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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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    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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    Main Bazaar, Kuching: Art and Culture in Sarawak

    by Daihappydai Updated May 21, 2011

    There are a number of terrific shops in the Main Bazaar strip that sell art and culture artifacts from around Sarawak. These objects include traditional batik and ikat, paintings and huge bronze earrings. Prices are very reasonable. There are also several shops selling cheap souvenirs for tourists.
    You may also be amused by the names of some of the shops and the signage.

    What to buy: Ikat and earrings worn by Iban people

    Interesting name for a shop, Kuching Being positive in Kuching Big discounts in Kuching! Shops along Main Bazaar Colorful shopfront in Kuching
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    Hot & Spicy Pepper

    by yipsufen Updated Oct 15, 2007

    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.

    Pepper produce
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    Beads Work

    by yipsufen Updated Oct 15, 2007

    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.

    Bright & colourful beads work
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