Shopping in Cambodia

Shopping in Cambodia is a nice experience during traveling and further more that is the way you can support local economy and help to maintain the local traditional crafts. Visitors to Cambodia tend to leave with bigger luggage than on arrival.

Cambodia offers a wide range of products from silks, textiles and statues to carvings, silverwork and Buddhist artworks. While silk can be bought either by the length, or in the form of scarves and other garments, jewelry, ceramics, clothing, CDs and DVDs are widespread in city markets.

Handicraft and gemstones are among the most important items to buy in Cambodia. Cambodia is widely renowned for its beautiful religious carvings, featuring Indian Ramayana and Mahabharata motifs, and its bas-reliefs. Intricate wooden boxes and other carvings are available in souvenir shops. Khmer silversmiths' craft intricate silver bowls in the shapes of fruits, elephants, deer, wild pigs, fish and goats…

Angkor silk farm
You can buy Khmer silk at Angkor Silk Farm - Siem Riep

Silk may be embroidered with gold and silver threads, woven with bold vertical stripes, shimmering contrasting colours, or in ancient patterns of elephant, fish and jasmine flowers. It is made into items like dresses and purses. Other crafts include basketwork and pottery, which comes in traditional designs.

If you plan to make some deal during your travel here then depending on your starting point, you should sort the list out for place and it will help you to save space in your bag and energy to carry stuff along.

Just plan it well and remember 3W: What; Where; When. What you want to buy, Where you can get it and; When it is the best time. This will certainly help you to save your bag’s space and you won’t have to carry them along on the whole trip.

Battambang - Cambodia

Shopping in Phnom Penh

The capital city where you can buy almost everything available in Cambodia. There are three main local markets, and many other, smaller local markets scattered though out the city.

In addition to the traditional local markets there are now several shopping malls, supermarkets, mini marts, silk shops, souvenir shops, boutique shops, art galleries, and shops and stores of every size and description.

When in Phnom Penh, you can go for shopping at Phnom Penh centre market, Night market, Olympic market or Russian market. Each of them has special character and full of stuff to see and buy.

Shopping in Siam Reap

Being a tourist hub, Siam Reap offers great shopping opportunities. From cheap souvenirs to expensive gems and jewellery, and everything in between, you can find just about whatever you want here. Khmer handicraft items exist in large quantities, and there are places that sell “antiques”. While some things may be actual old antiques, one should be careful when purchasing such items.

Some place recommended in town included: Old Market (Phsar Chas) locates downtown near the Siem Reap River, Central Market (Phsar Kandal) on Sivatha Blvd, huge market Phsar Leu east of town on the highway 6, Angkor Night Market off the Sivatha Blvd. near town center, Noon Night Market on same street to Angkor Night Market.

Nightlife in Siem Reap

Shopping in Battambang

Battambang may not have a night life but it does boast interesting shopping opportunities. At the souvenir market you can buy woodcarvings from Battambang, marble sculptures from Pursat Province, and sapphires from Pailin.

Raw rubies and sapphires from near the Thai border are brought to Battambang to be cut and polished then graded so there are some bargains to be had but be careful as gem scams are extremely frequent when the dealer perceives inexperienced and wet-behind-the-ear buyers.

Shopping in Sihanoukville

This is not a famous shopping place like Siem Reap or Phnom Penh, but there are also a variety of products for you to choose such as clothing, shoes, accessories, decorations, paintings, handmade items, so on.

You can find anything at the Central Market in the middle of town. Along the main street or the Beach Road, there are many shops specializing in jewelry, bags and beachwear. If being a fan of shopping, visitors don’t not miss the Phsar Leu Market (also known as the upper market), which is open from morning until evening.

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