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    Local Dealers: Angkor Markets

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 18, 2004

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    Remember who is the one who has money here!

    There are numerous chances to support the locals. Around every corner are locals selling their handiwork. From wooden carvings of the faces at the Bayon, to paintings of the Angkor Wat, to little bracelets from little girls, there are ample souvenir opportunities. I bought all three of the above-mentioned items, and I paid about $14USD, and that was because I felt sorry for most of them and gave an extra 4 dollars over what they were asking. So, $10USD for a large wooden head, 2 paintings of the Angkor Wat, 2 bracelets from two little girls, and I love all of them. Mementos are awesome!

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    They Find You: postcards from the kids

    by richiecdisc Updated Jul 15, 2005

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    or just make your own postcards

    It’s pretty likely you’re going to buy some postcards to send from Angkor Wat and though you could easily buy them in Siem Reap at a shop, we found it convenient to buy them from local kids. If you sit in one of the outdoor restaurants, they are bound to come up and hawk their wares.

    What to buy: They sell an assortment of trinkets but we just bought what we needed: postcards.

    What to pay: They were pretty cheap and at least the kids weren't just begging for money. Now, the stamps....that was another question. ;)

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    Angkor Wat stalls: Check the merchandise

    by thedouglas Written Apr 30, 2006

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    Don't buy T-shirts at the outdoor stalls near the temples without unfolding and inspecting them. We nearly ended up with a few duds - sun bleached, with big faded squares, where they have been exposed for a long time - artfully refolded - and then given to you folded when you work out the design and size you want.

    Also haggle good for the prices - as they can vary markedly.

    What to pay: Try to get them for under $3

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    Phsa Chas [Old Market]: Many sketchs of the Angkor Wat

    by ukirsari Updated Sep 30, 2003

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    Phsa Chas, Siem Reap by ukirsari

    A traditional market like any other local market in South East Asia :)

    What to buy: So many souvenirs can be found here. Especially t-shirt with reasonable price. Don't forget to show your bargain skill. My fave are white one with sketch of Angkor map on the back. Then Khmer lingo with the figure of Angkor Wat on the front, left side. Many friends of mine were envy, hahahahah :)

    What to pay: Approximately USD 1,8 - 2 per piece.

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    Bargain books for sale!

    by jrs1234 Updated Sep 30, 2003

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    I succumbed to one of the many vendors selling guidebooks and bought a couple for 10 dollars, 5 bucks apiece. I've read in lots of places that these books are supposed to be fakes, but the ones I bought seem to be genuine enough. Make sure you get a good look at any books you buy before parting with your money, though.

    One of the books was a little bit worse for wear and was just basically a picture souvenir, but the other was an up-to-date copy (4th ed., 2003) of Dawn Rooney's "Angkor", and it's an excellent book with lots of information on the temples including the historical background. The UK price is nearly 15 pounds so it was a real bargain. The ISBN is 962217683 if you want to look for it.

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    Twoforonedollar

    by SirRichard Updated Sep 11, 2003

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    The 2 flutes (for 1 dollar)

    Around the temples you will find many "2 for 1 dollar" items. Those kids selling cheap souvenirs seem to know only that english sentence, so everything they sell costs 1 dollar, and includes 2 items!!! Maybe you can bargain for 3 items, but this girl was so cute that I couldn't :-))

    I bought these 2 flutes for my kids... and everyday I repent, as my ears can't stand that sound anymore, LOL LOL They are gonna "get lost" soon...

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    Peddlers at Angkor Wat!: If you want a scarf.................

    by thedouglas Written Apr 30, 2006

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    Scarf anyone!?

    If you have a sudden shortage of scarves at home, they are in abundance at the temples - the many kids who wander around selling have such a range, and such a persuasive persistence - I have so many at home from the last holiday - and then I just ended up with heaps more! At US$1, they are a fun gift for someone, and doing the scarf economy a small favour!

    What to buy: Any colour combination!

    What to pay: US$1 - and no more!

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    Straight from the artist!: Buying a painting in Ta Prohm

    by thedouglas Written Jun 16, 2006

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    The painting
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    While wandering through Ta Prohm, I found this young artist from Battambang, who was finishing a watercolour of an area of the temple - after 5 days work on it. After rifling through his "portfolio" of Angkor Wat , was certain I wanted the unfinished painting. We negotiated the huge price of US$35 - although I insisted on paying him 40! - and we were both happy. Much better than the mass produced paintings sold in the souvenir shops.

    There are a number of artists, of varying talent, to be seen inside the temples, some of whom are painting for their own whimsy, but also some for sale. Don't be shy about approaching and asking. I wasn't!

    He delivered the paining, packaged in a cane cylinder and signed, to my guesthouse. Happy as a pig in mud I was!

    What to buy: Original artwork from the artist

    What to pay: A fair price for the skill and the time commitment

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    Vendors at Angkor Wat

    by jrs1234 Updated Jan 20, 2006

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    Vendors inside Angkor Wat

    In case you suddenly feel the need for a souvenir while wandering around Angkor Wat, there is a row of vendors on the left-hand side of the complex. It's the usual stuff which is also available outside, but you may want to look anyway - I found a couple of good T-shirts here. You'll almost certainly want to bargain, but try to pay a fair price - the vendors certainly don't get rich from their efforts. The vendors don't seem to be allowed to go into the nearby ruins (fortunately), so just retreat if you don't see anything you like.

    What to pay: I paid $5 per shirt, which was fine for me and a tidy profit for the vendor :-)

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    Shopping at the temples

    by Ewingjr98 Written Jun 27, 2004

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    Shops at the base of Ta Keo

    Beside all of the major temples you will see locals selling souvenirs, drinks, and food. They have learned to really try to rip off tourists, so be smart with your money. You may want to compare prices in town before venturing off to the temples with a pocket full of cash, because you just might spend it all!

    For example, the local water in blue bottles is usually 500 Riel (US$0.12) per bottle in town, but in the park, th asking price is as much as US$1, especially at the major temples. If you remind them how cheap water is in town, you can usually talk them down to 750-1000 Riels for the bottle (US$0.18-US$0.25) which is a fair price. But if you haven't compared prices (or read my tip!), you will have no idea and start shelling out money making it tougher on the next tourist that comes along.

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    Local services at Angkor Wat

    by thedouglas Updated Jan 11, 2006

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    Voila! the local services!

    Mobile shopping appears to be the go at Angkor Wat!

    So - what do you do for mail if you live around Angkor Wat - and the endless shops with T-shirts, scarves, books, postcards carvings etc are no good to you? - if you just need a stamp, or want your mail. What do you do if you have a problem with the neighbours - and the local constabulary are needed?

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    Kra-ma

    by aukjejetty Updated Aug 24, 2004

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    Kra-ma Protection

    What to buy: Kra-ma is the typical locally worn chequered scarf, it is uniquely Khmer, inexpensive, and practical and makes for a simple but attractive gift or souvenir. Although most Cambodians have the ones in blue/white, red/white and black/white, you can buy them in all the colors you can imagine. They are all made by hand.

    The kra-ma can be a very good investment on one of those dusty roads to cover your face or wrap it for protection around your head against the sun.

    What to pay: Around 2000 riel, if you buy more you can get better prices sometimes. Most kids and women will start with 4000 riel which equals $1.

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    Fruit To Share

    by aukjejetty Updated Aug 24, 2004

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    Jackfruits

    What to buy: See if you can buy a whole jackfruit somewhere along the street at one of the fruitstalls. This is a large fruit with loads yellow pieces [pockets] inside its skin. It tastes delicious and it contains so much fruit that you can easily share one with a whole group of people.

    see my local customs tip on my Siem Reap page on how to eat it.

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    street vendors: shopping at Angkor

    by lenoreva Updated Nov 15, 2006

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    silk purse

    Vendors hang around outside the temples selling a variety of things: film, bootlegged copies of Dawn Rooney's Angkor guide and Lonely Planet Cambodia, postcards, and a variety of handicrafts. I loved these silk purses that they sold right outside Angkor Wat itself. It has great stiching and only cost $2!
    NOTE: Just because I mention what the vendors sell does not mean I endorse their activities in any way. The film could be low quality, you really should buy legal copies of books, and you'll probably find better handicrafts and postcards elsewhere.

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    Online or around the temples: Buy this book!

    by WesHK Updated Mar 8, 2007

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    What to buy: For fully exploring the Angkor complex and understanding the history behind the monuments, your standard Cambodia guide book will not be sufficient.

    Pick up a copy of "Ancient Angkor" by Claude Jacques. It would be a good idea to purchase the book online in advance of your trip so that you can begin getting familiar with the temple complex. It is a very good resource for planning your visit, as it ranks the sites by interest and includes sample itineraries. It also tells you what time of day is best to visit specific sites in order to get the best lighting for photographs.

    The book tells the detailed history of each temple and also tells you where to find particularly interesting carvings that you might not otherwise discover.

    If you do not purchase the book ahead of time, you can pick it up from one of the hawkers around the major temple sites. However be warned that these are most likely not authorized copies - you can buy one for less than $5 - far less than the $27.95 cover price.

    What to pay: $20 from your favorite online bookseller
    $5 from hawkers at Angkor

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