Shopping in Phnom Penh: 4 Must-buys

City of Phnom PenhLike many Southeast Asian cities, Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh boasts affordable services and cheap finds. The mouth-watering local cuisine, for example, barely makes a dent in your budget. This leaves you with more money to spend on exploring the area and shopping.

Speaking of shopping, Phnom Penh has traditional local markets, shopping malls, and boutique shops that cater to different niches that can satisfy any shopper. If you’re looking for ideas of things to buy, here are some ideas.

Authentic Art Pieces

Cambodia has a fair share of great artists (they built Angkor Wat after all) and their skills are showcased in popular art pieces sold as souvenirs. A lot of tourists buy them to decorate their home or give it to a family or friend as a gift. While some are costly, you can also get budget-friendly artworks from the central market, night market, or the Russian market.

A Wide Selection of Gadgets

You no longer have to make that long trip to neighboring Bangkok. There is already a wide selection of gadgets your money can buy in Phnom Penh, and you can find them all online as well, from the newest versions of phones and tablets to the slightly old-fashion ones. Sokly Phone Shop Asia sells second-hand phones in great condition at reasonable prices.

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Traditional Cambodian Scarf

If you’re more into the country’s culture, a Kroma will be a great purchase. It is a checkered scarf and is a common item of clothing among the Khmer people. It doesn’t only show your appreciation for their culture, it also works as a fashionable headwear to fight off the hot Cambodian weather.

Local Condiments

Kampot pepper is one of the best peppers in the world. It has a delicate aroma that will surely add a distinctly Cambodian flavor to your dishes. The country’s palm sugar is also a must-try for its quality taste that draws a lot of people with a sweet tooth. If you can’t bring them home, at least try them out!

Phnom Penh’s shopping scene is a colorful mixture of traditional items and electronic devices. Ready your money and shop away!