- Central Market (Phsar Kandal)
The Center Market or Phsar Kandal in Siem Reap, Cambodia is a market for tourists. In case you need a bigger suitcase or a new backpack it is the place to go. You will also find a good selection of copied guidebooks, US$2-3 Angkor Wat or Same, same but different T-Shirts as well as some souvenirs. The Center Market or Phsar Kandal in Siem Reap, Cambodia is a market for tourists. In case you need a bigger suitcase or a new backpack it is the place to go. You will also find a good selection of copied guidebooks, US$2-3 Angkor Wat or Same, same but different T-Shirts as well as some souvenirs.
- Phsar Leu
Discover exotic fruits, fashion, souvenirs, artwork and various products by visiting a traditional local market! Conveniently located, Siem Reap has several to choose from.
Engage the locals, absorb the atmosphere and enjoy negotiating prices with sellers. (Tip: You can usually barter down to about half of their starting price…) Whilst there, experience a wide range of colours and flavours from the fruit and vegetable stalls, and taste some of the finest street food available.
Phsar Chas (The Old Market)
The Old Market, located between Pub Street and the riverside, is truly the heart of Siem Reap. As the most popular and central market, it is frequently visited by both tourists and locals. Many locals, expats and businesses buy their fruit and vegetables here. Average English is spoken here.
- What you’ll see: Cooked food, herbs and spices, raw meat, fruit and vegetables, souvenirs, local crafts, DVD’s, clothes, shoes, jewelry, hair and makeup salons, artwork;
- How to get there: $1-$2 by tuk tuk, one-way from most central hotels;
- Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 8am-6pm;
Phsar Leu (in full Phsar Leu Thom Thmey) is the biggest market in Siem Reap, and likely the most authentic. It is located on National Road 6, on the way to Phnom Penh, about 3km from the center. Usually crowded on the outside, it attracts mostly locals looking for the cheapest prices. Almost no English is spoken here.
- What you’ll see: Raw meat, fruit and vegetables, local snacks, plastic wears, phones and electronics, clothes, shoes, toiletries, beauty and makeup, jewelry.
- How to get there: $4-$6 by tuk tuk, return from center;
- Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 6am-6pm;
- Phsar Samaki
Kampot’s main local market, also called Psar Samaki is open daily dawn until dusk at Street 714 and 729. To get to the market, travellers can just hop in a Tuk Tuk. The friendly drivers will know the fastest way to get there.
Apart from food and drinks, the busy vendors sell a vast array of local products including fruits, meats, fish, seafood, as well as clothing, home ware, tools, and toys. The exciting mix of smells, noise and products is perfect to take some beautiful souvenir photos and observe daily life in Cambodia.
- Siem Reap Old Market (Psar Chas)
Old Market in Siem Reap, situated on the west side of Siem Reap River, is where the local population head to in the early mornings to shop for a wide array of fresh vegetables, seafood and meat as well as household items. Locally known as Psar Chas, it’s the oldest Khmer market in Siem Reap and a must-visit for those looking to experience the local lifestyle. The open-air market is covered by a massive roof, offering ample shade from the sun if you’re here on a scorching afternoon. While the stalls aren’t as refined as the ones you might find at newer markets like Angkor Night Market. The wet section of Old Market is located close to the central food court, where local vendors display live seafood in fish tanks and butchered poultry atop ice trays while the dry section offers tropical fruits, household appliances, pre-packaged snacks, as well as local condiments such as prahok (fermented fish paste).
There’s also a number of stalls located close to the entrance that offer inexpensive souvenirs such as antiques, silks, t-shirts, jewellery, and shoes, but make sure you bargain between 50 to 75 per cent lower than the stated price as most items are inflated significantly higher for tourists. The food section is ideal for sampling Cambodian soups, noodles, rice dishes, baguettes, spiced frogs, and pork sausages at affordable prices. Try the quintessential Siem Reap breakfast staple bai sach chrouk (US$1), which comprises juicy pork slices, scrambled eggs, and broken rice. As Old Market gets very crowded with marketgoers, be aware of your belongings to avoid getting pickpocketed.
Siem Reap Night Markets
Made in Cambodia Market Made in Cambodia Market is a vibrant outdoor market that’s set in front of Shinta Mani Resort Siem Reap, offering a wide range of live performances, tasty local food, and Cambodian souvenirs. Held every Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, renowned local artisans set up booths along Oun Khum Street to showcase their creations such as clothes, cosmetics, jewellery, paintings, and toys. One of the most unique items sold here is the Sombai rice spirits, which is infused with cinnamon, mangoes, star anise, and red chilies. If you’re feeling peckish, Made in Cambodia Market also hosts a number of food stalls, all of which are run by some of Siem Reap’s most prominent restaurants.
Opening Hours: Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday 16:00 – 21:00
Address: Oum Khun Street, Siem Reap
- Noon Night Market This is the second oldest, and second largest of the night markets. They also sell the same type of souvenir items.
Location: Off of Sivatha Blvd. on same street to Angkor Night Market.
- Shopping Centres in Siem Reap
Siem Reap now boasts 2 somewhat full-fledged shopping centers. They are not shopping centers as one would find in developed countries, but at least they are shopping centers.