Phnom Penh, Cambodia



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Cambodia is a cheap place to buy a Macbook, iPad or iPod. Prices are in US dollars and at similar rates to other countries but without the added tax. A recommend (also claims to be the largest) Apple reseller in Phnom Penh is iOne, located at Preah Monivong Boulevard. 
Another recommended reseller is Uni Yang, at Street 53 (near the Foreign Trade Bank).
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Handicrafts and Souvenirs
The Cambodian Handicraft Association (CHA) operates a shop at No 54 & 56, Street 113, (across from the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum). Here you can find handmade silk, jewellery, accessories and clothing made by women disabled from polio and landmines. The products are absolutely beautiful and the majority of the silk is sourced from a local village, where it is all hand woven. Street 178 (just north of the National Museum) is known as Art Street and has many interesting boutiques. Here you can find several sculpture shops and art galleries devoted to commercial and Cambodian art.

Colors of Cambodia (373 Sisowath Quay) offers handicrafts made from around the country. Friends 'n' Stuff has several shops (No. 215 Street 13, No. 74 Street 174, Russian Market and Intercontinental Hotel) selling products made by beneficiaries from various Friends-International projects as well as other consignment items. Kravan House (No. 13 Street 178) has a wide range of Cambodian silk products and ladies' handbags at a fraction of the price you would pay in a hotel gift shop. Stef's Happy Painting (near Street 178 at Sisowath Quay) features brightly-colored paintings of Cambodian life.

Silk bags from Kravan House by Jpatokal

Clothes and Accessories
Throughout the city but especially in the Russian Market, there are tailors willing to make custom made clothes. A man can get a medium quality tailor made shirt for USD12 or a high quality shirt for USD15. Definitely worth the purchase, as you can never get a shirt with a perfect fit anywhere else. Beautiful Shoes (No. 138 Street 143, one street behind Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum) makes a good quality pair of men's business shoes for USD35-60.

Monument Books (111 Norodom Boulevard) has the most extensive collection of new books in Phnom Penh. These include fiction and non-fiction, children's books, non-English language works (in French and Khmer, for instance), magazines and newspapers. There is a particularly good collection of books about Cambodia, for instance on Angkor Wat, the Khmer Rouge regime and history of Cambodia. 
The National Museum of Cambodia has a small selection of books on Cambodian archaeology, art, culture and history.

National Museum of Cambodia by Adam Carr

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