Maldives is hailed as a perfect vacation spot, and there is enough literature on web to highlight the areas where it scores over other places. The points usually covered are beaches, sun, sea, luxury and nature. However, there is one thing that is often left out of the purview; that is shopping. Vacationers are usually in dither about where to go for buying souvenirs, and shopping expeditions. So, here are some places that are worth visiting while vacationing in Maldives;
Every holiday destination has an address where one can find literally anything. Majeedhee Magu is one such place in the capital of Maldives. The market, situated on the main road, is perfect for local garments, fragrances, cosmetics, jewelry, handbags, electronics and much more. Also a popular shopping spot for locals, it has shops for everything that might interest a vacationer. While stores remain open late at night, they are closed for short intervals during the day to offer prayers. The market is a must visit if you are vacationing in Maldives.
If casual shopping doesn’t interest you and it is souvenirs you are hunting for, then, Chaandanee Magu is the place you would fall in love with. In this Male market, you will find dhoni crafts, lacquer works, wood carvings, thudu kuna mats, coconut shell products and various other artful pieces. Some of mentioned items come with a hefty price tag as they are handmade but they certainly make collector items. If you have planned a stay at Maldives luxury resorts, then, of course buying such souvenirs wouldn’t seem much. However, if you are still bent on saving some bucks, then, go economical for friends, while choosing the best for family.
While Chaandanee Magu is best for shopping artful souvenirs, local market is for tourists who wish to get acquainted with Maldivian taste and living. The local market will fascinate you with local vegetables, fruits, sweetmeat, nuts yams, breadfruit chips, bottles of homemade sweets, and pickles. For picking up fresh fish, local fish market is the best place. Taking a stroll in the narrow streets will also give you a glimpse of Maldivian way of life. So, do take time off from the lavishness of luxury resorts Maldives to get the local feel.
While going on the shopping spree, do make sure that you don’t engage in any transaction related to turtle shell, black coral, pearl oyster shell and red coral as export of these products can land you in trouble. So, it would be better to stay away from strangers luring you to deal in mentioned items.
Those who come with a specific objective in mind doesn’t necessarily feel compelled to go on shopping sprees. For instance, adventure sport enthusiasts staying in surfing resorts Maldives are less likely to go shopping for expensive artifacts. But still, it is better to know where to go if the vice of spending bothers too much.
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