10 Top Malaysian Souvenirs

Located not far from the equator, Malaysia has rich flora and fauna. Also, this country has old traditions of crafts and souvenirs. You can find a lot of amazing things in Malaysia but let’s take a look at the most popular ones.

 

1. Petronas Twin Towers

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The most popular souvenirs from Malaysia are figures depicting the famous Petronas Twin Towers, which are the tallest twin towers in the world. You can find these souvenirs in any souvenir shop, but the largest choice is concentrated in the central part around the towers. The smallest statues usually cost about $1.5.

 

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2. Batik

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Malaysia shares the tradition of making batik with Indonesia. A good Malaysian batik is colored by hand using colored waxes. Vendors praise their goods – the inhabitants of Terengganu, for example, claim that their material has better quality than in Kelantan and vice versa. Malaysians usually sell batik in pieces of 4 meters: 2 meters on the top of clothing and 2 meters on a skirt or sarong. Also, Malaysians use batik for tailoring national costumes (baju kurung or baju kebaya). They cost from $50 depending on the quality and complexity.

 

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3. Pearls from Sabah

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Handicraft markets of Kota Kinabalu offer beautiful pearl items, such as bracelets, brooches, earrings and necklaces. Here you can find pearls of different shades, while most popular colors are white, cream, pink and gray-blue. As for the shape, they can be elongated or round.  The sizes can be absolutely different.

 

4. Tin Products

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The main souvenir products, protected and controlled by the state, are exquisite and high-quality products made of tin – mugs, glasses, tea sets, ashtrays, vases, figurines, watches, plates, etc. Malayan tin has high quality, it contains 97% of the purified rock. Some famous companies, as “Royal Selangor”, “Penang Pewter” and “Tumasek Pewter” – consider tin as the main component of their production.

 

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5. Unusual Shoes from Melaka

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The city of Melaka is famous for its craftsmen who make “kasut manek” – so-called hand-made shoes usually decorated with beads. Also, they can be decorated with images of flowers, birds and exotic butterflies. Some luxury “kasut manek” shoes can cost up to $1000. However, you can find much cheaper ones in local markets.

 

6. Pottery from Johor

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Every Malaysian knows that the state of Johor is famous for its pottery. Most markets of a small town Ayer Itam are dedicated to ceramics and porcelain. You should bargain there, turning your shopping trip into an exciting activity.

 

7. Gamat or Sea Cucumber

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Every culture tries to invent a cure for all diseases. In Malaysia, such a remedy existed from the ancient times, and is called “gamat.” “Gamat” is an oil based on sea cucumber, which became incredibly popular thanks to the unique properties. It is believed that it helps in the healing of wounds, bruises, the removal of headaches and other ailments. There is an opinion that long-term use of the gamat cures many serious diseases like diabetes. No wonder the cost of one bottle exceeds $100. But if you are looking for a cheap option, buy gamat balm for $2.5 only. There are a lot of them in any pharmacy kiosk.

 

8. “Labu sayong” from Perak

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Leaving Perak, do not forget to purchase “labu sajong” – a jug or decanter in the form of a pumpkin made of quality clay. On a hot day, such a jar keeps the water cool for a long time. It is believed that the water, which is constant in this vessel, has medicinal properties. You can buy miniature copy of the jars as a souvenir.

 

9. Bamboo from Sarawak

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Bamboo in the hands of masters from Sarawak easily transforms into a beautiful casket or box. In this state, you can find not only carved but also multi-colored bamboo with an unusual ethnic pattern.

 

10. Small but original souvenirs

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While going shopping, be sure to visit the local markets: souvenir and food. At souvenir bazaars you can buy the most unexpected and interesting souvenirs, including handmade products. On food markets, be sure to pay attention to aromatic spices. You can also buy ingredients for cooking interesting Malaysian dishes and the famous Thai soup.

 

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In addition to national products, you can also purchase products of Indian, Thai, Indonesian and Chinese masters. Such products are presented in a wide range in special places.

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