The Satok Weekend Market on Jalan Satok starts on Saturday afternoon when traders bring produce from their farms and continues on till Sunday. There is are also many unique ferns and plants, wild honey, wild orchids, traditional herbs (used as medicine) and fruits from the jungles.
Look out also for sago worms (considered as a delicacy by the natives), bidin (a type of green fern that is eaten as a vegetable), unique yellow and red pulpy and sticky jungle fruits, bright yellow egg-plant (yes it is edible!), various types of lime, sour sop and the occasional jungle durian which has red coloured flesh, and very thin pulp, and a unique, sharp soap-like taste (not like the normal cultivated durians).
Handicrafts and ethnic carvings are also available.
There are a wide variety of snacks and sometimes SNAKES in baskets! I'm not sure if these are meant to be eaten or to be kept as pets...
What to buy: Wild Orchids
Jungle Fruits & Vegetables (such as Bidin)
Snakes (just a joke, although they ARE being sold here!)
The Main Bazaar area is a good place to shop for souvenier and collectibles arts as the row of shophouses here specialised on these items.
Souvenir-hunters can seek out an assortment of traditional brassware, pottery, ceramics, tribal arts and much much more. The handicraft shops here are stacked floor to ceiling with cultural curios and antiques, and are a treasure trove of Iban icons, Bidayuh bric-a-brac and Orang Ulu ornaments.
What to buy: Brassware, pottery, ceramics, tribal arts, cultural curios and antiques.
What to pay: Depends on how much you can afford, but always bargain for the best deal.
I had converted this decorative bubu into a lamp which can be easily place on any tabletop or any corner of the room.
I stumbled over this miniature bubu (fish trap) It's certainly a great buy & perfectly satisfies after the conversion.
What to pay: Bubu=RM18
Lamp with 3-pin Plug=recycled Ikea lamp holder
Switch=donated by a friend
This shop offers the best selection of antiques, arts and traditional handicrafts in the whole of Borneo, and for exotic jungle produce.
You can even order thru the internet. That way, you don't have to spend and take the trouble to come all the way to Borneo island just to get the things you wanted. All you have to do is contact them via email! Isn't it easy?! :-D
What to buy: (a) Wholesale & retail of new & old Borneon style artifacts, furnitures & souvenirs;
(b) Hand-carved wooden doors, tables, chairs, leases, tiles, lampstands, frames, trays, etc;
(c) Hand-woven textiles, baskets, hats;
(d) Custom order of wood totems, statues, furnitures & fittings.
What to pay: It offers competitive prices. If you check out the price and compare the price, you'll find it very reasonable!
Kuching is an excellant place to collect art, crafts, artifacts produced by the indigenous people upriver. It is also fun to poke your head inside the spice shops and fresh produce markets. Of course, no trip to an Asian city is complete without exploring the local fish market.
It is not just a shopping mall with departmental stores, but there also lies many individual shops that sell many range of items including local made handicrafts and vases. At the lower ground level, you will be able to find many varieties of food to pamper your taste bud.
What to buy:
The main road behing the waterfront is full of traditional shophouses that sell handycrafts from Borneo and adjacent islands. According to the sellers, everything is old, but in most cases it just does look old because it is dirty. So you must be careful with what you pay and, especially, not to purchase any item made of protected wood species.
What to pay: Bargaining is mandatory.
The design is unique and it has 2 exotic toilets :)
What to buy: Furniture, Restored Antiques, Local & Foreign Arts.
What to pay: From RM10 to more than RM1000.
It is not just a shopping complex that joint to the Crowne Plaza Riverside Hotel, but it is also place to seek entertainment, leisure, food and many more.
Not oriented to the tourists, but to the locals, the India street and adjacents are full of small stores with very good prices for clothes and this kind of items.