Malaysia is simply a shopper’s paradise. Just ask any Malaysian or discerning and well-informed Singaporean or Indonesian. Local and regional shoppers flock to popular shopping malls like City Square and KSL City to amass their shopping loot. Great sales and massive discounts are the buzzwords when it comes to shopping in Malaysian Factory Outlet Malls.
But did you know you can upsize your savings when shopping in Malaysia if you visit and purchase from factory outlet malls in Malaysia? You don’t have to trawl the Malaysian streets end to end to get the cheapest bargains anymore! Here’s a mini guide to three of the best factory outlet malls to patronise in sunny, tropical Malaysia.
GM Klang Wholesale City Complex
Touted as the most comprehensive one-stop wholesale city in Southeast Asia, GM Klang Wholesale City Complex is located in Klang, Selangor, one of the most developed and populous states in Malaysia.
GM Klang commenced for business in 2009 and is the largest wholesale business complex in Malaysia. With over 1000 factory outlets and wholesale stores within the complex, it boasts a huge repertoire of goods and services that cater to shoppers from all walks of life. The products offer include fashion apparels, sports equipment, textiles, stationery, toys, technological gadgets, accessories, home furnishings, wedding decorations, groceries and many more. The mall is also equipped with amenities like WIFI (so you’ll always stay connected, even without data), beauty salons (for those who want to spruce yourself up), and spacious parking spaces (for all you drivers out there).
What’s more, the 10-storey GM Klang is situated near key highways, seaports and airports so there are multiple modes of transport to get there. It is also conveniently divided into three blocks, A, B and C according to product and service category to facilitate shoppers locating and buying their coveted goods. And the best part is, GM Klang sells most of their goods and services at wholesale prices! Top tip: the more you buy, the cheaper per unit of the product, so you save more.
Johor Premium Outlets (JPO)
Conveniently and strategically located in Iskandar, Johor, where the major tourist attraction, Legoland Malaysia, can also be found, Johor Premium Outlet (JPO) is the first formal factory outlet per se to be established in Malaysia. The state of Johor’s prime location between regional neighbours Singapore and Indonesia makes it a tourist shopping hotspot and attracts an average volume of about 4 million native and foreign shoppers yearly looking to steal some great deals!
Besides its ideal location, the key factor as to why JPO has shoppers flocking to it is the array of designer and high-street fashion goods sold there at super attractive prices. So if you are budget-conscious yet love to pamper yourself with designer labels and even luxury goods, JPO is the place for you to shop without feeling the guilt from overspending. Boutiques selling the latest and authentic Coach, Burberries, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Versace and Armani Exchange goods at prices as much as 50% below retail prices are found here.
For sports fans, you can also get your hands on a variety of sports equipment and gear from renowned international brands like Adidas, Nike and Puma. There are even chic yet affordable apparel brands here in JPO including Levis, Top Shop, Cotton On and ELLE for the trendsetting teenagers and youths and several kid-friendly stores selling toys, clothes and accessories for your toddlers and school-going children at really enticing prices.
Freeport A’Famosa Outlet
Want to enjoy a scenic view while shopping for the best bargains? You can if you visit Freeport A’Famosa Outlet in Alor Gajah, Malacca. The outlet adopts an open-air concept with a picturesque and nostalgic backdrop of a lake, fountains, windmill, carousel and architecture that reflects Malacca’s Dutch heritage.
Be enthralled by the rustic charm of its idyllic and nature-themed settings, particularly in the evenings when the fountain lights are switched on to create a warm, cosy ambience that is certainly Instagram-worthy enough to be captured with your camera phones! As for your shopping experiences, there are over 70 mid-price ranged brands and a galore of different goods to gawk at and choose from including Esprit, Carlo Rino, Ripcurl and Samsonite at you guess it again, irresistibly good prices.
Getting to Freeport A’Famosa Outlet is also a breeze with the bus services offered by bus operator Transnasional whether you are coming from Malacca, Kuala Lumpur or even Singapore. Freeport A’Famosa Outlet’s official website is also constantly updated to notify shoppers of the latest promotions in selected outlets. So be sure to check it out before heading your way to secure great bargains!
There are also all-year round discounts in all three bustling factory mall outlets so do keep a lookout on their respective official websites. What’s even better, there are plenty of international fast food chains, posh restaurants and homegrown eateries to choose from once you decide to break for lunch or dinner before you resume your second and even third rounds of shopping trip.
So now that you know where to head to for your next holiday’s shopping adventures in Malaysia, gather your shopping kakis and get ready for some really satisfying retail therapy!
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