Best Thrift Shopping Spots in Kuala Lumpur

With the countless number of malls and night markets to choose from, Kuala Lumpur definitely lives up to their “shopper’s haven” nickname. However, if you are only sticking around for a short period of time, we have come up with a list of the best Budget Shopping Spots in Kuala Lumpur where you can start your browsing with first.

The Linc KL

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Built with the idea of preserving nature, The Linc KL is the perfect destination to take a break and escape away from city life. Nestled at the intersection of Jalan Ampang and Jalan Tun Razak, The Link KL holds over a large variety of retail shops and eateries.

Petaling Street

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Petaling Street is a bustling street market located within Chinatown. Take a stroll down this shopping district and immerse yourself in the local Chinese culture. Also known as one of the most vibrant night markets, at Petaling Street, you can expect to find lots of food and goods at dirt-cheap prices. Similarly to any other Malaysian street markets, you can master the art of bargaining over here.

Central Market

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Classified as a Heritage Site, the Central Market is infused with the concept of art, and it is one of the most popular destinations among both tourists and locals. At Central Market, it is the best place to shop for affordable handicrafts such as woodcrafts, Batik prints, Songket fabric, and Labu Sayong. The variety of products sold and pricing are not an issue where there is an extensive selection of them for you to choose from. You will be able to get artworks at wallet-friendly prices as well. It is air-conditioned, so you will also get to enjoy a whole day of shopping in a cosy environment!

Sungei Wang Plaza

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Stretching over 1.2 million square feet, Sungei Wang Plaza is well known among the locals for being the “go-to” mall whenever they are looking for a cheap retail therapy. Situated in Bukit Bintang, Sungei plaza has seven levels, comprising of numerous clothing boutiques that holds the modern “trendy” fashion, as well as hair salons, beauty services, and electronics.

Mid Valley Megamall 

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With over 430 stores and restaurants, including an 18-screen cineplex, a bowling alley, an exhibition centre, and a Carrefour hypermarket, Mid Valley Megamall is one of Kuala Lumpur’s top shopping centres, with one of the largest retail space. Located just beside KL Komuter Mid Valley station, the mall is easily accessible as well.

Jalan Masjid India Market

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At Jalan Masjid India Market, you will be able to see an abundance of rows of stores within this short 350 metres stretch selling all sorts of goods – from souvenirs to accessories, and toys. This is the ideal spot for people who are interested in experiencing the local lifestyle. From clothing to food, and jewellery, you can expect to find all the authentic Indian goodies over here.

Kenanga Wholesale City

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Kenanga Wholesale City is the first wholesale fashion mall in Malaysia. Just a stone’s throw away from The Golden Triangle, Kenanga houses over 800 stores, spreading throughout 9 zoned shopping floors. The best deals here are usually ladies’ apparel, shoes, and bags, where you’d get to snag them at low-ball prices.

Taman Connaught Night Market

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Stretching over 2 kilometres long, Taman Connaught is Malaysia’s longest night market. Open every Wednesday night, Taman Connaught is usually flooded with locals and tourists that come down here to get their cheap goods. Besides shopping, Taman Connaught also holds a large number of food stores to satisfy all your food cravings.

Genting Highlands

How To Get To Genting Highlands From Kuala Lumpur?

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Genting Highlands is definitely a hotspot for Malaysians and Singaporeans who are trying to escape the heat and the hustle and bustle of city life. In addition to Genting Casino, where it is possibly the only place to gamble legally in Malaysia, there are also theme parks around to keep your kids entertained. If you don’t already know by now, the transit to Genting Highlands can be quite a nuisance. I’m guessing that we’ve all heard a little about the seemingly endless journey up to Genting. So if you are planning a trip up, I would highly recommend you to hitch a driver. Besides hiring a private driver, (which is obviously the most convenient way, duh), here are a few other ways to get to Genting Highlands.

 

Getting to Genting from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 

The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Genting Highland takes about an hour. Whereas if you are travelling by air, the journey will take about 2 hours from KLIA/KLIA2. From the airport, you can either take the express bus or call for a taxi to get to Genting. 

 

4 Ways To Get To Genting  

Express Bus Services (Economical)  

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For those who prefer taking public transport, there are Genting Express Bus Service stations located at several locations – KLIA, Klang Valley, Northern/Southern Peninsula, Singapore etc. The more popular routes usually start from KL Sentral Station, with bus fares starting from RM 2.70 to RM 55. It is approximately a 1-hour journey if you are travelling from KL Sentral. 

 

Awana Skyway Cable Car (for an amazing view on your way up!)  

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Hop on a ride at Awana SkyWay, one of the best ways to travel up to Genting Highlands! It is located in the same building as Awana Bus Terminal, on Level 2. From Awana Station, the journey takes about 10 minutes. On your way up, Chin Swee Station is located mid-hill to the SkyAvenue Station, where you get to enjoy a free stop using the same ticket. Do remember to not lose your ticket as you will still need it to continue on with your journey either towards SkyAvenue or Awana stations. A one-way ticket for a Standard Gondola costs 9 Ringgit per pax, while the Glass Floor Gondola ticket costs 18 Ringgit per pax. You can purchase these tickets here

 

Self-Drive (Experience it first hand)  

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Another way to reach Genting is to drive up on your own. The route you would most likely use is through Kuala Lumpur to Gua Musang Highway (E33) route. Do be mindful of the steep mountain road towards the top. However, I would suggest first-time drivers to avoid driving up on your own as it may be quite dangerous especially during bad weather. A small tip when you are driving is to not over-rely on your GPS, and it is perfectly normal to get lost occasionally while on the road. If you end up missing an exit, do not panic, as there are at least seven routes up to Genting Highlands!

 

Hire a Private Driver (Best bet for an awesome experience for leisure or business)    

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The last option (which is also our top choice) especially for travellers who would prefer to travel in more comfort and privacy, is to, of course, hire a private driver. A regular taxi would usually cost you around 60-70 Ringgits, while an executive taxi would cost you around 150-200 Ringgits.


Well, alternatively… you can always call for your own private driver service if you would like to get a bang out of your buck. Not only will they be your private driver, but they will also be your very own tour guide, maximizing your whole travel experience. On top of that, you’d get to save on all the hassle of having to plan and research for your trip, and getting to enjoy your own personalized travel itinerary.

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Do These 7 Things Every Time You Travel
These are the key aspects in traveling that you should always keep in mind.

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6. Remember to charge your camera and phone.
7. Bring enough local currencies before arriving the destination. Carry extra U.S dollars just in case your country’s currency is not accepted by the money changer.

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