1. UTC & Labuan Central Market

1. UTC & Labuan Central Market

The moment I disembarked from the aircraft at Labuan Airport, I felt that this is one town that is almost similar to Ipoh. Both are underdeveloped and quite neglected by tourists. Well, good for us, ‘cos it means that we can maintain that certain charm.

 2. inside the market

2. inside the market

This UTC building is not unlike the one in Ipoh. Painted in red, blue and white, besides having a large wet market on the ground floor, which is also Labuan Central Market, with modest shop lots on the first floor.

3. locals like to shop here

3. locals like to shop here

Although I have been to Labuan two times, it was only during the second trip that I set foot in Labuan Central Market. The first time, I thought that this is not a place for tourists to visit.

4. snacks

4. snacks

How wrong of me to think so. In fact, this is where visitors come to shop for local items. Honestly, there is not much that one cannot buy in other parts of Borneo but today, I am giving you a list of five items to shop for, should you visit Labuan one day.

 5. Lily picking items in her shopping list

5. Lily picking items in her shopping list

Hence, the top five items to buy at Labuan Central Market (across both floors), in random order, are:

1) Beras Bario (rice)
2) Ikan Tahai (sun-dried fish)
3) Sayur Paha-paha (vegetables)
4) Local batik (textile)
5) Pearls (accessories)

6. anchovies

6. anchovies

So, what did I buy? Where’s the photo of my Labuan shopping haul? Oops, I bought nothing. I’m not much of a shopper, actually. LOL These photos were just randomly taken as I made my rounds at the bazaar while my friends, armed with lists, filled one shopping bag after another.

7. flowers

7. flowers

Anyway, if you do visit Labuan, you won’t go wrong buying any of the five items that I have listed above. Pearls and local batik make great Labuan souvenirs.

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