February 23, 2012

AW KOON CAMBODIA: Old Market, Siem Reap

Siem Reap’s Phsar Chas or the Old Market is bustling with activities and has become a mecca for souvenir shopping. It has a wide and cheap selection of traditional Khmer goods making it hard to walk away without a bag or two on hand.

Products like silks, carvings, paintings, handicrafts, silver works and the Khmer traditional scarf Krama can be found on the side of the market that faces the river.

The market's interior also has a lot of interesting and some weird items like a scorpion and snake infused drinks. If you aren't that extreme, you can settle for an Angkor Wat bottle opener or maybe some knock-off designer watches or colorful art to hang on your wall.

All prices are in US Dollars but don’t worry as they will change you with dollars too. Here’s a quick tip though: do not accept first price offers, bargain, but bargain with a smile and remember that it’s their livelihood so please don’t be too cheap.

The old market is also surrounded by cafĂ©’s, local eateries and street food vendors.

HOW TO GET THERE: the old market is near the river and all tuktuk drivers know where its is.  It is also just a short walk from Pub Street and its alleys.

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