Cambodia is a shopping paradise with a variety of handmade traditional products. Below are my recommendations for the best souvenirs from Cambodia whether visiting for a quick trip to see Angkor Wat or whether you plan one doing a 7 day trip to Cambodia. There are plenty of things to buy in Cambodia to remember your trip by.
A country with so much history and beautiful and unique surroundings. From lush rainforests, magnificent ancient temples, white sandy beaches, amazing food all steeped in Khmer culture and history. Well, you can can back a little reminder from your exploration of this beautiful country. For the Cambodian souvenirs, continue reading.
Best Souvenirs From Cambodia – Things to Bring Back From Cambodia
Whether you are visiting Siem Reap or the markets and gift shops of Phnom Penh, there is plenty to choose from. Cambodia is known for its exquisite silk products so one cannot miss out on the opportunity to bring back souvenirs from Cambodia that you can also wear rather than just bringing back edible products of Cambodia. You can also attend workshops at Angkor Silk Farm.
Below are some of the ‘must-buys in Cambodia’:
Made from most natural ingredients Cocoon Silk, Coffee, Lemon-grass, Lavender, Jasmine, black peppercorn and Saffron Soaps and no palm oil. Lovely all-natural handmade soaps made with the finest cocoon silk to moisturize and pamper the skin. If you have had the pleasure of experiencing the spas in Cambodia then this is one souvenir you will definitely want to back home with. These luxury soaps are handmade in rural Cambodia, this project ensures that the artisans are fairly rewarded for their work and provide support for education and training in the communities. When you are in Phnom Penh, drop by Bodia Cambodia Apothecary or Sentures d’Angkor where you can treat yourself to all manner of natural range of products from balms, lotions, soaps, massage oils and more. Both of these places can be found in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
Looking to carry a soothing piece of Cambodia back home with you? Then the best way is through a box or two of Cambodia’s aromatic teas. The Jasmine tea, Lemongrass tea or perhaps pouring jasmine tea over coffee dregs sounds like a bad idea but in Cambodia, it’s a refreshing way to cap off the heavy Robusta blends favoured by street sellers. Another fun way to appreciate the local tea culture is to visit the Tea House: Asian Urban Hotel in Phnom Penh.
What could be better than unique hand- crafted jewellery to bring home as a souvenir or gift! Jewellery in Cambodia is stunning and truly a representative of the country’s spirit. If you know of Pailin in the northern edge od Cardamom Mountains, you would know that this region yields most of Cambodia’s precious gems, including rubies, sapphires and zircons. Many of the artisans in Cambodia, use Cambodian silver and incorporate semi-precious stones in their designs. Places to check out in Siem Reap for Cambodian jewellery, check out Garden of Desire, Ammo Jewellery, Artisans Angkor. Make sure you don’t at least leave without a Cambodia souvenir bracelet or necklace. You can find Artisans Angkor in both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
Candles and Incense
Fill your personal space with that Cambodian scents that will leave you feeling serene and relaxed as you were exploring the cities in Cambodia, allowing you to create the perfect environment. And also, for you to share that experience with others, grab a candle or two along with some incense sticks for that long soak or nice quiet read. Many of the markets will also sell beautifully crafted incense holders.
Cambodian Silk Products (scarves, bags and clothing)
This is specialty of Cambodia. Cambodian is known for its tradition of silk weaving along the history of centuries. If you are looking for a feature of Cambodian fashion, it must be Pidan silk. For those who don’t know, Pidan is a typical kind of ikat silk used in Cambodia weddings, funerals or Buddhist festivals. The silk is usually decorated with things related to Cambodian culture such as temples, Buddha, Angkor Wat.
Khmer Ceramic Items (pottery items)
With Cambodia’s rich history in the art of pottery, you will not be surprised to see the beautiful art still visible in many of the ceramics. These include jars, cosmetic bottles, serving bowls, decorative bowls, tableware, oil burners and Khmer accessories. Hand-made and perfect for any display, make sue to get yourself one or two of these ceramic master pieces and let them speak of your adventures. While you are still in Cambodia, you can also attend crafts workshops where you can not only learn more about Cambodian ceramics and pottery but also make your own items too.
Everyone knows food is the gateway to the heart, so why not add a few Cambodian flavours to your meal? Share your travel experiences from Cambodia through food. Spice up your dishes with spices like the galandal, sweet basil and lemongrass just to add that extra kick of flavour. You can pick up Cambodian spices as well among other Cambodia souvenirs from Senteurs d’Angkor.
Where To Buy Souvenirs In Cambodia
Below is where you can buy Cambodian souvenirs. Also linked some of the places where you can actually buy the best souvenirs from Cambodia online. Many also have free shipping too.
- Artisans Angkor: A boutique showroom and a place that is renowned for its handcrafted products but one that also runs training and works with young Cambodia. You not only get quality Cambodian Souvenirs but also helping communities too. Open 9am to 6pm. Can be found in both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
- Seneurs d’Angkor: Located opposite the National Museum. Open 8am-8am. You can find everything thing from hand-made Cambodian products from spice, accessories, food and snacks to scents. A great place to go shopping for souvenirs in Phnom Penh.
- Daughters of Cambodia: This is a boutique store located in Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh. This is where you can buy jewellery, scarves, bags, toys, mens items, home decorative items, and other souvenirs.
- Tabitha: Tabitha is where you can find beautiful handcrafted silk products. Another place to check out is Goel Community where you can buy apparel by a community lead initiative.
- Angkor Night Market: Located in Siem Reap and open from 4pm to midnight where you can find souvenirs in many varieties. Many of which are handcrafted.
- Artisans Angkor Silk Farm: Learn about how silk is traditionally made in Cambodia and pick up a wide range of hand-woven silk made Cambodian souvenirs.
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