Top 10 Things to Buy in Cambodia
06 Oct 2017
Located in the heart of South East Asia, Cambodia is widely famous for many Buddhist architectural masterpieces, long-term history and an extremely unique culture. Like other Asian countries, Cambodia has a wide range of interesting local specialties, souvenir and stuffs that describe the best about culture and specific of the country. Today, we would like to suggest to you 10 best things to buy in Cambodia.
Krama is one of the most popular traditional garments in Cambodia. It is a beautiful sturdy scarf which can be used as a face mask to stay away from dust, a fashionable tool, a cute hammock for children and so on. The Krama, of which price is so cheap (around US $1) can be found in every street corners and alleyways in Cambodia.
Krama of All Colours at Local Stores
2. Cambodian Silk
Silk must be the most popular and meaningful gift for tourists to buy for their family due to the fact that most of beautiful silk products in the country are still made by traditional weaving methods. It will be really easy for you to find silk shop in Cambodia but if you have time, you can visit Koh Dach village, just 15 km far from Cambodia’s capital city – Phnom Penh, well-known for its long-term traditional silk making.
3. Cambodian Palm Sugar
Palm trees can be found almost everywhere in this country so it is understandable that Cambodian Palm Sugar (or Borassus flabellifer) must be one of the famous things to buy in Cambodia during your visit.Palm Sugar, which is really good for your health and can be added to many dishes, must be a perfect gift for your beloved family.
Where to buy: Central Market, Old Market, Angkor Night Market
Palm Sugar - A Cool Gift for All Ages
4. Silver Accessories
Silver Stuffs are rated among best souvenirs from Cambodia thanks to their small sizes and impeccable values. Cambodian silver stuffs are so diverse, usually hand-made by skillful artisans including jewelry, decorations and furniture of all shapes and sizes. Although most of them are made from 70-80% Silver, they are skillfully and beautifully designed with unique Khmer patterns. Some are transformed into animals, humans or sacred Buddhist statues. If you want to keep the best memories of your trip in Cambodia then you should not skip bringing some home.
Where to buy: Silver accessories can be found literally everywhere in the central area of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. You can also easily find them at Angkor Night Market in Siem Reap. Happy shopping!
Silver Accessories Can be Easily Found at Street Shops
5. Dried Snake
In spite of its scary apperance, Cambodian dried snake is one of most unique things to buy in Cambodia. Snake can also cure a large number of diseases such as arthritis, eczema, urticaria, etc. To enjoy the best tastes of this specialties, you can grill it well and dip it into the sauce or you can enjoy the delicious snake hotpot in Cambodian style.
6. Sculpture Reproductions
Once arrived in this "Country of Buddhist Temple", you will be surprised by the adroitness of sculpture reproduction artisans. These adroit local men can sculpture on many different materials (mostly rock, wood and bronze), their reproduction could be Buddha/God statues, animals, plants, symbols of stars, nature and so on. If you don't want to purchase big-sized statues to bring on the plane, then please lay your eyes on tiny ones, which are also well-scultured and affordable-priced.
Beautiful Buddhist Sculptures of all Shapes and Sizes
7. Soaps and Candles
Like many other Asian countries, Cambodian people are really into natural-originated products. So they focus on producing some special Soap and candles from herbs and the special Kampot pepper, which makes them really unique and attractive in comparison to the other normal kinds in the shop. These are cheap and special things to buy in Cambodia for your beloved family member as they can be used and decorated at the same time.
Where to buy: Senteurs d'Angkor is the place for you to find one of the best candles in the area at reasonable prices. The center also specilizes in other natural products made from the workshop, whcih are paraben free, silicon free, colour free, sulfate free.
8. Secondhand Goods
There are a lot of interesting flea markets in Cambodia, especially in Phnom Penh, where you can find high-quality goods of all types all the way from Japan, US and European countries at reasonable prices such as speakers, electronic stuffs, vintage cds, records, etc.
For those concerning about clothes shopping in Cambodia, these secondhand markets are definitely the ideal places as they boasts a wealth of cool original-branded stuffs such as Kangol, Tommy, Puma, Nike, Adidas, etc. However, customers have to haggling a bit to get good prices.
ToTo Recycle Shop Japan and Sakura Recycle Shop will be 2 good spots for adventurous backpackers and off-road motor driver to buy something for their upcoming journeys.
9. Kampot Pepper
If someone asks you where to find the best Pepper in the world, then do not hesitate to recommend Kampot Pepper in Cambodia. Thanks to its intense and untique tastes, the pepper is imported to many countries in the world.
Besides its importance in bringing more flavors in delicacies, pepper is a natural medicine of digestion, bioavailability, diarrhea, etc. Hence, It is a must to buy some when paying a visit to its beautiful homeland. It will be a meaningful gift to culinary connoisseurs and your gourmet friends.
Where to Buy: You can come to the Old Market to visit local Pepper shop or buy real pepper at the owner's pepper farm
Kampot Pepper - One of the Best in the World
10. Cotton T-Shirt
If you can only pack lightly but still want to look for what to shop in Cambodia, then buy some Cambodian cotton T-shirt. By spending $4 or $5, you will own some really nice one designed with traditional icons of Cambodia such as elephants, Khmer alphabet, famous quotes, Buddhist temples, etc.
Where to buy: You can easily find them at many local shops at the Angkor Night Market.
A Nice T-Shirt Helps You Keep a Beautiful Memory of Cambodia
» I hope after reading our post, you will have some ideas of things to buy in Cambodia. There are many other exciting things and destinations in Cambodia are worth discovering, visit our website http://vietnamtour.co.za/ for more information!