Shopping in Siem Reap seems a shopaholics’ dream, especially for Cambodian textiles and silks. Additionally, you can find out a lot of handicrafts, decorative items for the home, traditional stone carvings and lacquerware, contemporary art, clothes, souvenirs, carvings, and incense. Here are the top 5 places for shopping that travelers should add to the shopping list when traveling Siem Reap. Cambodia travel tours
Old Market (Psar Chas)
Located along Siem Reap River, Old Market is the most town’s ancient Khmer market. The locals often come to this open-air market in the morning to buy fresh foods as well as household items. There is also numerous stalls that sell inexpensive souvenirs, like silks, T-shirts, shoes, antiques, jewelry, and so on. However, the travelers should bargain between 50 to 75% lower than the stated price. Especially, don’t miss a great chance to enjoy Cambodian foods at the center food court such as rice dishes, spiced frogs, pork sausages, dried fishes, etc.
Angkor Night Market
There are over 200 bamboo huts in Angkor Night Market, which sells an extensive range of handicrafts and clothing. Be founded in 1997 and situated in a landscape garden in central Siem Reap, this market seems to preserve traditional Khmer crafts and develop the locals’ lives. And if you are looking for one-of-a-kind goods as shadow puppets, silk paintings, intricate stone carvings embellished in brass or silver, or handbags made from recycled materials, just set your foot in this market. Eating dinner here is quite interesting because you can enjoy live music performances.
Made in Cambodia Market
Positioned in front of Shinta Mani Resort Siem Reap, Made in Cambodia Market is described as a vibrant outdoor place that sells tasty local food and typical souvenirs and also offer exciting live performances. It opens Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday from 4 PM to 9 PM. This market is famous for the local artisans’ creations, including cosmetics, paintings, toys, clothes, and jewelry. Remember not to miss enjoying Sombai rice spirits (with mangoes, red chilies, star anise, and cinnamon.) Indochina tours Cambodia
Artisans d’Angkor is an excellent place for buying authentic Khmer souvenirs and a training center for those who want to become a skilled workmanship. The entrance fee is free of charge, and the travelers also get a chance to take part in a complimentary tour of the establishment. They will go through the workshops, where they can behold the correct techniques of wood and stone carving, silver painting, lacquering, and so on. Except for the main branch at Stung Thmey Street, this shop also operates three duty-free outlets at Siem Reap International Airport.
Louise Loubatieres Gallery
A small and all-white boutique that has all artisans from the locals is Louise Loubatieres Gallery. Its owner also cooperates with the local craftsmen to produce traditional goods. The average price is between $20 and $50, so the travelers can look to many interesting souvenirs for their beloved ones. Furthermore, this boutique stores a great collection of cushions, vases, and antiques from Vietnam, the UK, and so on.
Now, you know where to go shopping in Siem Reap, right? Come here and buy some typical Cambodian souvenirs before coming back home!
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