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Shopping Around Siem Reap

There isn't a lot of shopping to be had in Siem Reap, although there's probably more than enough to keep you busy between meals and temple touring. There are a number of souvenir stalls at many temples, but much of what's on sale appears to come from Thailand or Vietnam, and the same is true for many of the stalls in the old market.

Heritage Friendly
Look for the Heritage Friendly logo in shops.

 
Still, you can get genuine local handicrafts, and support the community while you're at it. There are a number of businesses around Siem Reap that have joined Heritage Watch's Heritage Friendly Businesses campaign. This means these businesses are committed to:

Here's a small list of shops I thought worth mentioning here:

Artisans D'Angkor
Artisans D'Angkor maintains a large set of workshops south of the old market area, as well as a silk farm in Puok District about 20 minutes away from Siem Reap. The workshops hand down the crafts of stone and wood carving, lacquering, gilding and silk painting. A guide will show you around the workshops when you visit, before dropping you off in the large boutique where you can purchase items made here. The project is under the sponsorship of the Provincial Office of Education, Youth and Sports. There is also an outlet at the airport.
Hagar Design
Hagar Design sells hand made silk scarves, handbags, home furnishings and other items crafted by local people. The company employs approximately 40 local women, and purchased all of its hand woven silk directly from the rural farmers who produce it. Profits go to support a women's shelter and children's foster home. Located in the alley behind 'Pub Street'.
McDermott Gallery
John McDermott is a fine art photography whose name has become almost synonymous with dramatic black and white images of Angkor Wat. The gallery displays not only his work, but the works of several other photographers and graphic artists. There are two locations, one in the FCC Complex and the other in the alley between 'Pub Street' and the old market.
Rehab
This little shop opposite the old market sells the products of several rehabilitation projects employing disabled people around Angkor.
Senteurs d'Angkor
Senteurs d'Angkor specializes in unique hand crafted items such as silks and statues, as well as collections spices, teas, coffee and bath products from all around Cambodia. All items are distinguished by unique packaging made from sugarpalm leaves. Opposite the old market.
 

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