|Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu|
Shopping splurge would bring to mind our spending spree in trendy megamalls of megacities. In the far-flung Borneo Island, shopping might not sounds like running errand at home as you may consider the excessive baggage to bring back. However finding some souvenirs for your loved ones and friends while travelling is regarded as an unregrettable tradition. Therefore, some of the ‘jewels’ here are worthwhile to be taken home as remembrance and gifts. Among the popular items on wanted list of shoppers are toys, bookmarks, postcards, t-shirts, pearls, bags and books.
|Orang utan & proboscis monkey dolls at Pekan Nabalu, Sabah|
Major shopping malls in Kota Kinabalu (KK), Sabah include Suria Sabah, 1Borneo Hypermall, Wisma Merdeka and Centre Point. If you just want to zoom into souvenirs, try the local handicraft market near central market in KK, Wawasan Plaza and Star City. Examine the unique design of the locally made handicraft such as sompoton (musical instrument) and wakid (basket with straps). On Sunday morning, take a one hour brisk walk along the famous Gaya Street where hawkers and vendors put up a wide collection of items for sale including shoes, clothes, antics, decors, cakes and pets.
|Market in Serian, Sarawak|
In Kuching, Sarawak, shoppers must visit the Spring and Boulevard Shopping Mall for branded goods. For souvenirs, it is best to shop at the Main Bazaar at Waterfront or the historic India Street. Bargain for popular items like batik sarong with the Iban or Orang Ulu designs, key chains, hand woven bags and post cards here. Local fruits and snacks like Kek Lapis Sarawak which is very appetizing are among the hot selling stuffs.