If Oxford Street shops in London are too much for you, if you cannot afford even the smallest product in GUM in Moscow, or if you feel like The Dubai Mall is just good for the eyes but not for the wallet, don’t fret. There are still lots of spots on earth that will give you a cheaper, but more wallet-friendly shopping destinations.
Travel almost always involves shopping, and if you’re travelling to shop, Asia is one of the best places where you’ll find lots of stuff that will shock you on how cheap they are (especially if you’re used to paying 8-dollar coffees or a 20-dollar haircut).
Here are some of the best spots to shop in Asia, the best place to get great bargains.
Bangkok, Thailand has great malls such as the MBK shopping center and Siam Discovery Center, but if you’re really looking for extremely cheap shopping in Bangkok, you must not miss the Chatuchak Weekend Market and the Patpong Night Market, where you will find absolutely everything—clothes, accessories, shoes, even pets! Prepare to be really tough with your haggling skills here, you will need it. When shopping in these places, don’t go down without a fight when bargaining.
The lively and vibrant Hong Kong has its share of high-end malls, but let’s skip those, and see the ones where you could get bargains instead. The Temple Street Night Market has lots of cheap clothes, bags, watches, and food, and you can even chance upon fortune tellers. For women who would like to get cheap clothes and unique accessories, the Hong Kong Ladies Market in Tung Choi Street is the place to go. If silk and artwork is what you’re looking for, go to the HK Stanley Market to get great deals.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
There are more than 60 shopping places in Kuala Lumpur, including favorites such as the ones in the Golden Triangle, the Petaling Jaya, and the Subang Jaya. Like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur has also used sales to boost their tourism—every March, May, and December, they hold a Malaysia Mega Sale, wherein most of the best malls give huge discounts on nearly all items.
Manila has so many malls offering branded items, some high-end, some the western department store variety. However, if you’re looking for big bargains, you will find lots of them at the Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan, Metro Manila. If you want cheaper than cheap, though, go to the Divisoria 168 Mall in Binondo, Manila (usually, the products from Greenhills are bought here). If you’re staying somewhere in the city, going to the 168 Mall could be quite difficult because of the traffic and busy streets, but if you love clothes at insanely cheap prices, the trip will definitely be worth it.
Singapore may be a small country, but they’re huge in terms of shopping. Just by going to the Orchard Road, you will already be welcomed by more than 20 shopping centers. Come here during the famous Great Singapore Sale which usually happens in May and be blown away by massive discounts from nearly all the most sought-after stores. Check the schedule before you go, because the event changes dates every year.