You find so many different places selling so many different things on every street. With weekend markets, night markets and handicraft centres in practically every village and town, shoppers will be spoilt for choice in shopping for batik, songket, silk, keris, woodcarvings, woven mats and baskets, silverwear and brasswear; not to mention all kinds of costumes, beachwear and even fresh seafood. Indeed, Terengganu, an east coast state of Peninsular Malaysia, is the most well-kept secret for bargain hunters, souvenir collectors and craft lovers.
Seberang Takir is a fishing village which can be reached by road, or a 3-minute riverboat ride from the Kuala Terengganu jetty. There are about 50 families living here and most of them are involved in some form of cottage industry like batik chop to supplement their income. The handmade batik is of high quality yet attractively priced.
Brassware items usually come from the cottage industries in Terengganu. They produce candle stands, vases, ashtrays and plaques and are best bought at handicraft centers in Kuala Terengganu and other towns.
Two of Terengganu’s most popular weekend markets are in Kuala Terengganu (Friday) and Kuala Dungun (Thursday). Visitors are encouraged to take their time to look for for the best bargains, ranging from local handicrafts to traditional clothes to fresh seafood. These markets also offer interesting insights into the art of handicraft making. They also provide us demonstrations of the various crafts and also local craftsmen and women making wonderful handicrafts such as mats and baskets.
For the best quality batik or songket, make it a point to visit exclusive outlets such as Batik Noor Arfa Batek, Myriam Atelier and Atikah Songket.
Easily the most popular tourist spot in Kuala Terengganu,Pasar Payang is located beside the Terengganu River. You can find everything local and exotic in this massive market housed in modern building complete with a shopping arcade and car park. Feast your eyes on the wide array of traditional textiles like batik and songket, as well as brassware. You can also get fresh produce and local delicacies such as keropok.
Kraftangan Malaysia is an interesting handicraft center that showcase songket, brassware, and modern batik fashion wear. Other items found here are woodcarvings, wau (giant kites) and souvenir items.
Located five minutes from Kuala Terengganu, this popular destination is Malaysia’s pioneer silk-weaving center. Here you can discover and experience the wonder of silk manufacturing. Watch the various processes of silk productions, from spinning into yarns, textile-weaving and also batik printing. Beautiful hand-painted and printed batik is available at the showroom.