on the second floor, where the prices are cheap, and food more authentic.If you really need an upmarket fix, you can walk across the connecting passageway to The Gardens Mall.

3. Royal Selangor

Pewter goodies at Royal Selangor.

Courtesy Mohd Shahrizal/creative commons/flickr

If you’re into tin-based alloys — and who isn’t? — Royal Selangor is the go-to joint for pewter in KL. A huge tankard — with what appears to be foam overflowing from its brim — stands at the entrance to the head office of Royal Selangor, one of Malaysia’s most iconic companies.

At the KL visitor’s center, you can learn how to make your own pewter dish at the School of Hard Knocks.

If you just want to explore, there are free guided tours that take you through the company’s history (it was founded by young Chinese pewtersmith in 1885), the science behind making the alloy and a factory tour. Naturally, there’s a gift shop for those who want to pick up a souvenir. This is a shopping list, after all.

4. Berjaya Times Square

Malaysia’s largest indoor theme park at Berjaya Times Square.

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New York has one, as does Hong Kong, so it only makes sense that KL — arguably Southeast Asia’s shopping capital — has a Times Square.Highlights include Malaysia’s largest indoor theme park, split between family-friendly and adult-only rides; a Taipei-style night market on the third floor, complete with flashing neon signs, manholes and food stalls; and the Grand Musical Stairs, where you can pretend to be Tom Hanks in the movie “Big,” as you make your own music on giant keys.

All this and much more in what claims to be the world’s ninth largest building in terms of floor space.

5. Petaling Street Market

Petaling Street Market is in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown.

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It might be a little cheesy, with its Disney-esque Chinese arch and blue covered walkway, but Petaling Street Market, the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, buzzes with life.

Here you’ll find a variety of tourist trinkets, T-shirts, electronics and DVDs.

As soon as you veer off the main strip, you enter a warren of backstreets where hungry locals go to fill up on bowls of asam laksa, Hainan chicken rice and mee goreng.

Eating on plastic stools next to crates full of squawking chickens, it’s a good pit stop before heading back to to the maelstrom for more haggling over bargain goods.

6. Central Market

The bustling Central Market is a highlight of Kuala Lumpur.

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Opened in 1936, though a wet market has stood on the site since 1888, KL’s Central Market has seen it all. While once the art deco building was full of stalls selling meat and produce, since the mid-1980s it has promoted Malaysian arts and culture.

The interior is split into themed areas representing the country’s diverse population, which include Lorong Melaya, where shops sell Malay handicraft; a replica of Malacca’s Jonkers Street; and Little India.

The adjoining Kasturi Walk features an array of food stalls; the Annexe Gallery is a center of contemporary arts.

7. Peter Hoe Beyond

Despite not having a website, and its out of the way location, Peter Hoe Beyond is on the hit list of every visiting shopaholic.

Run by the eponymous Malaysian designer, this warehouse store, which occupies the second floor of the Lee Rubber building sells a huge range of unique pieces — housewares, silverware, furniture, clothing — either designed or commissioned by Peter Hoe himself.

The in-shop cafe sells delicious slices of cake.

8. Suria KLCC

Inside mega mall Suria KLCC.

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For those who judge malls by the height of the buildings that sit on top them, Suria is a clear winner.

Suria KLCC is close to the top — or should that be basement — of KL’s shopping greats.This luxury mall occupies the bottom six podium floors of the Petronas Twin Towers, and their 170-meter-high Skybridge.

It has everything from luxury goods to everyday items, including branches of Parkson, Isetan, Cold Storage and Marks & Spencer, a fantastic food court, a cineplex, a huge branch of Kinokuniya bookstore and a fun-filled Science Discovery Centre and aquarium.

The adjoining KLCC Park has water fountains and a two-acre playground.

9 .Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Pavilion is a shopper’s paradise.

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If Suria KLCC has a rival in the upscale shopping stakes, it’s Pavilion.

Since early 2012, the two malls have been connected by an air-conditioned walkway, which makes getting between the two a breeze.

Where it really wins is with its location — it’s at the top of Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur’s most famous shopping street, lined with a dozen different malls.

10. Malaysia Year-End Sale

Don’t miss the sales in Kuala Lumpur.


It’s not a venue per se, but Malaysia’s annual Year-End Sale (that’s YES, for short) is the best time to find bargains in Kuala Lumpur and the country at large.

Shopping malls and markets throughout the city offer huge discounts — up to 50% off selected items — as well as Christmas concerts, carnivals, clearances, fairs, exhibitions and lucky draws.

For a full list of events taking place from KL to Kelantan, Selangor to Sabah, visit the Tourism Malaysia website.

Editor’s note: This article was previously published in 2013. It was reformatted, updated and republished in 2017.

10 Best Cultural and Practical Souvenirs from Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide / April 23, 2019

Kuala Lumpur is a marvelous place to shop for sentimental and thoughtful souvenirs to provide a glimpse of the Malaysian culture to your loved ones. Whether you are looking for unique jewelry, silverware, beautiful fabric or Malaysian snacks, Kuala Lumpur has it all!

It can be difficult to know what are the best things to buy when you visit a new place. Fear not! This article has you covered. Read on for the top 10 truly Malaysian souvenirs to buy in Kuala Lumpur! And don’t worry, all of them are easily transportable.

1. Pewter Goods from Royal Selangor

Image credit: Royal Selangor

Malaysia is quite well known for their wide selection of Pewter goods. These goods are molded from a mix of metals, comprising of mostly tin. Selangor Company is the largest manufacturer of pewter ware in Kuala Lumpur, and has a reputation of supplying high quality goods.

From delicate jewelry to tableware, drinkware, wine accessories, and dainty home decorations and wacky practical goods, you will surely find something to catch your eye! These carefully handcrafted goods are created with such precise and beautiful detail to capture what the Malaysian culture is all about!

Anyone that loves jewelry or unique silverware that will stand out on the dining table! Pewter goods can be the perfect gift for a loved one, co-worker or boss!

Easy to travel around with if you choose jewelry.

Prices start from $8 for jewelry, and increase if you opt for larger items.


  • Royal Selangor VisitorCentre (Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak Jaya, 53300, Malaysia)
  • Royal Selangor store @ Bangsar Shopping Centre (Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur)
  • Royal Selangor @ Mid Valley City (The Gardens, F207, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur)

2. Malaysian Batik Fabric

Explore the gorgeously painted silk fabric that lines the stalls at Central Market. Gaze at the hand-decorated vibrantly colored pieces of high quality Batik. Usually covered in floral prints, Malaysian Batik is an extremely unique gift that can be used in multiple ways.

Let your creative side come out, and create gorgeous pieces of clothing and accessories using these beautiful prints. You can even simply hang the fabric on the wall to revamp that living room. Feel like the hand-brushed pieces of cloth are too expensive? You can purchase block-printed batik for a very unbeatable price!

Crafts lovers, mothers, grandmothers, anyone who is into fabric and unique prints!

Batik fabric is quite light to carry and can easily fit into your suitcase!

Block-printed batik is inexpensive at $3 per meter, whereas hand printed could cost $62 per meter.

Koleksi Melayu, M15, Central Market Annexe, Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050 Kuala Lumpur

3. Malaysian Songket

This extravagant fabric is a mix of interwoven silk and gold threads, creating beautifully unique symmetric patterns. Originating from a trade between China, Malaysia and India, this fabric intertwines the Asian culture.

Create gorgeous crafty projects that will wow your friends and family! You can make it into anything from an authentic tablecloth, a gorgeous dress, a unique handbag, or simply hang it on the wall as décor.

Crafty friends and family
, or to revamp your home for that formal party coming up!

Very easy and light to travel with.

Prices start from $13 for short length cloth.

Peninsular Arts & Borneo Crafts, KB09, Central Market Annexe, Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050 Kuala Lumpur

4. Malaysian Hand-Woven Crafts

Whether it is a small woven handbag, place-mats, or cute woven hats, Kuala Lumpur has it all! These super lightweight and unusual gifts will surprise anyone! Bring back home one of these unique Malaysian gems, created from coconut shells, bamboo, rattan, and pandan leaves. You will find all shapes, sizes, colors and designs. Pick your favorite!

Any women in your life or for you! You will find beautifully hand-crafted handbags that will stand out and become a fashion staple in your closet.

Very lightweight and easy to manage.

$2 upwards for cute handbags and small items.

Central Market Annexe, Ka50, G23, Jalan Hang Kasturi

5. Kerongsang

For something truly Malaysian, wear this extremely unique and glamorous brooch to your next occasion!

Kerongsang is typically worn by Malay women with their traditional Kebaya or Baju. This brooch usually holds the dress together in a decorative fashion. Embedded with colorful beads and stones, this is the perfect present for anyone that likes pretty little things! You usually buy Kerongsang as a set of three separate pieces, where each one is a different size.

Mother, grandmother, any woman
in your life! That friend that is obsessed with colorful stones, and whoever wants to add an authentic touch to their dress!

Very small and easy to carry

Costs start at $5

Central Market Annexe, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur

6. Wau Kite

This traditional kite is like no other! Back in the day, Malay men used to compete in Wau Kite competitions in the state of Kelantan. Resembling a moon-like crescent shape, the Wau kite’s print is usually based on the symbols of the Malaysian Airlines (Wau Bulan). However, you can find various types of colorful and unique prints to suit your style! This intricately decorated kite will catch everyone’s eye, even while fluttering high in the sky.

Your younger brother, nieces, nephews, or anyone that enjoys collecting traditional pieces!

Very lightweight, however the large kites may be difficult to carry home. Try a miniature kite!

Costs from $7 for a miniature kite

Ka50, Central Market Annexe, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur

7. Boh Tea

Image credit: Boh Tea

This world-renowned tea is unique to the Malaysian culture, with tons of interesting flavors and textures to tantalize your taste buds. Embrace the spice-infused tea for a cup of healthful bliss. You can find Boh tea pretty much anywhere in Kuala Lumpur. If you would like to learn more about Boh tea, visit the plantation site at Cameron Highland for a daytime excursion!

The person in your family that drinks tea more than water, your organic-loving friend, or someone that appreciates exploring cultural food and drinks.

Very lightweight and compact

Around $1 for 25 tea bags

Supermarkets in Kuala Lumpur

8. Durian Chocolate

Durian is a traditional fruit that is well-known and eaten in Malaysia. This hedgehog-shaped delicious fruit is extensively incorporated in Malaysian sweets, truffles, cakes and chocolates. If the smell of raw Durian puts you off, take it slow with infused candies or indulge in Durian covered chocolate for a taste you have never experienced before! The marriage of the cocoa and tangy Durian fruit is a wonderful blend of flavors.

The chocoholic in your life, anyone that has a sweet tooth, or even a treat for yourself to enjoy! This is an authentic treat that will surely surprise your friends.

Compact and easy to carry

$4-5 per box of chocolate


  • Pak Lang Dodol, Central Market Annexe, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur
  • Supermarkets in Kuala Lumpur

9. Old Town White Coffee Products

Image credit: Old Town White Coffee

Why is Old Town White Coffee different, you might say? Old Town White Coffee is Malaysia’s largest restaurant chain, and has been creating instant coffee mixes since 1999. Since then, it has been distributing the famous coffee product to 13 different countries worldwide. Old Town has perfected their coffee with a tested blend of 3 different premium coffee beans, and freshly roasted to create a rich flavor. You can purchase Old Town White Coffee in various flavors, such as hazelnut, cane sugar, mocha and more!

The co-worker that is never seen without a coffee mug, your coffee-addicted dad/mom, or anyone that enjoys a caffeine kick with authentic flavor!

Very easy to carry around

Around $3 for a pack of 15 sachets


  • Supermarkets in Kuala Lumpur
  • Old Town Cafés

10. Traditional Chinese Medicines and Herbs

Kuala Lumpur is recognized for selling Chinese herbs and medicines to remedy multiple health conditions in a traditional and safe way. Visit Jalan Petaling to experience market stalls stacked with colorful brown bags of herbs and spices. Whether it is a remedy for a flu, headache, sinuses, or other health issues, your sales merchant will guide you for the best choice to aid your wellbeing!

The holistic guru in your life, your health-obsessed mother, or anyone that needs a home remedy!

Very portable and easy to transport

Around $3 a bag

Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

Shopping in Malaysia – Shopping

Shopping in Malaysia

The islands of Labuan, Langkawi, some of the trading establishments in Kuala Lumpur and Penang offer the buyer excellent duty-exempt goods, which makes the cost extremely low compared to the same goods sold around the world. The list of such products is made up of cosmetics, tobacco products, perfumery, cameras, mobile phones, computers, watches and much more.Traveling around Malaysia, one can only wonder how rich the selection of the offered goods is and how profitable it is to buy them in this country. The capital of Malaysia, the city of Kuala Lumpur, opens the doors of luxury shopping centers, whose number reaches almost fifty! And each of which has not only an excellent assortment on offer, but also competitive prices, excellent shopping conditions and many privileges for its visitors. For greater convenience, currency exchange offices, cafes, restaurants, massage rooms, Spa salons, playrooms for children and much more are opening.If you find yourself in such a shopping center, then here you can spend your time with pleasure and benefit.

The best time to visit Malaysia for shopping is August, September and December. The cost of goods at this time of the year can really be called unique! For Malaysia, on the eve of the holiday Ramadan (and it is celebrated in August-September), on the eve of the celebration of Catholic Christmas and Chinese New Year, fabulous price reductions are traditional.The assortment offered by local sellers will not leave anyone indifferent – antiques, various appliances, professional music and video equipment, products of famous brands from around the world, jewelry and much more. All shops try to give the best price for the offered goods and on the days of sales there is a holiday mood and a fairy tale! Have you ever seen a business when discounts on goods of famous brands reach 80% !!! How not to believe in miracles here!

The most popular shopping centers in the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, are located in the heart of the city.The landmark of the city center is the Petronas Twin Towers. But in other parts of the city, there are many popular shopping centers and squares.

Starting your journey into the world of discounts and super offers from the world famous KLCC (Suria Kuala Lumpur City Center, located at the station of the same name KLCC Station), you will simultaneously combine a city center tour and a shopping tour. The shopping complex is located on six floors in the Petronas Twin Towers and offers the best selection of goods for every budget.The abundance of goods is overwhelming, the quality is impressive, the prices are delightful! Brand lovers will find here products from Burberry, Chanel, Cole Haan, Gucchi, Loewe, Hermes, Cartier, Mikimoto, Tiffany & co, Rolex, Tissot and many others. In the shops of the shopping center you can find everything your heart desires – footwear, children’s goods, women’s and men’s clothing, toys, cosmetics, perfume, appliances, jewelry, bags, handmade smoking pipes, rare antiques …

Bukit Bintang Street, where several large shopping centers are located at once – Lot 10, KL Plaza, Sungei Wang Plaza, Bukit Bintang Plaza, Starhill Gallery is no less famous for its retail network.The system of the device of trade rows allows you to save time in search of the necessary product. So, in the first rows, you can buy the most expensive goods of world brands, then a wide range of products are presented at more affordable prices and the last shopping arcade is arranged according to the principle of the regular market, where it is customary to bargain and receive additional discounts. Here you can choose souvenirs, clothes, toys, jewelry and much more.

If you are planning to buy clothes in a colorful Asian style, then the best choice would be shopping in the Berjaya Times Square shopping center, where there are not only many shops (over 1000 !!!), but also an excellent amusement park with modern 3-D cinema, roller coasters and slot machines.The shopping center has 12 floors, where you can find many bright and beautiful things, formal suits and evening dresses, cosmetics, jewelry and much more, at very affordable prices. Among the many shops, there are those that sell exclusively youth clothing and fashion accessories.

Traveling around the capital of Malaysia, you can find various shops and shops, markets and kiosks, where during the holiday sales you can buy many beautiful and desirable things for a long time.But it should be noted that prices do not particularly differ in various retail outlets of the city and remain approximately at the same level. Conclusion – if you come across a thing you like, then you should buy it. It makes no sense to look for it cheaper.

For people who have arrived in search of technology, it will be interesting to visit the shops Imbi Plaza, Low Yat Plaza located next to Bukit Bintang street. Here you can choose from a variety of products, most of which are produced in Malaysia itself.

Leaving the borders of the capital and going, for example, to Kota Kinobalu (Sabah state) , Center Point Sabah will be interesting for shopping, where on 10 floors you can find many goods at very pleasant prices.As the best shopping mall in the state of Sabah, this mall regularly hosts events, sales, exhibitions, and more. The complex is located in the heart of the business district, has a huge shopping area, car parking, entertainment complex, many restaurants, cafes, etc. A great place to shop on Kota Kinobalu is Gaya Street , , which has a long history as a shopping street in the area. Today, you cannot find wooden shops here, but the descendants of merchants have survived to this day, observing family traditions, many people from this street today choose trade as a professional activity.Today’s shopping centers were opened on the basis of yesterday’s private shops, which, having united, can now offer very high-quality goods of various categories. Noteworthy shopping malls in Kota Kinobalu – Warisan Square, Wisma Merdeka, City Mall, Asia City Complex, 1BORNEO, Karamunsing Complex, Wawasan Plaza. As it probably became clear – with shopping in Malaysia, everything is just fine. And, no less important, profitable acquisitions can be made not only in the capital of this country, but also in any of its cities designed for a visit by a foreign tourist.Well, if the purpose of the purchase is traditional Malay fashion clothes, folk art products and the like – then even in places not intended for tourist raids, you can buy a lot of your favorite things! When shopping, don’t forget about gifts for friends and family. Some people postpone buying souvenirs, counting on their purchase at the airport before departure. But as a rule, souvenirs are more expensive at airports.

Returning from a trip to Malaysia, you can bring beautiful souvenirs from Malaysia.The main attraction of the city of Kuala Lumpur, Petronas Twin Towers, especially for guests of the city, are offered to be purchased in various forms – these are beautiful glass balls, postcards, mini-copies of towers, posters, badges, cookies with a brand name in the form of towers and much much another that can only be purchased in Malaysia and elsewhere. The largest selection of souvenirs, whose theme is dedicated to these legendary towers, is presented in the Petronas Twin Towers themselves, where there are also souvenir rows. In addition to the replicas of the twin towers, as souvenirs from Malaysia, you can bring various traditional sweets, among which sweets made from the exotic durian fruit, or dried durian itself, occupy a special place.Fresh fruit export is prohibited because of its tart, sweetish-putrid smell. If you do decide to bring this exotic treat as a souvenir, you shouldn’t buy a lot. Believe me, our people rarely ask for the addition of these peculiar sweets! In addition to the usual set of souvenirs, consisting of images of symbols of a country or city, sweets and overseas fruits, as a gift you can buy products made of batik or metal (sometimes tin products simply stun with their beauty), inexpensive jewelry and costume jewelry, exotic butterflies and insects sold in glazed boxes, beautiful silks and much more.

Before you go shopping in Malaysia, do not forget a few simple rules: purchases are paid only in local currency or by credit card (all major credit cards are accepted for payment). If you have not managed to exchange cash, there is nothing to worry about – there are exchange offices and ATMs in Malaysian stores, where you can withdraw the required amount already in Malaysian ringits. Buying expensive jewelry, clothing, souvenirs, etc. We recommend that you keep receipts for your purchase, which you may need when crossing the border.Do not forget that many animals and insects are protected by law and the purchase of such live or deceased is possible only in specialized stores that have permission to sell such goods. Keep your receipt when buying such souvenirs! You may be asked to present it at customs. In addition, live animals, birds and insects without specially designed papers are strictly prohibited for export. If you dream of something special that can amaze your imagination, it is better to choose souvenir arrows and a pipe (weapons used by the inhabitants of the jungle have found popularity among the civilized part of society), a kite, wickerwork, daggers, carvings, masks, antique antique amulets, etc. much more.When visiting large shopping centers, it makes sense to take a map-plan on which you can mark the shops you like or those that you want to visit first. So it will be easier to navigate and if you decide to return to one of the shops for a thing you like, you will not have to run around the floors remembering where it was.

The opening hours of shops in Malaysia are from 10 am to 10 pm. Markets are open until midnight – Malays tend to shop in the evening, which makes parking lots and restaurants overcrowded in the evening.It is wise to end your shopping tour before 8pm if you don’t want to get stuck in traffic when leaving the mall. When it comes to breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Malls in Malaysia, there is an equally huge selection. As a rule, all shopping centers have food courts, where a large assortment of food is presented for every taste and at very reasonable prices. There are also restaurant floors where you can dine very exquisitely or dine at a more expensive, but not fabulous price. On the purchase of what, in Malaysia, do NOT count: warm clothes and shoes, fur products.Malaysia is a warm country and such an assortment is very limited here. Important! – Late summer – early fall sales, falls on holiday dates. The holiday of Ramadan falls annually on different dates depending on the lunar phase and its holding must be specified additionally according to the Malay Muslim calendar.

Enjoy the shopping!

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Shopping in malls

In Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, there are about 40 (!) Shopping centers.Why so much? Shopping is one of the main and favorite activities of residents and guests of the capital of Malaysia. And this is not surprising: the street is almost always stuffy, humid, hot. And in shopping centers the opposite is true: conditioned air, coolness and entertainment for every taste. Most shopping centers are truly gigantic. In short, there is where to roam!

Kuala Lumpur is one of the most shopping-friendly cities in the world. All major shopping centers are located in the center, which can be easily walked around (its perimeter is only 15 km).However, in contrast to Europe, hiking is not very popular here. There are practically no sidewalks here. The rest of the pedestrian zones are around the same shopping malls and in the area of ​​parks: parks of birds, orchids, hibiscus, butterflies, spices follow one after another and all together occupy 100 hectares.

There are several more noteworthy malls outside the city limits, it is certainly worth going there, since you can spend even more than one day in each of them. After all, for example, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Moll is located on the territory of a water park, and City of Entertainment is in a real city of entertainment, where there are attractions, discos, and casinos.And you can get there in just 1-1.5 hours.

But to start shopping in Kuala Lumpur, of course, you need to go to the shopping center in the twin towers Suria Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC). You don’t need an exact address to find it. Gemini is the tallest building in the world, so wherever you are in the city, these two high-tech towers are perfectly visible. Take public transport to KLCC Station and you’ll be right at the foot of the towers.

This shopping center is not the largest in the city – only six floors, but it has perhaps the best and most varied selection.Brands – from luxury brands (Hermes, Tod’s, Gucci, Tiffany) to mass markets (Zara, Marks & Spencer, Top Shop, Mango). There are also national chains Isetan (made according to the Bhs type), Vincci (cheap but very fashionable shoes), Aseana (clothes, mostly evening, in oriental taste). At the zero level, the collapse of souvenirs and traditional sweets. And of course, cafes and pastry shops. In general, the pastries in Malaysia are first class and very cheap.

There is another shopping center directly opposite the KLCC – Avenue K.There are boutiques of only designer European clothing (Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Christian Lacroix, Chanel).

The second most profitable shopping route is Bukit Bintang shopping street. Firstly, there are five shopping centers here at once – Starhill Gallery, KL Plaza, Sungei Wang Plaza, Bukit Bintang Plaza, Lot 10.

Secondly, unlike most others, you can walk along this street – there are many street cafes and restaurants, trees on the sidewalks are hung with electric garlands.The shopping centers are organized very logically: in the first one there are only very expensive brands (in the next one there are only watches, jewelry, accessories and only the most famous European brands (Chopard, Cartier, Lancel).

Then the malls go in descending order, in each next one there are more democratic brands and, accordingly, low prices. Lot 10 is practically a market where you can buy absolutely everything, while you should bargain a little or ask for a bonus for your purchase.

There is also a shopping center next to Bukit Bintang.Two of them, Low Yat Plaza and Imbi Plaza, specialize in electronics and related accessories. But the third, Berjaya Times Square, deserves a special mention. This is the largest shopping mall in Malaysia. 1000 stores are gathered under one roof. In addition, there is a 3D cinema and Cosmo’s World Theme Park with a real roller coaster three stories high. For shopping, Times Square is the best option. There are no expensive brands here, but probably all democratic brands from Debenhams, Levi’s, Esprit to Swatch and The Body Shop are represented.

The mall occupies 12 floors, and you can walk on it indefinitely. After three hours, you stop navigating in space, names and prices – checked. So as not to be offended for wasted time, here are some tips.

4 rules for successful shopping

1. Each shopping center has an information desk, where you will be given a detailed plan of the location of all stores. Without it, wandering through the floors is unproductive, since in each shopping center there are at least 5-6 of them, and in large ones – 10-12.2. Keep in mind, in Malaysia it is almost impossible to buy warm outerwear – the climate is not the same. But you can find things not only from the latest, but also from last year’s summer collections with very serious discounts. It is especially profitable to buy such things from luxury brands. 3. Although most cameras, camcorders and players say “Made in Malasia”, there is no point in buying electronics here. It is not cheaper than ours. Except for the newest or, conversely, very old models. Their prices are 10-20% lower. If you are looking to buy something, do not forget to take the international guarantee.4. In all shopping centers the same things cost the same – there is no point in looking for cheaper places. This is what makes Malaysia different from other Asian countries.

Bon appetit!

In Kuala Lumpur there are restaurants with European, Chinese, Indian and Malaysian cuisine, as well as a great variety of coffee shops. In all restaurants located in and near the shopping center, the cuisine is adapted to the tastes of Europeans and Americans. A real exotic can be tasted in Chinatown or in business centers, where on the ground floor there are small eateries with the simplest local food, right there – any fruit, washed and cut into pieces.The prices are ridiculous (portion of 5-10 ringgit), no doubt about the quality of food, but it is difficult to understand the local names.

The average price of a dinner without wine in a good restaurant is 70-80 RM. Wine and especially strong alcohol is not served everywhere – in Malaysia, a Muslim country, the dry law, although not strict. For the same reason, it is not always possible to order pork.

The best places: the revolving restaurant Sen Angkasa on the observation deck (height 276 m) of the TV tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur), the Luna nightclub (open-air chill-out, on the 24th floor, with glass walls), a Malaysian restaurant with national dances Seri Malayu Restaurant (all near Bukit Nanas station).

Exotic only

Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Moscow in 15 hours. I don’t want to carry banal souvenirs far away. Better to look for local exoticism.

Batik. The production of batik (painted silk) is a national craft, so scarves, pareos, robes with exotic flowers and birds are sold in every shopping center. But it is more profitable to buy batik at the factory – it is cheaper, there is more choice and you can see how the artists work. Sweets from durian.This fruit only grows at the equator and cannot be exported. It smells harsh, unpleasant, almost like natural gas. Malaysians call durian the king of fruits, they are very fond of the fruit itself and sweets from it (marmalade, toffee). Among Europeans, durian evokes conflicting feelings, but it is worth a try – it is exotic. Products of the Royal Selangor Smelter. This 100-year-old factory makes cups for Formula 1. Do you need more recommendations? There is everything from wedding glasses to hiking flasks and jewelry.Prices are high, but inexpensive pendants, key rings, mugs can be found.

Useful information

Visa: Malaysia is a visa-free country. To enter, you must have a passport valid for six months and air tickets with a closed date of departure. At the border, they issue a free visa for a period of 30 days.

Weather: Malaysia is always in season, since the temperature does not change throughout the year: +28 – +35 C and almost 100% humidity. One to two weeks of tropical rain falls from July to September.

Sales: Malaysia runs three times a year: March, July-August and December. Megasail (this is what this event is called here) starts and ends in all stores at the same time, exact dates are announced in advance, discounts from 30 to 70%. Plus entertainment and lotteries in major stores.

Shops: shopping centers are open from 10 to 22 hours, markets – until 24, seven days a week. But it is better not to stay until closing time, otherwise you can get into a huge traffic jam – the locals spend all evenings in the shopping center.

Currency: Ringgit (RM). The exchange rate is stable – $ 1 = 3.6 RM. Credit cards are accepted even in small shops, but only for purchases over 50 ringgit. No documents are required.

Transport: Kuala Lumpur has a subway, bus, monorail, taxi. The fare depends on the number of stops. By taxi, any trip to the city center will cost 5-10 ringgit. It is better not to rent a car, because in Malaysia there is left-hand traffic.

Little things like water, wine, cheese, chocolate, chips, over-the-counter medicines, and other little things you need are best bought from 7 Eleven, a chain of small, 24-hour grocery stores.

Islands: Malaysia has some of the most beautiful and ecologically clean islands in the world. Therefore, even while on a business trip, you need to try to get out to Lankawi, Borneo or Penang, especially since it takes no more than 30-40 minutes to fly there, and tickets cost no more than $ 50.


Tours to Malaysia from Moscow provide an opportunity to appreciate the national flavor of the country, formed under the influence of the island and continental culture.Here, Kuala Lumpur’s skyscrapers alternate with traditional buildings, and sandy beaches with mountain peaks. Most of Malaysia is occupied by jungles, in national parks you can go for rock climbing and rafting, watch rare animals. Also, among tourists, combined tours are in demand, within the framework of which you can visit Singapore, Malaysia and Bali.


Due to the proximity to the equator, beach holidays are possible all year round. Seasonal temperature fluctuations are minimal, on average it is kept at +26 ° C.In summer – +33 ° C, while the humidity is high.

Kuala Lumpur

In the capital of Malaysia, tourists are offered excursions to see the royal palace, twin towers, the Chinese temple and the National Mosque with an unusual dome. Not far from the city, there is one of the country’s key attractions – the Batu Caves, which unite a dozen caves and a golden statue of God Murugan about 43 m high.As part of a tour of the caves, tourists have the opportunity to visit a tin factory, since Malaysia has long been famous for its tin products.Here you can see the casting process and even participate in it yourself.

Kuala Lumpur is known for good shopping. There are many shopping centers, shops and markets, including night markets. Many global brands have their production in Asia, so prices for equipment, electronics, clothing, footwear will be quite affordable.


The city of the future, combining futuristic architecture with Islamic traditions. It is located near the capital and introduces unusual bridges and buildings adjacent to the traditional Pink Mosque, the Steel Mosque, one of a kind in architecture, the Taj Mahal-style Supreme Court building.

Acquaintance with the largest colony of fireflies is also presented by tours to Malaysia from Moscow. The cost of an organized excursion includes a visit to a restaurant on the bank of the river. Selangor, a boat trip between the mango bushes to the glowing “Christmas tree” – the firefly wonder of Malaysia. The pulsating light created by insects is able to impress the most sophisticated travelers.

Shopping enthusiasts will definitely appreciate Kuala Lumpur – according to this criterion, it is included in the top five cities in the world.There are many factories in the country that manufacture everything from underwear to gadgets. A huge number of brand boutiques, shopping centers, markets and shops in the historic center allow you to shop for any budget.

Sunway Lagoon Theme Water Park offers ample opportunities for children and adults. Here you can sunbathe on an artificial sandy beach overlooking a fire-breathing volcano, visit an interactive zoo, ride extreme carousels, splash in one of the largest pools in the world with an artificial wave reaching a height of 3 m.

During colonial Malaysia, you can plunge into Malacca, the first capital of the country, where you can see a fort, decorative mills, visit many museums, ride a rickshaw decorated with toys and garlands.

Kota Kinabalu

It is worth purchasing a tour to Malaysia from Moscow at least to get acquainted with the capital of the state of Sabah and its unique building without supports of 30 floors, a Chinese Buddhist temple, the Kota Kinabalu mosque, the Signal Hill observation deck and craft market.

Children will be interested in a wildlife park with nosed monkeys, Asian elephants and tigers, a butterfly park, a rehabilitation center for orangutans and a reptile show at a crocodile farm.

In the village of Marie-Marie, tourists are introduced to the traditions of the local population. Here you can visit their traditional houses, participate in rituals, relax in the demonstration huts and enjoy the view of the river and tropical plants from the height of the suspension bridge.

Lovers of extreme sports can take part in rafting on the rivers Kiulu and Padas, connoisseurs of calm contemplative relaxation – take a ride on the oldest steam locomotive in Borneo along villages, tropical jungles, coffee and rubber plantations.

In the Kinabalu park, the most enduring are offered to climb Mount Low with a height of more than 4 thousand meters and meet the dawn behind the clouds. After that, you can scuba dive at Tunku Abdul Rahman Park to inspect the seabed. Also, sea lovers will appreciate the largest reef pontoon in the world, where you can visit the underwater observatory, sit in a cafe, go snorkeling, diving and paragliding.


The archipelago includes about a hundred islands, on some of which beach recreation is available – it can be combined with a trip to a bird park, an orchid garden, a crocodile farm, a tropical fruit garden and a visit to the square with a 19-meter sculpture of the symbol of the island of Langkawi …

Tours to Malaysia from Moscow in 2020 also involve participation in bottom fishing for the garupa, visiting the lake, swimming in which, according to legend, helps to get pregnant, hidden sea lagoons, rocky caves, uninhabited beaches, as well as walks among the century-old jungle.


Tourists who have purchased vouchers to Malaysia from Moscow should also go to Penang Island, where they will be introduced to the Carnivals Fort, the oldest Chew Jetty pier, the Kek-Lok-Si Buddhist temple with a 32-meter statue of the Goddess Kuan-Yin …In addition, travelers will have the opportunity to climb the oldest in Asia funicular to Mount Penang, walk along a trail suspended at an altitude of 250 m in Penang National Park.

Malaysia – rest, weather, reviews of tourists, photos

Two-faced Janus can be called one of the largest states in Southeast Asia, if it were not for the name of a two-faced person, giving him a negative characteristic.

But Malaysia really looks like an ancient Roman deity, which was depicted with two faces, young and old, facing in different directions.

The thing is that the country is divided by the South China Sea into two parts – Western and Eastern. And this division is by no means formal: the combination of Malay, Indian and Chinese features of peninsular Malaysia contrasts with the unspoiled, even sacred nature of the insular part of the country.

Kuala Lumpur


28.3 million


329 758 km², of which 0.3% – water surface

Population density

85, 8 people / km²





Form of government

federal elective constitutional monarchy



Time Zone

UTC +8

International dialing code


Internet domain zone



220-240 W

Climate and weather

Malaysia is located near the equator, therefore, regardless of the season, the country will meet the traveler with a hot and humid climate with an average annual temperature of + 27 ° C and an amount of precipitation of 2500 mm. The coolest here is from November to January, however, this “coolness” is accompanied by +26 ° C.It is even colder in the mountains: in the vicinity of Kinabalu, the highest point in the country, the thermometer can drop to + 10 ° C. The summer months are not easily tolerated in Malaysia: a maximum temperature of + 33 ° C is combined with a high level of humidity. Therefore, elderly people and those who suffer from cardiovascular diseases should not come here. Heavy rains occur in Malaysia, one might say, all year round, however, most often they are short-lived. The climate of the peninsular and insular parts differs slightly: West Malaysia is more influenced by continental air masses, while East Malaysia is all dominated by the sea.


The Malaysian Peninsula, the northern part of Kalimantan with adjoining islands – this is Malaysia. The peninsular territory is mostly flat, the highest point is Mount Gunung Tahan (2187 m). East Malaysia is replete with mountainous landscapes: the states of Sarawak and Sabah are separated by the ridge Crocker with the highest point in the country – peak Kinabalu (4095 m). The mountains also stretch along the entire border with Indonesia.

Malaysia is completely riddled with small, but full-flowing rivers all year round.Among the largest can be called the river Rajang (760 km).

What is really surprising is the variety of flora and fauna in Malaysia. Malaysia can undoubtedly be called a Mecca for people who can appreciate the ingenuity of the creator of all life on earth. About 20% of all known animals in the world are found here, and a fairly large number of species are rare. For example, exclusively in the forests of Kalimantan, you can see rafflesia, the largest flower in the world with a diameter sometimes reaching 1 m.


Malaysia is a paradise for lovers of ethnological and historical excursions, as here the corners of pristine tropical nature are interspersed with ancient temples and places of worship, including mosques, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian churches and even the Temple of Serpents.

Developing the theme of the country’s striking biodiversity, let’s say that the place where all this diversity can be contemplated in the most high concentration is the national park Taman Negara with an area of ​​436 hectares.And this is just one of the many Malaysian parks and reserves, the largest and most popular with tourists.

Those wishing to enjoy the perfection of the water element should certainly visit the island Lankawi , where there is a waterfall Telaga Tudzhukh , seven streams of which form seven beautiful lakes. By the way, the entire island can be called one big attraction, since it is simply overflowing with an unprecedented number of unique natural complexes.

In general, to list the sights of Malaysia created by nature itself is a thankless job, because it is impossible to name everything, even if you limit yourself to the most interesting and surprising.Only one Penang Island will give the traveler an unforgettable experience from Snake Temple, Bird Park, Orchid Garden, Butterfly Park

Power supply

The Malay cuisine is based on the gastronomic traditions of the Chinese, Indian, Thai, Javanese, Sumatran cultures. You can get a fairly complete impression of its content if you delve a little into the Malay language. So, rice is called here “ nasi “, and all other products received the name “ lauk “, which means “additive to rice.”Malay rice is prepared in combination with beef, fish, seafood, flavored with sauces of various colors (from spicy to sweet), which are prepared on the basis of coconut milk. Only noodles can compete with rice, which is also very often cooked.

Those wishing to get the most complete impression of the culinary preferences of the Malays should definitely try the special fruit durian, the impression of acquaintance with which will certainly be the most unforgettable, but perhaps not the most pleasant, since this most valuable fruit in South-East Asia has a specific nut-cheese taste, exuding at the same time “incense”, reminiscent, in the expression of shocked eyewitnesses, a combination of smells of spoiled meat, rotten eggs and soldier’s footcloths.

The favorite drinks of the Malays can be called tea and coffee , which are consumed here, without exaggeration, in astronomical quantities. Beer is also quite common in Malaysia, which, by the way, is brewed quite well here. But strong alcoholic drinks can be tasted only in expensive restaurants.

The peculiarity of the Malaysian catering system is that, along with small eateries serving real exoticism, you can quite calmly meet a restaurant with a menu that is familiar to Europeans and Americans.Dinner without wine in a decent establishment will cost an average of $ 23-26, and a portion of local food can be obtained for as little as $ 3.


Hotel bases in Malaysia and the cost of living in them differ slightly in different regions of the country. The most popular resorts – Lankgavi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Borneo – are replete with hotels of 3, 4, 5 stars. True, on the island of Penang you rarely find bungalow hotels. There are fewer hotels in Borneo and they are mostly five-star, but accommodation in them is cheaper than on other Malaysian islands and on the Malay Peninsula, and the level of comfort is the same.

Entertainment and recreation

Malaysia is not the right place to hang out. The only exception is the capital. Nightlife seethes with an inexhaustible stream of joy and fun in Kuala Lumpur , where many bars and discos welcome guests at nightfall, where you can stay until midnight or longer. There are two types of nightclubs here: Chinese and European. The former will give the visitor a pleasant evening in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere of fun, the latter – a calm gourmet dinner and some dancing.Gambling tourists can visit the casino. Just an hour’s drive from the capital and the instinct of the game is satisfied, and at any time of the day.

But for those who like active rest Malaysia is a real paradise. This primarily applies to divers and surfers. The most interesting places for diving are the islands Sipadan and Mabul , which are 15–20 minutes away from each other. Sipadan is famous for its vertical coral walls, and the island itself is the top of a cliff rising from a depth of 600-700 meters.Other diving resorts include the islands Tioman, Redang, Layang Layang . Surfers will certainly find something to their liking on the islands Pangkor and Kelantan , which offer excellent boarding opportunities. The best time for surfing in Malaysia is from November to March, when the eastern monsoon gives wonderful waves to the “doorkeeper”, but, on the contrary, it interferes with divers.


The flight to Malaysia is long. Therefore, since you are lucky enough to find yourself in a tropical paradise with an industrial filling, you should only take exotic away from there.It will be unforgivable to ignore the batik (painted silk) products, which is a national craft here. Pareos, scarves, dresses, robes with tropical landscapes can be bought at any shopping center. However, having visited the factory where this very batik is produced, you can not only make a better purchase, but also watch how the Malays create a miracle of textile art.

Few people know that it is in Malaysia that the cups for the Formula 1 winners are cast. They are produced in the royal tin smelter.Of course, you won’t be able to take the cup with you, but jewelry, dishes, various cute trifles should be honored with your attention.

Brand hunters in Malaysian malls should love it. Clothes from the summer collections, the latest and last year’s, can be bought at rather tangible discounts.

If we talk about the best places for shopping in Malaysia, then this is certainly Kuala Lumpur , the number of shopping centers which will amaze the imagination of even seasoned shopaholics.And in most cases these are not just shopping centers, but real entertainment complexes, where you can spend time all day long.

And any traveler will be pleasantly surprised by the fact that in all cities of Malaysia, where there are airports, as well as in the ports of the country, there are duty-free shops, and the islands Lankgavi and Labuan are duty free zones.


The transport infrastructure here has reached a sufficiently high level even for an island state.It offers travelers six international airports , the largest of which is located in Kuala Lumpur. Traveling around the country is most convenient with the national airline Malaysia Airlines and the economy class AirAsia.

Rail transport is the most common in the Malacca Peninsula. In West Malaysia, there are railway lines that connect Singapore and Thailand. Along its entire length, Peninsular Malaysia is crossed by the famous “Orient” and “Asian Express”.The length of their route is more than 2000 km, and they move from Singapore through Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok, often stopping at the most picturesque places of the tropical jungle.

Ferry service operates well between West Malaysia and the main islands. Using it, you can make a wonderful boat trip, and at the same time get to Penang, Lankgavi, Borneo, Tioman, Pangkor.

A drive-through through the entire Malacca Peninsula is provided by the North-South Expressway .Moving along it, you can quite comfortably reach most of the settlements in West Malaysia. The bus network of the Transnaional Express Sdn Bhd company connects the capital of the state with other major cities of the peninsular part. Neighboring Singapore can also be reached by bus.


Most mobile operators in Malaysia provide communication of the 2nd generation – GSM . The largest among them are CELCOM and DIGI , which, among other things, can offer 3G services.However, these operators do not always function in roaming. The 3rd generation communication, known to us as HSDPA, is provided by MAXIS.

Oddly enough, but the Internet in Malaysia is at a higher stage of development than mobile communications. The Malaysian national provider Telekom provides almost ubiquitous access to the World Wide Web with an average speed of 3.6 Mbps.

Wi-fi is available in almost all hotels for an average of $ 17 per day.

Post offices are open from 08:00 to 17:00, and in Kuala Lumpur there are also two and a half hours on Sundays (from 10:00 to 12:30). Mail services are available at most international class hotels.

You can contact the world by telephony from a public telephone or at specialized points of the Telekom company. Most hotels are able to organize an international telephone conversation for the client, charging him a small amount for services. For example, a three-minute conversation with Moscow will cost $ 7.


Malaysia is one of the few countries in Southeast Asia where rest can promise a minimum of trouble. And if they did happen, then, as a rule, it was the tourist himself who initiated them. Most of the precautions apply to the rules of conduct in a Muslim country . And this means that you should not allow yourself to be excessively frank in clothes, even a shadow of disrespect for the traditions and symbols of Islam. When entering someone’s house or temple, shoes must be left on the doorstep.It is better to use your left hand solely for hygiene purposes; if you greet a Malay with it, you will offend him to the core. In Malaysia, it is not customary to stroke anyone on the head, even small children, so guests of the country should not do this either.

The level of public safety in Malaysia is one of the highest among the countries of Southeast Asia, but you should not show carelessness on the street.

Business climate

In the ranking of the best countries for doing business according to the World Bank, together with the International Finance Corporation, Malaysia ranks 18 out of 183 , ahead of Germany, Japan and China.It is noteworthy that Singapore, once part of Malaysia, has been leading this ranking for several years in a row. Among the countries of Southeast Asia, Malaysia takes a leading position thanks to the introduction of an electronic system for filing an application with the judiciary, a “one-stop shop” system that combines the procedures for registering companies, their registration with the tax authorities, in the security and employment funds.


The real estate market in Malaysia is able to offer the buyer houses near the sea coast, apartments in multi-storey buildings, villas, bungalows, industrial buildings, retail space.It is better to arrange transactions in real estate offices that have solid experience and know local laws. The transaction is simplified as much as possible, the average price is in the range of $ 85,000 thousand.

Travel tips

It is not worth bringing stuffed animals from Malaysia as a souvenir: problems with customs may arise, as tourists are often offered stuffed animals of the Red Book species.

Visa information

Residents of the CIS countries do not need a visa to Malaysia if the traveler has a passport and a ticket with a closed date of departure, and the period of his stay in the country is no more than 30 days.

The Malaysian Embassy in Moscow is located at: 117192, Mosfilmovskaya st., 50 .

Tel .: 147-15-23,147-15-14
Fax: 937-96-02

90,000 15 Interesting Facts About Malaysia

  1. The state form of government in Malaysia is a federal elective constitutional monarchy. The country is divided into 13 states and three federal territories.The rajis and sultans are the heads of the territories, and their titles are inherited. The sultans elect a king every five years, but he has nominal power. In fact, the country is run by the prime minister and parliament.
  2. In Malaysia, the use, possession and sale of drugs is punishable as severely as possible – the death penalty.
  3. The so-called “walking trees” grow on the territory of the country. Their roots begin to grow from the middle of the trunk and move in search of water underground. It is quite possible that in a year the tree you like will no longer be in the same place – they are able to “pass” up to several meters.
  4. The capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur. It is the largest city in the country and also its financial and commercial center. In addition, Kuala Lumpur is the greenest Asian capital. All streets are greened whenever possible. An interesting “feature” is the proximity of the modern and the ancient: a skyscraper near the ancient temple in Kuala Lumpur is an everyday occurrence.
  5. Only 50% of the country’s population is native Malaysian. The remaining 50% are immigrants and simply other nationalities.
  6. Sarawak Grotto is the world’s largest natural grotto in a natural cave. Sarawak is part of the Lubang Nasib Bagus Cave, which is located on the island of Borneo.
  7. The country is not spoiled by a large number of holidays, and people are quite hardworking.
  8. Friendliness is the hallmark of the Malaysian nation. All tourists who have visited the country note the good nature of all the people they have come across.
  9. Many religions coexist in Malaysia, but Islam is the main one.
  10. Most of the population speaks English, especially young people.
  11. Malaysia is famous for its fruit dishes, surpassing even India in this. A huge number of fruits grow in Malaysia, many of which are not known in Europe. Sometimes they have a strange taste and smell, but this does not stop tourists from wanting to try something unusual.
  12. Meat dishes are cooked very rarely, as a rule, for holidays or some important events – the country is not rich in cattle.A famous meat dish is “Rendang” – the meat is stewed in coconut milk with the addition of spices.
  13. The bridge between the mainland and Penang is the third longest in Asia. Its length is 13.7 kilometers.
  14. The Malaysian island of Sipadan is one of the most popular diving spots in the world, with over 3,000 fish species and hundreds of coral species living in its waters.
  15. The largest flower in the world grows in Malaysia. The name of this flower is rafflesia. It reaches over a meter in diameter and weighs a couple of tens of pounds.However, the smell of this plant leaves much to be desired.

Excursion tours to the city of Langkawi in 2018 – Malaysia

Langkawi, the main island of the archipelago of the same name, is the most popular resort in Malaysia among Russian tourists.
Flight duration from Kuala Lumpur is 55 minutes.

To the north of Penang Island, in the Strait of Malacca, lies an archipelago of 104 islands. It is called Lagnkawi, or in Malaysian – brown eagle.Rare eagles with brick-colored wings really live here, and in one of the local towns – Kuakhe – there is a monument to this bird. But tens of thousands of tourists come here not to admire the eagles, or rather, not only on them. Those for whom we cannot imagine a vacation outside nature, poetic and romantic natures, who dream of a vacation away from the hustle and bustle of tourist centers, come here. Only four islands from the entire archipelago – Pulau Tuba, Pulau Singa, Pulau Dayang Bunting, Pulau Langkawi – are inhabited. Maybe that’s why the nature of the archipelago has remained so untouched.There are still preserved wild landscapes, mysterious caves with stalactites and stalagmites. This is an absolutely ecologically clean area, it is not for nothing that the prime minister of the country built his house here.

The cleanest beaches with white sand due to the large amount of minerals, including magnesium, are recognized as very useful for health and treat rheumatism, osteochondrosis, bronchitis. And the atmosphere of sleepy peace extraordinarily attracts celebrities: Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher, Robert Mugabi and Nelson Mandela rested here.Langkawi is an island for the rich, or at least not for the poor. The main contingent of visitors – yachtsmen and divers, moreover, the latter are attracted not only by the abundance of untouched paths, but also clear waters washing the island with grottoes and lagoons of extraordinary beauty.

Langkawi, like no other place, is famous for a history full of ancient legends and tales. According to ancient legend, this island was cursed seven generations ahead by Princess Mahsuri. Accused of treason, she was sentenced to death.As the executioner’s knife plunged into her, white blood gushed from her chest, proving her innocence. Dying, the princess cursed the island for seven subsequent generations. Cataclysms have really hit the island for two hundred years: either the Siamese attack, or the crop failure. The curse expired on December 31, 1986, and the next day, either by coincidence or not, the island was declared a free economic zone. From that day on, life began to improve: wonderful hotels and entertainment centers appeared on Langkawi, an airport was built, and a regular ferry service with the mainland was organized.Over the past 10 years, more than $ 400 million has been invested in the island’s economy. Most of these funds went to the construction of hotels, and this greatly contributed to the fact that Langkawi has turned from a purely agricultural region into a tourist center of Malaysia.


The best time to travel to Langkawi is from December to June. The greatest amount of precipitation falls in September and October. And it is best to devote your vacation to diving or fishing hunting from March to May and from September to October.At this time, in the waters around the island there are especially many barracudas, snappers, garudas, jac-fish, lobsters, sea anemones, and huge sea turtles.

Langkawi is a really very quiet island. Nightlife here is only slightly glimmering in the large resorts. Usually there are also golf clubs, shooting galleries, bowling alleys. The coastlines of Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tendah are the most rich in entertainment. However, tourists who choose Langkawi are usually in a romantic mood and do not really want to play bowling.But here it is often as entertainment: they get married: in Langkawi, any couple who wants to can get married in one day.

Almost all the sights of Langkawi are associated with some legends. Not far from Kuakh, there is even a Park of Legends, where sculptures illustrating popular fairy tales are collected on an area of ​​20 hectares.

The most beautiful myths are fanned, of course, the Mahsuri Mausoleum – the burial place of the princess who once cursed Langkawi. Despite the fact that the mythical girl brought so much trouble to the inhabitants of the archipelago, her tomb is a place of worship.It is built of white marble, and nearby, in the garden, there is an ancient well, according to legend, dug by the princess herself. Whether this is so or not, the well does not dry out even in the driest months.

Telag Tujukh also has its own history – this is the name of seven lakes located one above the other on a gentle mountain slope. Cold water flows from one lake to another, and, as local legend says, this is where fairies descend from the mountains to bathe and wash their long hair. Not far from this place, the Durian Perangin waterfall falls onto the rocks, which nature has divided into seven streams.The waterfall falls from a height of 90 meters, rolling over seven rapids. At the bottom, at the foot, there is a natural depression-bath, a great place for swimming. You can climb to it along a path cut through the jungle. We do not guarantee that you will see fairies, but you will meet a dozen or two curious monkeys trying to steal something from a gaping tourist. Not far from here is the Dayang Bunting Island, where thousands of women come in the hope: to be cured of infertility. The point is, again, in myths.The fact is that the so-called Lake of the Pregnant Woman is located here, separated from the sea by a narrow isthmus. According to legend, the beautiful princess Putri Dayang Sari loved to swim in the lake. Once the prince saw her naked and fell in love. He looked after her for a long time and unsuccessfully, and then turned to the sage for help. He said that she would love him only if the prince washed himself with the tears of a mermaid. Soon they got married, they had a child to be born. But suddenly Princess Putri Dayang Sari learned about her husband’s cunning.She gave her child to the waters of the lake, endowing them with magical properties, and she flew into the sky. Since then, the lake has been considered the best remedy for infertility.

The name of the cave Gua Cerita is translated as “Cave of Legends”. Its walls are covered with ancient, still not deciphered, inscriptions in an unknown language. Perhaps among these inscriptions there is a story about the origin of the Telaga Air Panas hot springs, which are located in Kampong Air Hangat. The popular version is as follows: in ancient times it was believed that the refusal to get married carries shame and shame.Once there was a serious quarrel between two families on this basis, which ended with the smashing of dishes and utensils, as a result of which a jug was broken, hot water from which leaked under the floor, and formed this hot spring.

Natural monuments and attractions of Langkawi – this is the main highlight of this island. But sometimes man-made reserves and structures are not inferior to them in beauty. So, the Pulau Payar marine park never ceases to amaze tourists. It was created with the aim of preserving valuable coral reefs and their inhabitants.Pulau Payar is a 3-hour boat ride from Pulau Langkawi. The park is just over two kilometers long and 250 meters wide. It is overgrown with impenetrable jungle. But tourists are not taken inland, they come here to look at the sea. Or rather, not even on the sea itself, but on its inhabitants: dozens of species of corals, fish, shrimps, hermit crabs and lobsters live in the crystal clear water of Pulau Payar. A floating platform is installed right at the coast of the island, to which excursion catamarans dock.From it you can dive right into the sea or swim in a boat with a transparent bottom. There is a narrow white beach directly opposite the platform, but you cannot sunbathe or play volleyball on it: you will destroy the top layer of sand where crabs and lampreys live. A ticket for a trip to the reserve from the island of Langkawi costs $ 70, the price includes lunch at the restaurant of the floating platform. You will be served fried octopuses or lobsters, but they will be brought from a restaurant in the capital, since fishing within a radius of 40 kilometers around the island is prohibited.However, if you don’t eat it, then you can touch the local octopus. The cost of the initial diving course in Pulau Payar is $ 40. Just take care of your hands: in the local waters, among the multi-colored tame fish, small sharks swim.

All other organs should be protected in another favorite place for tourists – at the Crocodile Farm, located in the town of Kubang Badak. You can see over a thousand crocodiles of different species here in their natural setting. Sentimental natures will love the five-meter poor Bujang Kawi, who was born without a jaw, and therefore the attendants of the farm feed him like a small child.Deer, monkeys, iguanas, pheasants, wild boars and other animals of these latitudes feel great in the Pulau Singa Besar Nature Reserve, the name of which translates as “Big Tiger Island”. The island is covered with wooden bridges, along which you can stroll slowly without fear of being eaten. And in the famous oceanarium, spectators are protected from sea predators by 38 millimeters of tempered, specially processed glass. This huge aquarium contains 5,000 different marine life, and tourists can observe them in close proximity, passing through a fifteen-meter tunnel at the bottom.

Beaches and Hotels

There are 30 hotels in Langkawi, of which 17 are five-star hotels. However, if a suite is too expensive for you, you can find a more modest hotel here. One of the most popular holiday destinations is Pantai Cenang on the southwest coast, where the large seaside resort of Pelangi Beach is located with cottages on the seashore. Some of the most convenient hotels in terms of location are Langkawi Village and Holiday Villa, located in the Pantai Tengah beach area in the southwestern part of the island.The most beautiful beach in Langkawi is Senang. Here, in addition to fine, golden sand, you will be offered all possible types of water activities: windsurfing, water skiing, catamarans, boats. And the most legendary beach is Pantai Pasir Hitam, Black Sand Beach. Surprisingly, unlike the white sandy beaches of the entire island, the sand here is really very dark.

Langkawi is a duty-free island, so here is a real freedom for those who like to go shopping. A walk through the craft and souvenir shops can be especially entertaining, as the thrill of immersion in an unfamiliar and very attractive culture is added to the pleasure of shopping.There are original art salons selling hand-made fabrics, all kinds of items made of shells and stones with miniature paintings, where you can find a rare curiosity that has been lost since colonial times, an exclusive item made of batik. By the way, batik and products made from it – sarongs and shirts – are sold everywhere here. On average, such a product costs 30-70 ringgit. And men are unlikely to be calm about the kris – crooked Malay knives. But when buying them, you should remember that at airports, the police may require them to be handed over to pilots for storage during the flight.
, br> But it is best to go shopping in the capital, Kuah. By the way, there were some legends here too. Kuah means sauce in Malay, and the city is said to owe its name to two giants who, competing with each other, knocked over a bowl of curry sauce in the place where the city is now. There is only one street in this so-called city. But you can walk along it for a long time, since it is all strewn with shopping centers, restaurants and discos. And when you walk along the main street of Kuah, you smell the spicy smell of spices and, it seems, you hear octopuses and king prawns curling in pans, it becomes clear why this city has such a culinary name.

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Holidays in Malaysia – peculiarities of the country, its laws

Malaysia is a mysterious, vibrant and very hospitable country in Southeast Asia, whose territory, ethnic composition, natural world and attractions amaze with its complexity and diversity. The state is divided into eastern and western parts by the South China Sea. Western, mainland Malaysia is located in the south of the Malacca Peninsula, borders Thailand in the north, and has maritime borders with Singapore and Indonesia.East, island Malaysia is only two of the 13 states of the country (Sabah and Sarawak), located in the north of the island of Borneo (Kalimantan) and many coastal islets. It is here that the famous Bornean lowland rain forests grow and the amazing endemic rafflesia, the largest flower in the world, reaching a meter in diameter …

If you want to experience as many different experiences as possible in one trip, of course, you should go on a tour of Malaysia! This is a state of unusual combinations, where in the capital of Kuala Lumpur you can find a real Malay village, squeezed by the most modern skyscrapers, and combine observing the traditional life of the peoples who have inhabited the country for a long time with visiting expensive boutiques, modern art galleries and a high-rise restaurant, from where breathtakingly exotic views.

Malaysia, which gained independence only in 1957, today is an actively developing country and a world leader in the production of certain types of household appliances and electronics. The industrial sector accounts for about half of its GDP; in second place is the sphere of services and tourism. And it is not surprising: the friendly coexistence of different peoples with their own traditions and customs, combined with the unique nature, make Malaysia especially attractive for tourists from all over the world.

In addition, in almost all areas of Malaysia, the tourist season is year-round (with the exception of Redang Island, whose dive resort is closed from October to February due to the strong monsoon).The country is characterized by a hot and humid equatorial climate, depending on the monsoons – but even during the rainy season, showers are short-lived, and the air temperature fluctuates slightly – from 25 ° to 30 ° C throughout the year.

The flora and fauna of the country are unusual and famous for their endemics. The state structure of Malaysia is no less surprising: it is the only federal elective constitutional monarchy and consists of 3 federal territories and 13 states, nine of which are monarchies, whose hereditary rulers (sultans), once every five years, elect the Supreme Ruler of the country – the king (in Malay “Young di-Pertuan Agong”).
Rather, it is a tribute to tradition and respect for ancestors. The real government of the country is the responsibility of the parliament and the cabinet of ministers headed by the prime minister.

It is curious that Malaysia is currently inhabited not only by Malays and the descendants of other peoples related to Malays (the unifying name is “orang-asli”), but also by the Chinese (almost a quarter of the population), as well as Indians. This is due to the interesting history of the state, which has long been the center of the intersection of trade sea routes in Southeast Asia and since the Renaissance has attracted European colonists.The country’s fascinating and sometimes brutal history has left its mark on many architectural monuments – mosques, Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist temples, Dutch fortresses and English colonial-style mansions, which are in close proximity and are of great interest to travelers from all over the world.

The following fact is also unusual: according to the Constitution of Malaysia, modern residents of the country are free to choose their religion. Despite the fact that the official religion of the state is Islam, its followers are about 60% of the population; Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism and, of course, Christianity in its Catholic version are also respected and revered in the country, and holidays of different traditions are celebrated together!

All Malays speak English, after Malay is the second most important language in the country, taught in all schools, so tourists traveling to Malaysia will have no problems with communication.The Malays are open, friendly and hospitable – and in order not to abuse their friendliness, of course, it is necessary to respect local traditions and behave in temples and other revered places as is customary here.

Malaysia is a great place for Russians to relax: the flight does not require an unnecessarily long adaptation to local time, because the difference with Moscow time is 4 hours; a visa to enter the country for up to 30 days is not required for Russian citizens. Depending on how you imagine your ideal vacation, Maldiviana is ready to offer tours to Malaysia for every taste.

And the choice here is really great – such a variety of resorts as in Malaysia, perhaps, is not found anywhere else! Malaysia is famous all over the world not only for its long beaches with clean fine sand and interesting cultural and natural attractions, but also for its spa culture and, of course, dive sites. For example, the Malaysian resort-island of Sipandan was recently recognized as the best dive resort on the planet! Many hotels have their own diving centers, all of which issue students with PADI, SSI, NAUI and BSAC certificates.On all the islands of Malaysia, dive support services are provided, from the zero level to quite difficult wreck diving (diving on wrecks).

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