BLOOM: Rice bags
This is a little but nice Bags and Accessories shop. Specialized in rice bags. They claim that they pay their workers fairly. Therefore the bags are a bit more expensive than on the markets and a bit nicer done (motives in front and so on)
What to pay: 10$ and up
Psar Chaa: Bargains galore!
Psar Chaa is a great indoor market where you can find lots of bargains and, after you've shopped to your heart's content, you can also purchase extra luggage to bring your bargains home in!!!
What to buy: Anything and everything from local craftwork to luggage to bring it all home in.
What to pay: Bartering will get you some real bargains here.Related to:
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Old Market Area: Best place for shopping in Siem Reap
There are many small local shops in Old Market area. You can buy souvenirs, clothes, bags, books and many more. If you are brave enough, you can take a stroll in wet market which I also did. Travel book copies are very cheap here. If you want to save some money, you can start from travel books. T-shirts, bags and local souvenirs are also very cheap. Instead of getting ripped from touristic shops, do your shopping here.
What to buy: Souvenirs, travel books, clothes
What to pay: It all depends on your bargaining skills.
Old market v Artisans D'Angkor: Khmer Souvenirs
As a general comment on souvenir shopping: The best quality Artisan Angkor school shop but the best price old maket.
What to buy: Artisan D'angkor has great stone carvings, clothing, books, scarves for warm or cold weather and various nick nacks at fixed price
The Old Market has anything and everything which you need to negotiate the most agreeable price. .
Centre Market: Shopping in Siem Reap
I found the Centre Market the best place to browse for souvenirs and handicrafts while in Siem Reap. Bargain hard for items like silk blouses, cushion covers, bags, t'shirts, etc, etc. There are many stalls here with persistent stall holders. You can definitely pick up a bargain!!
What to buy: Silk blouses, bags, T'shirts, silk cushion covers, etc, etc.
What to pay: Bargain hard. I usually half the quoted price and work my way up slowly!
ARTISANS D' ANGKOR: A LITTLE PIECE OF ANGKOR
ARTISANS D' ANGKOR IS THE PLACE TO GO TO BUY A TRULY UNIQUE PIECE OF KHMER ART.
BEFORE GOING TO CAMBODIA I HAD HEARD A LOT ABOUT ARTISANS AND WAS VERY KEEN TO GO THERE AND SEE THE CRAFTSMEN FOR MYSELF AND HOPEFULLY GET TO BUY SOMETHING THAT WOULD FOREVER REMIND ME OF CAMBODIA AND ITS PEOPLE.
ARTISANS D' ANGKOR WAS SET UP IN 1998 WITH HELP AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION UNDER THE REPLC PROGRAMME (PROGRAMME FOR RURAL EDUCATION)
THIS PROGRAMME WAS TO HELP YOUNG CAMBODIANS WITH HANDICRAFT SKILLS FIND WORK AND ALSO HELP KEEP ALIVE AND PROMOTE THE KHMER CULTURAL IDENTITY.
YOU ONLY HAVE TO LOOK AT THE CARVINGS IN AND AROUND THE STUNNING TEMPLES OF ANGKOR TO REALISE THE SKILLS OF THE KHMER PEOPLE.
IN 2003 ARTISANS D' ANGKOR BECAME A LIMITED COMPANY & IS NOW COMPLETELY SELF FINANCING AND INDEPENDENT.. IT NOW EMPLOYS 1,000 PEOPLE.
ITS SHOP "LES CHANTIERS ECOLES" IN DOWNTOWN SIEM REAP IS THE PLACE TO GO AND BUY A UNIQUE PIECE OF KHMER ART.. INSIDE THE SHOP YOU WILL FIND MANY BEAUTIFUL ITEMS SUCH AS STONE AND WOOD CARVINGS..THESE ARE STUNNING REPRODUCTIONS OF ANGKORIAN STATUES AND BAS-RELIEFS...ALSO FOR SALE ARE ITEMS IN LACQUERING - GILDING AND SILK PAINTING. YOU CAN ALSO TAKE A FREE GUIDED TOUR AROUND THE WORKSHOP AND SEE THE CRAFTSMEN HARD AT WORK PRODUCING THESE WORKS OF ART.
TOURS ARE AVAILABLE IN KHMER-ENGLISH-FRENCH-GERMAN-SPANISH-JAPANESE & CHINESE.
AFTER A LOT OF LOOKING AROUND I BOUGHT A LOVELY STONE CARVING DEPICTING THE FACE OF BAYON..IT IS QUITE HEAVY BUT THE STAFF MADE SURE IT WAS WELL WRAPPED UP READY FOR ITS LONG JOURNEY HOME.. IT'S GREAT TO BRING HOME SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN MADE BY THE HANDS OF A LOCAL CRAFTSMAN AND IS NOT MASS PRODUCED...EACH PIECE TAKES A LONG TIME TO MAKE, AND NO TWO PIECES ARE THE SAME..SO WHEN YOU DO BUY ONE YOU ARE NOT ONLY GETTING SOMETHING TRULY UNIQUE..YOU ARE ALSO HELPING TO KEEP ALIVE CAMBODIAN CULTURE.
"LES CHANTIERS ECOLES" IS OPEN FROM 7.30 AM - 5.30PM. [ YOU CAN SHOP UNTIL 6.30PM]
THERE IS ALSO A SHOP OPPOSITE ANGKOR WAT.
AND AT SIEM REAP AIRPORT.
What to buy: STONE AND WOOD CARVINGS
LACQUERED ITEMS AND SILK PAINTINGS
What to pay: MY STONE CARVING COST $75.00Related to:
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Artisans d'Angkor: Do all of your gift shopping here!
This group trains locals in many traditional Cambodian art forms - stone carving, silk painting, woodworking, etc. Over 1000 people employed, and you can visit their workshops. Was very interesting to walk through. Wide selection of gifts in the store, and they accept credit cards.
What to pay: There is no negotiating here.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Markets: Night Market and Central Market and Old Market
In general, we found more things to see at the central market. It is very big. Depending on which type of souvenir you are looking for take time to look around and compare vendors as prices vary sometimes- a lot.
The Night market has a better "atmosphere" and is enclosed in a limited area. And the vendors are competitive. But not pushy. It just felt more relaxing maybe because it was smaller in size. Our Tuk-Tuk driver said most locals go to the night market because the prices are lower to begin with.
Old Market was interesting, with fruit stands and vegetables and fish, all very fresh. And also souvenir stands...
Visit both and also the Old market if you have the time...it's fun to have a look.
What to buy: Scarves of all kinds and material.
Frog instrument made of wood, makes a croaking sound when you rub the back with a wooden stick. We bought 4 of them at Central Market...FYI big one cost 5$
Elephant bags for kids-3-4$Related to:
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Night Market: Go to the Night Market for unique finds
Although the list says it opens from 4pm till midnight; most shops in there actually open mcuh later. Best time to go would be after dinner, around 7pm. Not a lot of shops, but because these are really geared towards tourists, the prices are slightly higher, but the quality's better and you can find stuff here you will not find elsewhere.
What to buy: For unique t-shirts, check out Angkor Naga. The tops have tribal/tattooish designs by the store owner. Also look out for other t-shirts which feature stylished deisgn of the angkor monuments instead of the usual reprints of the pics.
Bags as well, silk bags - expensive compared to normal shops, but unique and good quality.
What to pay: I paid US$11 for a small silk dinner bag, and $14 for a cambodia traditional design tote. Angkor Naga t-shirts cost about $7 a piece.
Airport shop: Angkor T-Shirt
What to buy: The airport shop sells good quality t-shirt with beautiful Buddha head print. For religion reason, I did'nt get it though I love to have one as to remember Angkor. How nice if they could have children of Siem Reap as theme for the t shirt design.
Buddha Head souvenirs
Stalls around Angkor, "Angkor Cafe" opposite Angkor Wat , Centre Market and souvenir shops in hotels
What to buy: if you are a Buddist or love the sculputure of Buddha head and relevant souvenirs, they are plenty from Angkor to the town centre.
Some of the hotel souvenir shops may offer better quality stuffs but with an overcharging price
What to pay: Around 50% if you are buying at stall around Angkor Wat. Fixed price for Shop in Hotels and " Angkor Cafe"Related to:
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Centre Market: need no guide for shopping
Shopping is always an important itineary for me. Apart for my own and family members, I would purchase some goods home for my little off season business.
If you are thinking shopping for clothes, Siem Reap is deffinately not the place. Limited choices with most of the goods being imported from Thailand with higher price. But if you are not visiting to Thailand and your currency is high -by all means buy some.
TIP: If you wanna get something from a particular shop/stall and they do not have your size or colour, they may offer to bring you to their claimed sisters/brothers shop. Avoid this, coz you will ended up paying higher for their commission. Instead, thank them and go on browsing youself.
What to pay: Bargain is a must! 30%-60% off offer price. Anything for my personal use, as long as it is reasonale to me, I do not bargain much.
not defined: Bazaar or Angkor
Souvenirs, you can't escape them. Basically you have 2 choices (not even mentioning the ridicously priced hotel shops).
1. Bazaars in "downtown" Siem Reap. Lots of choice.
2. (mainly) Kids selling souvenirs around the Angkor Temple. You will be having a hard time to resist these.
John McDermott: Photography Gallery (Angkor photos)
OK. So, we had to meet this other "John McDermott" when we were in Cambodia. After all, he shares my husband's name.
Simply put, he is an AMAZING photographer. His shots of Angkor will transport you BACK to Angkor after you have left.
You can buy original, limited edition prints ($$$) or digital reproductions ($). We bought 1 original print and 3 reproductions.
new market: T-shirt, Tank top
you can get t-shirt, tank top, cushion case for about $1.5 each, great deals!
I wore one in Phuket.
What to buy: New market. We asked our Tuk Tuk driver to stop by the new market for an half hour, before moving on to the eating place.
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