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Siem Reap is a shopping destination for those who like to spend as well as those who like to spend little to nothing. The talent, tradition, and hardworking ethic of the local Khmer people translates into a panorama of authentic souvenirs and crafts (e.g. carvings, handspun silk, and artwork) that are worth far more than what you’ll actually pay.

Shopping in Angkor

Angkor National Museum Boutique

Siem Reap’s top museum features a long shopping arcade of exclusive boutiques selling replicas of antiques and souvenirs related to the history of Angkor. It’s similar to the stores that you would find at the Met or any of the Smithsonian museums, only a lot cheaper.

Angkor National Museum, Sala Kanseng; 968 Charles de Gaulle, 011-855-63-966-601, www.angkornationalmuseum.com
Tags: shopping | moderate | trendy

Artisans D'Angkor

This active city center workshop trains young Cambodians traditional craft skills and then makes them shareholders in the company. Watch the artists in action and then choose from an array of expertly hewn woodcarving, lacquer ware, tableware, and traditional Khmer scented oils and perfumes.

Chantiers-Ecoles, Stung Thmey St., 011-855-63-963-330, www.artisansdangkor.com
Tags: shopping | expensive | smart splurge | art | traditional | crafts

Central Market

Shop where the Cambodians shop. Phsar Kandal is wedged between the old French Quarter and Taphul village and brings money and residents together in a crazy spree of buying and selling. Because tourists are still few and far between here you can get great bargains on things like silk cushion covers, scarves, t-shirts, and replica carvings. Still, it’s the Cambodian CDs and Western amenities like American deodorant and Nokia cell phones that make it so popular among locals.

junction of Sivatha Rd. and Achameen St,
Tags: budget | shopping | local favorite

Couleurs d'Asie

Siem Reap features nine hotel locations that sell the silks and fine clothing that have made Couleurs d’Asie’s mother boutique in Phnom Penh such an international phenomenon. Whether you’re looking for raw silk, unusual handbags, airy clothing, or unique home furnishings, this is always a good place to start. The shop at the cultural village is the largest and most accessible.

Cambodian Cultural village, Khum Svay Dang Kum, National Road #6, 011-855-23-221-075, www.couleursdasie.net
Tags: shopping | expensive | home

McDermott Gallery

A strange tribute to Cambodia in all of its beauty and terror, the art gallery at the Foreign Correspondence Club is filled with the work of American photographer, John McDermott. Browse original prints, calendars, cards, and posters. They will happily ship your purchases anywhere in the world.

FCC Complex; Pokambor Avenue, 011-855-12-615-695, www.asiaphotos.net
Tags: shopping | expensive | smart splurge | souvenirs

Senteurs d'Angkor

Dive into Cambodia’s floral abundance with the sweet-smelling products of this stylized oriental merchant’s shop. Numb your nose among the spices, tea, coffee, coconut oil, honey, rice brandy, handmade soaps, and pungent incense, then caress the beautiful silks and artistic sculptures.

opposite the old market, 011-855-12-954-815, www.senteursdangkor.com
Tags: shopping | moderate | trendy

Timbrez

Fine statuary crafted from stone, wood, and metal adorn the shelves of this local mercantile cooperative. Everything is handmade and locally designed. Best of all, one quarter of the profits from the goods sold go directly towards supporting local community development projects.

344 Mondol 1, Svay Dangkum Commune, 011-855-12-952-716, www.timbrez.com
Tags: shopping | moderate | great value | souvenirs | crafts

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