For those who love shopping, the year-end holiday season might have been your favourite time of the year. Since there’s another long festive holiday coming in February you might want to check out these top cities for holiday shopping in Asia which includes Kuala Lumpur, as listed on TripAdvisor.

1. New Delhi, India


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India’s bustling capital city offers a treasure trove of goods at charming traditional markets and glitzy shopping malls. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “The shopping was amazing, but trying the various street foods and being shown around the bazaars was an experience we will never forget.”

Recommended: Select Citywalk and Chandni Chowk. 


2. Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok offers a huge variety of shopping options for every lifestyle and budget, from high-end and street shopping, to wholesale and weekend markets. A TripAdvisor reviewer wrote, “Bangkok is an amazing city, from the endless shopping to the local delights and food stands on every single street – there’s so much to do and see!”

Recommended: Siam Paragon and Chatuchak Weekend Market


3. Singapore

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Singapore is famous for its plethora of shopping malls that open till late. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “Singaporeans love shopping as much as they love food, so it’s no surprise to find that The Little Red Dot (as the locals like to call Singapore) is a shopaholic’s heaven.”

Recommended: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Orchard Road 


4. Beijing, China

Beijing is popular for its artisanal handiworks and unique historical trinkets. “In addition to the malls, look for some of the specialised markets, stores selling local designs, and flea markets,” a TripAdvisor reviewer said.

Recommended: The Place and Liulichang Street


5. Hanoi, Vietnam

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Hanoi is well-known for its quality textiles and fabrics. A TripAdvisor reviewer wrote: “Vietnam is famous for tailored clothing of excellent quality, so what better destination for shopaholics, than the nation’s capital, Hanoi.”

Recommended: Old Quarter and Hang Gai Street


6. Tokyo, Japan

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If the latest gadgets, gizmos, anime goods, immaculately crafted handiworks and indie labels are what you are looking for, then head for Tokyo. According to a TripAdvisor reviewer, “If you can imagine it, you can probably find a store that sells it in this inimitable metropolis.”

Recommended: Omotesando and Isetan Department Store Shinjuku


7. Seoul, South Korea

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South Korea’s capital is rising in the ranks as a shopping destination with its range of underground labels and luxury goods. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “While Seoul has all the top brands, you will find talented, local designers with fresh and unique designs at very wallet friendly prices.”

Recommended: Myeongdong and Namdaemun


8. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur provides retail therapy with its massive shopping malls and street markets that cater to every taste and budget. “Kuala Lumpur is now an exciting destination in its own right, with great sights, lovely parks, and fabulous shopping,” said a TripAdvisor reviewer.

Recommended: Suria KLCC Mall and Mid Valley Megamall


9. Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu is growing in its popularity as a shopping haven offering an array of speciality products like Nepalese crafts and woodwork, cashmere and pashmina. A TripAdvisor reviewer recommended, “Look beyond the mayhem and you’ll notice the myriad different speciality markets waiting for you to haggle over!”

Recommended: SK Handicraft Exports and Asan


10. Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta offers a vibrant mix of markets with interesting finds and upscale boutiques for luxury goods. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “Jakarta is a great big modern metropolis and there are more malls than the entire city’s population need.”

Recommended: Grand Indonesia Mall and Tanah Abang Market 


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