Shopping in Siem Reap
Siem Reap is an excellent place to buy Cambodian souvenirs, silks, handicrafts, textiles and contemporary art. Besides the traditional shopping venues, there has been an explosion of new shops, galleries and boutiques over the last few years. These venues offer a varied selection of quality handicrafts and silks as well as original artistic creations in a variety of media.
Phsar Chas - the ‘Old Market’ - is one of Siem Reap’s largest traditional covered markets and offers the largest selection of souvenirs under one roof. In fact, this market is really a ‘must see’ in itself for its unique, colourful, local shopping experience. Of all the local markets, the Old Market offers the widest variety of souvenirs as well as the best selection of handicrafts and curios, including such items as traditional silverwork, silks, baskets, statuary, carvings and traditional musical instruments. Also check out the Angkor Night Market off Sivatha, which promises an interesting after-hours shopping venue.
Individual boutiques, art and photo galleries are scattered across the town, though there is a higher concentration of such places in the Old Market area, especially Alley West. The boutiques tend to offer higher quality, more unique and sophisticated selections of items when compared to the Old Market. Some of these items include Cambodian silks and tailoring, high quality handicrafts, social enterprise and NGO-based crafts, Asian-inspired photographic and artistic creations and specialty items such as local candles, spices and teas. Perhaps most interestingly, a new generation of Cambodian artists is making its mark and contemporary Cambodian art is coming to the fore after decades of silence.
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