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Local Souvenirs to Buy in Malaysia -Ethnic and eccentric goods

Souvenirs are parts of your vacation that you can take back home and cherish for years, and like all places in the world, Malaysia has its own collection of traditional souvenirs for you to buy.


Pewter wares from Royal Selangor

Nothing speaks of elegance and old world charm like pewter good and Malaysia is well known for its wide range of things made of this unique mix of metals. You need not fear of being cheated with duplicates as the Selangor Company is the biggest pewter ware manufacturer in Kuala Lumpur and has a reputation for selling only the best quality goods. If you love jewellery or unique pieces of silverware, you'd end up taking back armloads of goods to your serviced apartment or hotel after a visit here.


Malaysian Batik

These intricately painted silk fabrics can be found at the stalls in the Central Market and this is a unique souvenir or gift to your loved ones back home as it can be used in so many different ways. You can hang it up as a bright curtain, make yourself a dress out of it, or brighten up your temporary living room by just draping this on the couch in your Somerset Serviced Residence and take it back home to hang it on your own living room wall. If you think the high-quality hand brushed fabric is a bit too expensive for you, you can always buy the equally beautiful, but cheaper block printed batik.


Malaysian Songket

This lavish fabric is a fusion of interwoven silk and gold threads and originates from China, Malaysia and India. Literally intertwining South Asia together, this material creates mind blowing symmetrical patterns that any hipster would fall head over heels for. The Malaysian Songket can be used as a unique tablecloth, made into an authentic handbag or dress and just like the Malaysian Batik, can serve as a beautiful wall hanging that adds to your worldly decor.


Boh Tea

If you consume more tea than water on a daily basis, you simply must not leave the country without buying this famous tea that is Malaysia's own. All kinds of teas in enticing flavours can be bought in and around the cities and if you are an avid tea drinker, a visit to the actual plantation site at Cameron Highland will delight you. These teas are healthy and come in various flavours including the green tea latte, mango iced tea and black tea.



For a souvenir that screams of Malaysian culture and design, this alluring brooch is what you have to buy. Kerongsang is usually worn by Malay women with their traditional outfits like the Kebaya or Baju and the brooch is used to hold the dress together and be a decorative accessory at the same time. Adorned with colourful beads and stones on a bed of gold, this is a great gift for anyone who likes shiny knick knacks and jewellery. Kerongsang comes in a set of three different sizes so it can be worn with various outfits, even saris.

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