Pahang may not be a mall paradise but it has many unique crafts that the aborigine community can be found selling en route to Cameron Highlands. On the highlands itself, marketplaces at Tanah Rata, Ringlet and Brinchang spill over with colourful flowers and fresh farm produce of vegetables, wild ‘Tualang’ honey and strawberries. In the town of Kuantan, batik souvenirs and handicrafts are popular buys while in coastal towns like Mersing and Beserah, dried seafood produce can be found in abundance. The ‘Kain Dastar’ or a delicately woven fabric is a specialty of Pahang and this can be easily found in the Royal town of Pekan. High up at Genting Highlands, the First World Plaza offers more retail therapy in the City of Entertainment.
The East Coast has always been known for some of the best handicrafts and artwork in the country. A trip to this region will result in lovely purchases of ‘batik’ and ‘songket’ in both textile and apparel forms, ‘wau’ or giant kites, fine silver filigree, brass and woodcraft. The other thing that will compete for your attention is the states’ amazing cuisine. The signature rice dishes like ‘nasi dagang’ and ‘nasi kerabu’, the rich noodle dish, ‘laksam’ and the all-time favourite snack, ‘keropok lekor’ will send your taste buds into a whirl while condiments like the ‘belacan’ and ‘budu’ are must tries for those with a sense of culinary adventure. The border town of Pengkalan Kubur is a great spot for a variety of nuts, local delicacies, clothes, household items and textiles.
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