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A duty-free island, Langkawi provides a great opportunity to purchase inexpensive liquor, chocolate or tobacco products., and with countless stalls luring with beach apparel, ethnic jewelry, handicrafts and souvenirs at bargain prices., an indulgent shopping spree is pretty much inevitable.

Looking for a more sophisticated shopping experience and truly unique products with a local touch? There is a handful of retail stores with exquisite, beautifully presented products selected to delight discerning customers. Whether you are looking for hand-made bags, home accessories, furniture, high-quality tea or traditional herbal remedies, our Shopping Guide features the most noteworthy stores on the island.

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turned out to be a winning strategy! Running meanwhile numerous shops all around the island, the couple could easily engage a dedicated buyer and focus on the retail part of their business. But to them, delegating is completely out of question! And so, every two months, Angeline and Kelvin set out on a trip to tiny kampungs across the Malay Peninsula, travel to Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia or India. Visiting remote rural areas, they often get to sleep in a simple shack with no running water. But excited about the opportunity to hand-pick the best pieces of wood and watch the artisans immersed in their work skilfully turn a shapeless log into a beautiful sculpture - they happily sacrifice their own comfort. Visiting some of the villages for nearly a decade, Angeline and Kelvin have a strong bond with the artisans. So much so, many of them work meanwhile exclusively for the couple - making sure Paradise Craft shops offer handicraft not available anywhere else. Aware of Angeline’s love for antiques, the villagers like to surprise her with rare funds they stumble upon, eagerly waiting for her eyes to sparkle with joy as she watches the unique pieces being restored to their former glory. Winning the hearts of a few artists whose paintings are usually reserved for a small circle of collectors or simply hang in the houses of the shy solitary painters, Angeline occasionally manages to bring in truly exceptional pieces such as the batik art by Giantor from Yogyakarta or the vibrant Koi Fish paintings from the Malaccan artist, Mr. Choo Git Man. Of course, the buying trips have their tricky part. Enchanted by the dreamy paintings and exquisite wood carvings, Angeline has occasionally a hard time to part from her favourite pieces. And so, although originally intended for sale, the Dancing Apsara, a sculpture made of black Albany wood depicting the female Hindu spirit of clouds and water, found her permanent home in the couple’s living room - reminding Angeline and Kelvin of their friendship to the meanwhile deceased Indonesian artist and his family. A sentiment Angeline and Kelvin like to pass onto their customers! Then no matter how precious the wood and how intriguing the carvings, it’s the stories that surround the handicraft pieces that make them so unique: The miles and miles walked through the jungle until the aboriginal Orang Asli people find the red Mahogany, black Sono Kring and white Kayu Sengon wood. The fingertips sore from bending a thin slice of bamboo into a round bowl. The twenty layers of lacquer patiently applied on top of each other before a vase is ready to be put into the oven. The symbolic power of animals that inspires the artisans during their work… Lovingly wrapped, some of the hand-made souvenirs come with a short narrative or legend. And while a little shy to speak English, if you ask, the friendly staff may add a few more details about the origins of your favourite piece. Sharing their love for handicraft with the team, Angeline and Kelvin conduct on a monthly basis training, making not only sure the Paradise Craft customers receive an excellent service but also fostering the professional growth of their employees. The successful couple could easily choose to rest on their laurels, but Angeline and Kelvin did not forget their humble beginnings with a small foldable showcase table at the Jetty Point. Compelled to give back, they groom their people into leadership roles and fuel their entrepreneurial spirit, hoping that they own journey will serve as an inspiration. Yet another story that makes the beautiful hand-made products you will find at Paradise Craft so special…





PISANG HANDICRAFT

& ART VILLAGE

Tel:     +6 04-955 7730

             +6 012 - 3326606

pisanglangkawi@gmail.com

www.pisanglangkawi.com

Opening Hours:  9.00am -  6.00p; Fr closed

Looking for an original gift with a truly Langkawian flair?! Head to Pisang - one of the island’s most famous stores! Founded nearly 20 years ago, the shop specializes in hand-made gamat soaps & lotions that are so popular, they are distributed also to other parts of Malaysia and sold abroad. The miracle ingredients that makes them so unique? Sea Cucumber and Virgin Coconut Oil!

FAIZY CRYSTAL

+6 04 9594885  

+6 012 4022650

kamarulfaizy@hotmail.com

www.faizycrystal.blogspot.com

Opening Times:

Saturday - Thursday, 9.30am - 5pm

1pm  - 2pm no demonstrations

 

Although located in a remote corner of the Langkawi Kraft Complex, which in itself is built away from the main tourism spots, Faizy Crystal receives plenty of visitors. With good reason! While the majority of retail stores on the island lure with handicraft imported from the neighboring countries, the unique glass object you will find at the Faizy Crystal showroom are truly the products of Langkawi.

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So much so, you can actually enter the adjacent workshop and watch the artisans while they work. Attracted by beautiful items since he was a child, the owner, Kamarul Faizy Roslan, chose to study art at UiTM University in Johor. Excelling at crafting fine ceramics, he was invited along with three fellow students to attend an art school in New Zealand where he got completely mesmerized by the translucent beauty of glass. A blend of sand and metallic oxides heated in a furnace to the extreme temperature of 1,400 °C, the material, flowing like honey, becomes alive with an inner light - just waiting to be transformed in an exquisite piece of art… After working for a few years as a glass artist for a company based in Kuala Lumpur, Kamarul relocated two decades ago to Langkawi, and although the beginnings were not easy, the mystical island and her breathtaking beauty were such a source of inspiration, Kamarul was determined to stay for good. Starting with a small workshop, the artist had a dream of opening one day a professional glass studio known for art of the highest quality! Having set his mind on working with raw materials and colors provided exclusively by the world’s best suppliers, he spent years putting aside every cent he could spare to get together the start-up capital he needed. And his patience and perseverance paid eventually off. The Faizy Crystal which opened in 2003 received over the years numerous awards, Kamarul’s beautiful glass art is a sough-after holiday souvenir for visitors from all over the world and a few custom-made pieces adorn governmental offices… Which doesn’t really come as a surprise. The paperweights that capture at their very core iridescent hues in abstract patterns are so intriguing, they fuel your imagination, lending you wings when you need to be creative. And no matter what your favorite fragrance, once filled in an exquisite flacon a perfume becomes truly alluring. The showroom features a variety of beautiful pieces from delicate jewelry to extravagant vases, bowls and candle holders that will immerse the space in a rainbow of colors. If you are staying on the island a little longer, you can order a custom made piece that perfectly fits the ambiance of your home or order VIP gifts for business associates. Planning a prestigious event? Bring in some glamour with a hand-crafted crystal award! If you are traveling with family, set aside some extra time. Your kids are sure to fall in love with all the colorful birds, fish, and exotic sea creatures! And once they hear that they can watch a live demonstration, there is no way you can leave without visiting the workshop. While you may be joining just for the kids’ sake, observing the artisans as they create their beautiful pieces is a horizon widening experience. Coated with a glowing layer of glass, the iron rod is first rolled into a uniform cylinder and immersed in a bowl with powder, rod or chip color. Briefly re-heated, the piece of glass gets shaped with pliers. It’s quite amazing to watch the skillful grips that transform the generic piece of glass in a blink of an eye into a bird, complete with wings, beak and curious eyes! And once the master demonstrates the art of glass blowing, you will be definitely fascinated! It can take months until the artisan masters the technique, making sure he releases his breath in a gentle and steady manner to create a glass bubble that is perfectly even. The best part about joining the demonstration? The opportunity to experience the creation of these unique glass objects first hand will entirely change your prospective - making you truly appreciate the piece of art you are sure to bring back home…





ELEMENT MALL

+6 04 9533833

 +6 04 9533835

sales@thelement.com.my

www.spashopasia.com

 

Set up by the owner of the famous Alun-Alun Spa, the travelers' favorite for more than 10 years now, the entrepreneur's new venture is yet another gem - sure to become one of the most popular stores among customers with discerning taste!

Well-traveled, Jenny Ong has a keen sense for trends and a perfect understanding of what will make the hearts of foreign travelers leap with joy - introducing with her Element Mall a LIFESTYLE STORE that lures with a sensory shopping experience and an exclusive collection of truly unique products!

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So much so, you can actually enter the adjacent workshop and watch the artisans while they work. Attracted by beautiful items since he was a child, the owner, Kamarul Faizy Roslan, chose to study art at UiTM University in Johor. Excelling at crafting fine ceramics, he was invited along with three fellow students to attend an art school in New Zealand where he got completely mesmerized by the translucent beauty of glass. A blend of sand and metallic oxides heated in a furnace to the extreme temperature of 1,400 °C, the material, flowing like honey, becomes alive with an inner light - just waiting to be transformed in an exquisite piece of art… After working for a few years as a glass artist for a company based in Kuala Lumpur, Kamarul relocated two decades ago to Langkawi, and although the beginnings were not easy, the mystical island and her breathtaking beauty were such a source of inspiration, Kamarul was determined to stay for good. Starting with a small workshop, the artist had a dream of opening one day a professional glass studio known for art of the highest quality! Having set his mind on working with raw materials and colors provided exclusively by the world’s best suppliers, he spent years putting aside every cent he could spare to get together the start-up capital he needed. And his patience and perseverance paid eventually off. The Faizy Crystal which opened in 2003 received over the years numerous awards, Kamarul’s beautiful glass art is a sough-after holiday souvenir for visitors from all over the world and a few custom-made pieces adorn governmental offices… Which doesn’t really come as a surprise. The paperweights that capture at their very core iridescent hues in abstract patterns are so intriguing, they fuel your imagination, lending you wings when you need to be creative. And no matter what your favorite fragrance, once filled in an exquisite flacon a perfume becomes truly alluring. The showroom features a variety of beautiful pieces from delicate jewelry to extravagant vases, bowls and candle holders that will immerse the space in a rainbow of colors. If you are staying on the island a little longer, you can order a custom made piece that perfectly fits the ambiance of your home or order VIP gifts for business associates. Planning a prestigious event? Bring in some glamour with a hand-crafted crystal award! If you are traveling with family, set aside some extra time. Your kids are sure to fall in love with all the colorful birds, fish, and exotic sea creatures! And once they hear that they can watch a live demonstration, there is no way you can leave without visiting the workshop. While you may be joining just for the kids’ sake, observing the artisans as they create their beautiful pieces is a horizon widening experience. Coated with a glowing layer of glass, the iron rod is first rolled into a uniform cylinder and immersed in a bowl with powder, rod or chip color. Briefly re-heated, the piece of glass gets shaped with pliers. It’s quite amazing to watch the skillful grips that transform the generic piece of glass in a blink of an eye into a bird, complete with wings, beak and curious eyes! And once the master demonstrates the art of glass blowing, you will be definitely fascinated! It can take months until the artisan masters the technique, making sure he releases his breath in a gentle and steady manner to create a glass bubble that is perfectly even. The best part about joining the demonstration? The opportunity to experience the creation of these unique glass objects first hand will entirely change your prospective - making you truly appreciate the piece of art you are sure to bring back home…





CINNAMON'S GIFT

+6 04 9554150

+6 012 475 0469

cinnamonslgk@gmail.com

 

Looking for exquisite jewelry, unique pieces of art and beautiful home accessories? There is one retail store you can impossibly skip! Situated on the long shopping strip of Pantai Cenang and surrounded by all the souvenir shops that lure with uninspired, thousand times repeated import from Indonesia, CINNAMON’S GIFT stands truly out.

When opening his store some 15 years ago, the passionate owner, Bala Murali, may not have had much experience with retail, nor a clear plan how to make his business work. But he had the vision to create a place filled with things so beautiful that passersby won’t have

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So much so, you can actually enter the adjacent workshop and watch the artisans while they work. Attracted by beautiful items since he was a child, the owner, Kamarul Faizy Roslan, chose to study art at UiTM University in Johor. Excelling at crafting fine ceramics, he was invited along with three fellow students to attend an art school in New Zealand where he got completely mesmerized by the translucent beauty of glass. A blend of sand and metallic oxides heated in a furnace to the extreme temperature of 1,400 °C, the material, flowing like honey, becomes alive with an inner light - just waiting to be transformed in an exquisite piece of art… After working for a few years as a glass artist for a company based in Kuala Lumpur, Kamarul relocated two decades ago to Langkawi, and although the beginnings were not easy, the mystical island and her breathtaking beauty were such a source of inspiration, Kamarul was determined to stay for good. Starting with a small workshop, the artist had a dream of opening one day a professional glass studio known for art of the highest quality! Having set his mind on working with raw materials and colors provided exclusively by the world’s best suppliers, he spent years putting aside every cent he could spare to get together the start-up capital he needed. And his patience and perseverance paid eventually off. The Faizy Crystal which opened in 2003 received over the years numerous awards, Kamarul’s beautiful glass art is a sough-after holiday souvenir for visitors from all over the world and a few custom-made pieces adorn governmental offices… Which doesn’t really come as a surprise. The paperweights that capture at their very core iridescent hues in abstract patterns are so intriguing, they fuel your imagination, lending you wings when you need to be creative. And no matter what your favorite fragrance, once filled in an exquisite flacon a perfume becomes truly alluring. The showroom features a variety of beautiful pieces from delicate jewelry to extravagant vases, bowls and candle holders that will immerse the space in a rainbow of colors. If you are staying on the island a little longer, you can order a custom made piece that perfectly fits the ambiance of your home or order VIP gifts for business associates. Planning a prestigious event? Bring in some glamour with a hand-crafted crystal award! If you are traveling with family, set aside some extra time. Your kids are sure to fall in love with all the colorful birds, fish, and exotic sea creatures! And once they hear that they can watch a live demonstration, there is no way you can leave without visiting the workshop. While you may be joining just for the kids’ sake, observing the artisans as they create their beautiful pieces is a horizon widening experience. Coated with a glowing layer of glass, the iron rod is first rolled into a uniform cylinder and immersed in a bowl with powder, rod or chip color. Briefly re-heated, the piece of glass gets shaped with pliers. It’s quite amazing to watch the skillful grips that transform the generic piece of glass in a blink of an eye into a bird, complete with wings, beak and curious eyes! And once the master demonstrates the art of glass blowing, you will be definitely fascinated! It can take months until the artisan masters the technique, making sure he releases his breath in a gentle and steady manner to create a glass bubble that is perfectly even. The best part about joining the demonstration? The opportunity to experience the creation of these unique glass objects first hand will entirely change your prospective - making you truly appreciate the piece of art you are sure to bring back home…





DE' ZONE

+6 04-9556684

+6 12 - 473 5051

dezone_lgk@yahoo.com

Opening Hours: 10am - 7pm

When a shop flourishes for more than two decades despite a location away from the busy tourism spots, you can be sure the shopping experience is worth the trip across the island! The 10.000 square feet one-stop handicraft & art gallery lures with sophisticated presentation and an exquisite selection of antiques and handicraft personally sourced by the owners all across Asia. Intrigued? Wait until you hear the stories that surround some of the rare objects you will find in De’ Zone!

Sharing a passion for unique artifacts, aboriginal cultures and adventure, two friends, Albert Ng and Alan Lim, decided many

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So much so, you can actually enter the adjacent workshop and watch the artisans while they work. Attracted by beautiful items since he was a child, the owner, Kamarul Faizy Roslan, chose to study art at UiTM University in Johor. Excelling at crafting fine ceramics, he was invited along with three fellow students to attend an art school in New Zealand where he got completely mesmerized by the translucent beauty of glass. A blend of sand and metallic oxides heated in a furnace to the extreme temperature of 1,400 °C, the material, flowing like honey, becomes alive with an inner light - just waiting to be transformed in an exquisite piece of art… After working for a few years as a glass artist for a company based in Kuala Lumpur, Kamarul relocated two decades ago to Langkawi, and although the beginnings were not easy, the mystical island and her breathtaking beauty were such a source of inspiration, Kamarul was determined to stay for good. Starting with a small workshop, the artist had a dream of opening one day a professional glass studio known for art of the highest quality! Having set his mind on working with raw materials and colors provided exclusively by the world’s best suppliers, he spent years putting aside every cent he could spare to get together the start-up capital he needed. And his patience and perseverance paid eventually off. The Faizy Crystal which opened in 2003 received over the years numerous awards, Kamarul’s beautiful glass art is a sough-after holiday souvenir for visitors from all over the world and a few custom-made pieces adorn governmental offices… Which doesn’t really come as a surprise. The paperweights that capture at their very core iridescent hues in abstract patterns are so intriguing, they fuel your imagination, lending you wings when you need to be creative. And no matter what your favorite fragrance, once filled in an exquisite flacon a perfume becomes truly alluring. The showroom features a variety of beautiful pieces from delicate jewelry to extravagant vases, bowls and candle holders that will immerse the space in a rainbow of colors. If you are staying on the island a little longer, you can order a custom made piece that perfectly fits the ambiance of your home or order VIP gifts for business associates. Planning a prestigious event? Bring in some glamour with a hand-crafted crystal award! If you are traveling with family, set aside some extra time. Your kids are sure to fall in love with all the colorful birds, fish, and exotic sea creatures! And once they hear that they can watch a live demonstration, there is no way you can leave without visiting the workshop. While you may be joining just for the kids’ sake, observing the artisans as they create their beautiful pieces is a horizon widening experience. Coated with a glowing layer of glass, the iron rod is first rolled into a uniform cylinder and immersed in a bowl with powder, rod or chip color. Briefly re-heated, the piece of glass gets shaped with pliers. It’s quite amazing to watch the skillful grips that transform the generic piece of glass in a blink of an eye into a bird, complete with wings, beak and curious eyes! And once the master demonstrates the art of glass blowing, you will be definitely fascinated! It can take months until the artisan masters the technique, making sure he releases his breath in a gentle and steady manner to create a glass bubble that is perfectly even. The best part about joining the demonstration? The opportunity to experience the creation of these unique glass objects first hand will entirely change your prospective - making you truly appreciate the piece of art you are sure to bring back home…





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turned out to be a winning strategy! Running meanwhile numerous shops all around the island, the couple could easily engage a dedicated buyer and focus on the retail part of their business. But to them, delegating is completely out of question! And so, every two months, Angeline and Kelvin set out on a trip to tiny kampungs across the Malay Peninsula, travel to Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia or India. Visiting remote rural areas, they often get to sleep in a simple shack with no running water. But excited about the opportunity to hand-pick the best pieces of wood and watch the artisans immersed in their work skilfully turn a shapeless log into a beautiful sculpture - they happily sacrifice their own comfort. Visiting some of the villages for nearly a decade, Angeline and Kelvin have a strong bond with the artisans. So much so, many of them work meanwhile exclusively for the couple - making sure Paradise Craft shops offer handicraft not available anywhere else. Aware of Angeline’s love for antiques, the villagers like to surprise her with rare funds they stumble upon, eagerly waiting for her eyes to sparkle with joy as she watches the unique pieces being restored to their former glory. Winning the hearts of a few artists whose paintings are usually reserved for a small circle of collectors or simply hang in the houses of the shy solitary painters, Angeline occasionally manages to bring in truly exceptional pieces such as the batik art by Giantor from Yogyakarta or the vibrant Koi Fish paintings from the Malaccan artist, Mr. Choo Git Man. Of course, the buying trips have their tricky part. Enchanted by the dreamy paintings and exquisite wood carvings, Angeline has occasionally a hard time to part from her favourite pieces. And so, although originally intended for sale, the Dancing Apsara, a sculpture made of black Albany wood depicting the female Hindu spirit of clouds and water, found her permanent home in the couple’s living room - reminding Angeline and Kelvin of their friendship to the meanwhile deceased Indonesian artist and his family. A sentiment Angeline and Kelvin like to pass onto their customers! Then no matter how precious the wood and how intriguing the carvings, it’s the stories that surround the handicraft pieces that make them so unique: The miles and miles walked through the jungle until the aboriginal Orang Asli people find the red Mahogany, black Sono Kring and white Kayu Sengon wood. The fingertips sore from bending a thin slice of bamboo into a round bowl. The twenty layers of lacquer patiently applied on top of each other before a vase is ready to be put into the oven. The symbolic power of animals that inspires the artisans during their work… Lovingly wrapped, some of the hand-made souvenirs come with a short narrative or legend. And while a little shy to speak English, if you ask, the friendly staff may add a few more details about the origins of your favourite piece. Sharing their love for handicraft with the team, Angeline and Kelvin conduct on a monthly basis training, making not only sure the Paradise Craft customers receive an excellent service but also fostering the professional growth of their employees. The successful couple could easily choose to rest on their laurels, but Angeline and Kelvin did not forget their humble beginnings with a small foldable showcase table at the Jetty Point. Compelled to give back, they groom their people into leadership roles and fuel their entrepreneurial spirit, hoping that they own journey will serve as an inspiration. Yet another story that makes the beautiful hand-made products you will find at Paradise Craft so special…





PARADISE CRAFT

+6 04-9665727

kevin.lailai@gmail.com

angeline.lailai@gmail.com

Exquisite wood carvings, jewellery boxes adorned with a delicate nacre or egg-shell mosaics, bowls and vases made of lacquered bamboo… If you are looking for unique handicraft at affordable prices, visiting one of the PARADISE CRAFT outlets is a must!


Falling in love with handicraft while backpacking across Asia in their early twenties, Angeline Lee and her husband, Kelvin Goi, decided to follow their passion and open a handicraft shop when they settled down on the island more than 16 years ago. A rather daring undertaking at a time when Langkawi was a sleepy island with barely any tourism industry. But following their hearts