Silk-weaving centre

If you need a break from temples

Photo of Silk-weaving centre, , Banteay Chhmar

What we say: 3.5 stars

Soieries du Mekong was set up in 2001 to provide local employment in order to stem the tide of rural exodus. Its principal aim is to support local women, though men are also among the 100 locals who are now employed in the production of beautiful, richly coloured silk scarves and kramas that are spun, dyed and woven here. The scarves and other accessories can be bought at the workshop -- they range from $8 to $65 (scarves start at around $40). Prices are discounted for the Banteay Chhmar outlet, or if you're flush you can always pick up something later at their Paris outlet, where prices for scarves start at $65.

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Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 08:00-12:00, 13:30-17:00 or weekends by appointment
Last updated: 9th September, 2015

About the author:
Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.
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