Everyone knows that traveling can be expensive, but what’s a trip without some souvenirs to bring home? If you’re the type who likes to indulge in a little retail therapy while out and about, then you’ll definitely have a blast around Asia. Whether you’re touring the exciting night bazaars, perusing the colorful local markets, or going around the region’s sprawling malls, shopping is part of culture, too. Here are some of the top cities for shopping in this vast and exciting continent:
Though CNN ranks Singapore as one of the most expensive cities in the world, its massive malls can satisfy any shopaholic’s wildest dreams. Of course, know that there are shopping areas that aren’t the high-end designer stores along Orchard Road. So when you’re done exploring those, make your way to Little India and Arab Street for some unique local crafts and fascinating boutique stores.
If you’re looking for heritage, Expat Bets’ definitive guide to Thailand states that the country has one of the most well-preserved cultures in all of Asia. Moreover, many of its citizens can speak English, so haggling or getting a good deal shouldn’t be too hard. The country is especially known for its floating markets, which have been used by its communities for centuries. And if you’re looking for the best street bazaars, then head over to their Chatuchak market — recognized as the world’s biggest market with its staggering 14,000 stalls.
Hong Kong, China
For budget shoppers who love a good bargain, Hong Kong is the perfect destination. Its stores are pretty affordable and come with a wide variety of items — from electronics and fashion garments, to food and cultural souvenirs. The Tsim Sha Tsui area is particularly popular, but bear in mind that it can get pretty crowded. On the other hand, Sham Sui Po is considered the mecca for electronics enthusiasts, while Hollywood Road and Upper Lascar Road are famous for their wooden handicraft items and jade products.
In Ubud, Bali, there’s no shortage of local handicrafts and one-off decorations. In this part of the island, you’ll find paintings, carpets, bags, and more. The Culture Trip recommends the Ubud Art Traditional Market and Sukawati Art Market for art lovers and anyone who wants to take home a piece of authentic Bali with them.
Tokyo is probably one of the most fashion-forward and hippest cities in the world. But in Harajuku, the best of Japanese pop culture comes together. According to Those Who Wandr travel blog, there are infinite shopping opportunities available for everyone who comes to visit. Harajuku is home to themed cafes, specialty streetwear stores, vintage shops, and other intriguing boutiques that is unique to the city. For those who prefer more upscale shops, hit up Ginza or Akihabara for the latest electronics. And if you want to venture outside of Tokyo, Daydreaming in Paradise suggests taking advantage of the Japan Rail Pass, as it is available to tourists at a discounted price.
Credit: Live Japan
And there you have it! While you’re at it, be sure to check out our travel budgeting guide here on Earthling Gorgeous.