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    Wooden Crafts

    by yipsufen Updated Oct 15, 2007

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    Some local wooden handicrafts

    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.

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    Sarawak Plaza Shopping Complex: Shopper's World!

    by Xinta Written Oct 19, 2002

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    Sarawak Plaza Shopping Complex

    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.

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    Sidewalk salesmen: Sarawak Viagra!

    by BorneoGrrl Written Aug 17, 2007

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    Gambir on sale

    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.

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    Main Bazaar & India Street: All sorts of textiles

    by BorneoGrrl Written Aug 17, 2007

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    Colorful textiles in the Main Bazaar

    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

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    Souvenir shops: Bring home some local handicraft

    by BorneoGrrl Written Aug 17, 2007

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    Handicraft demonstation @ Sarawak Craft Council

    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

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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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    Hot & Spicy Pepper

    by yipsufen Updated Oct 15, 2007
    Pepper produce

    Malaysia is a major world producer and exporter of pepper, producing around 25,000 tonnes anually, of which 98% is grown in Sarawak. High quality Sarawak pepper on various forms and packagings and a host of pepper-based products are widely available in Kuching.

    What to buy: Many of the shops in Main Bazaar offer various products made from Sarawak's two well-renowned produce, ie. pepper and sago extracted from the nipah palms grown wild in the lush swampy coastal areas.

    Some pepper-based products are biscuits, sweet, powder and in ground form.

    What to pay: Price depends on the grade and types of pepper. White pepper is more superior and expensive than black pepper. Pay about RM10 to RM12 for a pack of 5 small bottles of pepper of 40g each. Prices are quite standard. However, you can get a better deal if you buy more.

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    Beads Work

    by yipsufen Updated Oct 15, 2007
    Bright & colourful beads work

    What to buy: The Orang Ulu ladies are the artisans of this fine craft. In their possession are antique necklaces, headgear and baby carriers.

    The modern revivals are pen cover, key chain, necklace, bracelet, purse, sandals, etc. and they are inexpensive as souvenirs.

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    Main Bazaar: Local produce

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Aug 17, 2007
    Dried seafood

    The Main Bazaar is a great place to walk & discover the flavors of Kuching. There are many shops where you can find ingredients for cooking

    What to buy: Dried fish is an ingredient in a lot of local dishes. I got a couple of dried shrimps & anchovies to bring home because they cost less than in a supermarket

    What to pay: Inexpensive, and they are priced by weight

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    Most any shop: Everything from bird's nests to toy orangs

    by Robin922 Updated Mar 20, 2008

    Shopping here is easy and the general rules apply.
    Prices are according to location... On the high end Hotel gift shop down to local craftsman for best prices.

    Most of us will end up somewhere in the middle at a larger tourist gift shop that buys in volume.

    What to buy: Unique to the area is 'Bird Nest' anything. You can by dry nest's nicely boxed, light in the luggage. Or you can buy jars, which I wouldn't recommend because of the chance of breakage.

    Pepper is another great buy. Light weight, won't break, and unique to the area. You can also find 'pepper candy' which is more mint flavor than pepper, but a nice little item to take home for co-workers and friends.

    Handcrafts are wonderful, just watch the weight of your bags. It's easy to go overboard. Larger shops will ship large items to your home, but check the cost first.

    For that special kid or kid at heart, you can find some nifty stuffed animals. Where else are you going to find a Hornbill bird, Proboscis monkey or cool looking orang? Best part, check the tag, part of the proceed of many of these go to preserve the real ones.

    What to pay: Shopping can be as cheap or as expencive as you want. Items like crafts and pepper are very cheap, where bird nest anything will be on the high end.

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    Syarikat Jasmin: Main Bazaar

    by hassan_abu Written Dec 20, 2008
    textiles

    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

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