Even though Siem Reap is known as a travel destination with many attractions to explore, we are going to introduce you to something a little different from usual. It is neither about the temple nor the famous destination. We are going to introduce you to a few Siem Reap’s markets, a place for you to do little shopping during your stay. The town might appear ancient and small, but they do not lack anything. They have all types of markets like 24 hours mart, normal daylight market, mall, or night market. You can pretty much find everything there like groceries, necessities, clothes, and souvenirs. These markets are mostly close to the center of the town, so it is convenient for both locals and travelers. Let us give you more detail of these markets and their specialty, which place is the best to get what.
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Siem Reap Market
1. Phsar Lue
It located on the national road 6, about 3 km from the center of the town, and is the biggest market in Siem Reap. Phsar Lue is a normal daylight market with indoor and outdoor space. Consisting of wholesale and retail marketing, this market is usually crowded from the early to the afternoon. Local loves coming to get the goods at the cheapest price they can get anywhere else. Wondering what you can get from this market? Phar Lue literally has everything. In the indoor space, they have more of the clothes, shoes, toiletries, electronics, utensils, tailor, beauty and makeup, and jewelry. Besides those, they also sell groceries and Cambodian food. They do not mix up, each store sells everything, so you won’t have a hard finding of the goods you are looking for. The market provides a big and clean walking space. Still, they do not have air conditioner like a supermarket, you might find it a bit hot doing shopping during summer. On the outdoor space, all the vendors only sell food and fresh groceries like meat, vegetables. Though both indoor and outdoor has groceries, the locals prefer buying on the outside. For the same quality, you would probably find it is cheaper on the outside. However, the downside is that the outdoor walking is not clean and it can get super crowded in the morning. Doing shopping there can be a little uncomfortable. So if you are looking for a local vibe and affordable market, Phsar lue is a good choice. This place opens from dawn until 6 pm.
2. Phsar Samaki
Phsar Samaki is the second biggest daylight market you can find in Siem Reap. This market is pretty similar to Phsar lue. However, it is smaller, and more of a wholesale market. People usually go there for fruit and vegetable shopping. The specialty of this market is fruit and vegetable. They have all kinds of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetable. The qualities of those are certainly refreshing and superb. No doubt, the price is much cheaper compare to anywhere else. Just like Phsar lue market, Phsar Samaki offering the local vibe with no tourist overcharging. You can expect to be surrounded by the crowded and all the hassling sound of people bargaining, as mentioned it is a local market. Nevertheless, this market will bring you a new refreshing experience. If you are looking for a place for the fresh season and affordable vegetable and fruit, Phsar Samaki is a perfect choice. This market also opens from the down until 6 pm.
3. Phsar Chas
Phsar Chas or known as Old market is popular amongst the traveler. It located in the center of the city, close to the pub street and night market. Just like the first two we mentioned above, this is also a daylight local market. You will find a high number of stalls selling food stock, vegetables, fruits, meats, fish pastes, rice, spices, candies, and other sundries. Besides local people, travelers usually visit it for souvenir shopping. This market has varieties of silks, artworks, gem, jewelry, and other typical souvenir items for tourists. Most of the items are handmade with exquisite quality, and the price itself is also affordable. The market has a local and friendly vibe. Shopping in the market, you will be greeted by the friendly vendors who will be able to give you any information relating to the product. The surrounding area of the market consists of the old French colonial French buildings, which give the antique feeling. You will have a great time roaming around the area after looking for the souvenir in the Old Market. The old market opens from 6 am until 6 pm, but most souvenir stores usually open until midnight.
4. Angkor Night market
It is located in the center of Siem Reap, close to the tourist area, Pub Street. There are a few night markets open in Siem reap, but Angkor Night market is the first original one. The night market has all sorts of souvenirs from local and handmade Cambodian products as scarves, ornaments, sculptures, paintings, clothes, and jewelry. The goods offered have good quality and reasonable price. More than just a souvenir market, the market itself also has a restaurant, pub, massage parlors, and tattoo studios. No better place to shop and end your day than Angkor night market. The place offers you the soothing and calming vibe, with lighting decoration and music playing in the background, you will enjoy your time roaming around the place. Angkor night market opens from 5 pm until midnight.
5. Siem Reap art center night market
One of the tourist’s favorite night markets, this place located close to Phsar Chas, Old market. Just like the Angkor night market, this place offers a variety of crafts and souvenirs. They also have a massage parlor and tattoo studio, but unlike the Angkor night market, there are not many restaurants and pubs in this market. If you are looking for a place to chill after exploring the market, you will have to cross the river and search for it in the pub street area instead. The market opens from 6 pm until midnight, it offered nothing but a relaxing and calming atmosphere.
Our favorite market is the Angkor Night Market. That place is more than just a market; the moment you step your feet into it, you will feel like you are in a whole different world. The place is decorated with lighting giving the soothing vibe. You rarely see any crowds unless it is a national holiday, just people walking around in a relaxing manner. No hassling sound of bargaining, just the sound of music comforting your mind everywhere. After doing a little shopping, grab a drink and enjoy the people walking scenery, your time there will worth it.