6 Practical Tips to Avoid a Shopping Fiasco in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

You’ve never been to Malaysia if you did not experience shopping in Petaling Jaya. This satellite city in the state of Selangor is a commercial district that is home to a slew of malls and retail stores where you can indulge and splurge without breaking the bank. So if you’re planning to visit the town this holiday season, here are some tips to remember to make your escapade more of a fun activity rather than a catastrophe.

1. Know the place
Petaling Jaya has always been regarded as one of the country’s most vital commercial areas. It is home to an array of shopping malls and retail centers where urban travelers usually flock. Today, this bustling hub houses some of the major shopping malls in Malaysia. Among these are:

  • The Curve Mall – presents a quaint weekly flea market where you can buy cheap and upscale fashion finds, antiques, collectibles, art pieces, and souvenirs
    Location: No.6 Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara | Operating hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • IKEA Mall – Asia’s largest IKEA store
    Location: No.2 Jalan PJU 7/2, Mutiara Damansara | Operating hours: 9:30 am to 10:00 pm
  • Tesco Mutiara Damansara – a supermarket where you can purchase more affordable goods
    Location: No. 8 Jalan PJU 7/4 Mutiara Damansara | Operating hours: 8:00 am to 1:00 am
  • One Utama Shopping Center – biggest shopping mall in central Petaling Jaya
    Location: 1 Leboh Bandar Utama

One Utama Shopping Center features a man-made forest where you can unwind and relax. [Image from Sun Health Saunas website]
One Utama Shopping Center features a man-made forest where you can unwind and relax. [Image from Sun Health Saunas website]
The Curve Mall is connected to a boutique hotel called The Royale Bintang The Curve. [Image from Malaysia-Asia blog]
The Curve Mall is connected to a boutique hotel called The Royale Bintang The Curve. [Image from Malaysia-Asia blog]
2. Play it safe
Go on a weekday to avoid long lines at the cashier. Avoid wearing fancy jewelry or expensive accessories. Don’t be a target of thieves or pickpockets. You should also dress appropriately. Your most comfortable footwear and light shirts will save you from a stressful day.

3. Keep the discipline
Set a limit to the amount of money you’ll be spending. Create a shopping list and be faithful to it. To save more money, you can also bring reusable bags to carry your purchases. By doing this, you also support the move to save the planet from degradation.

The Curve boasts of having Malaysia’s first pedestrianized shopping mall where all entry points are interconnected to the other malls and buildings around it. [Image form Skyscrapercity website]
The Curve boasts of having Malaysia’s first pedestrianized shopping mall where all entry points are interconnected to the other malls and buildings around it. [Image form Skyscrapercity website]
4. Be wise
If your trip will take place on a regular holiday, you have to be extra smart when it comes to scouting for lower prices. Most of the time, there are bazaars around the city where you can ask for a lower price or even meet halfway with the seller.

5. Keep those receipts
Broken items, duplicate gifts, and wrong sizes, are unavoidable when shopping. Customers have the right to return or have these items replaced from the shopping center it was purchased. And that is possible by presenting the receipt of your purchase. Some stores also offer rebates when you present those little pieces of paper. So don’t throw them away; you’ll never know when you’re going to need it.

Getting to these Petaling Jaya malls take about 20 to 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur. [Image from Backpacking Malaysia website]
Getting to these Petaling Jaya malls take about 20 to 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur. [Image from Backpacking Malaysia website]
6. Find a Petaling Jaya accommodation to spend the night
A city retreat, like The Royale Bintang The Curve, presents a convenient place for accessing the above mentioned shopping paradise. Staying in this 5-star hotel in Petaling Jaya before or after your shopping spree will certainly provide you that much-needed rest. Boasting an enviable location flocked by key places of interest but still within easy access to Kuala Lumpur, this hotel brings you close to the best deals in the metro.

All rooms at The Royale Bintang The Curve have a cable TV, Internet access, mini-bar, bathroom amenities, and safe. Contemporary wood furnishings and soft lighting create a calming atmosphere so you can get good sleep every night.
All rooms at The Royale Bintang The Curve have a cable TV, Internet access, mini-bar, bathroom amenities, and safe. Contemporary wood furnishings and soft lighting create a calming atmosphere so you can get good sleep every night.
When not sleeping inside your Petaling Jaya accommodation or exploring the city’s finest attractions, take time to check out the hotel's on-site features.
When not sleeping inside your Petaling Jaya accommodation or exploring the city’s finest attractions, take time to check out the hotel’s on-site features.

By following all these Petaling Jaya shopping tips, you’ll surely have a fun-filled and hassle-free adventure around the locale.

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