Shopping in Siem reapEdit This
Most purchases in Cambodia are made in US Dollars. Thai Baht are also accepted, but the national currency of Cambodia, the Riel, is only used to pay very small amounts. Most shops do not accept credit cards, but ATMs can be found throughout the city.
It is common to bargain when making a purchase in Siem Reap, especially for souvenirs. Always keep your smile and never show any sign of anger towards the seller, and you could get a nice discount of up to 30% off the original price.
Where to buy souvenirs in Siem Reap
A wide array of souvenirs can be bought in Siem Reap, from wood and stone carvings to silk products and religious items.
The Old Market, also known as the Phsar Chas Market, is enormous and quite easy to find, since it is located near the Siem Reap River. Almost anything can be bought here, from food and pirated DVDs to traditional Khmer handicrafts. Bargaining is almost mandatory.
A new addition to the Siem Reap market scene, the Angkor Night Market, located to the east of the city center, has almost two hundred shops as well as a bar and a large restaurant.
Artisans d’Angkor is a large handicraft shop and workshop that can be found on Stung Thmey Street, near the Golden Temple Villa hotel. They sell silk products as well as wood and stone carvings. Since those are handmade products, they tend to be a bit on the expensive side.
Where to buy gems and gold
Tourists should be careful when buying jewels in Cambodia. Many visitors have been duped throughout the years by unscrupulous vendors selling zirconia or even colored plastic instead of authentic gems.
The most popular and trusted place for buying gems in Siem Reap is the Angkor Shopping Center. Located near the River, opposite the Royal Gardens, it has two air-conditioned floors filled with gems and jewelry.
Where to buy food and general supplies
In recent years, several supermarkets have opened in Siem Reap. The Angkor Trade Center Supermarket is located near the river in a building which also houses a Swensen’s ice cream parlor and a Pizza Company restaurant. The supermarket is small, but nevertheless offers a wide selection of food. As anywhere in Cambodia, imported foods tend to be very expensive. Lucky Supermarket, on Sivatha Boulevard, is the closest thing to a Western-style supermarket in Siem Reap.
Samatoa is specialized in tailored silk clothing and accessories. Tailor-made silk clothes available in 24 h.
The shop located in the center of Siem Reap ( near old market, face to the provincial hospital) present different collections of silk clothes and silk accessories from the famous french designer Sebastien Wagnon.
100% Natural silk guarantee. Support Fair-trade.
Open everyday from 8am to 11pm.