Siem Reap is an excellent place to buy Cambodian souvenirs, handicrafts, silks, textiles and even contemporary art. But what makes shopping in Siem Reap a great experience are its local markets. An Angkor market is what Siem Reap is all about. From seeing the lifestyle of the locals to its many exceptional handicrafts on display, markets in Angkor really make up the authentic Siem Reap experience.
The largest covered market in Siem Reap is the Old Market, which is also known as the Phsar Chas. It offers the widest and best selection of souvenirs in town. Most individual little boutiques offer only the best in quality with a high concentration on Cambodian silks and tailoring, Asian-inspired artistic creations as well as candles, spices and teas.
Although not at famous as the Old Market, the Central Market, also known as Phsar Kandal, sells a selection of souvenirs, gems, silver, paintings, clothes and luggage. A number of food stalls and restaurants are also found around the market, making it a good place to taste Khmer food.
With the temples closed in the evenings, what better way to spend your nights in Siem Reap but to visit the Angkor Night Market? The Angkor Night Market is a great way to shop for unique items in Cambodia. Unlike the Old Market and the Central Market, some of the items sold here come from the remote villages that are made by small communities. There are at least 100 stalls at the Angkor Night Market, which thus has an immense variety of items.
Since the Angkor Night Market was made especially for tourists, you can expect the items to be priced higher than usual. Bargaining is expected so feel free to haggle down the marked price.
The Night Market is found just off Sivatha Boulevard and is about a ten minute walk from the Old Market or the Center Market. The area is tucked a bit inside the streets so expect to be going through dark areas on your way. Not to worry though, as many people both locals and tourists pass by such streets where several shops and restaurants are open until the wee hours of the morning.
Now if there’s a night market, there must be a noon night market, something unique to Siem Reap. The Noon Night Market is located within walking distance from the Old Market area and Pub Street and as its name suggests, it opens from noon until late in the hours.
Dozens of shops offer a good selection of Khmer arts, silks, handicrafts, souvenirs and even massages. Get to dine al fresco in a Khmer restaurant for reasonably priced food and drinks along with the inviting atmosphere of the locals.
Most of the markets in Siem Reap are designed for visitors to have a safe, secure and enjoyable shopping and dining experience. Not only do most stalls have great local quality but most of them stock original items unique to the city of Siem Reap. An Angkor market is indeed a great way to experience the unique, colorful and local shopping of Siem Reap that is one experience that should not be missed.