Friday, May 09, 2008

Nilai 3

Largest Warehouse Shopping Centre

NILAI lies approximately 75km south of Kuala Lumpur via the North South Expressway in the state of Negri Sembilan. Nilai 3, a recently developed district within Nilai, has become quite well-known among locals for its low-price shopping - what locals term as 'wholesale prices', or something that is priced at a fraction of what you would have to pay if in the city.

Nilai 3 is perched on a hilltop and is entirely made up of single-storey warehouses offering a wide variety of goods ranging from furniture and artificial flowers to porcelain and car accessories as well as tidbits and knicknacks.

Textile dealers occupy quite a large section of the township, selling various type of local and imported fabric at low prices. Clothings too are quite cheap here and branded ones, too. And this is probably why Nilai 3 has caught on well with the middle and low-income earners.

Furniture dealers have also set up shop here selling anything from ironwood and rosewood furniture or cast iron and terracotta garden benches and tables.

The wood furniture come mostly from Indonesia and Vietnam, but there also some from Thailand and Myanmar according to some of the dealers there. Also check out clay and stonewware products.

Car lovers should not miss the chance of getting their cars souped up for a fraction of the cost at the many car accessory shops here. Check for best prices.

If you are a homemaker, you will like Nilai 3 - there are many shops selling kitchen utensilsand you can find practically anything here - from saucepans to forks and spoons!

There are restaurants and hawker centres at Nilai 3, so you don't have to worry about your meals when there. And you know what? There are plenty of enthnic food to choose from.

There are quite a number of convenience stores there, too, including a 7-Eleven.

Parking is not a problem but if you are thinking of purchasing large items, such as garden furniture sets, you may have to talk to the sellers to see if transportation is included in the price. But if you are arranging for your own transportation, then just go shop!

The best time to visit Nilai 3 is after 11am (and on weekdays when the crowd is not so big!) when all shops are open.

On weekends, parking space may be a little difficult to find near to the shops but you can always park a short distance away and walk. Just bring an umbrella though as Nilai 3 is pretty unshaded as the trees planted along the streets are still young and their sparse foliage offer no respite from the heat. And it can get quite hot here in the afternoons!

Getting There:
The best way to get there is by driving - on your own or chauffeured. We are unsure whether public bus transport to the township has begun although a bus station has been built there quite some time ago.

If driving from the city, head for the Sungai Besi Toll and south. There are several exits from the North South Expressway but to play it safe, just hit the one that says Nilai.

Once you exit the Nilai Toll gate, follow the single lane road till you come to a T-junction where you will see a giant L-shape arrow (see picture) pointing towards Nilai 3.

Just follow this arrow all the way and you will be unlikely to be lost as these signages have been prominently displayed at any fork in the road or junction.

Nilai 3 is located on a hilltop so you can't miss it. There are plenty of signboards (just follow the direction pointed by the L-shape arrow). On weekends, chances are that there will be a continuous stream of city cars heading in that direction.

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