Archive for the 'Shopping' Category

Aug 15 2013

Theam’s House, Siem Reap

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Teeming with colourful artwork

Elephants, geckos and fish are just some of the brightly coloured contemporary artworks you can admire at the slightly-hard-to-find Theam’s House, the Siem Reap home and atelier-meets-gallery of Cambodian designer and artist Lim Muy Theam. It’s an unlikely location for a showroom of design-savvy sculptures, lacquerwork and paintings. Your tuk tuk will need to depart … read the full post

Feb 27 2013

Siem Reap’s Psar Leu Market

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Psar Leu Market: Looks good, smells good, and cost nothing to take a photo.

There is nothing like a visit to thriving city centre market to make you feel really connected with the local culture. While Bangkok has Chatuchak, Saigon has Ben Thanh, and Phnom Penh has the art deco Psar Thmei, what does Siem Reap have to compete with these mercantile icons? The answer is Psar Leu, a … read the full post

Jul 19 2012

Khmer kramas in Siem Reap

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... and accessories ...

It is such an iconic and ubiquitous symbol of Cambodia that naturally I don’t have a single photo of a person wearing one (unless you count a picture of my husband who sports it as a sort of dangerously abbreviated loin cloth, but I can’t put that up because children or the sensitive might be … read the full post

May 31 2012

Clothes shopping in Siem Reap

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On first impressions, Siem Reap might not seem like a shoppers’ haven, but there are options here and, believe me, it’s better than a few years ago when female expats had to be physically restrained from mugging arriving planes of visitors in the hope of getting their hands on trousers they could pull up past … read the full post

May 20 2012

Buy from adults, not street kids in Cambodia

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As you walk the streets, or drink and dine in Siem Reap you will at some stage undoubtedly be petitioned by children and adult male landmine victims to buy books or, in the case of the kids, postcards, jewellery or flowers. This post is not just a request to not buy anything from the children, … read the full post

Apr 19 2012

Handicrafts from Siem Reap: Are they really?

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The word ‘souvenir’ is derived from the French for to remember, and far more than their beauty or intrinsic value that of course is the ultimate purpose of those odd trinkets we buy when we travel. We’re not really buying a thing so much as a memory trigger: for that moment on a rubbish day … read the full post

Mar 07 2012

Getting to know The Lane, Siem Reap

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A couple of years ago the once dark and dingy Lane in Siem Reap looked like not much more than a decent prospect for a drugs score. Today it’s developing into a trendy little enclave, home to many an expat’s favourite hangout, with an atmosphere a world apart from tawdry Pub Street only a few … read the full post

Jan 27 2012

Where can I get my camera/computer/gadget fixed in Siem Reap?

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I’m one of those people who claims to be non-techie and unswayed by market caprice, but somehow always contrives to have something that’s nearly up-to-date, but insufficiently à la mode that I can lay claim to an air of above-it-all superiority. I think the technical term for it is hypocrite. I don’t have a Mac, … read the full post

Jul 12 2011

Siem Reap street guide: Alley West

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The busy streets of Siem Reap are in a constant state of flux as bars, shops and restaurants open, close, move or refurbish at an astonishing rate.  Eventually, some establishments settle down and start to become part of the scenery.  A sort of settling has now taken place on Alley West, Siem Reap’s freshest, funnest, … read the full post

May 28 2011

Jewellery in Siem Reap

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As the name suggests, Garden of Desire is a place in which to set your heart free. It is also a window into the mind of Ly Piseth, the designer who came back to Cambodia in 2007 in order to restore his own soul. Along the way, he has tapped into a creative seam that … read the full post

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