Best Local Buys


There’s no shortage of locally made souvenirs that you can take home with you from Malaysia. Each state has its own specialty items, usually hand-crafted by its artisans. Here are our picks of the best souvenirs you can find in the different Malaysian states.


  • Antiques
  • Art and deco pieces
  • Handicrafts
  • Nyonya beaded shoes (kasut manik)

Kuala Lumpur & Selangor

  • Pewter


Buying wau
Photo: Tourism Malaysia

• Batik from Kampung Putih, Kubor Kuda and Kampung Badang
• Songket from Kampung Panambang
• Wau (traditional giant kites) from Kampung Kijang
• Silver from Kampung Sireh, Kampung Morak and Kampung Badang
• Wood carvings


  • Labu sayong (a gourd shaped ceramic vessel) from Kampung
    Sayong, Kuala Kangsar
  • Golden thread embroidery
  • Earthenware
  • Bamboo earrings
  • Keris (Malay dagger)
  • Handicrafts made from seashells


  • Ethnic-style crafts
  • Beads
  • Pearls


  • Bamboo mats
  • Colourful Sarawak beads
  • Pua kumbu textile
  • Sarawak vases with ethnic designs