Shopping Holidays

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Shopping is to some on par with an Olympic sport. This favourite past time is akin to relaxation therapy and helps relieve the hustle and bustle of daily routines. Depending on your personality shopping can be a fun and inspirational holiday activity. You can meander and explore streets & laneways of shops, stalls, malls and departmental stores. Put your bargaining skill to the test and hunt for the best value find. Go for designer labels, couture pieces, must-have accessories and vintage inspired wear in boutique shops. Look out for local produce, handicrafts and souvenirs. If you prefer something simpler, window shop along renowned retail strips or feel the vibe in busy markets and bazaars.

Check out our shopping tips for your holiday in Hong KongSingapore, Bangkok and Hawaii and Los Angeles.

Regardless of your style and preferences, you'll find we have the right hotel to suite your needs. Our accommodation options range from luxury 5 stars to bargain stays. After all, what's more important than having a good place to rest and recuperate from a series of retail therapy? Make your down time fun - go for an amazing spa treatment, relax over high tea in colonial inspired settings or pamper yourself with room service.

Hong Kong

Shopping is one of the favourite past times for locals and visitors alike in the former British colony. Big departmental stores in high rises exist side by side with tiny local specialty shops from a bygone era. You can tell that Hong Kong is serious about its retail offerings with numerous neon signs crowding the cityscape.

Hong Kong shopping tips:

  • Night Markets are a great place to find bargains and items you don't normally see. Stalls are stocked with everything, from day to day consumer goods to exotic crafts and souvenirs. Ladies Market (along Tung Choi Street) and Temple Street Market (near Yau Ma Tei) in Kowloon are both renowned. You can also enjoy local snacks, Cantonese Opera and get you fortune told.
  • Kowloon's Nathan Road is the major retail strip with departmental stores and local shops offering a variety of local and international goods. At the southern end of the strip, you'll find branded fashion retailers, accessories and more in Tsim Sha Tsui. Notable malls to visit include Harbour City, the Empire Centre, DFS Galleria, Sogo, China Hong Kong City and Elements. At the northern end, visit Langham Place in Mongkok where shops are organised into themed zones in funky architecture. There are also lots of local specialty stores in the Mongkok area.
  • On Hong Kong Island, visit Time Square, Cityplaza, Central and Lane Crawford. All are within easy reach from public transport. Also, the Causeway Bay shopping strip will have you shop till you drop.
  • State-of-the-art electronic goods retailers are scattered everywhere. You'll find a good selection at Mongkok, Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui areas.
  • For more bargains, visit the Citygate Outlet on Lantau Island. They have more than 80 international brands with discounts all year round.

Singapore

The colonial city is great for serious shoppers or a spot of last minute shopping during a stopover. Singapore will spoil you for choice with its conglomerate of departmental stores and malls offering every major brand you can think of.

Singapore shopping tips:

  • For renowned brands, high end fashion and accessories, head to Orchard Road. Notable stores include Tangs Department Store, Wisma Atria, Ngee Ann City, Paragon and the newly established ION Orchard. Palais Renaissance, Kightsbridge and 313@Sommerset are some of the newer additions, housing major brands from US and Europe.
  • For the ultimate collection of international luxury brand, you can't go wrong with newcomer The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. The retail giant is situated next to iconic Marina Bay Sands Resorts, one of the major attractions in the island city-state. To enhance the luxury shopping experience, dine in one of the many restaurants established by world renowned chefs.
  • For an entirely refreshing retail experience, the Louis Vuitton Singapore Marina Bay will satisfy your luxury shopping palette. The shop is encassed in sophisticated architecture and its concept of integrating art and cultural elements is one-of-its-kind in South East Asia.
  • Gadgets and electronics enthusiasts should head down to Funan Digitallife Mall located near City Hall. You'll find the latest computers, laptops, digital cameras, smart phones, tablets, video cameras and more at bargain prices.
  • Historic Chinatown may be overtaken by stalls selling souvenirs, but you can find excellent antiques, handicrafts and home accessories in the precinct.
  • Other shopping malls well worth a visit include Vivo City, Bugis Junction, Marina Square, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Suntec City Mall and the 24-hour Mustafa Centre.

Bangkok

Apart from the cheap fakes and rip-offs found on every street corner in Bangkok, there are lots of excellent shopping in Thailand's capital. The amazing range of artworks, quality silks, home accessories, furnishings and tailor-made suits are remarkable.

Bangkok shopping tips:

  • For international luxury product, the colossus Siam Paragon in the Pathumwan area is one of the best. Gaysorn Bangkok, Erawan Bangkok and Amarin Plaza in the same area also houses upmarket brands while Zen and Isetan caters for medium to high range goods.
  • MBK departmental store is also world-renowned, boasting more than 2000 stores selling anything and everything you can think of. Expect to see clothes, electronics, fashion accessories, bags, furniture and more at bargain prices.
  • A highlight of any Bangkok itineraries should consist of a visit to The Jim Thompson House. The traditional Thai style house is a museum dedicated to the late Jim Thompson, an important figure in Thailand silk industry. The house is also an arts center and a great place to buy quality silk.
  • Fill your wardrobe with brand new, tailor made clothes without stretching your wallet. The Thais are expert in recreating your favourite piece of clothing with just a couple of fittings and the finished product delivered within days. The hotel concierge will recommend and put you in touch with the best tailors in the area (a lot of hotels will organise this for you free of charge).
  • Pantip Plaza is dedicated to technology. You can find a multitude of stores selling the latest gadgets and electronics. Located on Petchaburi Road, the complex is great even for a visit. Nearby Patrunam Centre has a great collection of fashion accessories and cheap imports catering to the budget conscious.
  • If you're curious to see some excellent fakes, head down to the markets. Chatuchak weekend market is the biggest in Bangkok. However you'll only get a good bargain if buying in bulk. Night markets are great to visit, in particular, Patpong Night Market and Khao Shan Road have been attracting tonnes of visitors everyday.

Hawaii

For a holiday including shopping for international American brands with great discounts and attractive prices, Honolulu is your best bet as it's closer to Australia then mainland USA. You’ll find shops along the bustling Kalakaua Avenue offering major fashion labels. For something special, go to one of the bazaars or market for local hand-made arts and crafts. They are great souvenir ideas as well as memorabilia for your unforgettable Hawaii Holidays.

Hawaii Shopping Tips:

  • A good time for shopping in Hawaii is after major holiday seasons including days after Christmas and the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) when department stores offer fantastic discounts.
  • Take the Waikiki Trolley pink line. The buses stop at major shopping hubs including Ala Moana Center, DFS Galleria, Royal Hawaiian Center and more.
  • Ala Moana Center is Hawaii’s largest shopping mall with over 290 shops and restaurants. You can find major international brands from beach wear to high end fashions. Shop for men’s and women’s apparel; accessories, shoes, beauty products, gifts, children’s wear and more.
  • Waikele Premium Outlets features a collection of outlet stores offering great savings for major brand. Shop for designer labels, sportswear, shoes, accessories, jewellery and more. Expect to get lots of American fashion label at great value. To go there, you can travel by taxi or by shuttle bus departing from Waikiki.
  • The International Market Place right in the heart of Waikiki is convenient for crafts and souvenirs. You’ll find authentic Hawaiian crafts great for gifts idea.
  • Don’t miss the Royal Hawaiian Center for some serious shopping including lifestyle product, gifts, apparels, fashions and more. This four storey shopping mall is located on the beach side of Kalakaua Avenue right in the heart of Waikiki.

Los Angeles Shopping

LA is undoubtedly the entertainment capital of USA, but the city is also a shopping haven. From Downtown to Tinseltown the city is bustling with shopping opportunities. Plus, you’ll find great savings with attractive prices especially for renowned American labels.

LA Shopping Tips:

  • You’ll find the LA Fashion District is a must for fashion enthusiasts with a huge area dedicated to fashion and accessories. Visit Santee Alley for the atmosphere and the latest clothing trend. Also, don’t miss the Gerry Building with over 70 shops. Little Tokyo District, Chinatown and the Jewellery District, Macy’s Plaza near the Seventh Street Metro Station are also great for shopping.
  • Citadel Factory outlet is the only outlet mall near downtown. Expect great savings with major brand names. To get to the outlet, catch a dedicated shuttle from downtown LA.
  • Beverly Hills is a haven for retail therapy. The city’s ‘Golden Triangle’ on Rodeo Drive is made famous by the movie Pretty Woman with lots of shops offering renowned international fashion labels. Don’t miss Two Rodeo, a themed shopping area complete with European charm. Beverly Center Shopping Mall has Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s as well as other stores, restaurants and a theatre.
  • If you’re visiting Hollywood, a stop at the Hollywood & Highland is a must. The complex is home to the Academy Awards venue Dolby Theatre and offers the best view of the infamous Hollywood Sign. Entertainment aside, the complex is a shopper’s favourite with malls offering international brands.