Besides getting on the tours, shopping is also an interesting way for tourists to experience the local culture and history of Cambodia. This country not only offers authentic values but also high-quality goods that come from a vibrant market and fair trade centers. Here we listed the top 10 best shopping destinations during your Cambodia tours that may helpful for your trip.
1. Angkor Night Market
Angkor night market comprises more than 200 bamboo booths that sell numerous products like clothing and handicrafts by local residents and non-governmental organizations. Founded in 2007, this market played an important role in preserving traditional Khmer handicrafts and provided job opportunities for Khmer people. You can also find a variety of Chinese stuff in this market like others in Southeast Asia. Don’t worry if you get hungry because there are several restaurants here at a very reasonable price.
Opening Hours: 16:00 – 24:00
Address: Off Sivatha Boulevard, Siem Reap
2. Old Market ( Psar Chas)
The market lied along to Siem Reap River, is one of the oldest markets in Siem Reap. Locals often go to this market in the early morning to shop for fresh goods and household items. The market also offers many inexpensive souvenirs like silks, jewelry, and shoes. Most importantly, sellers often charge a higher price for foreigners, so make a sure to bargain as hard as possible to get the appropriate price. In the center of Old Market is a place where food vendors gather and selling authentic Cambodian soups, rice dishes, spiced frogs, dried fish, and pork sausages. If you have the chance to visit this market, let’s try these dishes to feel the Cambodia taste in your mouth.
Opening Hours: Daily 7:00 – 20:00
Address: Psar, Chas Roa, Siem Reap
3. Artisan D’Angkor
If you are looking for truly Asian handicraft products, here we go. Artisan D’Angkor provides authentic Khmer handicrafts, textiles and homeware. This school has brought job opportunities for more than 1000 locals, then profits from selling will invest in the training program for impoverished youngsters. Not just shopping, come to Artisan tourists also have chances to watch and learn the complicated technique of stone and wood carving, silver plating and silk painting. Artisan also run threes duty-free stores in Siem Reap which are International Airport, Phnom Penh International Airport, and Hong Kong Airport
Opening Hours: 7:30 – 18:30
Address: Stung Thmey Street, Siem Reap
4. Khmer Ceramics Center
Founded in 2006, this ceramics center offers a deep look at ancient ceramic arts and culture in the period of the early 9th and 15th centuries. More than that, the tourist can enjoy a wide range of activities and buy handmade souvenirs. If you want to know how to make a ceramic product, you can participate in pottery and ceramic painting classes for US$20. The boutique stores display high-quality products such as jars, cosmetic bottles, decorative bowls.
Opening Hours: 8:00-19:30
Address: Vithey Charles de Gaulle, Khum Slorkram, Siem Reap
5. Made in Cambodia Market
Not just simply a market selling goods, Made in Cambodia is the perfect combination of music performances and delicious local cuisine. This market held only several days in the week is Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. The whole market comprises booths set up along Oun Khum Street to displays their products such as clothing, cosmetics, jewelry, paintings, and toys. One of the must-try dishes in here is the Sombai rice spirits, which made of cinnamon, mangoes, star anise, and red chilies.
Opening hours: Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday from 16:00 to 21:00
Address: Oum Khun Street, Siem Reap
6. Louise Loubatieres Gallery
Louise Loubatieres Gallery is owned by Louise, a talented artist graduated from London’s Royal College of Art. In an attempt to foster the uniqueness of Cambodia art, he often collaborates with local craftsmen to create incredible traditional goods. The price of items sold here is very reasonable, which is around $20 – $55 dollars. You are seeking for gifts, the gallery provides diversified products from lovely bowls to silk-covered bead necklaces.
Opening hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00
Address: 7, Hap Guan Street, Siem Reap
7. Angkor Handicraft Association
This is a fair-trade market with more than 20 stalls selling original local handicrafts. Situated in the perspective of Training Village, visitors can, by the way, observe the artisans’ working process and learn about traditional crafting. The major goods of this fair are all about elegant handwoven silk, delicate stone and bronze statues and bags with 100% profits served for the artisan, their family, and the local community. Here is an attraction for tourists during your Siem Reap Tours.
Opening hours: 10:00 – 20:00
Address: Road 60, Training Village, Siem Reap
8. Theam’s House Gallery
This is a quaint art studio lied in the middle of Siem Reap’s Veal Village, where you can find authentic lacquer paintings and pottery by Lim Muy Theam, a Cambodian artist, and designer. Once walking in the gallery, visitors will be guided through a private showroom of Buddha sculptures, next is the workshop where 55 artisans follow the Theam’s instruction produce incredible lacquered clay animals, painting and textiles. We suggest you use tuk-tuk, a ten-minute ride from the Angkor National Museum, to approach Theam’s House Gallery
Opening hours: Daily 8:00 – 19:00
Address: 25, Veal Village, Siem Reap
9. Gemological Institute of Cambodia
Gemological Institute of Cambodia is an independent company that offers a wide range of authentic gemstones from all over the world. The owner, Jean Philippe Lepage, has designed a laboratory to exhibit more than 150 kinds of gemstones from Cambodia, Myanmar, New Zealand, and Colombia. The institute provides half-day and hour-long classes on gemology in English and French to introduce to visitors about rare gemstones found in Cambodia like zircon, rubies, sapphire, garnet, topaz, aquamarine, crystalline quartz, and chalcedony. If you are looking for a gemstone as a gift to bring back home, we highly recommend this place, a far more reliable source compared to the local market
Opening hours: Daily 8:00 – 19:00
Address: Kna Village, Sangkat Chreay, Siem Reap
10. Angkor Trade Center
This is the first contemporary shopping mall in Siem Reap, collaborating with the international restaurant chain, famous boutique brands, entertainment site, and a supermarket. The shopping mall is constructed according to modern development with the games arcade and cinema on the 3rd floor, Swensen’s Ice Cream and Pizza Company are located on the ground floor. It only takes a two-minute ride from the Old Market.
Opening Hours: Daily 9:00 – 18:00
Address: Mondul Village, Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap