If people from the Peninsular Malaysia goes to Thailand to have their dose of imitation and cheap goods, we here in Kuching aren’t left behind for CHEAP stuff. We do get our dose of cheap shopping galore at border towns of Sarawak and Kalimantan. One particular town is Serikin. It’s very famous among folks in and around Kuching because of its proximity to Kuching it self. It takes around 2 hours drive from town and along the way you can enjoy the serene surrounding of the mountains bordering Sarawak and Kalimantan.
The first stop for the journey up is a small settlement where you can find exotic plants, fruits and vegetables. There are rare orchids and fern leaves that you can’t even pronounce their names properly.
If you are lucky, you might even find some exotic animals and worms for your table for dinner. Sounds gross but those who ate those crawly worms swear by their exquisite taste.
tasty 'Sago' worms
After finishing your nature studies here, a journey of another hour will take you to the town of Serikin it self. It’s a small town where you can find tons of useful and useless stuff.
the town of Serikin
There are imitation shoes and bags of any international brands you can find in Paris or Milan. If antiques are your norm, you’re in luck here. For the ladies, the Baju Kebaya here is a bargain if you know you way around. Basically, you will enjoy your shopping experience here and remember to drive a van or truck here. Trust me; you’ll need it for all your purchases.
endless shopping experience
Prada and Gucci anyone?
Lastly, don’t worry about bringing your passport because you can basically walk in and out of the border freely. Happy shopping!
border of Kalimatan