February 23, 2012

AW KOON CAMBODIA: Old Market, Siem Reap

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


Most of the tourist products like silks, carvings, paintings, handicrafts, silverworks and the Khmer traditional scarf Krama can be found on the exterior of the market facing the river.






The markets interior also has a lot of interesting items and by interesting I mean a snake & scorpion infused drinks, but if you aren't that extreme, you can settle for an Angkor Wat bottle opener or maybe some knock-off designer watches or colorful artsy-fartsy boards 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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