Cambodia shopping guide
Shopping is a popular pastime with visitors to Cambodia and souvenir markets can be found in tourist areas throughout the country. These vibrant marketplaces also offer a valuable insight into the unique Khmer way of life and are great places to grab a bite to eat.
Apart from a handful of modern shopping centres that have recently sprung up in Phnom Penh, most shopping encounters take place in bustling markets, and these are vibrant places to pick bargains while watching local life unfold. The majority of Cambodia’s markets open around dawn and pack up at dusk, although some stay open until long after dark.
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Cambodia’s markets are excellent places to shop for locally made handicrafts and souvenirs. One of the most popular places to shop is Phnom Penh’s Central Market, while the Old Market in the city of Siem Reap specialises in items such as ceramics and bags.
Cambodia is a good place to shop for handicrafts and the talented artisans here are able to create a wide range of products, ranging from carved wooden furniture to woven baskets and replicas of ancient Buddha images.
Although replica antiques are sold freely and have an astonishing resemblance to the real thing, note that taking genuine antiques out of the country is prohibited. Check any items that appear to be antiques very carefully before purchasing as the penalties for breaking this law can be extremely harsh.
High fashion is slowly becoming popular in Cambodia and a number of international brands are beginning to set up outlets in the country’s shopping centres. Independent designers are also emerging here and offer a wide range of unique garments in small and stylish boutiques.
Bartering is common in the markets of Cambodia and those who barter with a smile on their face should be able to drop around 30 per cent from the original asking price. However, it is important to keep negotiations light and friendly and confrontations.
Popular items to shop for in Cambodia include silver and gold jewellery, silk, bags and clothes, while tailors in places such as Siem Reap and Phnom Penh can make unique garments to measure.
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