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    Wooden Crafts

    by yipsufen Updated Oct 15, 2007

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    There are some art galleries along Main Bazaar road that sell wooden crafts or artwork. They can be made to order and shipped to your desired destination.

    What to buy: If you think that these wooden pieces are too bulky to carry home then consider the little trinkets like Nibong fork and spoon, wooden beads necklace, etc. They are cheap and are great souvenirs.

    Some local wooden handicrafts
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    Sarawak Plaza Shopping Complex: Shopper's World!

    by Xinta Written Oct 19, 2002

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    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.

    Sarawak Plaza Shopping Complex

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    Sidewalk salesmen: Sarawak Viagra!

    by BorneoGrrl Written Aug 17, 2007

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    These salesmen are mostly stationed at the sidewalk and have large signs to attract customers. I don't know who would have the nerve to actually walk up & buy the items because other people may snicker at them when they approach the stall

    What to buy: Gambir is an herb that is also known as the local viagra, is popularly used by men to enhance their sex lives.

    Gambir on sale
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    Main Bazaar & India Street: All sorts of textiles

    by BorneoGrrl Written Aug 17, 2007

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    There are many shops along India Street & the Main Bazaar where the locals shop for all sorts of textiles & accessories at attractive prices.

    What to buy: There are many materials to choose from, colorful silks to traditional sarongs.

    What to pay: Some shops display the prices but you can always try to bargain

    Colorful textiles in the Main Bazaar
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    Souvenir shops: Bring home some local handicraft

    by BorneoGrrl Written Aug 17, 2007

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    You can find some lovely shops selling local crafts in the Main Bazaar and some shops along the Waterfront. Some even bring the whole ethnic feel into their shops by making them look like inside of a longhouse.

    What to buy: There are all sorts of local craft but some of my favorite include glass beaded jewelery & decorations, the Pua Kumbu Iban textile, pottery and carvings

    What to pay: Some prices are fixed but you can bargain at the shophouses

    Handicraft demonstation @ Sarawak Craft Council
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    Handycrafts.

    by DanielF Written Sep 25, 2002

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    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.

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    Sunday Markets: Sunday Markets

    by Cathy&Gary Written Apr 15, 2013

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    The Sunday markets actually start on Saturday afternoon as all the sellers come in and set up their stalls then sleep at the markets in preparation for the big day starting at 5am on Sunday. These markets were a lot bigger than I expected.

    The fruit and vegetable section is fantastic, so many different fruits that can be hard to buy anywhere else. The markets are also a good place to sample some of Malaysia’s delicious local foods, if your game enough try some snake meat or how about a few sago worms.

    All sort of souvenirs, clothing, shoes and fake handbags can be bought here at very cheap prices; actually anything you could think of will be here. T Shirts are 3 for $5 and crazy big furry cat key rings are 2 for $3.

    The markets are extremely busy with locals and are definitely a must see in Kuching.

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    Kuching Shopping: Kuching Shopping

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Apr 15, 2013

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    There are plenty of good places in Kuching to go shopping besides markets, bazaars etc. Some of the shopping centers we went to are Sarawak Plaza, Spring Hill Shopping Mall and Hills Shopping Mall. My favorite is Sarawak Plaza especially the shop called the Lea Centre.

    They have so many handbags and shoes to choose from and a nice surprise is they have a small selection of bigger size ladies shoes. So of course I found a pair that I had to have plus a couple of Guess handbags that were 40% off.

    The best part about Sarawak Plaza is it was right next door to our hotel!

    Spring Shopping Mall has a lot of good shops as well plus a department store, found a nice Elle handbag for a friend here that was 70% off the original price. Actually I seem to have bought quite a few handbags in Kuching as they were such good prices and made nice gifts.

    Hills Shopping Mall is another new large shopping centre, so the choices for shopping are excellent in Kuching.

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    Pepper Pepper Pepper

    by CloudieFish Written Dec 14, 2005

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    What to buy: Kuching is famous of pepper. I found all sort of food made of pepper, such as cookies, candy, chocolate, even perfume!! There's also local craft which is quite unique but remember to compare the price before you buy.

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    Ting and Ting: Nice Supermarket

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 3, 2009

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    I needed to get some AA batteries, and Henry Lim recommended Ting and Ting when we passed it on the way to the Waterfront Lodge from Lodge 121. It is a little south of the Bla Bla Bla Restaurant and on the same side of the street. It is a regular supermarket with some hardware too.

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    Syarikat Jasmin: Main Bazaar

    by hassan_abu Written Dec 20, 2008

    Voted No.11 Fairprice shops around the whole of Malaysia 2008, the owner of this shop is very friendly and proud of his achievements. We had to give full of praises to get special discounts for the hundreds of ringgit spent on Sarawak Batik and clothings.

    What to buy: His price is fair indeed.

    What to pay: RM15 to RM1500 for 4 meters of cloth ranging from cotton to

    textiles

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    Yong Huat Heng Brick & Earthen Ware Factory: Porcelain Shop

    by hassan_abu Written Dec 20, 2008

    They were giving away 50% discounts on some vases. Also, rejected vases, with tiny cracks and chips are going at a low price of only RM5. So, if you are looking for a bargain and don't mind the little imperfections, this is the place to go

    What to buy: Porcelain vase, pots, ashtray, etc

    They even packed the vases nicely in boxes with lots of packing materials (used newspaper) and even guarantee that the vases will not break with rough handling of the cargo crew of the flight you are taking out of Kuching

    What to pay: RM15 to RM500

    nice vase packing to boxes

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    Seriking: Near the Indonesian Border

    by hassan_abu Written Dec 20, 2008

    2 hours drive from Santubong, and you will arrive at Sarikin, a mixture of Indonesian and Malaysian selling their ware from handicraft to curtains to electric guitars.

    What to buy: A replica Levis cost RM 35 to RM 50

    What to pay: Bargain and bargain, even though the price is already cheap

    langsir

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    Main Bazaar by waterfront: Main Bazaar

    by Sambawalk Written May 17, 2009

    Opposite the Waterfront, is the oldest street in the city and the heart of old Kuching. It has some superb examples of Chinese shophouse architecture, many of which have been occupied by the same family for generations. These families still pursue traditional occupations such as tin-smithing, carpentry and petty trading. Kuching’s highest concentration of antique and handicraft shops are to be found here, and shoppers can rest between bargaining sessions in a number of old-fashioned coffee shops with panelled walls and marble-topped tables.

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    Ting & Ting Supermarket: Sells western food

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 22, 2010

    Located just down from the Borneo Hotel, this is one of those small supermarkets that I like a lot. Not only does it have local food but also a large range of western food especially British food such as shortbread biscuits, tartar sauce etc which hark back to the time when Kuching was under British rule, so I guess certain things, like food, stick around. Great place just to wander around.

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