The shops will come to you...
In the bus from Phmon Penh to Saigon, we stopped at the Mekong River in order to cross it on a ferry. While we were there stopped, a bunch of local vendors came INTO the bus offering all kind of food and drinks. There were some outside too, trying to seel by the windows, but these came in and they passed by every single seat showing you all the items they had...
Psar Thmei (New Market) Phnom Penh: Market
We wandered the market for about 2 hours and were amazed by the range of goods offered. The stall holders were pleasant, lots of Hallo's but not pushy.
The gold and jewellery sections were just amazing and the posse of children we had collected were not allowed in there!
What to buy: We bought Krama and T-shirts for a couple of dollars each. The quality was good and they had European sizes.
What to pay: Barter but not too much. The prices are low anyway so why argue over a few pence.Related to:
Central Market (Phnom Penh): Haggle, haggle, haggle!!!
The Central Market is a prime shopping stop that should be a part to anyone's visit to Phnom Penh. There you will find a wide variety of merchandise, including local crafts and various imports (mostly from other Asian countries). Above all, however, you must not accept the first price offered. Again and again, we were able to negotiate the prices of our purchases below 50% of the initial "stated" price. And while it is possible that you think you are getting too good of a deal at the expense of someone else, think again. Local merchants will not sell their goods, unless they make a profit off the sale.
To go shopping, you may use some Riels
Herebye, a very uncommon 100 Riels bill. As far as I remember, worth about 2,3 ¢US... I doubt you will see a similar, the ladies that gave it back to me said she was a bit ashame to give me such small bill...
Gas Station: Buying Fuel for your Motorcycle
If you rent a motorcycle you will have to visit a gas station. Or you can buy the fuel from one of many roadside stands that you will see. The fuel is usually pre-bottled for you and you buy it by the liter.
Rehab Craft: shopping for a cause
good buys, money is used to support Cambodians with disabilities....
What to buy: Silk purses, silk scarves... wood, silver...
What to pay: from US$3.00 - 100.00Related to:
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Souvenirs: Inside Angkor go to.......Sophal shop!
Inside temples area there is the shop of this beautiful girl (in the picture). Sophal sell T-shirt, neck-lace, souvenirs, drinks. She is very nice and gentle.
The Central Market may be huge and does have a nice outdoor flower section, but nothing in Penang Pehn beats the Russia market for local handicrafts and fun souvenirs.
What to buy: Scarves, particularly silk.
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