I just arrived last week from Kota Kinabalu (KK), Malaysia (and Brunei but, unfortunately, i wasn't able to buy bookmarks in Brunei). KK is the capital of Sabah state in Malaysia.
As a bookmark collector, i always ask vendors in souvenir shops and even in bookstores inside their malls if they sell bookmarks. Others understand what a bookmark is while others don't. My bookmark hunting finally satisfied when we visited Mt. Kinabalu park, where their souvenir shops sell really beautiful bookmarks. So, ---->
that's what I've got, a classic wooden bookmark with a carved Pitcher Plant design on top. Different species of pitcher plants are common in the lushes of Mt. Kinabalu and that's probably the reason they make souvenirs with such design.
I got another bookmark at one of the busy walk bridges in the heart of Kota Kinabalu. It's a warm crochet - and cheapskate i should say - bookmark with frills on both ends.
More About Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu is named after Mount Kinabalu, situated about 90 kilometres east-northeast of the city. Kinabalu derived from the name Aki Nabalu meaning the "revered place of the dead", in which, Aki means "ancestors" or "grandfather", and Nabalu being a name for the mountain in the Dusun language. There is also a source claiming that the term originated from Ki Nabalu, where Ki meaning "have" or "exist", and Nabalu meaning "spirit of the dead".