Bookstore in Town: The Guy from KC
Downtown Sihanoukville (Kampong Saom) is not terribly large, spanning about five blocks with a slightly dusty feel. That said, everything is available, from banks for cashing traveller's checks to a used bookstore.
When cashing traveller's checks in Cambodia, be sure that the signature on your checks matches the signature in your passport. A woman from Holland who was trying to cash her checks at the same time I was had not signed hers the same way, and as a result, could not cash her checks. It's all about fraud protection. And bureaucracy.
The used bookstore, though, is significantly more laid-back. Run for a guy from Kansas City who came to visit and just stayed, the store features a variety of good beach literature (Clancy, Ludlum, etc.). He'll buy your old books and sell you "new" ones, all at Cambodian prices. It's a nice way to change up. your reading material without having to fill your luggage/backpack with books.
Rajana Sihanoukville: Rajana Sihanoukville
Rajana Association is part of Starfish Project and is an income generation and skills training project that produces Fair Trade products using traditional Cambodian skills with contemporary ideas.
What to buy: T-Shirts, Mugs, Cards, etc.
What to pay: Children T-Shirts USD 4, T-Shirts USD 5, Cards at 75 cents, etc.
Clothing - near the entrance: Local market
Near the entrance u may find a shop on the left side where people sell dresses (alot).
We tried to do good bargain. 1st the owner offered $7 for a dress(u will see the pic), and we tried to cut it down to $5. And we think it was the best deal we have there.
Try to cut down a couple $. Vietnamese would not interested doing biz with Asian. (A lot of Vietnamese living there).
What to buy: Dressm, seafood, fruit (some), gold (design was good).
What to pay: Depends
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