Tsim Sha Tsui
Throbbing and attractive, the shopping and nightlife district of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon is truly a treat to the eyes and shopping sensibilities. There is much that one can shop for at the eclectic local shops that are lined up along Nathan Road or at the slick showrooms of the luxury malls near Canton Road. Once you are done with your shopping, take a quick bite at the local eateries and do make some time to visit The Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. This popular spot is a buzz with fashionably-dressed youngsters who gather here to enjoy the sunset views.
Bangkok offers something for everyone, from gigantic malls such as Siam Paragon and Central World Plaza, bargain-hunter haven Chatuchak Weekend Markets, the popular night markets in the city to the floating markets. But be ready for some serious haggling to stretch your dollar!
For example, Chatuchak Weekend Market hosts over 8,000 stalls, selling everything from home decor and bathing suits to pet toys. More than 200,000 shoppers descend on the 35-acre market every weekend, but it is worth braving the throngs of visitors to find unique gifts and discount items.
Voted by CNN travel as the world’s fourth best shopping destination, Kuala Lumpur beckons ritzy shoppers with its wealth in mammoth malls. Although KL does not feature a lot of energetic street markets, it remains one of the best and most sought-after shopping destinations in Asia.
With K-pop invading the world, Seoul has become a favourite haunt for those dazzled by anything made in Korea. You can visit the Apgujeong-dong district for international luxury brands, local designers and department stores. For something more local, the Dongdaemun Market and Hapjeong district will help you lighten your wallet.
The city of Tokyo, with its infinite shopping options, is hands down the undisputed star of Asia’s buzzing shopping circuit. Known as one of the cosmetic and fashion centers in the Orient, Tokyo offers an endless array of intriguing and souvenirs and items, including kimonos, antique furniture, and funky fashions. What’s more, the city is famous for its specialty items, such as Pokemon and Hello Kitty goods, as well as comics and anime. As a home to the world’s largest electronic industries, Tokyo also offers the latest cutting-edge gadgets and electronics on the market today.
In China, Beijing and Shanghai offer the best shopping experience. Known for its big markets such as Panjiayuan and the Silk Market, you can find anything from clothing, fabrics, souvenirs, jewellery to antiques in Beijing. But be prepared to bargain because most of the shops expect you to. For branded products, explore the endless shopping malls and pedestrian malls in the Wangfujing district. The main shopping streets in Shanghai are the Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road, where you can find the top-end international brands. You can also try the flea markets or outdoor bazaars for cheap antiques, local crafts and jade wares.