A majority of people go to Siem Reap to travel later to Angkor Wat. More than just a place to stay while you’re visiting the Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap is a beautiful city in its own right and has a lot to offer a tourist. You will find some neat stops for your trip that your probably won’t find on any map that you would think to look at during your Siem Reap travels.
As with any trip, when you go to Siem Reap to travel, you want something that you can bring back as a souvenir of the trip. There are many markets in Siem Reap to travel to in order to find these treasures, including the Psar Chas (also known as the Old Market), which is to the southern area of Siem Reap. Travel here to find a reasonably attractive collection of artifacts and tourist junk. Just beware of anything that the seller claims is antique. Either they are lying, or the antique is stolen.
In the center of Siem Reap, the corner of Sivatha Blvd and Achamean Street, you can find the creatively named Central Market. Travel here to find good prices on an assortment of things, including clothes and trinkets. And although it is not acceptable in all markets, you can haggle over prices in Central Market. Since a lot of the stalls carry the same things, do your homework and make sure that you’re getting the best deal. The Central Market carries lots of interesting things, and some of them aren’t available in Thailand.
The Khmer Ceramics and Bronzes Centre is a great place to get a souvenir that will be a unique reminder of your Siem Reap travels Young Cambodians are trained there, and they also sell the work, done in the Khmer ceramic and bronze arts. If you want to try it for yourself, you can take a half-day introductory course ceramics and bronze casting for specially geared towards visitors. Everyone can try; there are courses for both adults and children alike. Admission is free, but a donation is encouraged and appreciated; funds to towards supporting the students.
With a little leg work and investigation, you can find many places within the city to find wonderful souvenirs of your Siem Reap travels. The many markets and cultural centers of Siem Reap will show you someting amazing to remember your time in Cambodia by, no mater what type of souvenir you’re looking for. You may be tempted to spend up all of your time in the Angkor Archaeological Park, and that would be easy to do, but make sure to also see Siem Reap, and travel to all of their wonderful markets.
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