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Shopping in Tampoi, Johor Bahru
07 Sep, 2018

Interior designing and renovations are large scale projects that incur quite a bit of damage to your pockets, it is not uncommon for homeowners to seek cheaper alternatives for electrical appliances and other necessities. However, the answer to your worries lies right across the border in Tampoi, Johor Bahru. A one-stop shop for appliances ranging from lighting necessities to ceiling fans, water heater and even curtains, switches and bathroom accessories, you would be able to get cheaper alternatives compared to local options at a reasonably convenient location. We would hence be exploring the pros and cons of shopping across the Causeway for your home renovation needs!


1. Convenience

Despite being a ‘cross country’ shopping trip to get your renovation needs, the journey in fact only takes 25 minutes from the Woodlands Checkpoint. Before you know it, you would have already reached Tampoi and be shopping for your next best option for interior design materials. The relatively short distance also means that you do not need to worry about the cost of staying over as you can make a day trip back and forth easily.    

2. Lucrative exchange rate

For every dollar in Singapore, it is in exchange for about RM3 in our neighbouring country, Malaysia. Therefore, shopping in Tampoi, Johor Bahru would be able to definitely help you cut down on some costs yet at the same time provide you with a large variety of items to choose from to suit your every need. The top two haunts that shoppers visit in Tampoi would be Tampoi Lighting Centre and Starworld Lighting. Both megastores providing a wide selection of up to date and trendy options at nearly a third of the price that you can find in Singapore.

3. A one stop shop shopping experience

Rather than waste time travelling to various places in search of different appliances, visiting Tampoi provides you everything you need within the same vicinity. Expect to find appliances mainly lighting fixtures and ceiling fans as well as an assortment of curtains, switches and bathroom needs all in one location. Before you think that the options are limiting, you will be amazed by the variety of lighting available such as track lights and hanging lights suitable for your various needs and wants.


After learning about all the benefits you can have from shopping at Tampoi, it is undoubtedly a great place to settle your home renovation needs once and for all. However, there are a few notable disadvantages that you should be aware of before heading down yourself for a shop in this town.

1. Lack of international warranty

When shopping at Tampoi, before splurging on the affordable materials available, do be aware that in the event the product is faulty, the attached warranty is invalid across the country. As a result, products purchased and installed locally will not be under the assured warranty as it is beyond the borders of Malaysia.

2. Tax payable for items above S$150

When re-entering Singapore, it is noteworthy to be aware that purchases above a total of S$150 per pax will be liable for tax payment (for less than 48 hours; tax/GST relief entitlement varies over the duration of stay). Therefore as the only viable option to avoid this is by making multiple smaller purchase trips across the causeway which is time consuming if you are looking items that are definitely above this stipulated amount. Hence when purchasing large items, be prepared to pay tax before re-entering the country on your day trip.

3. Hassle in performing product exchange

With purchases made across the border, it is undoubtedly a hassle if your product ends up not being the right fit or is malfunctioning. With the store located over in Malaysia, your only bet is to travel back in order to seek an exchange. Therefore, before purchasing anything in Tampoi, do ensure that you have accurately taken the relevant measurements so that you will not end up having to make a return trip in exchange for the right item.


While Tampoi, Johor Bahru is a great shopping alternative, it is also important to know what to take note of before you embark on your day trip across the Causeway. At ST Homes, an interior design portal, we provide a comprehensive listing of industry certified professionals and top interior designers in Singapore. Fulfill all your home renovation needs and seek opinions from interior designers on our website today! Simply submit a renovation request here and you will be on your way to creating your personal living space with a trusted interior designer.

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