I'm planning to hitchhike Singapore or Kuala Lumpur to Taiwan in a couple of weeks and I expect to sleep outside sometimes.
I've never been to this part of the world before but I've noticed that in some countries finding camping gear is as easy as finding a large shopping mall or supermarket, but in other countries it's close to impossible. Especially if you want cheap stuff you can leave behind after a few months rather than expensive gear such as North Face, Kathmandu, Mountain Designs, Paddy Pallin, etc.
For buying a cheap tent and sleeping bag, is Singapore or KL better? Is there a certain mall or shop or chain I should look for?
I've since heard that Kuala Lumpur has some of the same megastores I know from Eastern Europe such as Carrefour and Giant. Such stores carry exactly the kind of camping gear I need in Europe but I haven't been able to find out if they carry it in Malaysia too.
I visited a Giant store in KL today and at least that one was not a megastore / hypermart and had nothing like what I was looking for. But maybe there are larger ones further out ...