Best things to buy in Cambodia

Promoted by the government and public organizations, Cambodian people have developed their natural talent as clothiers and craftsmen. In Cambodia, you can find a number of reinstatement plans having sprung up since the eighties; including the souvenirs shop at Wat Thanh in Phnom Penh. It is a cooperation that trains Cambodians disadvantaged by landmines in making amazing items out of silk and cotton fabrics, calamus, bamboo, wood and argil. Therefore, you can find a large number of handicraft things to buy in Cambodia tours

Betel Nut Boxes

Betel nut box
Betel nut box

Depending on its size, design and the material, these lovely bags once represent the class of their users. Initiatory designs usually consist of higher amount of silver, but the products recently manufactured are still handmade. Therefore, only a careful selection can bring you interesting souvenirs or meaningful lightweight gifts.

Cambodian Silk – interesting things to buy in Cambodia


Cambodian silk - interesting things to buy in Cambodia
Cambodian silk – interesting things to buy in Cambodia

It is interesting to know that Khmer people still produce handmade silk with their traditional weaving method. Here, you can find scarf, cloth, dress, purse, and many other products made by silk in vivid colors. To bring home some “memories of Cambodia”, silk which is really light and easy to pack in your suitcase, is a great choice.

Situated 15 km from Phnom Penh, Koh Dach is a small island really well known for excellent handmade Cambodian Silk. Note that, you may cost you roughly USD $3 to get a silk scarf in market but there will be a discount if you buy a large quantity.

Rice Paper Prints



One more interesting things to buy in Cambodia – Rice paper prints are made by placing rice paper over a shape; taken from a bas-relief, carving from one of the temples of Angkor complex, and lightly rubbed over with soft charcoal. Therefore, these prints are lightweight, decorative, cheap and amazing products to buy. More interesting, they can look more spectacular when being framed and suitably illuminated.

Sculptured Reproductions

Holy blessing water bowl
Holy blessing water bowl

Cambodia has exceptional reproductions and copies available at average prices. The essential skills of craftsmen – using the locally mined stone like that for the ancient temples contruction – produces sculptures of such quality that, with unnaturally induced weathering, have even tricked some experts. In Cambodia, you can also buy bronze images of petit statues, Buddha figures, heads and apsaras. These can be exported freely. But if transfering to Thailand, don’t forget that the export of Buddha figures from that country is not permitted.

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