Phnom Penh

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Phnom Penh is best known for handicrafts made from a variety of materials and custom-made silk or cotton clothing. The best venues for this sort of shopping are the markets, where you can try your hand at haggling for carvings, puppets, opium pipes, fake designer goods, and ripped software. Smarter boutiques, especially in luxury hotels, often offer similar handicrafts, though at higher prices – while clearly convenient, you’ll get much more for your money at the markets. When bartering in Cambodia, as with elsewhere in Asia, start by offering one third of the offered price. From there, barter your way up until you find a reasonable compromise with the seller (typically, this will be around two thirds of the original price). Maintain a poker face while perusing the items (you’ll pay more if you appear too enthusiastic), but smile while negotiating to build rapport with the merchant.

Shopping in Phnom Penh

Ambre

The movers and shakers of the capital, including the royal family, flock to this upscale silk emporium to peruse the designer clothes of Romyda Keth, who studied in Paris and then brought her fashion sense back home.

, 011-855-23-217-935
Tags: shopping | expensive | great value | trendy

Colours of Cambodia

At this tidy little gift shop you can pick up souvenirs like wood sculptures, silk garments, T-shirts, notebooks, and costume jewelry to bring home. Best of all, you can do so knowing that you’re supporting a good cause – the company pledges to donate most of its proceeds to landmine and polio victims in Cambodia.

363 Sisowath Quay., Located underneath the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, 011-855-12-875-436, www.bongthom.com/BannerAds/ColorsCam.asp
Tags: family | shopping | moderate | smart splurge

Hanuman Fine Arts Shop

This can't-miss boutique sells ancient Buddha statuettes from holy sites, antique silverware, and textiles.

13B, Ph 334., 011-855-23-211-916, www.hanumantourism.com
Tags: shopping | expensive | history | antiques

Psar Olympic

A more contemporary market with a roof over it, Psar Olympic sells electronic goods, kitchenware, hardware, tools, clothes, and handicrafts. The electronic goods and software here are much cheaper than back in the States, but be aware that many may be fake and while this often doesn’t matter in terms of functionality (they’re made in China like most of their genuine counterparts), remember that these items don’t come with a warranty.

Near Sihanouk Boulevard,
Tags: family | budget | shopping

Psar Thmei ("Central Market")

This is one of the capital’s most popular markets, especially among locals. Here you’ll find everything but the kitchen sink: silk bags, wooden ornaments, cheap clothing, and fake watches. It’s instantly recognizable for its ochre-colored Art Deco dome. Open early morning to early evening every day.

Central Market lies between Norodom and Monivong Boulevards, towards Wat Phnom,
Tags: family | budget | shopping | souvenirs | market

Psar Tuol Tom Pong ("Russian Market")

Although Psar Tuol Tom Pong sells many of the same wares as Psar Thmei, here you’ll find a greater collection of antiques (just keep in mind they may not be genuine) and good quality, brand-name, rip-off clothing like Gap and Calvin Klein. There are also greater numbers of tourists, as this is even more of a hotspot for souvenir shopping than Psar Thmei.

About six blocks south of Mao Tse Toung Blvd.,
Tags: family | budget | shopping | souvenirs | market

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