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We went to Malaysia for a family vacation. Beautiful Penang was our intended destination. We took the train station to Kuala Lumpur first. Rested a few days then went on to Penang by car, from my hubby’s parents’ home.

Kuala Lumpur is a huge city. There are many malls there, cinemas and fabulous food.

Some of the best food there would be found at the roadside hawker stores, or the run down eateries. The noodles there are so tender and silky smooth. Some regular Chinese eateries have pig stomach soup which is really tasty if you can stomach that sort of thing.

Bangsar is the up market area where expats hang out. You can get practically anything you want there from the many niche stores.

For us, we prefer things that are cheap and good. We preferred to shop at the mega malls and go to the stores meant for the masses.

The best buys in Malaysia would be the made in Malaysia items. The import tax makes the products from other countries higher than expected, so as far as possible, we’d target the items that were made there. Bata is a Malaysian brand. You might like to check out their shoes there. For kids, there is a up market children’s store, Strawberry, in a mega mall in Kuala Lumpur.You can get excellent kids clothing there. Rather to pricey for me, but I bought to lovely long sleeve shirts for my kids on there. They were on sale.

The exception would be where there are sales at the malls. We actually got Warner Brothers and Disney children’s clothes at 50% off the regular prices. We went into a shopping frenzy at a newly opened Jusco. The men’s clothing and kids clothing were good. As for the women’s clothing, I probably would have found what I liked at the higher end boutiques.

Another thing is that when you shop at the small stores, you usually can haggle the prices. I can get up to 1/3 off the initial stated price while mom in law can get half off. I can never beat her at haggling.

Most of the people in Malaysia are Malays, Chinese or Indians. If you or anyone in that group is from any of these racial groups, speak in your native tongue. People there warm up to you even more if you speak their local languages.

Be aware that K.L is a very busy city. There are black sheep there as in every other country. Cling on to your handbag at all times. Watch your personal belongings all the time. Read Travel Theft to see what I mean.