The main focus of the Kedah shopping experience is the duty free bargains on offer at the Thai border and the Langkawi shopping malls.
Over on the Langkawi shopping scene there is The Langkawi Parade Shopping Mall housing the Teow Soon Huat Mega Department Store, this complex also hosts the Langkasuka Hotel.
A popular item for tourists seeking handicrafts is the decorative Langkawi Crystal that has been produced using the traditional methods of glass making. These beautiful local products can be purchased at many outlets including Langkawi Crystal.
Star Parade is another popular Alor Star shopping mall that hosts the Pacific Department Store as its anchor tenant complimenting the many varied smaller shopping outlets at this popular shopping complex.
Souq Al-Bukhary is a modern mall featuring Islamic design offering a wide variety of goods in its busy outlets that include a cross section of popular local products in addition to Giant Hypermarket sitting as the anchor tenant.
The City Plaza Mall in the central business district of Alor Star is a hub of commercial activity covering not just retail outlets but entertainment as well with a cinema complex, bowling alley and food outlets.
There is also the ever popular Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall with over 100 outlets including the Samudra Duty Free Department Store, it is located halfway between Kuah Jetty and the town centre. Needless to say, this mall attracts a steady flow of eager bargain hunters ready to splash the cash in pursuit of satisfying the shopaholic dream
The endless range of duty free goods cover both local and international products, the central commercial area in the town of Kuah on Langkawi hosts the majority of these shops and malls with many stores dedicated to attracting the serious shopper with reduced prices on these already tax free goods.
Kedah Shopping Malls
Bukit Kayu Hitam Duty Free
The border town of Bukit Kayu Hitam will put you in shop 'til you drop mode seeking out all the lovely duty free bargains. Situated at the end of the north-south highway on the north west border with Thailand this is a popular shopping destination for both Thai nationals and Malaysian citizens.
Alcohol, cigarettes, perfume and cosmetics are much seeked after items on the shopping lists of intrepid travellers, although it must be noted that you have to leave the country for at least 48 hours if you wish to be legally exempt from paying the tax on any items you wish to bring back into Malaysia.
Kedah And Langkawi Shopping
The Langkawi Parade is a duty free haven with over 60 outlets showcasing all those duty free delights we all find so tempting that the urge to buy cannot be easily overcome.
The state capital Alor Star provides the bulk of Kedah shopping malls with the Alor Star Mall in the south of the city heading the way with more than 100 shopping outlets.
Plaza Putra on Jalan Putra is the only dedicated technology mall in Alor Star with electronic products the main focus of sales.
The success of awarding Langkawi duty free status in 1987 has encouraged the island to grow. With tourists enjoying the tax free exemptions it just adds to the irresistible urge to visit this tropical paradise island.
Langkawi Duty Free