Siem Reap, Cambodia

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As elsewhere in Cambodia, US dollars and to a lesser extent the Thai baht are preferred over the Cambodian riel except for the very smallest purchase. Using riel for small purchases can be better than using dollars as retailers tend to round up US dollar prices. International ATMs in Siem Reap are plentiful and most banks will do cash advances from credit cards.
 
 
 
 
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Heritage Watch
Heritage Watch (a non-profit organisation) supports businesses that promote Cambodia's arts, culture, heritage and development. Certified businesses display either a gold or silver Heritage Friendly logo. 
By buying these unique products you are helping to build a future for these children and families. The earnings provides them an income which they can use to keep their children in school, and gives them skills which lead to stable employment for them.

Arts & Crafts
Most tourists would like to buy souvenirs made by artisans in Siem Reap Province. For this reason ANgkor Handicraft Association (AHA) with the support of the Provincial Government has introduced a Seal of Authenticity on products made by local artisans, known for their craftsmanship and creative talent. Their products can be found in shops across town and the association's AHA Souvenir Market is located at Road 60, Trang Village, Sangkat Slorkram.

Artisans d'Angkor (Stung Thmey Streer and near the Old Market) is a Cambodian social-enterprise showcasing impressive traditional Cambodian handicraft skills in wood and stone carving, lacquering, silver plating and silk painting. Bloom Bags (center of Street 7 and Hospital Street) sells sturdily made totes, messenger and and laptop bags made from recycled fish feed sacks. Though you can buy cheaper knock offs from the market, these are genuine. 

Handicraft at Artisans d'Angkor by Christine Zenino

Angkor Trade Centre
Angkor Trade Centre (near Pub Street and the Old Market) is an air-coditioned shopping mall located in the heart of town. Open in 2007, it is the first modern shopping mall in Siem Reap. The mall has a reasonably extensive selection of consumers goods including locally produced and imported packaged food, frozen foods, drinks, toiletries and  kitchenware. Prices here are fixed in US dollars. The mall opens daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Markets
The Central Market (beside Sivutha Boulevard) has an eclectic collection of clothes and trinkets - don't forget to bargain. Most stalls carry the same selection so you can shop around and find the cheapest price. The 
Shinta Mani Market (between Shinta Mani Hotel and Cassia Restaurant) is held on the first Saturday of each month (4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.), it only sells Cambodian made products, many made in Siem Reap. Phsar Chas or Old Market (between Street 9 and 2 Thnou Street) sells a range of artifacts and tourist junk. Some items purport to be antique but probably isn't.

Central Market by e_chaya

 
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